Português para principiantes
Severino Albuquerque, University of Wisconsin
Pub Date: 2016
Conditions of Use
This book is a re-work of a 1964 publication, with emphasis given to Brazilian Portuguese. The four preliminary lessons introduce the different read more
This book is a re-work of a 1964 publication, with emphasis given to Brazilian Portuguese. The four preliminary lessons introduce the different sounds of vowels and consonants, stress and pronunciation of words, the formation of plural nouns and adjectives and an introduction of the formal and informal address. The main body of the text consists of 30 lessons, each include learning objectives, a grammar section, several practice exercises, vocabulary and audio for vocabulary words and expressions. After each chapter there is a dialogue presented in audio and script forms, followed by comprehension exercises. There are short texts included for reading practice accompanied by reading comprehension exercises. The appendix has conjugation tables for regular and irregular verbs. The grammar section is explained in English and examples given include words and sentences with a translation to English. The audio for some of the dialogues doesn't play, and vocabulary audio doesn't work in some of the words.
It is a textbook designed for grammar acquisition. It is an effective beginners manual.
The grammar is presented in a way that is relevant, but some of the vocabulary and examples are outdated.
English is used throughout the text to explain the grammar sections and provide instructions for exercises. Directions are easy to understand.
Each lessons is presented in a consistent form, and it is easy to follow.
Each lesson can be studied as a separate unit or module.
The structure of the text is clear, and the progression of the topics allows easier acquisition of the language.
The book doesn't present navigation problems since it is mostly text, but some of the audio doesn't play. The practice exercises with fill in the blank activities, and other interactive features seem to be working well.
There are a few typos, but no grammatical errors.
The text doesn't have a cultural focus. It is a grammar textbook for the most part.
Portugues para Principiantes is a good introductory manual for grammar and vocabulary acquisition. It could be paired with activities to enhance language proficiency and cultural awareness. It is overall well-suited for beginners.
Português para principiantes is a re-working of a 1964 edition by the University of Wisconsin Extension Division ("Preface") and overall shows its read more
Português para principiantes is a re-working of a 1964 edition by the University of Wisconsin Extension Division ("Preface") and overall shows its datedness. The authors intend this book to be used “in conjunction with a variety of approaches to the teaching of beginning Portuguese” (4). The manual is organized in four preliminary lessons followed by 30 lessons, each focused on grammar description. The vocabulary in each lesson is random and not contextualized in a social situation. The sentences illustrating grammar points are likewise random. Practice exercises throughout the book are translation and sentence rewriting. Online features of the book include fill in the blanks and audio files of isolated words and short dialogues. There are no images except in the cover. Cultural content is minimal. The book includes some short texts, mostly not authentic, and the authentic texts do not include bibliographic attribution. There are Appendices with verb charts. The book follows the Brazilian Portuguese variant although in a prescriptive fashion. For instance, the authors explain that “[t]he word “you” (singular) in Portuguese which denotes greatest familiarity is tu. However, in Brazil its use is limited and often ungrammatical (used with the wrong verb conjugation). Due to this restricted use, this text will not include it…” Nevertheless, “[t]he student should learn to recognize [it]” (40). The text does include it in the Appendix. No mention is made to the fact that the “tu” form of the verbs is common in the European (referred to as “Continental”) and African variants of Portuguese. Proficiency guidelines are absent from the methodology considerations.
Presentation of grammar and grammar progression follows the structure of a grammar book, not a language learning manual - for instance, prepositions are introduced toward the end of the book after the subjunctive mode; the content and language structure of non-authentic texts are limited and/or problematic (such as the reading on Portugal).
Some of the vocabulary is dated: "O nosso toca-discos não funciona, mas o toca-discos de Marta funciona" (123), but overall the vocabulary is not grounded on and organized around relevant social communication situations or clusters of social life. The content of the non-authentic cultural texts is simplistic for a College audience and outdated (such as the cultural text "Portugal").
The text employs simplified grammar jargon. English is used throughout the book except on cultural texts.
The lessons can be easily used as modules.
The organization is clear, although the progression of grammatical topics and vocabulary is not always logical and the vocabulary is not organized.
The book is text only. The only advantage of the online book is the use of interactive fill in the blanks exercises and audio files.
I found a few typos such as "Brails" (366).
Low cultural relevance. The objective of the book is to present grammar structures.
Português para principiantes is a descriptive/ at times prescriptive grammar book that encompasses beginner-level structures and advanced-level structures (such as all the tenses in the subjunctive mode) in non-standard language learning procedure. The methodology is not communicative and the cultural relevance of the book is low.
Table of Contents
First Preliminary Lesson
Second Preliminary Lesson
Third Preliminary Lesson
Fourth Preliminary Lesson
About the Book
Português para principiantes is a time-tested text which can be used in conjunction with a variety of approaches to the teaching of beginning Portuguese. This media-rich text is designed to provide learners with a solid grammatical basis for using Brazilian Portuguese as well as regular opportunities to practice and improve their ability to read, speak, and understand the Portuguese language as it is used in contemporary Brazil.
About the Contributors
Severino J. Albuquerque is a Professor of Portuguese at UW-Madison, where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Portuguese language and Brazilian literature and culture. His main area of research is contemporary Brazilian theatre and gender. He is the author of Violent Acts: A Study of Contemporary Latin American Theatre (1991); Tentative Transgressions: Homosexuality, AIDS and the Theater in Brazil (2004); editor of Joaquim Nabuco e Wisconsin: Conferências nos Estados Unidos (2010); and co-editor of Performing Brazil: Essays on Identity, Culture, and the Performing Arts (2015). He has also published numerous articles in journals and critical anthologies. He is co-editor of the Luso-Brazilian Review (Brazilian literature and culture); Brazilian theater and drama editor for the Handbook of Latin American Studies of the Library of Congress; and an editorial board member of the Latin American Theatre Review. Albuquerque's book, Tentative Transgressions, was the recipient of the 2005 Roberto Reis Award of the Brazilian Studies Association (for best book on Brazil published in English between 2003 and 2005) and the 2008 Elizabeth Steinberg Award for best book published by the University of Wisconsin Press between 2003 and 2008.