We offer an Introduction to Portuguese course.
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 and/or lived in a Portuguese speaking country.
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
In this five-week course, you will start to learn Brazilian Portuguese in a blended way. Each week, you will access resources and work through online activities independently. You are also expected to meet your teacher and course mates in person on campus twice. In the in-person sessions, you will consolidate and practise what you have learned online.
In the course you will explore Brazilian culture and find out the main differences between the variants of Portuguese language.
In addition to developing basic communication skills in Brazilian Portuguese, you will also develop your employability skills by completing activities that require problem-solving, presentation, teamwork and other skills.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- introduce yourself, greet people and talk about your family
- exchange factual information such as nationality, phone number, job and place of work
- talk about likes and dislikes
- tell the time and say days of the week
- talk about everyday activities and daily routine
- show awareness of the cultural diversity of the Portuguese-speaking world
All students are expected to dedicate a minimum of 90 minutes weekly to complete the online tasks on Moodle. If you are a speaker of non-romance languages, you should dedicate a minimum of two hours to complete the online tasks and consolidate your learning.
I thoroughly enjoyed the structure of the classes and the high level of engagement/interaction between teacher and students.
You can read about one student's experience of learning Brazilian Portuguese in this blog: Studying Brazilian Portuguese alongside my course.
In addition to our courses, there are opportunities to develop your language and intercultural skills informally with other students through Peer Assisted Learning.
Outside the classroom, we also share cultural events organised by Brazilian associations in the UK such as the Brazilian Cultural Centre and Brazil Institute with our students. These events offer additional opportunities for you to develop your knowledge of Brazilian Portuguese language and culture.