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POR2110 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Portuguese - Exchange Semester 1

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module will:

1.Focus on developing the students' written and aural/oral communicative competence in the foreign language (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range; register and pronunciation).
2. Prepare students for the future study of the language (in reading, written and communicative skills oral/speaking and aural/listening in the target language).
3. Facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language in written and spoken media. This includes students’ ability to use and understand authentic material and produce their own written and spoken output.

This module is available to all students with Level A or equivalent in Portuguese. This is a general language module offering students the opportunity to study and practise all four language skills fully integrated (listening, reading, writing and speaking). All skills will be assessed.

Outline Of Syllabus

Topics: Students cover a variety of topics based on contemporary Lusophone society including media, advertising, culture, immigration, environment, tourism, current affairs.


Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion151:0015:00Assessment preparation
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities221:0022:00Non-synchronous online activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00Language seminars ON CAMPUS PiP (can be delivered online should the public health situation require
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Remote synchronous language classes ONLINE and timetabled
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study301:0030:00Independent learning
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
POR2010Level B (HE Intermediate) Portuguese
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching & learning in the language classes will focus on communication and the formal structures of the language. All language skills listening, reading, writing and speaking are fully integrated in the language classes and will be assessed from an integrated skills approach to reflect the learning environment and practices. Learning and teaching activities design is underpinned by a blending approach of the social constructivism pedagogy, reflective practice (Farrell, T.S.C), TEL and the communicative approach.
Small group teaching Language Seminars ON CAMPUS (2h/week) focus on reproducing authentic learning environment and promoting group identity and interpersonal skills through the means of group work, debates, presentations and an array of in person constructivist activities.
Small group teaching ONLINE (1h/week) aiming to develop professional skills required by todays modes of work, focusing on collaborative language projects, the ODS, by using TEL tool available on CANVAS, Office 365 and various alternative applications. By the end of Semester 1 students will be able to showcase the development of online collaborative and problem-solving skills in the oral recorded tasks (pair/group work) part of their e-portfolio.
Structure Guided learning fosters independent learning and learner autonomy, encouraged through the means of the use of various language learning technologies (grammar videos, H5P materials and other learning materials to be explored by students, developed by the module leader and available on Canvas/Teams), collaborative on-line projects, pair and group work and self-study at home and in the Language Resource Centre.
Initiative is expected from students at this level, e.g. course participants will be asked to contribute with their own materials to the classes.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M100E-Portfolio via Canvas/Teams will showcase students’ original language output
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MFormative task prior to summative assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- The portfolio will encourage regular work on productive language skills (speaking and writing) and enable students to receive formative (for learning) feedback. It will help students assess their progress and identify their strengths and areas for improvement, thus stimulating their independent and reflective learning skills throughout the semester. The oral component will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally.
The written component will test students’ ability to write or type in the target language. [For in-class tests: Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled].

Reading Lists