Portuguese American Journal

Community: Teachers of Portuguese attending professional development program – Azores

A group of eleven Portuguese language teachers, affiliated with different educational institutions in the United States, are attending  the FLAD Summer Course for Teachers of Portuguese in the US, held from July 8-18, at the University of the Azores in Ponta Delgada.

Organized by Professor Graça Castanho of the University of the Azores, the intensive program comprises of workshops complemented by various cultural immersion activities, including visits to public and private institutions, meetings with educators and field visits.

In its third edition, the program is co-sponsored by the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD), the Instituto Camões and the Regional Government of the Azores, through its Direção Regional das Comunidades (DRC), in collaboration with the University of the Azores and the Association of  Teachers of Portuguese in the United States and Canada (APEEUC).

Limited to 20 participants, the program is administered and certified by the University of the Azores and qualifies participants to receive PDPs through Lesley University. Teachers of Portuguese language and culture at the elementary, secondary and university levels in United States are encouraged to apply next year. Costs are estimated at about US$4,000 per participant to include fees, flights, accommodation, meals and local transportation. Scholarships are available to selected applicants through the Luso-American Development Foundation (FLAD).

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