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CULP: General Language Courses - Portuguese

There are approximately 240 million speakers of Portuguese in the world, which makes it the third most spoken European language after English and Spanish, and the sixth most widely spoken language in the world. Portuguese is spoken in four continents (America, Africa, Europe and Asia), and it is the official language in eight countries: Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe, Cape Verde and East Timor.

If you are planning to study or work in one of these countries, or simply if you are thinking about going to the Olympic Games in 2016 in Brazil, it is a good idea to start learning Portuguese, because knowing the language will allow you to interact with local people and communicate effectively.

Although there are some differences in the use of the language due to the variety of places where it is spoken, there has been an Orthographic Agreement (2012) endorsed by the Portuguese speaking countries. The objective of the agreement is to strengthen the role of the Portuguese language internationally and to guarantee linguistic uniformity among the eight member states of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP).

We look forward to seeing you in our lessons, and we hope that you will enjoy learning Portuguese with us.

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Qualifications framework level: CEFR A2

Prerequisites

For absolute beginners (ab initio learners) or for those with very little knowledge of the language.

Educational Aims

At the Basic level the main aims are:

    • To develop a basic understanding and an appreciation of the salient linguistic features;
    • To establish the learner as a fairly confident language user in a range of predictable every-day situations;
    • To introduce students to the cultural background of Brazil within the context of language teaching.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Course students will be able to:

Listening/Speaking Understand basic instructions or take part in a basic factual conversation on a predictable topic.
Reading Understand a set of basic notices, instructions or information.
Writing Write a brief informal letter or e-mail on an every-day predictable topic.

Topics

The Course introduces students to the following functions and notions:

  • How to say hello, present oneself, to tell your origin, age and ask people relevant questions to get same information
  • to converse about work/study as well as family and languages spoken
  • to be able to describe a dwelling, give/ask for address, ask/explain who people live with...
  • to talk about preferences, interests, sport, hobbies, weekend activities
  • to place orders at the bar, talk about likes, dislikes, ask people what they want to drink...
  • to make a restaurant booking, read the menu, ask about the dishes, place order, talk about food, ask for the bill and ask for info re the bill...
  • to talk about your work/study, the timetable and to talk about your professional past
  • to ask for directions, understand indications, traffic signs, call a taxi, explain where to go...
  • talk about the past in general and tell stories
  • to buy food and clothing items, inquire about prices, size, quantity and get other relevant information
  • to understand information relevant to travel, holiday and stay in hotel
  • to talk about health and fitness, describe ailments, understand instructions and discuss them
  • to talk about the geography and the demographics of the Portuguese-speaking world with special reference to Brazil.

Syllabus:

Portuguese Basic


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Qualifications framework level: CEFR B1

Prerequisites

CULP Basic Portuguese / CEFR A2

Educational Aims

At Intermediate 1 level the main aims are:

    • To build on a basic understanding and an appreciation of the salient linguistic features;
    • To establish the learner as a confident language user in a range of predictable everyday situations;
    • To equip the learner with the skills and knowledge to deal with straightforward job applications and interviews;
    • To increase students' knowledge of the cultural background of Brazil within the context of language teaching.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Course students will be able to:

Listening/Speaking Express opinions on abstract/cultural matters in a limited way or offer advice within a known area, and understand instructions or public announcements.
Reading Understand routine information and articles, and the general meaning of non-routine information within a familiar area.
Writing Write letters or make notes on familiar or predictable matters.

Topics

The Course introduces students to functions and notions such as:

  • To be able to describe one's routine, free time and weekends;
  • To be able to describe one's work experience including studies/jobs, and writing a mini CV;
  • To be able to describe what one used to do before the current work/study situation, one's current responsibilities, and to produce a CV for an interview;
  • To be able to identify a suitable job from a website, apply for it and attend a job interview;
  • To be able to talk about one's health, request medication and understand instructions given by a doctor or pharmacist;
  • To be able to discuss life styles and fitness routines;
  • To be able to recount an accident in general and to follow the treatment;
  • To be able to recount an incident in detail, describing the setting and elaborate what could have happened in another circumstance;
  • To be able to analyse how life used to be in the past and compare it with the present, recounting historic events;
  • To be able to comment on one's plans and wishes, and to analyse what one would do in a variety of hypothetical situations.

Syllabus:

Portuguese Intermediate 1


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Qualifications framework level: CEFR B2

Prerequisites

Students who have successfully completed the Intermediate 1 course in the Language Centre, or have acquired a proficiency equivalent to B1 in Portuguese.

Educational Aims

At Intermediate 2 level the main aims are:

      • To develop a fairly advanced understanding of the language structure and vocabulary;
      • To develop the ability to engage in conversation in Portuguese, where the learner is able to express his or her opinion in a variety of topics;
      • To develop in the learner an awareness of the different varieties of Portuguese, when it concerns the lexicon and the phonological systems.
      • To develop an awareness of the cultural diversity among Portuguese speaking countries and regions.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Course students will be able to:

Listening/Speaking Understand spoken Portuguese in a variety of both predictable and unpredictable linguistic situations and be able to express themselves in a variety of situations where a fair amount of detail is necessary.
Reading Understand written Portuguese when texts are intended for native speakers, where visual information is not necessarily available and where the text relies on language structure and lexical refinement to convey specific messages.
Writing Write both formally and informally to a single recipient in a variety of topics, using the appropriate register and formulae to achieve communication.

Topics

The Course introduces students to functions and notions such as:

      • introducing oneself, introducing others, talking about our origin and our mother tongue, explaining why we study Portuguese
      • talking about the family, describing our home town and our country, talking about the community where we live, describing our accommodation
      • comparing means of transport, describing travel destinations, telling about a travel experience, choosing appropriate accommodation
      • describing our profession or topic, describing current activities, describing our previous training
      • summarising our work experience, taking a job interview, describing a field of study, describing a work routine
      • talking about our spare time and pastimes, talking about our plans
      • describing life in the past, understanding the importance of a historical event, talking about historical facts and their relevance, comparing life before and after a historical event
      • talking about our plans for the future, talking about what we would do if something happened
      • expressing good wishes, describing a personal incident, commenting about something that happened to someone we know, expressing surprise
      • describing a pain, asking for a prescription, describing what happened to us, explaining the causes and consequences of an accident, understanding a diagnosis
      • following instructions to improve one’s health, explaining what we do to stay in shape, understanding advice to stay in shape, giving advice, analysing causes and effects for being in shape
      • understanding alternative medicines in the Portuguese-speaking world, understanding the attitudes towards health
      • analysing the characteristics of the Portuguese-speaking world, analysing the recent cultural and social changes
      • analysing Brasil culturally, comparing it with Portugal and Angola
      • analysing important news about the Portuguese-speaking world, understanding the context of opinions on current topics, debating about topics of local and international relevance

Syllabus:

Portuguese Intermediate 2


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Standard - Michaelmas-Lent 2017/18

  Wednesday
Basic 17:00-19:00
[LC TR3]
Inter 2 19:00-21:00
[LC TR3]

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