What is the course about?
The course aims to provide further knowledge and understanding of the Portuguese language and to develop skills. It also gives an insight into Portuguese speaking countries culture and ways of life.
What will we cover?
We will continue developing all four skills, with emphasis on speaking and listening. A talk on a topic of the student’s choice to be given at the end of the term will help to build up confidence and explore the language. Homework will be given for a complete integration of all skills. Topics will include press, modern technology, leisure and free time, beliefs and superstitions, food and customs.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- use some more tenses of the subjunctive mode with confidence
- talk and give your opinion about the different types of modern means of communication
- understand beliefs and customs of Brazilian and Portuguese people
- talk about food and ask more specific questions about a dish in a restaurant
- express regrets
- understand articles from the written press (newspapers and magazines)
- understand colloquialisms of the language
- talk about ecosystems.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should be able to express yourself in Portuguese fairly accurately, specially the use of present, future and the various forms of past tense, and have studied Portuguese for at least three years.
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
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 3 lower module 3. Please enrol as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
General information and advice on courses at Build 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