Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Brazilian Portuguese (Basic)
Academic Year
Semester 2 (Taught over 2 semesters)
Little or no knowledge of Portuguese is required.
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 4 written assignments (20%), weekly oral/aural tests and participation (40%).  60%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Portuguese language written exam in semester 2.  40%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   written examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

Students who have successfully completed this module should feel that they have a good introductory command of Brazilian/Portuguese language across the four skills in the target language (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and should be able to have a basic knowledge of cultural and current affairs in Portugal and Brazil.

By the end of the module one will be able to:

- demonstrate one'r interest in and understanding of the Brazilian/Portuguese language as a subject of study
- display proficiency in the essential framework of Brazilian/Portuguese grammar, vocabulary and syntax
- translate selected passages from and into Brazilian/Portuguese
- communicate in written Brazilian/Portuguese at a standard appropriate to Level 1
- give one'r own insights into aspects of Brazilian/Portuguese society and culture
- respond with understanding to spoken Brazilian/Portuguese
- develop and enhance general communication skills.
- write an essay in Portuguese using some basic forms and developing a basic argument.
- improve one'r skills of oral and written presentation.
This module has regular homework assignments (4 written assignments) at 20% and weekly oral/aural tests at 40% as well as end of year written examination at 40%. All assessment is designed to measure one'r progress against learning outcomes at the appropriate level.

Brief description

Intensive introduction to the Brazilian/Portuguese language.

This module forms part of the option Level 1 programme in Modern Languages and is the main language course in that year for students who do not have an 'A' level or equivalent in the language. It aims to introduce students to contemporary Brazilian/Portuguese, imparting all four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and developing language awareness, and to bring students up to the standards which may enable them to proceed to a higher level. Students who successfully complete the module should feel that they have a good introductory command of Brazilian/Portuguese.
This module offers an opportunity to study Brazilian/Portuguese at university level, particularly as an adjunct to the language subjects offered in the Department of European Languages.
Students will follow the course book: Beginning Portuguese. Tyson-Ward, S. For grammar reference: Modern Portuguese: a reference grammar. Perini, M. A. In addition to this book students will find a fully integrated course combining audio tapes complemented by multimedia computer programmes and a wide variety of instructional and entertaining videos in the Language Resource Centre.
To make available to a wider constituency the cultural, personal, academic and vocational benefits of an awareness of a major European and international language.


Intended for Beginners with little or no language-learning experience in any language. This module offers students an opportunity to study Portuguese at university level, only as an adjunct to their main studies, and to provide them with the vocational benefits which derive from knowledge of a major European and international language.
On completion of this module students will have acquired a foundation in the language, a grasp of its linguistic structures and familiarity with its common vocabulary and high-frequency verbs. They should be able to communicate at a basic level in spoken and written Portuguese and handle the more typical situations of everyday life.


This module is delivered in a form of 2 x 1 hour class per week.
During the first hour (theoretical part) students will cover the main grammatical aspects of the language as well as to learn basic vocabulary which will enable them to start constructing simple sentences.
During the second hour (practical part) students will practice both through listening in the Language Laboratory and conversation exercises the main linguistic aspects which have been covered.
As a thin module, it is expected that students will move from basic vocabulary to a more proficient vocabulary and will use advanced linguistic structures by the end of the first semester.
In order to achieve these objectives, students will engage with:
- the translation of selected passages from Brazilian/Portuguese
- the selected reading passages from a range of different texts, such as journalistic, political, literary styles
- the analysis of distinct grammatical and syntactical structures within different genres
- conversation topics on Portuguese and Brazilian cultural issues and current affairs
- oral distinct structures and a range of colloquial expressions which allow students to understand everyday conversations
- accents and different pronunciations which will make students aware of the standardization of the Brazilian/Portuguese language.
- the production of summaries of oral and written material in Brazilian/Portuguese
- and make both supervised and independent use of the facilities available in the department: video, language laboratory, satellite television

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Listening and basic conversations
Improving own Learning and Performance Continuous assignments
Information Technology Language Laboratory resources, grammar exercises
Personal Development and Career planning PDP
Problem solving Grammar exercises
Research skills Audio material
Subject Specific Skills Listening, writing
Team work n/a


This module is at CQFW Level 4