“Portuguese Contemporary Culture: Snapshots” Workshop by Sónia Mendes

Friday 15th April at 15:00–17:00

Portuguese Language Center [Tbilisi State University, Building 2, Room 203]

In this workshop, Sónia Mendes intends to set off from the concept of (inter)culture, for a trip around pictorial and visual harbors that have influenced and made up Portuguese society. This journey intends to revisit historical eras of Portugal’s long past as a “nautical nation”, that led to what we can now consider Portuguese contemporary identity. A journey through “saudade”, national myths, sameness and otherness, a place in and out of Europe.

key-words: cultural identity, interculturality, national myths

SÓNIA MENDES was born and raised in Porto, where she completed her undergraduate studies in Modern Languages and Literatures (English and German) in 2004. In her post graduate studies she specialized in Portuguese as a Foreign Language Didactic (2010) and is now finishing her PhD on the same topic, all at the University of Porto, Portugal.
From 2006 to 2012 she was the official representative of the Camões, IP [Portuguese Institute for Cooperation and Language] in Buenos Aires, Argentina: teaching Portuguese language and literature, training teachers and working as cultural attaché for the Portuguese Embassy in that country. She is currently a test designer for the Camões, IP.
Sónia has various publications and has presented myriad conferences, seminars and workshops, namely in Porto, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Spain.

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[Picture by Sónia Mendes, “Discovering the unknown”]

This event is part of a second edition of the series of Conferences/Workshops in English titled “Portuguese and Brazilian Culture for Beginners”, taking place throughout the present academic year at the Portuguese Language Center at TSU and is open to anyone who wishes to know a bit more about Portugal and Brazil’s traditions, music, literature, society, cultural heritage, etc..

To keep updated on the various conferences/workshops to come, check the Portuguese at TSU facebook page regularly. If you wish to secure your place or want to learn more, send an e-mail to vera.peixoto@tsu.ge

 

UPDATE (Pictures of the workshop)

BEST PORTUGUESE STUDENT AWARD 2016

The “Best Portuguese Student at TSU Award” is to be attributed to one Portuguese Language student at TSU per year, chosen for his/her excellent performance, dedication and grades.

The award consists of:
• a scholarship for a Portuguese Language Summer Course in Lisbon (500 Euros), to be awarded by the Camões, Instituto da Língua e da Cooperação, IP.
• a return trip (Tbilisi – Lisbon – Tbilisi), to be financed by TSU.

Every student of a Portuguese Language Course at TSU can apply to receive the award, namely students from:
• Credited Portuguese Language Courses (5 ECTS), as part of TSU’s academic offer
• Public Portuguese Language Courses, created in partnership with the TSU Centre for Academic Development and Lifelong Learning

The students who are interested in applying for the Award are to present a MOTIVATION LETTER to the Director of the Portuguese Language Centre by e-mail (vera.peixoto@tsu.ge) by the 1st May of 2016.
Only the students who handed in a Motivation Letter will be taken into consideration for the award. Within the first fortnight of the month of May, selected students will be called in for an INTERVIEW (adapted to each candidate’s level) in Portuguese before a selection committee at the Portuguese Language Centre at TSU.

Info in Georgian here.

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[Image: Portugal, tourism poster, 1950s, from the book “Portugal Século XX, Crónica em Imagens, 1950-1960” by Joaquim Vieira]

Vamos aprender português a cantar! Let’s learn Portuguese singing!

Em português dizemos: “Quem canta seus males espanta” (they who sing chase away their sorrows)
Rafael Jena had a brilliant idea we should not let go to waste: let’s all get together and sing in Portuguese!
Rafael brings his guitar, enthusiasm and ideas. We choose the songs together, work on them (words & meanings) and then sing our sorrows – with our doubts about singing well – away! It’s fun and we learn while doing it!

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We already had one meeting, last Saturday at the Portuguese Language Center (TSU, building II, room 203), with over 10 people singing along to “Velha Infancia” dos Tribalistas. This evening at 20:00 (same place), we will learn and sing “Garota de Ipanema” by Tom Jobim!

In the photo is Rafael Jena, with Smai Fullerton and Sofia Zubadalashvili.

Check out the videos here.

Clube da Língua Portuguesa | Portuguese Langauge Club 2nd MEETING

Second meeting 7.04.2016 at Novella Café, Tbilisi

So many people came today! Muito obrigada a todos! (unfortunately I only remembered to take out the camera as the last of us were leaving…)
Até breve*

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Clube da Língua Portuguesa | Portuguese Langauge Club FIRST MEETING

First meeting 21.03.2016 at Kiwi-Café, Tbilisi
Thank you, Rafael Jena, for the iniciative! And thank you to everyone who participated! Obrigada!

 

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/232265390456255/