Portuguese Student Program
Portuguese through STEM and Project-Based Learning
WHENWe hope to offer the Portuguese program again in summer 2019, depending on grant approval.
WHOHeritage Speakers of Portuguese and Spanish Speakers (AP/dual immersion/heritage)
The UW STARTALK Student Program, “Portuguese through STEM and Project-Based Learning,” aims to enroll 20 high school and college (*High School students will be given priority) Portuguese and Spanish heritage language students in a four-week intensive Portuguese language program meeting five hours a day for a total of 100 instructional hours plus 20 hours for the online component preceding the face-to-face program.
Portuguese heritage students are expected to increase their proficiency level from Intermediate Low to High, and Spanish heritage students, who will be just beginning their study of Portuguese, will aim to reach Intermediate Low (or higher) proficiency. The program is designed to develop students’ proficiency in Interpretive Reading and Listening, Presentational Speaking, and Presentational Writing in Portuguese, and in the Interpersonal Mode, students will increase their linguistic accuracy and sensitivity to cultural norms, e.g., social register and linguistic forms not typically encountered in intimate family speech.
Students will be able to earn six University of Washington credits by enrolling in PORT 105 and also have an opportunity to complete the ACTFL AAPPL in the beginning of the program and the ACTFL OPIc (Oral Proficiency Interview computer-based) and WPT (Writing Proficiency Test) at the end of the program.
High school students may be able to use these results in order to receive up to four high school competency-based credits, and all students will receive placement results for future study of Portuguese at the UW.
Who can apply?
Our program is designed to help Spanish speakers quickly learn to read, write, speak, and understand Portuguese by leveraging their knowledge of Spanish, and to help Portuguese students develop their literacy skills in Portuguese while also refining their presentational speaking skills. Using the NCSSFL-ACTFL Intermediate Can-Do Statements, Spanish-speaking students should aim for at least Intermediate Mid in all skills (in Spanish), and Portuguese-speaking students should aim for at least Intermediate Low in all skills (in Portuguese) in order to be successful in our program.back to FAQ list
Do we have housing options for students?
Unfortunately our program cannot support housing for minors. For registered students who live within commuting distance from Seattle, there are reduced-cost transportation options through UW Transportation Services. Students who live further away must make their own arrangements to participate in the face-to-face portions of the program.back to FAQ list
What does the STARTALK timeline look like before the program starts?
We're going on vacation this summer. Can I/my child miss a portion of the program?
Due to the intensive nature of the program, students cannot receive full credit if they have more than a few absences. All absences should be communicated to the lead instructor as soon as possible. If you are unsure about committing to the program, please talk to a program team member.back to FAQ list
How are the university credits earned?
Students who complete the course satisfactorily will receive credits from the University of Washington that will appear on their University of Washington transcript just like any other university course. These credits may be transferred to another institution at the institution's discretion by requesting a copy of your transcript be sent to their offices. Please see https://registrar.washington.edu/enrollment-and-records/ordering-transcripts/ for more details.back to FAQ list
How are the high school credits earned?
At the end of the program, students will take a proficiency exam to test their language skills. You will receive a letter issued by WAFLT (Washington Association for Language Teaching) indicating your test results and recommended high school credits. The letters also indicate whether the test results qualify you for the Washington State Seal of Biliteracy. The STARTALK program can email test results and letters directly to high school counselors, as well.back to FAQ list