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Lingua Portuguesa Professional Development Program

The Lingua Portuguesa Professional Development Program is open to secondary and community college Spanish* language instructors interested in incorporating Portuguese language and culture into their school and district curricula.

This competitive program brings together a cohort of up to ten language instructors to study Portuguese language and culture, with a focus on language pedagogy, for one academic year. The objective of the program is to expand Portuguese language programs in secondary and community college education.

2021-22 Program Applications

Application deadline: July 10, 2021


Applicants must be secondary education or community college Spanish* language instructors.

*Instructors of other romance languages may be considered.

Scope of Program

The 2021-22 program commences with a two-day, in-person intensive workshop on Stanford campus**, followed by weekly real-time virtual classes from late September 2021 to May 2022. The weekly virtual classes alternate between language instruction and small-group conversation practice sessions with Portuguese speakers.

**The in-person component of this program is contingent upon COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on travel and on-campus activities.

Continuing Education Units

Participants are eligible to receive 4 quarter units (40 hours of instruction) through Stanford Continuing Studies.

Program Fee

$900 per academic year

Program fee includes     

  • weekly virtual classes.
  • 4 continuing education units through Stanford Continuing Studies.
  • 2 nights lodging near Stanford university for the 2-day, in-person intensive orientation workshop (contingent on COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on travel and on-campus activities). Lodging is for teachers traveling to Stanford University from beyond the Bay Area.

Application Process

The online application form must be completed in one sitting and includes a CV (upload) and statement of purpose (300-500 words; upload or type directly).


Please contact Molly Aufdermauer, CLAS Public Engagement Coordinator, at mollyauf [at] or 650-721-5530.

CLAS is a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center (NRC). Supported by the U.S. Department of Education under the auspices of Title VI, Section 602(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, NRCs serve to strengthen access to and training in the major languages of their respective regions, and to broaden area studies training across all disciplines.