MACAU, August 1 – 36e The Portuguese language summer course, organized by the Portuguese Department of the Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences of the University of Macau (UM), has ended successfully. In line with the SAR government’s efforts to prevent and control the epidemic, this year’s summer school was held online and attracted 152 students from Japan, mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, with more than 50% of participants taking language courses in middle schools. and advanced levels.

The teachers for the summer course came from Macau and other parts of the world. In addition to 45 hours of language lessons, the three-week summer course provided participants with more than 75 hours of thematic lessons on subjects such as linguistics, history, gastronomy, music, dance, as well as the society and culture of Portuguese-speaking Africans. countries. In order to meet the needs of Chinese students, this year’s summer course offered two special courses, namely “Chinese-Portuguese Translation” and “Relations between China and Portuguese-Speaking Countries”. Both courses were taught by renowned translators and scholars and were well received and highly rated by students. Most of the summer course participants have met the attendance requirements and passed the course assessment, and have successfully obtained their course certificates.

In addition, this year’s summer course included four online lectures open to the public free of charge, namely “The first Portuguese novelists of the 21st Century” by José Luís Peixoto, “What is Poetry” by Nuno Júdice, “Literature and the Natural World” by Adriana Lisboa and “Brasilia, Lisbon and Macau: An Architectural History Journey” by Sérgio Ulisses S Jatobá. During the lectures, summer school participants and members of the general public had the opportunity to interact directly with writers and scholars from Portuguese-speaking countries, which helped them deepen their understanding of literature and of Portuguese culture.

During the closing ceremony, four student representatives from different levels of the course testified. Some students said that the summer course provided a unique experience to learn about Portuguese culture, politics, music and other topics via the Internet, and the results were very satisfying. João Veloso, Head of UM’s Portuguese Department, acknowledged the importance of the summer course in spreading the Portuguese language and culture during his speech at the closing ceremony.