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 is suitable if you already speak a Romance language such as French, Italian, Romanian or Spanish. It might also be suitable if you would like to learn at a much faster pace. This course, together with module 2 and module 3 covers year one and two (Portuguese beginners and Portuguese 2 lower). Expect more homework than in other courses. The tutor will advise on course book in first lesson. Please note that our tutors can be from any Portuguese-speaking country.
What will we cover?
Topics: greetings and introductions, alphabet and spelling, the numbers, the time, talking about yourselves and family, at the cafe, at the hotel
Grammar: verbs to be, to have, to go, present and near future tenses, regular and irregular conjugation of the verbs, colloquial and formal language
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
-talk about daily routine
-tell the time
-talk about leisure activities
-invite people to go out (accept and reject)
- book a room at a hotel
-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 + CD for home study. Please ask the tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Portuguese rapidamente module: 2 . 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