Portuguese Year 1 (Beginners)  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Tuesday 3 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 1) CS1837 Enrolment Closed
Tuesday 16 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 2) CS1837 Apply Now
Tuesday 1 May 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 3) CS1837 Apply Now
Tuesday 3 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00 (All terms) CS1837 Apply Now

Course Content

The focus of this Portuguese Beginners course is on practical communication and provides an introduction to the Brazilian way of life and culture. It runs over three terms that progressively build upon one another.

Upon completion of the third term, learners should be able to introduce themselves and others in Portuguese, deal with everyday situations in restaurants, hotels, shops and at the doctor’s, talk about future plans, past experiences and daily routines, along with other basic skills related to daily life situations.

Please note that the focus is on Brazilian Portuguese, although this course allows for some references to European Portuguese.


Term 1 of the Portuguese Year 1 course is aimed at complete Beginners - for students with no prior knowledge of the language.

Term 2 and term 3 of this course are aimed at students with some basic knowledge of the language. If you would like to join the Portuguese Year 1 course in January or April 2016, please make sure you have the correct level by using our online guidelines .

Why choose the Portuguese Beginners short course?

Delivered by native speakers, our Portuguese Beginners short course is taught over ten weekly evening sessions in the heart of London.

Challenging but rewarding, the Portuguese Beginners course is perfectly suited to those working full time or anyone looking to improve their language skills and knowledge.

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, Rainbow Language in Business and at City since April 2007. She has eight years' experience teaching Portuguese as a foreign language including preparing diplomats for their roles in Brazil and Africa, and with law firms such as Linklaters and Clifford Chance. Experience of group tuition as an ESOL tutor.


No prior knowledge required if you want to start in the autumn. If you wish to join this Portuguese Evening course in January 2016 or April 2016, please check your level our by using our online guidelines before enrolling as some basic knowledge is expected.

What will I learn?

Term 1

Topics covered

First contact, names, nationalities, address, professions, numbers, meeting other people, the clock, leisure activities, time, restaurant, bar, invitations, food, at the table

Grammatical structures

Verbs: regular -ar/-er, ser, ir, poder, ter, gostar de, estar and querer, feminine and masculine nouns, personal pronouns, possessive pronouns, demonstrative pronouns, preposition + article, future in 'ir'.

Learning objectives

o Meeting people

o Listening and responding to requests for personal detail

o Spelling

o Communicating in class

o Inviting and accepting/declining invitations

o Asking and telling the time

o Asking for information

o Ordering food and drink

o Thanking somebody

Term 2

Topics covered

Hotel reservations, problems with service, directions, traffic signs, homes, estate agent's, daily life in Brazil, special dates in Brazil, Brazilian art and poetry

Grammatical structures

Verbs: regular -ir, fazer, preferir, past simple of regular -ar/-er/-ir, ser, estar, ir, ter, fazer, querer, poder, dar, possessive pronouns dele/a, comparatives, prepositions of place, prepositions of time, pronouns direct object.

Learning objectives

o Expressing preference, desire, doubt, happiness, unhappiness

o Giving and understanding directions

o Making complaints

o Describing objects

o Making comparisons

o Saying where things are

o Describing past activities

o Talking about the daily routine

Term 3

Topics covered

Parts of the body, health, sport, character, Brazilian art, work, jobs, career, clothes, social meaning of clothes, invitations, past events; cultural differences

Grammatical structures

Verbs: ver, ter que, precisar, por, vir, vestir X vestir-se, past imperfect:routine in the past, description in the past, simultaneous actions in the past, background action, future, conditional

Learning objectives

o Describing people

o Expressing taste, likes and dislikes, desire, worry

o Talking about health

o Giving an opinion

o Taking sides

o Disagreeing

o Offering help

o Giving advice

Teaching and Assessment

The emphasis in this course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations.Classroom activities will include: role-playing, class room discussion, pair and group work, work on pronunciation and intonation as well as grammar in context. Listening to audio clips and watching videos are an important element in our lessons. More comprehensive grammar exercises and reading texts are generally set as homework. All evaluation will take place in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recommended Reading

Units 1-10 are covered in the textbook Avenida Brasil 1, Emma Eberlein O.F. Lima,E.P.U (ISBN 8512547006) - new edition with CD, ISBN: 978 8512 545202Students are advised to purchase their own copy of the book, either from City's bookshop (Northampton Square) or from most major bookshops.

Leads To...

Leads to Portuguese Lower Intermediate (Year 2) CS1840

Career Outcome

By the end of the course students are expected to be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. They should be able to introduce themselves, people they know and things they have. They are able to interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

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