Module Catalogue 2022/23

POR2010 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Portuguese

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Ms Loiana Leal Pavlichenko
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
POR1065Level A (HE Entry Level) Portuguese I
POR1066Level A (HE Entry Level) Portuguese II
Pre Requisite Comment

Level A or equivalent. Students who have previously taken Level A Portuguese are advised not to proceed to Level B unless they have achieved at least 40% in the module. Note: Non-SML students are advised not to proceed to Level C unless they achieve at least 40% in this module.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



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 during their intercalary year. 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.


Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have had the opportunity to learn about:

- Sentence and text structure, grammatical categories and their exponents and use, lexical fields and registers and their usage.
- All areas of grammar, vocabulary and background knowledge related to the skills listed below.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Subject- Specific skills:

By the end of the course, students will have had the opportunity to learn by:

- using varied lexical and grammatical structures in spoken and written communication.
- reading for information using a range of different materials (including authentic texts) of appropriate complexity and length and responding appropriately.
- writing and/or typing in the target language (e.g. reports, essays, summaries)
- listening for information using different types of authentic sources in the foreign language and responding appropriately in written and/or oral form.
- conversing, discussing directly with target language speakers and producing and giving presentations in Portuguese by using an appropriate range of vocabulary, on agreed topics.
- using different autonomous learning strategies as well as various types of technologies (raging from VLE to collaborative tools online and/or smartphones and other gadgets).

Cognitive/intellectual skills:

Students will learn:

- to locate, make use and critically evaluate materials for this level other than those provided by the teacher.
- to select and apply different language learning technologies to develop strategies to enhance their language skills appropriate for this level and module.
- to evaluate their own performance.
- to apply a range of strategies for language learning appropriate for this level and module.
- to work independently and confidently on their own or in a group, either within or outside the classroom.
- to locate information from different authentic sources (e.g. Internet) in order to contribute their own materials and ideas to the course.
- to study grammar systematically, either autonomously or in collaboration
- to investigate and analyse grammar structures and concepts.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00Assessment preparation
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities441:0044:00Non-synchronous online activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching222:0044:00Language seminars ON CAMPUS PiP (can be delivered online should the public health situation requires
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching221:0022:00Remote synchronous language classes ONLINE and timetabled...(continued below)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study601:0060:00Independent learning
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
POR2110Level B (HE Intermediate) Portuguese - Exchange Semester 1
POR2210Level B (HE Intermediate) Portuguese - Exchange Semester 2
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 2vstudents will be able to showcase the development of online collaborative and problem-solving skills in the Oral Exam ONLINE. The ONLINE seminars are important to familiarise students with the assessment environment.
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.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1202A40PC on-campus written exam
Oral Examination102M20Oral EXAM Synchronous ONLINE.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
POR2210Level B (HE Intermediate) Portuguese - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M40Portfolio of 4 pieces of work covering reading, writing, speaking and listening (10% each), or of 2 pieces combining two
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MFormative task prior to summative assessment.
Portfolio2MSem 1 and 2. Formative tasks throughout year to provide students with continuous assessment & feedback
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- The portfolio (40%) will encourage regular work on the four language skills and enable students to receive regular 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 year. The oral component will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally. The listening/aural component will test the students’ ability to listen and understand video/audio sources (excluding written text) and to respond appropriately in written (or typed) or oral form. 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]. The reading component will test students’ ability to read and understand written sources in the target language and to respond appropriately in written (or typed) or oral form.
- The oral recording exam (20%) will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally .This assessment provides summative information to staff and student on student's achievement in speaking in the module.
- The final written exam at the end of Semester 2 (40%) will test the students’ reading, grammar and written skills. Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled. This formal examination provides summative information to staff and student on student's achievement in reading / grammar and writing in the target language in this module.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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