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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 on the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Grammar and language structures are taught around a schedule centred on practical/concrete situations, such as speaking about oneself, getting to know people, finding one’s way round town, communicating present and past situations, etc.

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 Portuguese-speaking countries throughout the world, in everyday social situations and also professionally.
Target level for Portuguese 1 in terms of the Common European Framework:

  • Listening A2

  • Reading A2

  • Speaken A1/A2

  • Writing A1/A2


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website

Mode of instruction

This course consists in tutorials meetings based on communication and interaction.
Using the material previously provided by the tutor, students are required to study the grammar and vocabulary before the tutorials, where they will practice speaking and listening in a series of interactive activities.

Course Load

Three tutorials of two hours each per week.

  • Total course load: 280 hours (10 EC)

  • Attending classes: 72 hours (6 h per week over 12 weeks)

  • Preparing classes, exams and extra activities: 208 hours

Assessment method

Assessment and weighing

Written assessments:
Written Exam 1 (15%) (1-2 hours)
Written Exam 2 (Mid-term) (20%) (1-2 hours)
Written Exam 3 (15%) (1-2 hours)
Written Exam 4 (Final) (20%) (1-2 hours)
Assignments (10%) (1-2 hours)

Oral assessments:
Oral Exam (Final) (20%) (7-15 minutes)

Written exams include linguistic exercises, written comprehension, listening comprehension, and short essay.
Oral assessment consists of a question/answer session.

To pass the course, the average has to be 5.5 at least.


If the final grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is the possibility of a resit.
The resit will be a written exam of two hours, and will test if the students have reached the end level of this semester. This exam consists of the following components:

  • Reading and writing;

  • Written dialogue;

  • Vocabulary and grammar.


Blackboard will be used. For tutorial groups: please enroll in blackboard after your enrolment in uSis
Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

  • Emma Eberlein O-F Lima and others, Novo Avenida Brasil 1 (E.P.U.)

  • Isabel Coimbra and Olga M. Coimbra, Gramática Ativa 1. (Brazilian or European version – according to the area of studies elected by the student)


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Dr. M.J. Schoenmakers-Klein Gunnewiek


For this course attendance and participation is essential. Classes missed for a good reason have to be discussed with the language instructor BEFORE the class takes place. Frequent absence will inevitably lead to lower participation grades, or denied access to the final exam.
Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.
This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.