Subject: Lusa: TV series, book fair promote use of Portuguese language

East Timor: TV series, book fair promote use of Portuguese language

Dili, Dec. 5 (Lusa) - Officials unveiled an eight-episode television series for Portuguese language instruction Monday in the East Timorese capital.

Produced by the Dili bureau of Portugal's public broadcaster RTP at the request of its East Timorese counterpart, RTTL, the series is modeled on a similar radio project launched in 2002.

At independence in 2002, East Timor adopted Portuguese as one of two official languages, along with the local Tetum.

Lisbon's aid to its former territory is heavily centered on education and on the re-introduction of Portuguese in the wake of a quarter century of Indonesian occupation, during which the language was banned.

In another initiative, Dili's eight-day-long 2nd Lusophone Book Fair closed Sunday, with officials saying more than 80,000 books had been sold at cut-rate prices.

The Portuguese embassy's education attaché, José Revez, said the event had been so successful that a proposal would be made to Lisbon to underwrite the opening of a permanent Lusophone book store in Dili.

The book fair was an initiative of the Community of Portuguese- speaking Countries (CPLP) in tandem with public and private Portuguese institutions and the Portuguese and Brazilian embassies.

EL/SAS.

Lusa


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