cover of book
by Monica Rector, Regina Santos, Marcelo Amorim and M. Lynne Gerber
contributions by Rubens Mazon
Georgetown University Press, 2010
Paper: 978-1-58901-638-5
Library of Congress Classification PC5067.3.R43 2010
Dewey Decimal Classification 469.82421


Working Portuguese for Beginners enables English speakers with no prior knowledge of Brazilian Portuguese to develop the basic communication skills and cultural knowledge needed to visit Brazil and to function in a work environment in which Portuguese is spoken. This language program presents not only all the situations and grammar normally covered in an elementary Portuguese textbook but also includes situations set in a business context in every lesson.

Major Features:• Twenty-four lessons, the last four concluding with a special independent project in which the student applies the language to his or her area of professional interest• Clear objectives for acquiring language skills, grammar, and cultural understanding• Lessons cover the important basics normally covered in any beginning Portuguese textbook such as introductions and greetings, counting, making travel plans, taking public transportation, and asking for directions• Lessons cover business tasks such as negotiating a contract, presenting a new product, writing a business memo—all in Brazilian Portuguese• Lessons provide dialogues and vocabulary lists for reading and listening, grammar, cultural reading, and interactive homework• Portuguese-English and English-Portuguese glossaries offer additional help with vocabulary• Course can be combined with affordable online access to self-grading exercises (available through, $24.95 per student for 18 months of access)

Student’s Book• Includes MP3 tracks of vocabulary, dialogues, and audio exercises on CD• Lessons are valuable to the classroom student as well as self-directed independent learners

Teacher’s Edition• Includes a CD-ROM with all MP3 tracks of vocabulary, dialogues, and audio exercises found on the student’s disk• CD-ROM also provides quizzes and a midterm, materials for special activities, and approximately 300 supplementary PowerPoint slides for classroom presentation Online teaching features at • Instructor-managed class activities and exercises • Monitoring of student progress • Customized grading options online • Students can complete exercises online, submit their answers electronically to their instructor, and receive automatic feedback • Teachers can also use Quia templates to build their own exercises or use exercises developed by other instructors to provide added help for students • Motivated self-directed learners can also access the self-grading online exercises at (no instructor feedback will be provided)


System Requirements for Student's Edition Textbook Disk• Windows 2000 or later or Mac OS 10.2 or later• DVD-ROM drive on a computer or conventional DVD-ROM with MP3 player• Sound card and speakers or earphones for audio• An MP3 player, such as Windows Media Player or iTunes (available as a free download)

System Requirements for Teacher's Edition Textbook DVD-ROM • Windows 2000 or later (including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7) or Mac OS 10.2 or later (including OS X 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6)• DVD-ROM drive• Sound card and either speakers or earphones (for MP3 files)• For PCs, Microsoft Word 2000 or later or for Macs, Microsoft Word X or later (for .doc files)• For PCs: PowerPoint 2000 or later (to edit PowerPoint PPT files) or to view PowerPoints only, PowerPoint Viewer 2003 or higher (available as a free download from; for Macs: PowerPoint X or later (for PowerPoint files)• An MP3 player, such as Windows Media Player or iTunes (available, respectively, as a free download from and• For PCs, Adobe Acrobat or Reader 9 or later, or for Macs Adobe Acrobat or Reader 6.0 or later (Adobe Reader is available as a free download from

System Requirements for the Online Exercises (Mac and PC)• Computer with Internet access, preferably a high-speed connection• Java-enabled browser: PC: Internet Explorer 6.x or higher, or Firefox 3.x or higherMac: Firefox 3.x or higher, or Safari 3.x or higher• The program QuickTime (available as a free download from is needed to play audio• Speakers or headphones to hear audio• Microphone to record answers or responses