Portuguese American Journal

Portuguese offered at the United Nations – New York

Fernanda Costa , the current coordinator for  the K-12  Portuguese language programs in the United States, announced  Thursday that the Camões Institute,  based in Lisbon,  with the support of the Portuguese Embassy in Washington, is sponsoring  Portuguese language classes at the United Nations  International School (UNIS), to children of United Nations’ diplomats.  

According to Fernanda Costa, Portuguese classes started in February and are being offered once a week  to a group of 18 students mostly Portuguese and Brazilian.

In a statement to Lusa, Fernanda Costa said that “A protocol will be established between the two parties which terms are still being negotiated.”

According to her statement, from the time being until next June, classes will be  taught by Professor Luís Gonçalves, lecturer at Princeton University.  

Nearly 1,500 K-12 students, from more than 120 countries, are enrolled at the UNIS.  The Portuguese language classes will be open to all students at the UN interested in learning Portuguese.