Portuguese Beginners Plus  Short Courses

This Portuguese Beginners Plus short course has been designed for people who have already had contact with the language through travels, a Brazilian partner or friends. The focus of this course is consolidation of basic communicative skills such as dealing with daily life situations and an introduction to aspects of Brazilian culture and way of life. Upon completion of the third term learners should be able to deal with basic daily life situations and demonstrate understanding of basic Portguese language structures.

If you missed an October enrolment and you already have some knowledge of Portuguese, you can join the Portuguese Beginner Plus class in Term 2 or 3 but you will need to have your level assessed. You can do this by checking your level using our online guidelines.

Why Choose a City Short Course?

Delivered by native speakers, our Portuguese Beginners Plus short course is the ideal course for anyone who has completed our Portuguese Beginners course.

The programme is taught over ten weeks in the evening at our central London location.

Course Information

Dates and Fees to be confirmed

Tutor Info

Joyce Vinocur has a BA in Literature and Translation (Mackenzie, Brasil, 1999) and a CELTA teacher qualification (City and Islington, 2005). She has taught both English and Portuguese in various institutions in London such as City and Islington College, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Defence Academy, Kings College and at City since April 2007.

Eligibility

Learners should be able to demonstrate some basic knowledge of Portuguese without accuracy or intermediate level Spanish.  They might be able to give and request personal details, talk about routine and deal with some daily life situations such as shopping and going to restaurants without grammatical and lexical accuracy.

English Requirements

n/a.

What will I learn?

Term 1

Topics covered

Greetings and introductions; nationalities; jobs; numbers; meeting people; leisure activities; time; eating and drinking; invitations; at the hotel; directions.

Grammatical structures

Verbs: ser, -ar,-er,-ir regular, estar, ir, ter, poder, preferir, querer in the present simple;  possessive and demonstrative pronouns; masculine and feminine nouns; prepositions em and de + definite article; present continuous; imperative; comparatives.


Learning objectives

oGreetings
oGive and request personal information
oBid farewell
oCommunicate in the classroom
oRequest information
oSuggest an activity
oIssue invitation
oAsk and say about time
oOrder things
oExpress gratitude
oExpress desire and preference
oRequest and give directions; complain.

Term 2

Topics Covered

Houses and flats; at the estate agent's; daily routine; Brazilian events throughout the year; Brazilian culture and art; parts of the body; health; appearance; character.

Grammatical Structures

pretérito perfeito of regular verbs -ar, -er, -ir, ser, estar, ter fazer, querer, poder, dar, ver; time adverbs; adjectives to describe appearance and character;  plural

Learning Objectives

oDescribe things
oMake comparison
oSay where something is
oTalk about experience in the past
o  Talk about daily routine.

Term 3

Topics Covered

Work; rights; jobs; professions; clothes; cultural differences; family; celebrations; immigration.

Grammatical Structures

Pretérito imperfeito; verbs pôr, vir, vestir, trazer, saber, dizer; future; conditional; mais-que-perfeito.

Learning Objectives

oGive opinion
oMake agreement
oConfirm and define
oDescribe something
oOffer help
oExpress doubt, desire, worry and satisfaction
oRequest permission
oGive advice
oDescribe family relations

Teaching and Assessment

There will be no formal assessment, but learning will be constantly assessed in the classroom.

Recommended Reading

Falar, Ler, Escrever; Gramática Ativa -  Brazilian Version and apps such as Duolingo and Memrise.

Application Deadline: