Portuguese beginners: module 1

Course Dates: 14/09/20 - 30/11/20
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online

Suitable for complete beginners.We teach Portuguese from Portugal and Brazil- please check with the Languages department before enrolling if this could affect your choice of course.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


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.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

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.

For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart, using the link at the top of this page. You can also find the chart at the start of the languages section in our course guide. You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and read course documents in English and be at ease with the use of number 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?

The course is based on the tutor's own materials but you might want to purchase a book for home study. Please ask the tutor.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Portuguese beginners: module 2. Please enrol as early as possible to avoid disappointment.


Customer Reviews 12 item(s)

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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

A great and practical beginners Portuguese course with the flexibility to focus on Brazilian or Portuguese pronunciation and vocabulary
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Review by Nadine / (Posted on 16/03/2020)
Very good course giving a nice start into the language. My tutor was fantastic, friendly, patient and professional and I look forward to starting the next level.
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Review by Kasia / (Posted on 16/03/2020)
Do the home work to learn the Grammar
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Review by anonymous / (Posted on 02/12/2019)
go for it
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/11/2019)
Excellent introduction to Portuguese. Evenly balanced between Brazilian and Portuguese dialects.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 20/11/2019)
A great crash course for learning a new language. It covers a lot in a short time. It doesn’t go into great depth with grammar or vocabulary, but instead gives a broad, basic ability to speak.
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Review by Daniel / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
Very easy approach to learning a new language. The tutor creates a friendly relaxed environment where its easy to ask questions, practice and develop at a pace youre comfortable with.
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Review by Peter / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
City Lit is a fun and well supported environment in which to learn a language
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/11/2019)
It is worth it
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Review by a / (Posted on 01/04/2019)
A fantastic introduction to the Portuguese language, a great teaching style and I cannot wait to continue my learning in the next module.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 26/03/2019)
I truly enjoyed this course, fantastic and friendly teacher.
I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn a new language.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 12/12/2018)
What a lovely way to start learning Portuguese, both European and Brazilian. Covered helpful vocabulary and always had time for questions.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 05/12/2018)
Tutor Biographies
Christina Baum

Christina Baum is a Brazilian-British Portuguese and English teacher (CELTA), literary translator and writer based in London. She has over 20 years’ experience in teaching and believes that effective learning means a fun experience. She teaches all levels of Portuguese and English. As a translator, she has translated several books into Portuguese, including Pulse by Julian Barnes, Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala and We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She has also translated from Portuguese into English for the BBC, Channel 4, The Guardian, the British Council and Instituto Moreira Salles. She has nine years’ experience in running literary festivals, across three continents (Flip, Palfest, London Literature Festival and São Paulo International Litfest). She holds a BA and MFA in Creative Writing (Birkbeck, University of London), and has just finished the first draft of her non-fiction book English and Me: A Life Translated.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: LP112

Started Mon, eve, 14 Sep - 30 Nov '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £189.00
Concession: £115.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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