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Portuguese As A Foreign Language: Teaching And Learning In The United States: A Dissertation, Celia Bianconi Jan 2012

Portuguese As A Foreign Language: Teaching And Learning In The United States: A Dissertation, Celia Bianconi

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This dissertation reviewed the history of foreign language education in the United States relating it to political and economic world events. A quantitative study and a hypothesis generating case study revealed the motivation of learners of Portuguese as a foreign language. Portuguese teachers in higher education in the United States were surveyed and three recently published Portuguese textbooks were analyzed. The results showed that the main reasons that motivate students to learn Portuguese as a foreign language are interest in Brazilian culture, plans to travel in a Portuguese-speaking country, familiarity with Spanish language, skills needed to reach professional goals and ...