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Department Newsletter

March 11, 2015
by susan.mraz

Café Tertulia

As we did with great success last year, we are organizing the Cafe Tertulia again for the Spring semester. This is a excellent opportunity for Spanish learners on campus to practice their linguistic skills in a series of conversations focus on a range of current topics. The hour-long tertulia starts with a brief presentation on a current topic related to a different country in the Hispanic world, followed by lively and informal discussion.

This is the schedule for this semester’s Cafe Tertulia. Each session will take place at the Spanish Resource Center, from 11 am – noon. Light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, March 25 – Costa Rica

Wednesday, April 1 – El Salvador

Wednesday, April 8 – Spain

Wednesday, April 15 – TBD

Tuesday, April 28 – Colombia

Mark Schafer is co-coordinating the Café Tertulia. He can be contacted at Mark.Schafer@umb.eduor 617 287-7549. His office is M-4-610.

Volante - Café Tertulia

February 3, 2015
by susan.mraz

Free Portuguese Classes


Center for Portuguese Language Camões


“Dois dedos de conversa”

Free Classes

Conversational Portuguese Practice

This conversation class is ideal for students who have studied and/or know Portuguese, but they need to practice and learn vocabulary. This class will help students developing their oral proficiency in Portuguese and it offers a wide variety of Portuguese language training options to suit their availability and tutoring needs, whether they wish to learn Portuguese in a one-to-one with a trainer, you wish to learn Portuguese with a small group of students.

Audiovisual materials such as newspaper articles, music, film, and other authentic materials will be used in this course in order to promote opportunities for conversation.


  • Discussion on current events
  • Emphasis on vocabulary expansion
  • Pronunciation and listening exercises
  • Improvement and understanding of Portuguese idioms


Mondays | beginners

Tuesdays | intermediate

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Contact information:  Maria Madureira


Center for Portuguese Language Camões: Healey Library | 6th floor | room 12

November 29, 2014
by susan.mraz

MAFLA conference


Professor Chouinard promoting the Graduate Certificate Teaching of Spanish at this year’s conference by Massachusetts Foreign Language Association