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 and 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...
-describe daily routine
-talk about past actions
-describe your last holiday.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have completed 'Portuguese beginners 2' or have an equivalent knowledge of the language. For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart at the start of the languages section of our course guide. You will also 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?
Portuguese 2 lower: module 1 in September. Please enrol as early as possible to avoid disappointment.