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Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0131894051
ISBN-10: 0131894056
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Ponto de Encontro

According to Professors



Brazil and Portugal:

  • I am particularly impressed with the decision of the authors’ to incorporate both peninsular and Brazilian Portuguese… It is key to developing the student’s understanding of the global nature of the lusophone world. Furthermore, from a practical point of view, it makes a coordinator’s life much easier... The authors’ approach in this regard is perfect. — Phillip Rothwell, Rutgers University


  • I think one of the greatest merits and challenges of Ponto de Encontro is the incorporations of both linguistic varieties, and I congratulate the authors for taking this task in a serious and successful manner. - Ana Maria Carvalho, University of California, Berkeley




  • I like that the activities involve working with partners and in small groups and then [are followed by] follow-ups that involve finding the general opinions of the class.  — Susan McMillen Villar, University of Minnesota


  • The activities are varied but communicative in nature, allowing students to practice language and structures in meaningful contexts. As with the content in general, there is an abundance of practice options, which give the instructor flexibility to use those which seem most appropriate. - Jason R. Jolley, Missouri State University



  • Regarding vocabulary, I like the fact that the book goes into areas that are of great interest to students today, such as technology, the environment, social conditions and political systems, in addition to the more traditional subjects of home, family, food, health, school… The book will be more attractive than any other one on the market.  — Margo Milleret, University of New Mexico


  • …One of the greatest strengths of this proposal is the plethora of vocabulary units. It is diverse and relevant. - Bryan Kennedy, University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee



  • The chapters present grammar in an intuitive sequence that will equip learners with the tools to begin using correct patterns early on in their communications. The explanations are indeed clear and accurate, without being convoluted.  — Jason R. Jolley, Missouri State University



  • I want to compliment the authors for the option of introducing cultural texts on all the Portuguese-speaking countries around the world. This will be the first book to include this aspect. One of the reasons we have waited so long to change our textbook is hoping that Ponto de Encontro can be our next option. — Monica Rector, University of North Carolina


Program Components:

  • The features I find most attractive are the text’s excellent activities, use of the internet, the pre- during and post-reading activities, the situaações, the activity CD-ROM, the instructor’s resource manual and companion website…  - Clelia Donovan, University of California, Berkeley


  • Each of the supplements should be greatly appreciated. These are the kinds of supplements that we have for Spanish, French and German language teaching that have been lacking for teaching Portuguese… We would be delighted with what you have promised… With this text we can FINALLY teach our beginning and intermediate Portuguese language classes like we do our Spanish language classes without so much effort on the part of the instructors who have had the responsibility of developing so much to make the classes communicative. I can’t wait for the text to be published! - Susan McMillen Villar, University of Minnesota



  • This course is simply outstanding: it is pedagogically sound, communicative in approach, while giving appropriate levels of grammatical explanation and developing sound writing skills… It is long overdo and represents a landmark in Portuguese language courses… This text will be adopted by Rutgers University as soon as it becomes available.  - Phillip Rothwell, Rutgers University


  • Ponto de Encontro is a text that I wished I had had at the very beginning of this semester for my beginning and intermediate classes because it is a text that is written well, takes into account the reality of students learning Portuguese in the U.S. and gives the teacher the option of teaching the variations of the language that are most requested… I would definitely recommend this text to anyone. It is the epitome of context-sensitive language learning with an outreach to the reality of the student’s world, as well as to the world communities.  — Virginia da Luz Vieira, San Jose State University


  • This multifaceted introduction to Portuguese provides everything we have been waiting for: contextualized activities that allow communication to take place in the classroom, well-thought steps for the gradual development of all four skills, glimpses into all Portuguese-speaking cultures and traditions, and a very welcome incorporation of the 5 C’s suggested by the National Standards. Teachers and students alike will find the authors’ selection and presentation of topics interesting, richly illustrated and well organized. I also commend the authors’ successful efforts in exposing the students to the Portuguese-speaking world’s different cultures and dialects, instead of favoring one over another. Teachers of Portuguese will welcome these much-needed updated textbook and supplements for bringing the latest of L2 pedagogy into the study of the Portuguese language. - Ana Maria Carvalho, University of California, Berkeley


  • It [Ponto de Encontro] is presented as the most complete and conscientiously compiled Portuguese second language program that I have seen. Parabéns!!! — Richard Sansone , Valencia Community College


  • At this point, and after years of teaching Portuguese, this is the most appealing book to teach with… or to learn with. It’s fun.  — Nelson Lopez, SUNY-Delhi


  • …This proposal is light-years above and beyond any currently published Portuguese texts. I feel that the text indeed covers the authors’ goals of addressing grammar, communication, culture, writing and reading and am very happy to see all the skills addressed.  — Timothy McGovern, University of California,  Santa Barbara

From the Back Cover

Ponto de Encontro is the first Portuguese language textbook that allows the instructor to choose to teach either Brazilian or European Portuguese. While it seeks to emphasize commonalities, it also highlights and preserves important differences in both vocabulary and grammar. This program provides an ample, flexible, communication-oriented framework for use in beginning and intermediate Portuguese programs.


