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Learn Brazilian Portuguese with the Skills Centre as a member of the public or University staff

Find out about our courses and how to enrol on the right one for you.

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Develop your language and intercultural skills

Course Levels

We offer two levels in Brazilian Portuguese, Complete Beginner and Lower Intermediate Part 1.

We teach Brazilian Portuguese, but some references are made to the variations of Portuguese spoken around the world, especially to European Portuguese.

Please contact the course tutor if you:

  • learnt Portuguese as a heritage language
  • lived in a Portuguese speaking country

Complete Beginner

You should enrol on this course if you have never studied Portuguese before.

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • exchange contact information such as telephone number, address, email
  • exchange information about people such as nationality and job
  • talk about your hobbies
  • talk about everyday activities and daily routine
  • tell the time and say the days of the week
  • identify some cultural aspects of Brazil and other Portuguese speaking countries

If you are a speaker of Spanish, you will already have a vast amount of vocabulary and knowledge of the basic grammar that is similar to Portuguese. At this level, your main challenge will be the oral component. If you are interested in learning about this new culture and wish to focus on your pronunciation this course is for you.

If you are a speaker of non-romance languages, you are expected to dedicate two weekly hours to study Portuguese independently.

All students are expected to dedicate an extra 90 minutes weekly outside the classroom to complete pre-lesson tasks and study Portuguese independently.

Lower Intermediate Part 1

Enrol on this course if you:

  • have completed the Post Beginner level with us, have a GCSE in Portuguese or are at A1 level in the CEFR.

Or if you:

  • can talk about your daily routine and everyday activities
  • can exchange contact information confidently such as address, phone number, email and provide basic descriptions for places and people
  • can take part in a basic factual conversation on a predictable topic such as ordering at the restaurant, express your likes and - dislikes and accept or refuse informal invitations
  • can understand basic written information such as maps, tourist brochures and menus
  • have covered basic grammar such as regular and irregular verbs in the simple present and immediate future tenses.

All students are expected to dedicate an extra 90 minutes weekly outside the classroom to complete pre-lesson tasks and study Portuguese independently.


The Autumn Term will start on 30 September and enrolments will be open for members the of public and staff on 15 July. To enrol, you should select from the appropriate link below:

Independent Language Learning

Members of the public and University staff can access independent language learning resources including films, books, and online resources to help you build your knowledge and language skills from the Language Learning Zone.