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Portuguese 3 (Upper-)Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
Prerequisites: Portugese 1 and 2


This Portuguese language course develops written and oral communication skills acquired over the course of Portuguese I and II. Topics concerning the contemporary Portuguese-speaking world in global context 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, to an high intermediate level. 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). 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 towards 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.
Target level for Portuguese III in terms of the Common European Framework: B1/B2


The timetable will be available on the BA International Studies website this autumn.

Mode of instruction

* Seminar (Language course) * Lectures

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

* 30 mins written class test=20% of overall mark * Class/group presentation=20% of mark * Final oral exam=20% of mark * Final 1h written exam=40% of mark

Written tests will involve combination of fill-the gap exercises/linguistic tests/reading comprehension and/or short composition.
Orals: group and individual presentations, followed by Q&As.


Blackboard will be used. Students are requested to register on Blackboard for this course.

Reading list

1) Compulsory Literature:

  • Emma Eberlein, Novo Avenida Brasil 3 (São Paulo: E.P.U.). Additional materials will be supplied by Tutors.

2) Additional suggestions:

  • Isabel Coimbra and Olga M. Coimbra, Gramática Ativa 1. (Versão brasileira – Lamartine Bião Oberg) (Porto: Lidel). [very good selection of grammar exercises, with answers provided].

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

  • 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].


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.