HIGH POINT, N.C., March 31, 2010 – Beginning in August 2010, High Point University will begin offering Portuguese as a foreign language option for students.
The course will be taught by Priscilla Almeida-Rankin, a native of Rio de Janeiro, who also teaches Spanish at the university.
“The addition of Portuguese to the curriculum supports the university’s mission to prepare students for leadership, citizenship and service in a diverse global community,” says Dr. Carole Head, chair of the Modern Foreign Language Department.
Portuguese is not only considered increasingly essential for business, study and travel in Latin America, but it is also one of the official languages of the European Union, MERCOSUR, and the Organization of American States. It is also the language with the largest number of speakers in South America, spoken by nearly all of Brazil?s approximately 193 million people, which amounts to more than 51 percent of the continent’s population.
Portuguese is the official language of 10 countries, including Brazil, Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Cape Verde, S