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POR4110 : Level C (HE Advanced) 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:

Focus on further developing the students’ written communicative and oral /aural competence in the foreign language gained in POR2010 (or equivalent) (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range; register and pronunciation).
Facilitate student's ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language in written and spoken media.

Teaching in weekly language classes will focus on communication and on the formal structures of the language. All four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking are fully integrated in the language classes and will be assessed.

Outline Of Syllabus

Training in grammar, vocabulary and communicative competence through use of class textbooks and other materials. Further practice on summary and composition, listening and oral presentations. Focus on literary texts by contemporary Lusophone writers (short stories, short novels).


Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials110:305:30Non-synchronous online activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical111:0011:00Synchronous practicals, on campus if possible or online in case of deterioration of Covid-situation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching112:0022:00Language seminars, on campus - present in person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery110:305:30Synchronous drop-in surgery online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study156:0056:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
POR4010Level C (HE Advanced) Portuguese
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Teaching in the language seminars will focus on oral communication skills (speaking and listening) while reading and writing skills are mainly developed in the preparation of and the associated work after the language seminar. The recorded lecture materials will focus on key study skills and the formal structures of the language.

2. Independent learning and learner autonomy are further developed through the means of online grammar videos and related activities, synchronous drop-in surgery, pair and group work and self-study at home via the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Canvas and the Language Resource Centre. Particular initiative is expected from students at this level, e.g. course participants will be asked to contribute their own materials to the classes and activities and be very pro-active in their language study.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio1M100Portfolio task combining reading/writing
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Portfolio task 1 will be submitted online towards the end of Semester 1 (100%). It will test the students’ ability to produce a well-structured text in the target language based on the comprehension and analysis of written source material.

Reading Lists