Students at Georgia State University and the Georgia Institute of Technology can now enroll in elementary Portuguese, a widely spoken but rarely taught language used in Brazil, one of the world’s top 10 economies. Portuguese is the first language of 221 million people around the world, including residents of the world’s ninth largest economy, Brazil. The School of Modern Languages’ Portuguese program was launched in Fall 2019 and classes are taught by faculty of Georgia Tech’s School of Modern Languages in collaboration with Georgia State’s Department of World Languages and Cultures. Some sections of the Portuguese courses are co-taught with Georgia State through video conference, while others are offered as standalone online classes.
The offerings are part of the universities’ partnership in the AGSC, funded through a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Students attending colleges and universities affiliated with the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education (ARCHE) may join Georgia State and Georgia Tech students in taking the new classes through the council’s cross-registration program. Students at other institutions should check with their school’s registration office for details. Students will attend classes in state-of-the-art classrooms equipped with videoconferencing technology, making them accessible to registered students on other campuses.