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Title: Working Portuguese for Beginners
Written By: Monica Rector
Regina Santos
Marcelo Amorim
M Lynne Gerber
URL: http://http://press.georgetown.edu/detail.html?id=9781589017146

Working Portuguese enables English speakers with no prior knowledge of
Brazilian Portuguese to develop the basic communication skills and cultural
knowledge needed to visit Brazil and to function in a work environment in
which Portuguese is spoken. This language program presents not only all the
situations and grammar normally covered in an elementary Portuguese
textbook but also includes situations set in a business context in every

Major Features:
- Twenty-four lessons, the last four concluding with a special independent
project in which the student applies the language to his or her area of
professional interest
- Clear objectives for acquiring language skills, grammar, and cultural
- Lessons cover the important basics normally covered in any beginning
Portuguese textbook such as introductions and greetings, counting, making
travel plans, taking public transportation, and asking for directions
- Lessons cover business tasks such as negotiating a contract, presenting a
new product, writing a business memo - all in Brazilian Portuguese
- Lessons provide dialogues and vocabulary lists for reading and listening,
grammar, cultural reading, and interactive homework
- Portuguese-English and English-Portuguese glossaries offer additional help
with vocabulary
- Course can be combined with affordable online access to self-grading
exercises (available through Quia.com, $24.95 per student for 18 months of

Student’s Book
- Includes MP3 tracks of vocabulary, dialogues, and audio exercises on CD
- Lessons are valuable to the classroom student as well as self-directed
independent learners

Teacher’s Edition
- Includes a CD-ROM with all MP3 tracks of vocabulary, dialogues, and audio
exercises found on the student’s disk
- CD-ROM also provides quizzes and a midterm, materials for special
activities, and approximately 300 supplementary PowerPoint slides for
classroom presentation

Online teaching features at Quia.com
- Instructor-managed class activities and exercises
- Monitoring of student progress
- Customized grading options online
- Students can complete exercises online, submit their answers electronically
to their instructor, and receive automatic feedback
- Teachers can also use Quia templates to build their own exercises or use
exercises developed by other instructors to provide added help for students
- Motivated self-directed learners can also access the self-grading online
exercises at Quia.com (no instructor feedback will be provided)

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Portuguese
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Format: CD
ISBN-13: 9781589017153
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ISBN-13: 9781589017146
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781589016385
Pages: 512
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ISBN-13: 9781589016873
Pages: 512
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