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ERIC Number: EJ1124417
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2133
"Modern Portuguese" and The Narration of Brazil
Milleret, Margo
Hispania, v99 n4 p532-534 Dec 2016
"Modern Portuguese: A Project of the Modern Language Association" was a package of film strips, prerecorded tapes, an instructor's manual, and a textbook first published by Knopf in 1971. It followed the model established by "Modern Spanish" that was also a project of the Modern Language Association (MLA) published in 1960.The preface of "Modern Portuguese" traces its development in three phases: 1964-66 for planning and research, 1966-67 for writing and evaluation of a trial edition, and 1968-69 for preparation of the final edition. The team of writers consisted of four linguists who were coordinated by Fred P. Ellison and Francisco Gomes de Matos. This short essay proposes that "Modern Portuguese" is both a language textbook and a narration about Brazil. While the language textbook followed the format of an audiolingual text, its dialogues and readings written by Rachel de Queiroz (1910-2003), developed a story about family and university life that was engaging and educational. The public for that story was, of course, students of Portuguese at universities in the United States who would for the first time have a textbook focused on building speaking skills. The historic moment for the book was Brazil in the early to mid-1960s and the location for the story was Rio de Janeiro. The fictional world that Rachel de Queiroz created could be called the glory days of a youthful, beautiful Brazil with its new capital of Brasília, its new music of bossa nova, and its life on the beach in Copacabana.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil
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