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Portuguese 2 Pre-Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed Portuguese 1 Beginners.


This course builds on the communication skills developed in Portuguese 1, developing further the ability of expressing past events, experiences, opinions, etc. Moreover, whilst developing language skills, the course aims at familiarizing students further with elements of modern Portuguese-speaking world societies and cultures through an interactive programme of language acquisition.
Course-book and other additional, including authentic materials will be used in the development of communication skills through practical written and oral exercises (individual and group-based).

Course objectives

Portuguese 2 Pre Intermediate is the second course in a series of three language acquisition courses within the International Studies program. The final objective of this course series is to obtain an intermediate level of proficiency in Portuguese.

The course will expand students' knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and awareness of register. Students will develop key skills, such as presentation skills in Portuguese, team work, working to deadlines. These are integrated into language-specific, practical application of language skills in a variety of contexts, such as CV and covering letter writing.

Skill CEFR Level
Reading B1
Writing A2
Listening A2+
Speaking A2


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Three two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. For this reason, if you are unable to attend a session, it is required that you inform your tutor in advance. Please note that being absent at any tutorial session may have a negative impact on the grade of the assignment due for that particular tutorial session. This is at the discretion of the tutor.

Assessment method

Assessment and Weighing

Exam 1 (Midterm Exam)

Partial grade Weighing Time of examination
Listening, reading and written production 25% week 6

Exam 2 (Final Exam)

Partial grade Weighing Time of examination
Listening, reading and written production 35% week 12

Oral Exam

Partial grade Weighing Time of examination
(Final Exam) Interview and interaction with another student 10% week 12
Solo/Group Presentations 10% tba
Participation 20% tba

Assignments: Written production
Attendance and engagement

End Grade

  • To successfully complete the course, please take note that the End Grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the in-class oral and listening performance, and written exams.

  • The End Grade needs to be a 6.0 or higher to pass the course.


If the End Grade is insufficient (lower than a 6.0), there is a possibility of retaking the full 80% of the exam material (reading, writing, speaking, and listening). No resit for the tutorial (participation) is possible.

Exam review and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

  • Novo Avenida Brasil 2: curso básico de português para estrangeiros: Emma Eberlein O.F. Lima … (et al.) - São Paulo: E.P.U. 2019 - ISBN: 9788512545707

  • There is also an e-book version for the Bookshelf app - ISBN: 9788521627708

  • Isabel Coimbra and Olga M. Coimbra, Gramática Ativa 1. (Porto: Lidel).
    There are two versions of this book: the European Portuguese (also applicable to African Portuguese) and the Brazilian Portuguese. Choose the one related to your area of studies.

  • Vailati, Tecia E., Apostila 1 (Reader). This reader will be available for free download on Brightspace.


  • Enrolment through uSis for Tutorials is mandatory.

  • Students will be enrolled for Exams by the Administration Office, as long as they have a valid Tutorial enrolment.

  • General information about uSis is available here.



This course uses an integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.