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Portuguese Videocassettes

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Black Orpheus
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1959 Academy Award-winning (“Best Foreign Language Film”) film starring Breno Melo and Marpessa Dawn; here Director Marcel Camus retells the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice with the slums and carnival of Rio de Janeiro as its backdrop; Orpheus is here a streetcar conductor; Eurydice, a shy, country girl pursued by a man whom she thinks wishes to kill her; features the colorful costumes, samba music and general celebratory ambiance of Carnival contrasted wtih the sinister atmosphere of Rio’s slums.
In Portuguese with English subtitles
1 hour 43 minutes

Bye, Bye Brazil
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1979 comedic film written and directed by Carlos Diegues; when the Caravana Rolidei rolls into town, a young man and his pregnant wife Dasdô join the carnival; the young man, an accordion player, falls in love with the hardened Salomé, dancer and queen of the carnival, who does not return his love; after the birth of his daughter, the man realizes his responsibility to his family and leaves behind the caravan and Salomé.
In Portuguese with English subtitles
1 hour 55 minutes

Central do Brasil (Central Station)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Inside the clamor and chaos of Rio de Janeiro’s Central Station, a retired schoolteacher meets a young boy, Josué, whose mother has just died in a car accident. The two are an odd pair but grow to love and trust one another as they search together for Josué’s father in the northern region of Brazil. The two share a heartwarming relationship as they teach one another lessons never before encountered.
In Portuguese with English subtitles
1 hour 46 minutes

A Class Act
1/2" VHS color videocassette © 1987
About teachers and foreign language teaching as a career; professionally filmed with practicing teachers and former teachers in the workplace; aimed at recruiting foreign language teachers for the future.
In English
15 minutes

Collaborations: Meeting New Goals, Realities
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Produced in 1997 by the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in conjunction with the 1997 Northeast Conference Reports volume; presents examples of classroom scenarios that each focus on one of the five goal areas (listed below) of the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning; series of accompanying discussion questions available.
54 minutes

Goals

  1. Communication Goal: Meaning Making through a Whole Language Approach
  2. Cultures Goal: Using Video to Explore Perspectives, Practices, and Products of Guatemalan Culture
  3. Connections Goal: Making New Connections through Interdisciplinary Lessons
  4. Comparisons Goal: Using Linguistic and Cultural Comparisons to Help Students Succeed in Learning
  5. Communities Goal: Using a Foreign Language to Connect with the Community

Cultural Literacy and Interactive Language Instruction
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1988)
Narrated by Marlies Mueller of the Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University; illustrates a variety of activities designed to teach language through literature: (1) discussion of ideas via simulated news broadcasts and interviews with famous people, (2) vocabulary study, (3) grammar activities, (4) student dramatizations, (5) oral testing; begins by illustrating negative classroom techniques; ends with student discussion (in English) of the “language-through-literature” classes; all illustrations are from elementary and advanced French classes.
Narration in English
55 minutes

From the Inside: Ethnographic Interviews in the Language Classroom
1/2" VHS color videocassette © 1997 National Language Resource Center, San Diego State University
Intended to promote and teach ethnographic interviewing techniques as a means, according to Dr. Gail Robinson-Stuart, of “getting the inside perspective” on persons of other cultures; features clips from actual student interviews and teacher training sessions.
In English
Approx. 21 minutes

Going International
Four 1/2" VHS color videocassettes
Designed to help the traveler develop cross-cultural skills required for a successful international experience.
In English

  1. Bridging the Culture Gap - contrasts one’s own unconscious cultural values/habits with those of the diverse cultures of the world; explains cultural taboos and accepted standards of behavior; 30 minutes.
  2. Managing the Overseas Assignment - shows how cultural misunderstandings can affect the traveler’s ability to accomplish goals in such diverse countries as Japan, Saudi Arabia, England, India and Mexico; includes explanation of what went wrong in each situation and proposes ways for improving results; 30 minutes.
  3. Beyond Culture Shock - for the family or the individual moving abroad; explains the psychological phases of the adjustment process; provides practical suggestions for making life abroad a positive experience; 30 minutes.
  4. Welcome Home, Stranger - focuses on the unexpected problems of returning home and how to overcome the difficulties of “re-entry” into the workplace, community and school environment; 15 minutes

