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Portuguese 3 Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed Portuguese 1 Beginners and Portuguese 2 Pre-Intermediate.


This course builds on the intermediate written and oral communication skills developed over the courses of Portuguese 1 Beginners and Portuguese 2 Pre-Intermediate. Topics concerning modern Portuguese-speaking world societies and cultures are integrated into language learning 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 3 Intermediate is the last 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 and following deadlines. These are integrated into language-specific, practical application of language skills in a variety of contexts, such as for example report writing, debating etc.

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


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Two 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 & Weighing

Exam 1 (Midterm Exam)

Partial grade Weighing When
Listening, reading and written production 25% week 6

Exam 2 (Final Exam)

Partial grade Weighing When
Listening, reading and written production 35% week 12

Oral Exam

Partial grade Weighing When
(Final Exam) Interview and interaction with another student 10% week 12
Assignments Oral production 10% tba
Participation 20% tba

Quizzes: Grammar structure and vocabulary
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 3: curso básico de português para estrangeiros: Emma Eberlein O.F. Lima … (et al.) - São Paulo: E.P.U. 2010 - ISBN: 9788512546100.
    There is also and e-book version for the Bookshelf app ISBN: 9788521627715.

  • Isabel Coimbra and Olga M. Coimbra, Gramática Ativa 2. (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.


  • 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.