What is the course about?
The course aims to give students basic knowledge of Portuguese, enabling them to understand how the language works and to start communicating in Portuguese in various situations. Our Portuguese classes are taught by either Brazilian or Portuguese nationals. All our tutors teach the differences of the two variants as much as possible and use teaching resources that reflect the diversity of the Portuguese speaking world, including Portuguese-speaking African countries.
What will we cover?
Portuguese grammar, colloquial and formal language, idiomatic expressions. The students will have the opportunity to develop their oral, listening comprehension, reading and writing skills.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-greet people and introduce yourselves and others
-give personal information
-talk about yourselves and your family
-tell the time
-invite people to go out (accept and reject)
-order food and drinks.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge of Portuguese is required. You will need to be able to understand basic spoken and written information in English (e.g. simple instructions, course documents) and be at ease with the use of numbers for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time etc).
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Based on the tutor's own materials.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Portuguese1; module 2 intensive (daytime). Please enrol as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details