Heinle & Heinle Satellite Videoconference #2: On Mentoring Foreign Language TAs, Lecturers, and Adjunct Faculty
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The October 25, 2000 second-annual national videoconference on issues in language program direction sponsored by Heinle & Heinle Publishers and broadcast from the Georgia Center for Continuing Education; based on the AAUSC (American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators and Directors of Foreign Language Programs) volume Mentoring Foreign Language TAs, Lecturers, and Adjunct Faculty edited by Benjamin Rifkin; videoconference moderated by Robert Terry (University of Richmond) with featured speakers: Elizabeth Bernhardt (Stanford University), Tom Blair (City College of San Francisco), Lara Lomicka (Penn State University), Susan Navey-Davis (North Carolina State University), Rebecca Oxford (University of Maryland); in addition to delivering formal presentations and participating in discussions on the topic of mentoring, speakers respond to viewers’ questions.
2 hours

Heinle & Heinle Satellite Videoconference #3: Teaching in Today’s Multilevel Classroom
1/2" VHS color videocassette of the 2/6/02 third annual national videoconference on issues in language program direction sponsored by Heinle & Heinle Publishers and broadcast from the Georgia Center for Continuing Education; videoconference moderated by Robert Terry (University of Richmond) with featured speakers: Kerry S.G. Driscoll (University of Iowa and Coe College), Jean-Louis Hippolyte (Kansas State University), Patti J. Marinelli (University of South Carolina), and Kimberley A. Sallee (University of Missouri-Columbia); in addition to delivering formal presentations and participating in discussions on the topic of placement in the multilevel classroom where students of varying abilities/backgrounds in the target language come together, speakers respond to viewers’ questions; 2 hours.

Hour of the Star (Hora de Estrela)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1986 award-winning film directed by Suzana Amaral and starring Marcella Cartaxo and José Dumont; story of a young woman named Macabea who moves from the countryside of northeast Brazil to the city of San Paolo in search of fortune; poor and uneducated, she finds a menial job as a typist but finds happiness in her fantasies.
In Portuguese with English subtitles
1 hour 36 minutes

Interact ’89
1/2" VHS color videocasette
The satellite teleconference, “Using Technology in the Modern Language Classroom,” from California State University at Chico (May 10, 1989). Participants include: Frank Otto of Brigham Young University, Rick Altman and James Pusack of PICS, Lee Ann Stone of UC at Irvine; their discussion includes task-based activities for the language lab, use of video and authentic foreign television programming and the availability of videodisc.
In English
90 minutes

The Jew
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Story of Antonio da Silva, a very popular 18th century Portuguese writer accused of heresy; Da Silva was actually a hidden Jew who had converted to Catholicism but when he is tried before the Inquisition and given the choice of admitting to being Jewish or being executed, Da Silva must choose between the Church hierarchy and the monarchy.
In Portuguese with English subtitles
1 hour 25 minutes

Languages at Work
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1989)
Narrated by Marlies Mueller of the Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University; illustrates a variety of activities for the language classroom: warm-up, grammar-related, role-playing, group work, warm-down activities; illustrations are given in French, Italian and Spanish by Harvard faculty members in elementary-level language classes.
Narration in English
35 minutes

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #1: From Theory to Practice: The Natural Approach
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The February 23, 1994 McGraw-Hill satellite teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second language acquisition theory and how to apply it to the classroom; program, moderated by Dr. Gerard Ervin of Ohio State, features presentation by Dr. Stephen Krashen and panel discussion/questions-answers with Jeanne Egasse, Erwin Tschirner, Mary Rogers, Magdalena Andrade and Elías Miguel Muñoz; topic of discussion: Tracy Terrell’s Natural Approach to language instruction; available: multiple copies of teleconference handout containing biographies of conference panelists, outline of Krashen’s presentation and Natural Approach theory.
2 hours

