This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed Portuguese 1 Beginners.
This course builds on the communication skills developed in Portuguese 1 Beginners, developing further the ability of expressing past events, experiences, wishes etc. Moreover, whilst developing language skills, the course aims at familiarizing students further with elements of the culture of lusophone countries through the use of varied materials.
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.
Mode of instruction
Three two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. With online education, it is more important than ever to maintain communication and stay in touch with your study groups. For this reason, if you are unable to attend a session, it is required that you inform your tutor in advance. Please note that being absent at any tutorial session may have a negative impact on the grade of the assignment due for that particular tutorial session. This is at the discretion of the tutor.
Assessment and Weighing
Exams include grammar exercises (e.g., fill-the-gap, short answer, etc.), reading comprehension, listening comprehension, open questions, and short essays. Oral assessment consists of a question/answer session. Quizzes and assignments are weekly tasks. Each student will be expected to prepare a solo presentation on one of the course’s topics. A group assignment, which includes both written and spoken parts will also be expected.
|Partial grade||Weighing||Time of examination|
|Exam 1 (1-2 hours)||15%||week 3|
|Exam 2 - Midterm (1-2 hours)||15%||week 6|
|Exam 3 - Final (1-2 hours)||15%||week 12|
|Oral Exam (7-15 minutes)||15%||week 12|
|Quizzes + Assignments||20% total||weekly|
To successfully complete the course, please take note that the End Grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the in-class oral and listening performance, and written exams.
The End Grade needs to be a 6.0 or higher to pass the course.
If the End Grade is insufficient (lower than a 6.0), there is a possibility of retaking the full 70% of the exam material (exams, quizzes, Midterm Exam and Final Exam). No resit for the tutorial (participation and homework) is possible.
Exam review and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
Novo Avenida Brasil 2: curso básico de português para estrangeiros: Emma Eberlein O.F. Lima … (et al.) - São Paulo: E.P.U. 2019 - ISBN: 9788512545707
Isabel Coimbra and Olga M. Coimbra, Gramática Ativa 1. (Porto: Lidel).
There are two versions of this book: the European Portuguese (also applicable to African Portuguese) and the Brazilian Portuguese. Choose the one related to your area of studies.
Vailati, Tecia E., Apostila 1 (Reader). This reader will be available for free download on Brightspace.
Enrolment through uSis for Tutorials is mandatory.
Students will be enrolled for Exams by the Administration Office, as long as they have a valid Tutorial enrolment.
F. Dos Santos Velho
When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number, and tutorial group number.
Please use your University email-address (uMail) when communicating with any person or department within Leiden University.
This course uses an integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.