Subject Code PORT
Co-ordinator Ricardo Tabone
Levels Offered 1st,2nd, 3rd and 4th year Full course list *
Minor Available No
Placement Test Required for students with previous knowledge More details
* Not all courses are offered every term, please check Carleton Central and/or the Public Class Schedule for course availability.

About the Language

Follow the marine routes of 15-17th century European sailing vessels down the western coast of Africa to the port of Luanda in Angola, around the Horn to Beira in Mozambique, or out across the Atlantic to the port of Santos on Brazil’s east coast, and you will encounter the Portuguese language.

With more than 178 million speakers worldwide, today Portuguese is the 7th most common first language in the world, official language in Portugal, Brazil, and six African nations, and co-official language of the Oceanic nation of East Timor.  It is also an official language of the European Union and is widely spoken across South America.

As you learn Portuguese some of you may enjoy discovering borrowed Portuguese words mixing in with languages like Swahili in east Africa, as well as Tamil and Malay.  We even have them in English: flamingo, marmalade,cashew, tank, banana, cobra, and Bossa Nova.  While students of French and Spanish, may enjoying uncovering the many etymological similarities that exist between these languages and Portuguese.  Also, if you have an interest in relationship between history and language, you may enjoy exploring historical linguistics of Portuguese and its widespread contributions to Creole formation.

Registration Information

Space in language courses is limited.  Register as early as possible.  If the course is full when you attempt to register, please submit a Course Registration Override Request or, if applicable, add your name to a waitlist on Carleton Central.  Click here to learn more about how waitlisting works.

Course Previews

If you want to learn more about the requirements of each course, look over the course previews in the list below.

IMPORTANT: These previews will give you an idea of the types of assignments, readings, and instructor expectations you may encounter in the course. However, please be aware that these documents are NOT OFFICIAL COURSE OUTLINES. The actual courses you take may differ considerably from the descriptions provided in the previews.