This language course aims to develop students’ confident oral and written communication skills to an advanced level, with an emphasis on writing skills of longer pieces in a variety of contexts and targets (eg. journalistic, critical essays, business) as well as oral skills mindful of issues of presentation, cultural awareness, attention to register etc. This is an interactive course in which a variety of authentic materials are used.
This course covers four key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Authentic materials will be used in the development of communication skills through practical written and oral exercises (individual and group-based).
European Framework for Languages: B2+
Time and date on which the course is offered or a link to the website.
Mode of instruction
3× 2hs per week.
Total: 140 hrs
Attending classes: 36 hrs
Written assessments: 75%.
Oral assessments: 25% of mark
Written assessments: class test 40mins 20% of mark; written assignment 15%; final exam of 1h 40% (tests include linguistic exercises – eg. fill-the-gap exercises – and written comprehension or composition).
Oral assessments: 25% of mark (short presentation and question/answer session).
Resit for relevant component: written exam/oral.
Materials provided by tutors.
Evanildo Bechara, Gramatica escolar da língua portuguesa, com exercícios (Rio de Janeiro:ed. Lucern) edição 2003 or more recent.
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].
C.F.da Cunha and Lindley Cintra, Nova gramática do português contemporâneo, (Lisbon: João Sá da Costa, 1984; repr. Aveiro: Lexikon, 2008).
Mário Perini, Modern Portuguese: A Reference Grammar (Yale: Yale University Press, 2002) [Brazilian Portuguese]
Minimum 80% attendance required to complete the module.