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ClicaBrasil

The Portuguese language lessons of ClicaBrasil highlight aspects of Brazilian culture. They are designed for intermediate to advanced students, but are accessible to everyone. Each lesson includes videos of Brazilians from all walks of life speaking naturally about their lives and their country. All lessons integrate reading, writing, listening and comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, oral communication and cultural activities with the videos. É isso aí! Agora é só clicar... e começar a se divertir! Boa viagem!

Project director(s): 
Vivian Flanzer

Brazilians Working with Americans

The "Brazilians Working with Americans: Cultural Case Studies" consists of 10 brief case studies that illustrate some of the challenges that executives face when working together. The 10 cases are based on real stories from Brazilian executives who work with North Americans in Brazil.
Each case study is accompanied by video clips of 3 American and 3 Brazilian executives who offer personal observations about the cases. In all there are 60 video clips from 17 executives. The comments represent the executives' personal opinions about the cultural aspects of the case studies. All materials in the "Brazilians Working with Americans: Cultural Case Studies" are provided in both English and Portuguese. That is to say, the case studies are provided in both languages. The American executives make their comments in English (with Portuguese translation) and all of the Brazilian executives make their comments in Portuguese (with English translation).

Project director(s): 
Orlando Kelm

Falando de Negócios

Esses materiais contêm o vídeo e a transcrição escrita de entrevistas com 27 brasileiros que descrevem vários tópicos relacionados aos negócios.

As entrevistas foram preparadas para oferecer uma oportunidade de estudar os termos e o vocabulário do português comercial. O objetivo principal é justamente isso: ensinar o vocabulário comercial para os alunos que têm interesse em negócios e que estão aprendendo a língua portuguesa. Assim, o objetivo é mais do lado lingüístico, mas as entrevistas também contêm muita informação útil sobre os negócios. As entrevistas são apropriadas para os alunos que já falam um nível intermediário ou avançado. Nós usamos esses materiais em preparação para os alunos americanos que vão estudar ou trabalhar no Brasil.

Project director(s): 
Orlando Kelm

Cultural Interviews with Brazilian Executives

Cultural Interviews with Brazilian Executives is a compilation of over 170 brief video clips in which Brazilians discuss various cultural issues that are of interest to Americans who work with Brazilians. In these interviews over 60 native Portuguese speaking professionals offer their opinion on questions related to these cultural differences. There are two main sections. The first section contains a transcription and translation of these interviews and they are divided into four headings: Negotiation, Language, Courtesy and Social Situations, and Time and Scheduling. In the second sections, 27 Brazilians describe a typical day of work; what they do on a given day, what they like about their jobs, what they don't like, what kind of training and skills are necessary, etc.

Project director(s): 
Orlando Kelm

Tá Falado

Tá Falado includes 46 podcast lessons on the pronunciation and grammar of Portuguese, specifically designed to help those who already speak Spanish. The lessons are built around Portuguese dialogs that are repeated in Spanish, providing a direct comparison of the two languages. All lessons include downloadable PDF files with the transcripts and notes, mp3 audio files, and blog discussions. Additionally all of the dialogs present cultural scenarios that illustrate differences between North American and Brazilian culture.

Project director(s): 
Orlando Kelm

Portuguese Communication Exercises

A compilation of nearly 350 brief video clips, together with a complete Portuguese transcription and English translation of native speakers of Portuguese from various locations throughout Brazil (and some Portugal) who talk about 80 different topics.

Project director(s): 
Orlando Kelm

Conversa Brasileira

A compilation of video scenarios of people interacting with each other in Portuguese.

A compilation of video scenarios of people interacting with each other in Portuguese. Conversations include dialogs, questions, turn taking exchanges, clarifications, false starts, hugs, laughter, asides. The scenarios are enhanced by transcriptions, translations, content analysis, and notes and discussion blogs.

Project director(s): 
Orlando Kelm

Brazilpod

Brazilpod joins supplementary Portuguese websites at the University of Texas, including Tá Falado, Portuguese Communication Exercises, Conversa Brasileira, as well as links to other Portuguese language resources, Portuguese podcasts and blogs.

Project director(s): 
Orlando Kelm