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #2: A New Look at Authentic Materials
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The February 15, 1995 second annual McGraw-Hill satellite teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second language acquisition theory and practice; program, moderated by Dr. Gerard Ervin of Ohio State, features presentations by Dr. Wilga Rivers (Harvard University) and Dr. June Phillips (Weber State and ACTFL), and panel discussion/questions-answers with Drs. Robert Blake (University of California, Davis), Robert Di Donato (Miami University), Raymond Elliott (University of Texas, Arlington), L. Kathy Heilenman (University of Iowa), and Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku (University of California, San Diego); topic of discussion: use of authentic materials in the foreign language classroom; features videotaped examples of teachers using realia, authentic readings and video in the classroom; available: copy of teleconference handout containing outline of program.
2 hours

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #3: Integrating Technology into the Language Curriculum
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The October 23, 1996 third annual McGraw-Hill satellite teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second language acquisition theory and practice; program, moderated by Dr. Gerard Ervin of Ohio State, features presentations entitled The Role of Technology by Dr. Robert J. Blake (University of California, Davis) and Technology and the Communicative Language Classroom by Dr. Bill Van Patten (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) followed by panel discussion/questions-answers with Drs. Gail Robinson-Stuart (San Diego State University), Richard Kern (University of California, Berkeley), Christopher M. Jones (Carnegie-Mellon University), James P. Pusack (University of Iowa), Karen Price (Harvard University); topic of discussion: attempt to answer the following 4 questions: What is technology good for? Where does technology live? What is the process for integrating technology? How does the language instructor get good materials?
2 hours

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #4: Grammar in the Communicative Language Classroom
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The Fall 1997 fourth annual McGraw-Hill teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second language acquisition theory and practice; program, moderated by Dr. Gerard Ervin of Ohio State features presentations by Dr. Diane Musumeci (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and Dr. Michael H. Long (University of Hawaii, Manoa); also includes panel discussion/questions-answers with Drs. Elizabeth Bernhardt (Stanford University), Patsy Lightbown (Concordia University, Montreal), Theodore Higgs (San Diego State University), and Bill VanPatten (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign); topic of discussion: attempt to answer the following 4 questions: Should grammar be explicitly taught in the communicative language classroom? Does grammar instruction make a difference in the acquisition of a second language? If so, what are the effects? What approach to grammar instruction should be followed?
2 hours

Portugal and the United Kingdom: The Alliance Revisited
1/2" VHS color videocassette
That explores the alliance between Portugal and the United Kingdom through an array of artwork, science, and literature; historical perspective on the relationship between the two countries beginning in 1372 with the Peace Treaty of Tagilde and ending with the present day (1994) and paintings of Rego.
In English
38 minutes

Português Básico Para Estrangeiros
PO 1.004
1/2" VHS color videocassette
de Oliveira Slade
Video component of the updated and expanded Portuguese language learning program of the same name; features native Brazilian Portuguese speakers who play the role of on-screen teachers modeling the pronunciation of vocabulary and introducing grammatical items; includes dialogues based on everyday situations and two songs: Cidade Maravilhosa and Tristeza; also available: 4 audio CDs, textbook, workbook, and teacher’s manual
60 minutes

Quilombo
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1984 film written and directed by Carlos Diegues chronicling the 17th-century settlement of escaped slaves in northeast Brazil known as Palmares; based on fact, this story tells of the 1650 revolt of plantation slaves who flee to the mountains and are subsequently led by the chieftain Ganga Zumba and later by a warrior named Zumbi; in 1694 the latter attempts to protect the free Blacks from an assault by the Portuguese.
In Portuguese with English subtitles
1 hour 54 minutes

Romance Languages and Literatures Teaching Fellow Workshop (March 23, 1990)
1/2" VHS videocassette
Four 15–20 minute presentations by Teaching Fellow members of the Boston College Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on topics related to teaching techniques suggested for use in the foreign language classroom.
In English
Approx. 75 minutes

Topics:

Adapting Oral Proficiency Interviews for Classroom Use
Music in the Classroom
Effective Interaction Using Groups and Teams
Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Romance Languages and Literatures Teaching Fellow Workshop (February 28, 1992)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Five 15-minute presentations by Teaching Fellow members of the Boston College Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on topices related to teaching techniques suggested for use in the foreign language classroom.
In English
Approx. 75 minutes

