A new award open to York University students enrolled in the Elementary Portuguese course (POR1000) will reward the academic excellence of one student with a free trip to Azores, Portugal.
Sponsored by SATA Group, Azores Airlines, the Portuguese Gives you Wings! award will honour the student with the best performance in the class after the 2015-16 academic year has ended and grades are finalized.
Students are graded on performance in reading, writing, speaking and listening – all the skills they will be able to put to use during a trip to Portugal.
The award supports objectives shared by the Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies program and the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies to further develop and invest in experiential education.
It is representative of the overall program efforts to provide students with significant and meaningful opportunities to engage with the language. It offers an opportunity to stimulate language interaction, as well as a sense of belonging to a wider, global community, while valuing cultural difference and the richness of a language within its regional variations.
The recipient will also experience life in the Azores, a group of islands widely recognized, including by UNESCO and National Geographic, for its natural beauty, ecological and sustainable development, and its açorianidade, a term coined by 20th century Azorean intellectual Vitorino Nemésio that stands for the particular identity of the islands and its inhabitants.
The Portuguese & Luso-Brazilian Studies program offers a wide range of courses within a rich interdisciplinary scope. The program uses the latest technology and student-focused teaching platforms to enhance the learning process. It exposes students to a wide range of experiential education opportunities both on and off campus, including community placements, interactive cultural and academic events, and volunteer Portuguese speakers in the classroom.
The SATA Group is a conglomerate dedicated to the aviation industry, with its head office located in Ponta Delgada, in the island of São Miguel, Azores. SATA Canada is also a valued community partner of the program’s advanced experiential education course Language in Context: Portuguese in the Greater Toronto Area.