Portuguese is spoken by over 200 million people worldwide, making it the sixth most widely spoken mother tongue on a global level. It is the official language in eight countries. It is the working language of twelve international organizations. It is also the language of several immigrant communities in countries such as the United States, Venezuela, France, Luxemburg and Canada.
The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Portuguese Studies program will introduce you to the language, literature and culture of Portugal and the entire Lusophone world.
Develop and enrich your command of Portuguese through intensive training in listening, reading, writing and speaking.
Discover the fascinating social and cultural context of the Portuguese-speaking world.
Our challenging courses explore a range of topics, from the variety of the Portuguese language to an examination of several themes in literature, culture and film. Our courses offer an array of options and perspectives; from the early modern period to contemporary postcolonial times.
Sarah Lopes, a student in the Spanish and Portuguese Studies programs, won the LA&PS Outstanding Student Leadership Award . This award honours student leaders in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for their exceptional contributions to an undergraduate student association in the Faculty. It recognizes outstanding achievement in enhancing the quality of the undergraduate student experience through leadership, commitment and innovation. Congratulations Sarah!
News & Events
- Professor Maria João Dodman new publication
"Notions of Man and Manhood in Seventeenth Century Iberia: the Nobleman of La margarita del Tajo que dio nombre a Santaren of Ángela de Avezedo." Moenia – Revista Lucense de Lingüistica & Literatura, Volume 18 (2012), Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
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- New Tutoring Schedule through Entre Voces
Entre Voczes' new tutoring hours schedule will be: Wednesdays 11:30-1:30 and Fridays 11:30-1. Conversation hours will be held on Fridays from 1-2:30.
Students interested in 1000-level tutoring may drop in during these times. Anyone requiring tutoring in upper-level Spanish courses (2000 and up) should email us 24 hours in advance to ensure that a qualified tutor is available. Tutoring Brochure
In order to schedule any additional or alternate tutoring sessions, please contact Sarah Lopes at email@example.com
If you have scheduled a session and need to cancel it, 24-hour notice must be given. Failure to do so the first time will result in a warning. If notice is not given a second time, we will not be able to schedule any future tutoring sessions.
- The third Ontario Secondary Schools Portuguese Contest took place at York University!
Under the leadership of Co-Chairs Jennie Lopes and Jimmy Steele and the support of dedicated secondary school teachers and university faculty, the event was a great success!
The goal of the event is to promote the Portuguese language and cultures and histories of the Lusophone world among students of Lusophone heritage and students of Portuguese as a Second/Third Language.
Fifty-three students from seven schools in three school boards participated in six different language tests, putting their listening, reading, speaking and writing skills to the test, along with their knowledge of grammar and the cultures of the Lusophone world.
The results are as follows:
Beginner (A) 1. Caitlyn Carreiro – St. Augustine C.S.S. (DPCDSB)
Beginner + (A+) 1. Ana Lúcia Almeida – St. Augustine C.S.S. (DPCDSB)
1. Ana Sousa – St. Mary's C.S.S. (TCDSB)
2. Victor Fernandes – St. Mary's C.S.S. (TCDSB)
3. Stephanie Baptista – St. Augustine C.S.S. (DPCDSB)
Honourable mention: Miguel Alves – Archbishop Romero C.S.S. (TCDSB)
1. Pedro Charneca – St. Mary's C.S.S. (TCDSB)
2. Vítor Miranda – St. Mary's C.S.S. (TCDSB)
3. Paulo Araújo – St. Mary's C.S.S. (TCDSB)
Honourable Mention: Diana Ferreira Santos – St. Mary's (TCDSB)
Honourable Mention: Jessica da Silva – Dante Alighieri Academy (TCDSB)
Honourable Mention: Pedro Neves – Archbishop Romero C.S.S. (TCDSB)
Advanced + (C+)
1. José Cardoso Lima - St. Mary's C.S.S. (TCDSB)
2. Inês Miranda da Cruz – Archbishop Romero C.S.S. (TCDSB)
3. Jessica dos Santos - St. Mary's C.S.S. (TCDSB)
Honourable Mention: Mónica Gomes – St. Mary's C.S.S. (TCDSB)
Honourable Mention: Kevin dos Santos Vitória – St. Mary's C.S.S. (TCDSB)
Honourable Mention: Cátia Neto – St. Mary's (TCDSB)
Honourable Mention: Eduarda Duarte – St. Mary's (TCDSB)
Honourable Mention: Amanda Silva Ferreira – St. Mary's (TCDSB)
Honourable Mention: Sandro Magina – Central Commerce C. I. (TDSB)
For more information on the Ontario Secondary Schools Portuguese Contest, visit www.portuguesecontest.com
- Professor Maria João Dodman presented at the European Book Club
Professor Maria João Dodman presented Blindness by José Saramago for the European Book Club on May 12, 2012 at the Centro de Língua Camões, Toronto.
This initiative was sponsored by the Instituto Camões in Toronto, along with EUNIC (EUROPEAN UNION NATIONAL INSTITUTES FOR CULTURE), the network of the European cultural institutes of Toronto formed by Alliance Française, British Council, Goethe-Institut Toronto, Italian Cultural Institute, and Instituto Camões.
The European Book Club meets periodically in a different cultural institute to discuss a European contemporary book translated into English.
- Professor Maria João Dodman has been elected to serve a two year term as Vice-President of the General Assembly at CASA DOS AÇORES DO ONTARIO.
CASA DOS AÇORES DO ONTARIO is a community organization whose goal is to promote and preserve Portuguese-Azorean heritage and traditions. For more information on CASA DOS AÇORES DO ONTARIO visit: http://cacores.ca
- New Exchange Program
York University has developed a new exchange program with Universidade Nova de Lisboa.