Topics:

Fill’er Up: Quick and Easy Space Fillers (activities to focus students’ attention)
Snap to It (Rassias drilling method)
Action, Camera ... and Cut (student-produced videos)
Playing It Safe (games)
Instructor Exit Stage Left (student-centered activities for conversation initiation)

Romance Languages and Literatures Teaching Fellow Workshop (February 23, 1996)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Six 10–15-minute presentations by Teaching Fellow members of the Boston College Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on topics related to teaching techniques suggested for use in the foreign language classroom.
In English
Approx. 75 minutes

Topics:

A Bag of Magic Tricks
Listen Up!
Everyone’s a comic
Wanted: Dead or Alive!
Inspired Writing: Getting the Best from Students
Please Pass the Pumpkin!

Romance Languages And Literatures Teaching Fellow Workshop (February 14, 1997)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Five 10–15-minute presentations by Teaching Fellow members of the Boston College Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on topics related to teaching techniques suggested for use in the foreign language classroom
In English
Approx. 75 minutes

Topics:

Hey! What happened? (part I: Intermediate Spanish; part II: Elementary Spanish)
It’s in the bag! (Elementary French)
Classroom Classics (Intermediate French)
It’s transparent! (Spanish CCR)
E Dio creò la Nutella (Italian CCR)

Speak Easy
1/2" VHS color videocassette
14 short mime sketches in which two characters interact in real-life situations; sketches move from service-related interactions between strangers, to encounters between strangers, to more personal situations involving close friends or members of family; for all levels of language student; a Teacher’s Manual is available.
Each sketch: 3–5 minutes
Total time: 60 minutes

Titles:

Greetings

Flat Tire

New Shoes

Library

Cab Ride

Wallflowers

Influenza

Moving In

Truck Stop

Phone Call

Chez Vincent

Argument

Airport

The Lesson

Technology: Tool or Method?
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Recording of a “Baker’s Dozen Roundtable” discussion broadcast April 12, 2001 via satellite from Duke University and sponsored by the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in collaboration with Washington and Lee University and Duke University; 13 experts in applied linguistics, pedagogy and technology discuss (1) theory and practice in technology, (2) expected and assured outcomes with technology use, (3) changes in knowledge acquisition as it pertains to the technological interface, (4) technology as a transparent tool and/or method; discussion participants: Ms. Pegge Abrams (Duke), Dr. Bryan Alexander (Centenary College of Louisiana), Dr. Robert Blake (UC, Davis), Prof. Miriam Carlisle (Washington and Lee), Dr. Lise Desmarais (Canadian Foreign Service Institute), Dr. Robert Fischer (CALICO), Dr. Nina Garrett (Yale), Dr. P. Richard (Dick) Kuettner (Coordinator and Host, Washington and Lee), Dr. Jerry Larson (Brigham Young University), Dr. Jimmie Purser (Millsaps College), Dr. Clare Tufts (Duke), Prof. Ken’ichi Ujie (Washington and Lee), Dr. Clara Yu (Middlebury).
60 minutes

Travessia
PO 1.005
Twelve 1/2" VHS color videocassettes corresponding to the twelve units (Parts 1 and 2) of the Travessia textbook by Jon M. Tolman, Ricardo M. Paiva, John B. Jensen and Nivea P.Parsons (© 1988 Georgetown University Press), a fully integrated video and text program for learning Portuguese and for the study of Brazilian culture; videos include presentations of grammar, cultural information, short documentaries, skits, music video clips featuring popular Brazilian songs, and the teledrama “De Pernas Pro Ar.”
Average timing per unit = 34.5 minutes
Total time: 6.9 hours

The World Says Welcome
1/2" VHS color videocassette © 1987 Monterey Institute of International Studies
A fast-paced, informative video program using real-life interviews with young Americans living and working throughout the world; designed to stimulate interest in foreign language and to provide expert advice on how to prepare for an international career; accompanying materials include: teacher’s guide, counselor’s guide, suggestions for use in classroom and an international careers bibliography.
Approx. 27 minutes