Learn at a moderate pace with our Portuguese Beginners short course. Starting in October, you will progress through three modules over a one-year period.
Whether you're learning Portuguese for travelling, working abroad or with foreign companies, the Portuguese Beginners course will enable you to communicate confidently on a basic level in everyday situations, socialise and not feel out of place in the country you are visiting.
This short course is an introduction to the Portuguese language and way of life for the purpose of practical communication. Challenging but rewarding, the course is perfectly suited to those looking to develop a basic command of Portuguese.
The course consists of one evening class a week, for a total of 30 weeks; spread across three modules, which is ideal for those with various commitments or working full-time.
All of our language short courses are taught by qualified native speakers and delivered at City, University of London’s main campus, in the heart of the capital.
You'll develop essential speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as a solid understanding of the structure of the language.
Upon completion of all three modules you will be able to introduce yourself 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 of the course is on Brazilian Portuguese, although this course allows for some references to European Portuguese.
If you have no prior knowledge of Portuguese you must start with Module One, which takes place in October term.
If you have some basic knowledge of Portuguese and you are already familiar with the content of Module One you may choose to enrol on Module Two or Module Three. See the Eligibility section below for more details.
Please make sure you have the correct level by using our online guidelines.
“ The tutor's [Joyce Vinocur] teaching style ensured that I learned the language. ”
“ It was useful to be able to practice pronunciation and learn vocabulary under supervision. Very comfortable environment. Thank you. ”
Modules are taught at progressive levels, if you have no prior knowledge you must start at Module One in the autumn (October).
If you wish to join Module Two of the Portuguese short course (in January), you must have completed Module One or be familiar with the content taught in Module One, specified in the What will I learn? section.
If you wish to enrol on Module Three of the short course (in April/May), you must have completed both Module One and Module Two or be familiar with the content taught in these two modules, found in the What will I learn? section.
Please check your level by using our online guidelines before enrolling.
The emphasis in this course is on listening and speaking. The lessons focus on language that is required in authentic situations.
There is no formal assessment and no qualification is issued at the end of the course, but you will be awarded an official City, University of London certificate on completion of the course. You must attend over 70 per cent of the classes to be eligible for the certificate.
Classroom activities will include:
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.
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 545202.
Students are advised to purchase their own copy of the book available from most major bookshops.
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, University of London 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. She has also experience of group tuition as an ESOL tutor.