July 29, 2012

Article: Brazilians Push for Portuguese Classes in Florida

From http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-portuguese-programs-schools-broward-20120714,0,4558818.story

Brazilians' clout brings push for Portuguese classes in Broward
By Marc Freeman
July 14, 2012

As their influence grows, Brazilians in South Florida want to spread the word — in their language.

To make that happen, educators are launching an online petition and survey to push for the first Portuguese classes in Broward County Public Schools. They are targeting the Deerfield Beach and Pompano Beach areas.

Leaders of business and cultural groups say Brazil's influence in Florida will continue to flourish leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

"Portuguese language is becoming more and more a popular language because Brazil will host the World Cup and the Olympics," said Anete Arslanian, president of the Miami-based American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese.

"Many people want to learn Portuguese to travel to Brazil," she said. "This seems to be the right moment to get the programs started."

Read the full article at http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/broward/fl-portuguese-programs-schools-broward-20120714,0,4558818.story

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