- Module description
Portuguese Beginners (FLP1130)
|Staff||Miss Valeria Carneiro Dos Reis - Convenor|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
The module is intended for students who have little or no previous knowledge of Portuguese and offers an introduction to Brazilian Portuguese language and culture. This module is broadly equivalent to A1 / A2 Basic User level of the Common European Framework and aims to: Provide students with a solid foundation of the basic grammatical structures of the target language thus enabling them to communicate effectively across the four key language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) at an elementary level on a variety of general topics Enable participants to give and understand information and to achieve a confident elementary level of communicative competence in everyday situations Provide an introduction to the customs, culture and society of the regions/countries in which the languages are spoken and to develop student awareness of the general social and cultural background of the language
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Demonstrate a sound grasp of the basic grammatical structures of the target language
- 2. Read and comprehend simple written and aural texts and extract specific, predictable information related to every-day situations
- 3. Communicate effectively on a variety of general topics requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters, both orally and in writing
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 4. Understand the principles of learning a foreign language intensively and organise his/her learning with guidance from the tutor.
- 5. Use available learning aids in a variety of media, such as a reference grammar and bilingual dictionary, to consolidate his/her learning.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Communicate at a basic level in the target language
- 7. Work productively with others as part of a team, within a set structure
- 8. Make progress through developing skills of self-study and application and develop an awareness of and sensitivity to a foreign culture.
The course provides a systematic approach to acquiring essential grammar structures in a communicative context and in accordance with the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. It covers the following grammar / topics: Grammar Grammatical terms Portuguese spelling and alphabet Substantives Articles & Gender o(s) , a(s), um, uma(s) Numbers Adjectives - colour, nationality, opposites, comparatives, superlatives Pronouns & Prepositional Expressions Prepositions: place, time and contracted forms (de, da(s), do(s), em, no(s), na(s) ) Conjuctions: linking elements Regular and irregular verbs, Reflexive verbs Verbal expressions: andar + infinitivo, costumar + infinitivo Present Simple, Present Continuous Future I Perfect Past Imperatives Adverbs & Expressions of: time, place, quantity.
Topics Introductions, talking about yourself / asking for and giving personal information Describing your family and friends Describing the place where you live: home and furniture, objects Describing people and places (physical appearance) Using numbers for: time/date, price, age Describing a daily routine, Describing your academic life: friends, campus, subject etc. Leisure activities, the weather; seasons Talking about food and drink in Brazil. Ordering in a bar/restaurant Talking about likes and dislikes; expressing preferences Going shopping At the tourist office in Brazil, transport and finding your way around Brazil. Talking about cultural events e.g Carnival. Making and accepting invitations. Biographies and past experiences Talking about past holidays and future plans.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities||88||Language classes|
|Guided independent study||212||Consolidate class work by learning vocabulary and structures, and by reading, watching or listening to material in Portuguese. Prepare exercises and activities for class, write short assignments and generally begin to acquire a repertoire of effective language learning strategies. Learning activities are supported by various media, including audio, video / DVD, and, where appropriate, computer software.|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|In-Class Test||15||1.5 hours||1-6, 8||Written Feedback Sheet with opportunity for individual follow-up with tutor/s.|
|Listening Test||25||30-minute||2,4,5,8||Written Feedback Sheet|
|Oral Test||25||7/8-minute||1,3-6, 8||Written Feedback Sheet|
|Written Examination||35||1.5 hours||1-6, 8||Written Feedback (upon request)|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|In Class test||See written exam||1 - 6, 8||Referral/deferral period|
|Listening test||Listening test||2, 4, 5, 8||Referral/deferral period|
|Oral test||Oral test||1, 3 - 6, 8||Referral/deferral period|
|Written exam||Written exam||1 - 6, 8||Referral/deferral period|
Oral Test = 25%, Listening Test = 25%, Written Examination = 50%
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Various, Novo Avenida Brasil 1, Editoria Pedagogica e Universitaria 2009
Recommended materials: Hutchinson, Amelia P. Portuguese: An Essential Grammar - 2a. Edio. Routledge, 2003
A suitable bilingual dictionary, e.g. Collins Brazilian Portuguese Dictionary
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