Portuguese Year 2 (Lower Intermediate)  Short Courses

Course Information

Start DateStart TimeDurationCostCourse CodeApply
Monday 2 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 1) CS1840 Course Cancelled
Monday 15 January 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 2) CS1840 Course Cancelled
Monday 30 April 2018 18:30 - 20:30 10 classes over 1 term £235.00 (Term 3) CS1840 Course Cancelled
Monday 2 October 2017 18:30 - 20:30 30 classes over 3 terms £560.00 (All terms) CS1840 Course Cancelled

Course Content

Taught in European Portuguese, this Portuguese Year 2 (Lower Intermediate) is a follow-up course to Portuguese Beginners (Year 1) for those wishing to consolidate both active and passive skills for the purpose of practical communication. It runs over three terms and students learn new structures and vocabulary around different topics to extend the range of expression in this highly communicative Portuguese course. Students build on and advance listening, speaking, reading and writing skills and cover the main points of Portuguese grammar. Communication skills are further enhanced, e.g. dealing with real-life scenarios such as discussing ailments, family and leisure, and provides an introduction to work-related situations and further aspects of the culture and way of life.

If you missed an October enrolment and you already have some knowledge of Portuguese, you can join the Portuguese Lower Intermediate 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 the Portuguese Intermediate short course?

Our Portuguese Lower Intermediate short course is ideal for anyone looking for a flexible class that'll take their Portuguese to the next level. The Portuguese Lower Intermediate course is the perfect follow-on programme for anyone who has completed the Portuguese Beginners language evening course.

The programme is taught by native speakers over 10 weekly evening classes, offering maximum flexibility and expert tuition.

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.


  • Students should be able to carry out an elementary conversation; talk about themselves (your nationality, where you work, where you live etc.); be able to talk about your daily activities and your hobbies; order in a café; describe a place and give directions; say what you like or dislike; have a good knowledge of present regular and irregular verbs, prepositions, possessive pronouns and common adverbs of frequency; have some notions of the past tense, the 'near past' (I've just…) and future tenses (I am going to/I will), or
  • Have a good (but rusty) Portuguese GCSE.

English Requirements

Applicants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

What will I learn?

Term 1

Topics Covered
Work environment, jobs, employment
Personal and professional correspondence
Past experiences
Moving to a new country

Grammatical Structure
Past simple – irregular verbs (haver, saber, poder, querer)
Direct object pronouns – o, -a, -os, -as, -no, -na, -nos, -nas, -lo, -la, -los, -las
Present continuous with andar a + infinitive
Simple present with costumar + infinitive
Adjectives and adverbs – frequente/ frequentemente
Imperfect tense – antigamente eu andava de bicicleta

Learning objectives
* Write emails and letters (formal/ informal)
* Describe facts, actions and events in the past
* Talk about your work and professional experience
* Make a job interview
* Express opinions about adapting to a new culture

Term 2

Topics Covered
Daily routines, free time, leisure activities
Public services
Arts, entertainment, music, cinema
Describing events, making comparisons in the past

Grammatical Structure
Past simple x imperfect tense – regular verbs (-ar, -er, -ir); some irregular verbs (ser, ter, vir, pôr)
Imperfect tense as a form of courtesy – queria um café por favor
Impersonal infinitive x personal infinitive – falar português é fácil x é fácil falarmos português
Past participles and pluperfect – quando eu cheguei, a Joana já tinha saído

Learning objectives
* Give information about yourself, your work and hobbies
* Make requests and ask questions (formal/informal)
* Understand public information, notices, adverts, publicity leaflets
* Express opinions, agreeing, disagreeing
* Describe events, make comparisons about actions in the past

Term 3

Topics Covered
Weather and climate
At the restaurant, food, cooking, ingredients
At the gym, sports and fitness
Describing recurring actions, giving advice, agreeing, disagreeing
Aspects of Portuguese history, culture and society

Grammatical Structure
Future tense – amanhã estará bom tempo/será que vai chover?
Direct to indirect speech – o João disse que o bolo estava muito doce
Conditional tense to express probability in the past, surprise or disbelief – seria verdade?
Present perfect continuous – ultimamente eu tenho ido ao ginásio

Learning objectives
* Make comments about the weather. Express doubt and uncertainty in questions. Make forecasts and predictions
* Ask for food at the restaurant. Discuss cultural habits and social behaviour
* Describe routines and recurring actions
* Learn about cultural diversity within the Portuguese-speaking countries

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching will focus on the four skills, speaking, listening, reading and writing, and informal assessment will be carried out continuously throughout the course with summative test towards the end of each term.

Recommended Reading

Português XXI 1 and 2
Gramática Ativa 1

More Reading:
Vamos lá começar!
Português em Direto

Career Outcome

By the end of the course students are expected to be able to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Students communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. They describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Application Deadline: