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Portuguese 1 Beginners


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.


This is a language course for beginners and has a communicative approach. Attention will be paid to the use of the language in practical, everyday situations. The focus will be on listening, speaking and reading. However, basic writing instruction will also be part of the course. For this purpose, pronunciation, basic vocabulary, basic grammar and the most important standard phrases will be taught as the key elements of this course.

Course objectives

This course is the first in a series of three language acquisition courses within the International Studies programme. The final objective of this course series is to reach an intermediate level of proficiency in Portuguese, aimed at communication with people in Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries throughout the world, in everyday social situations and enabling students to follow current affairs in the region (and the Portuguese-speaking world more broadly) via various media and have an appreciation of Lusophone cultures.

Target level for Portuguese 1 in terms of the Common European Framework: A2


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction

Three 2-hour sessions a week, combination of lectures and seminars.

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.

Assessment method

Written assessments: class test 30mins 20% of mark; final 2h exam 40% (tests include linguistic exercises – eg. fill-the-gap exercises – and written comprehension or short composition).
Oral exam 40% of mark (short presentation and question/answer session).

Resit for relevant component: written exam/oral.

Reading list

  • Emma Eberlein O-F Lima and others, Novo Avenida Brasil I (E.P.U.)

  • Isabel Coimbra and Olga M. Coimbra, Gramática Ativa 1. (Versão brasileira – Lamartine Bião Oberg)
    Nível A1/A2/B1. ISBN 978-972-757-9310

Additional suggestions:

  • Júlia Abreu de Souza. Basiscursus Portugees van Brazilië É isso aí. Bussum: Coutinho, 2006. [text especially geared to Dutch speakers]

  • Emma Eberlein O.F. Lima and Samira A. Iunes, Falar…Ler…Escrever…Português: um curso para estrangeiros (São Paulo: E.P.U.)


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable