The mission of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) is to increase knowledge and awareness of Latin America and the Caribbean regions by promoting language and area studies in their broadest sense. Outreach Program at CLACS is funded through a U.S. Department of Education, Title VI Federal Area Studies grant. CLACS organizes and sponsors outreach events for the University of Illinois students, faculty and staff; K-14 students, educators and librarians; and programs for the community.

2nd High School Summer Bridge-Portuguese 2017
Summer 2017 Latin American Studies Educators' Workshop

2ND High School Summer Bridge-PORTUGUESE Program 2017

This program is intended for high school students interested in pursuing a foreign language at the university level.

        • June 5 - 16, 2017(M-F)

        • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus

        • Registration

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          - Two-week introductory course directed to High School students.
          - 3.5-hours of daily instruction (9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) -Introduction to the Portuguese language for two weeks
          - Immersion in Brazilian culture
          - Language materials created by our instructors.
          - Activities supported with authenticaural/visual materials (music, films, YouTube videos).
          - Daily cultural activities designed to introduce students to highlights of Brazilian art, music, history, and food.
          - No prior knowledge of Portuguese assumed.
          - Enrollment limited to 12 students in one class.
    - Movie and Discussion
    - Music/Dance Activity
    - Invited speaker on Brazilian cultural topic
    - Brazil Geography and Populations
    - Travel highlights


    - Understand, produce, and maintain simple conversations on everyday topics.
    - Acquire basic understanding of: Brazilian culture; Brazilian populations, and; Brazilian geography.
    - Produce materials to be made available in the CLACS-Portuguese website.

NOTE: Since space is limited, checks will not be cashed until participation in the program is confirmed. Selections will be based on teachers' recommendations.







Summer 2017 Latin American studies Educators' Workshop


The Poetry and Movement of Tango: A Window to Southern Latin America


  • June 5-9, 2017

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus

  • Registration

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Professional Development Workshop directed to K-12 and Community College Educators, and Librarians.

Illinois K-12 educators are elegible to receive ISBE Professional Development Hours (PDH). Others are elegible to receive General University Continuing Education units (CEU).



Information: clacs.illinois.edu/outreach