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CULP: Portuguese Basic 2


Course will be delivered online.

The Programme offers general language tuition with a focus on communicative competence.

At a basic level, the focus is on every day and real-time, oral/aural communication. Each course features a functional-notional syllabus and grammar points are analysed in context.

More detailed information is available from the Language Centre.

Target audience
  • University staff and students
  • Further details regarding Language Centre eligibility criteria are available

This course is appropriate for students who already possess a little knowledge of the Portuguese language (Level A1 of the CEFR equivalent).

Topics covered

The course introduces students to the following functions and notions:

  • Greetings
  • Introductions
  • to tell your origin/age and ask people relevant questions to get the same information
  • to converse about work/study as well as family and languages spoken
  • to be able to describe a dwelling, give/ask for an address, ask/explain who people live with...
  • to talk about preferences, interests, sport, hobbies, weekend activities
  • to place orders at the bar, talk about likes and dislikes, ask people what they want to drink...
  • to make a restaurant booking, read the menu, ask about the dishes, place order, talk about food, ask for the bill and ask for info re: the bill...
  • to talk about your work/study, the timetable and to talk about your professional past
  • to ask for directions, understand indications, traffic signs, call a taxi, explain where to go... talk about the past in general and tell stories
  • to buy food and clothing items, inquire about prices, size, quantity and get other relevant information
  • to understand information relevant to travel, holiday and stay in hotel
  • to talk about health and fitness, describe ailments, understand instructions and discuss them
  • to talk about the geography and the demographics of the Portuguese-speaking world.

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Listening/Speaking: Understand basic instructions or take part in a basic factual conversation on a predictable topic.
  • Reading: Understand a set of basic notices, instructions or information.
  • Writing: Write a brief informal letter or e-mail on an every-day predictable topic.
  • To develop a basic understanding and an appreciation of the salient linguistic features;
  • To establish the learner as a fairly confident language user in a range of predictable every-day situations;
  • To introduce students to the cultural background of Brazil within the context of language teaching.

Classroom teaching

System requirements
  • Raven access is required
  • Further information regarding Raven is available
  • Students Fees: £200 to be paid online. Please select ‘Concessionary’ under the course fee when you make your booking.
  • Staff Fees: £200 to be paid online. Please select ‘All charged’ under the course fee when you make your booking.
  • Links to the online store will be provided with your confirmation email.
  • Payment is required within 24 hours of your booking to secure your place.
  • Refunds available after the first lesson only.
  • Payment for the courses is made on the Online Store (CULP General Purpose courses), (Raven log in).
  • Course materials can be found on Moodle (Raven log in), once the course has started.
  • The course will be offered upon enrolment of at least 15 students
  • Full details of all Language Centre programmes can be found on the Language Centre website and Language Centre Online website

Fifteen taught sessions of two hours

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