Master of Arts in Portuguese Bilingual Education or ESL Education and Cross-Cultural Studies


Due to COVID-19, and so as to better support our continuing graduate students, the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies will not be accepting students either to the Ph.D. or the A.M. programs in fall 2020 for an entering class of 2021. We look forward to resuming admittance to both programs next academic year. If you have any questions about either program, please do not hesitate to contact either Dr. Leonor Simas-Almeida, Director of Graduate Studies, or Dr. Leila Lehnen, Chair.

A.M. Information

This interdisciplinary program offers graduate level study in advanced language and bilingual education for bilingual teachers of Portuguese as well as ESL training for teachers of ESL. This graduate degree program does not provide candidates with elementary and secondary teaching certification. It does, however, offer specialization courses in second language acquisition, research and practice. Candidates for this degree may be part-time or full-time. In the former case, students will be required to complete at least two courses per semester thereby enabling them to complete their requirements in two years. Specific requirements for this two- track curriculum are:

Portuguese Bilingual Education and Cross-Cultural Studies Curriculum:

  1. 1 course in Bilingual Education Methodology (POBS 2120)
  2. 1 course in Problems and Current Issues in Bilingual Education (POBS 2020)
  3. 1 course in Foundations of Bilingual Education (POBS 2010)
  4. 3 Basic required courses (POBS 1750, 2020 or 1720)
  5. 2 other related courses to be selected from offerings in Portuguese and Brazilian, Education, Anthropology, Linguistics, Psychology, and Sociology.
  6. Bilingual Education candidates must take a written proficiency exam in Portuguese.

ESL Education and Cross-Cultural Studies Curriculum:

  1. POBS 1750: Language, Culture and Society
  2. POBS 2010A: Language Theory and Curriculum Development
  3. POBS 2020D: Theories in First and Second Language Acquisition
  4. POBS 2120A: ESL Methodology Assessment and Evaluation
  5. POBS 1720: Literacy, Culture and Schooling for the Language Minority Student
  6. POBS 2020A: Applied Linguistics for ESL
  7. 2 other related courses to be selected from offerings in Portuguese and Brazilian (POBS 2020E recommended), Education, Anthropology, Linguistics, Psychology, Sociology, and Latin American Studies.

In addition to their course work, all candidates must complete a Master's Project.

Transfer Credit for All Master's Degrees

Graduate work done in graduate residence at other institutions and not used in fulfillment of the requirements for a degree may be offered in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Master's degree on recommendation by the department. However, the equivalent of at least seven semester courses must be completed in residence at Brown University. Students who wish to transfer credit for work done elsewhere should file an application with the Registrar as soon as possible. Forms are available in the Office of the Registrar.