  • Highly interactive approach towards presentation and practice of the language
  • Cultural information and exchange integrated at every stage of instruction
  • A rich variety of insights into cultural, social and political realities of the entire Portuguese-speaking world
  • Strong emphasis on meaningful, contextualized communication in the classroom and beyond

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 648 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 1 edition (January 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0131894056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0131894051
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From 16 to 27 pages of activities for each chapter in the textbook, filled with consistently reinforcing material step-by-step and from involved activity to activity, you can not go wrong with this book. The textbook itself is 570 pages of instruction while the activity book has 442 pages. I have studied Russian as well as Irish and I have never seen, for either of these languages, an accompanying activity book in a series that would be as extensive and almost as lengthly as the original textbook. (Well, V Puti, a Russian set does this and is the only exception!) I have thumbed my way through the book (I am an English as a Second Language teacher by profession) and it is pedagogically sound in all elements and the activities are relevant to the language learning itself. It does not (as do some activity books) get too carried away with introducing way too much new vocabulary that is not relevant to the tasks and the textbook and guides the student through everything quite well.

I would suggest that, along with the "Brazilian Student Activities Manual to Accompany 'Ponto de Encontro': Portuguese as spoken and used in Brazil" (Remember that there is also the "European Student Activities Manual for 'Ponto de Encontro': Portuguese as a World Language" for those learning Portuguese as spoken and used in Portugal) you should also get the "Answer Key to Accompany Brazilian and European Student Activity Manuals for Ponto de Encontro." If you are studying on your own without a teacher, this will be quite valuable. In many language sets, answer keys only come with the "Teacher's Edition" and this is a welcome addition to the set and can be purchased as "new" for only $8.00.
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After over a decade away from teaching foreign languages, I was asked to teach Portuguese (my native language) to a North American friend. When I used to teach English and Portuguese as a foreign language, there was huge gap between the quality of the EFL books (communication and usage oriented, dynamic, attractive) and the Portuguese ones (translation - grammar based, boring, filled with language no-one actually uses...).

I was dismayed with what looked like no evolution at all during the last 15 yeards until I came accross Ponto de Encontro. It's attractive, easy to adapt to different audiences (with exercises that challenge more or less to choose from), features great authentic and natural materials and invites students to reflect and learn actively. The companion website is great with self-correcting exercises that are a great aid for students wanting to advance on their own. There are Brazilian and Portuguese separate tracks and exercises which make it a viable book to use by both audiences.

I just wish the publishers would be easier to communicate with if you're a private teacher not affiliated with a school, which is the case of many of us. I just can't get a hold of them and am interested in examining the test and activity books and there's no way to log in if you're not affiliated with an institution.

All in all though, it's by far the best Portuguese as a Foreign language book available out there. Not that the competition is stiff, but even if it were, it would still be in the running!
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Portuguese is my fourth language. This is by far the most comprehensive learning system out there if you are up for a full, classroom type college level program. It comes with a full complement of dozens of CDs, a DVD, an exercise (activity) workbook and answer key.

Brown University uses this for both 1st and 2nd year Portuguese classes. I used it for self study and it was extremely helpful. However, be aware this is intense and demanding for a self learner. I finished this all on my own and am now tackling higher level texts used at Brazilian universities for teaching Portuguese. Plus, I am now "well rounded" in the language; able to read, write, speak with a solid gramatical foundation.

You should buy the whole program with textbook, workbook, CDs, DVD and answer key. It is expensive; however it is worth it. As a working professional I just did not want to waste my time on anything second rate.

You can buy it here at Amazon for a decent price. However, go to the publisher's website (Pearson / Prentice Hall) to find out exactly what you need to have the complete package. It is a complete learning system and you should buy all the components. I can now read, write and speak at a professional level; due largely to this program. Boa sorte!
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This is a college textbook that assumes you will have an instructor and be attending a university. For just learning portuguese from scratch, it is difficult to assimilate all the grammar used in the preliminary chapter. It doesn't start with "See Jane run." I do have a study partner who is helping make this work. I do not recommend this for solo/independent study. Also, internet resources are required.
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By Bdog on February 17, 2014
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Used this book for an entire year of intro to Portuguese during grad school. Enjoyed the layout, similar probably to how most foreign language books are structured: Chapters broken down by functional area/subject, vocabulary review pages at the end of each chapter, grammar issues broken down in charts and boxes, etc.

I still have and occasionally use this book as a reference, despite now speaking near fluent Portuguese after 5-6 years learning and 3 or so spent in Brasil. I find that you can still go back and re-learn or realize little things that you missed along the way by simply going back and refreshing on your basic grammar, reviewing vocabulary, etc. I think this book came with a workbook as well, but I don't remember it as well (and probably avoided doing the exercises at the time anyway... rsrs)
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