Portuguese is one of the official languages of the European Union and the fifth most spoken language world wide.
Portuguese is the language spoken in Portugal (including Madeira and the Azores) and in Brazil (the most populous Latin American nation), Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe. There are also large communities of Portuguese-speaking people spread across Europe, the USA, and in certain parts of Asia and Africa.
Portuguese is mainly spoken in Australia by Portuguese, Brazilian, African and East Timorese native speakers and their descend-ants.
The study of Portuguese provides access to the cultures of the many Portuguese- speaking countries and communities throughout the world.
Through the study of the Portuguese language, students will develop both linguistic and cultural understandings, which will enhance travel in Portuguese-speaking countries and promote understanding, harmony and cooperation with Portuguese-speaking communities in Australia.