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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:

  • Listening A2

  • Reading A2

  • Spoken Interaction A2

  • Spoken Production A2

  • Writing A2


The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

Three two hour tutorials every week

Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or a 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.

Course Load

  • Total course load: 280 hours (10 EC)

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

  • Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 208 hours

Assessment method

  • Written assessments: 75%

  • Oral assessment: 25% of mark.

Written assessments: class test 40 min. 20% of mark; written assignment 15%; final written exam 2 h exam 40% (written tests include linguistic exercises – eg. fill-the-gap exercises – and written comprehension or short composition).

Oral assessment: 25% of mark (short presentation and question/answer session).

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 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


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


80% attendance in class is recquired.

Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.