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Portuguese 2 Pre-Intermediate


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies who have passed Portuguese 1 Beginners.


This pre-intermediate Portuguese language course builds on the written and oral communication skills developed over the course of Portuguese I. 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 a pre-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 to deadlines. These are integrated into language-specific, practical application of language skills in a variety of contexts, such as CV and covering letter writing.
Target level for Portuguese Pre-intermediate in terms of the Common European framework:
Listening – B1
Reading – B1
Speaking A2/B1
Writing A2/B1


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

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 2 (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.
This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.