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 course, together with module 1 and module 3 covers year one and two (Portuguese beginners and Portuguese 2 lower). Expect more homework than in other courses.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Topics: work, shopping for food, shopping for clothes, physical descriptions, describing personality, at the doctor’s, likes and dislikes
Grammar: indirect pronouns lhe/lhes, adverbs of frequency, the comparative and superlative, recycling the possessive, past tense (perfeito e imperfeito).
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
-describe your work
-shop for clothes
-shop for food
-describe symptoms at the doctor’s/the pharmacy
-describe someone’s physical appearance and personality
-talk about the past (holidays, the weekend, the past week…)
-describe habits in the past (childhood, routines, etc)
-buy a ticket and ask for info at a train station.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have completed 'Portuguese rapidamente: module 1' 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, 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 rapidamente: module 3. Please enrol as early as possible to avoid disappointment.