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Portugees Module 4


Admission requirements

This course is only for Major students track Portuguese. Otherwise contact tutor for guidance.


This language and culture course aims to develop students’ oral and written communication skills combined with the study of cultural topics in written and visual materials. A discussion on cultural trends and topics concerning Brazilian society are integrated into language learning through an interactive programme of language acquisition.

Course objectives

This course covers four key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course makes use of materials selected by the tutors, including authentic materials. These aim at the development of skills through practical written and oral exercises (individual and group-based).
European Framework for Languages:
Listening B1+
Reading B1+
Spoken B1+
Writing B1+



Course Load

Total: 140 hrs
Attending classes: 36 hrs

Mode of instruction

3×2hrs a week

Assessment method

Written assessments: 75%.
Oral assessments: 25% of mark

Written assessments: class test 40mins 20% of mark; a written assignment 15%; final 1h exam 40% (tests include linguistic exercises – eg. fill-the-gap exercises – and written comprehension or short composition).
Oral assessments: 25% of mark (short presentation and question/answer session).

Resit for relevant component: written exam/oral.


This course is supported by Blackboard. Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of current affairs, as well as specific information about (components of) the course. Please see:

Reading list

Material provided by tutors.

Additional suggestions:
Isabel Coimbra and Olga M. Coimbra, Gramática Ativa 2. (Versão brasileira – Lamartine Bião Oberg) (Porto: Lidel). [very good selection of grammar exercises, with answers provided].
Evanildo Bechara, Gramatica escolar da língua portuguesa, com exercícios (Rio de Janeiro:ed. Lucern) edição 2003 ou mais recente.
John Whitlam, Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar: A Practical Guide (Routledge, 2011) +
John Whitlam, Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar: Workbook (Routledge, 2011) [very good practice-based grammar + accompanying workbook].


Enrollment through uSis for the course and the examination or paper is mandatory.

Registration Contractonderwijs


Prospective Exchange students, please check the Study Abroad/Exchange website
for information on how to apply.


Minimum 80% attendance required.


dhr. Drs. M.W. Child