Module Catalogue 2022/23

POR4010 : Level C (HE Advanced) Portuguese

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Conceicao Pereira
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

Level B or equivalent. Students are advised not to proceed to level C unless they achieve at least 40% in POR2010.

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

None

Aims

Focus on further developing students' written communicative and oral /aural competence in the foreign language gained in POR2010 and during their intercalary year (including fluency, grammatical and lexical accuracy and range; register and pronunciation).

Facilitate students' 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).

THIS COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT AND ASSESSED IN PORTUGUESE.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end the course, students will have had opportunity to learn about:
1. the use of appropriate sentence, lexical and text structures for a range of text types.
2. 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 about:
1. using more complex lexical and grammatical structures in spoken and written communication.
2. synthesising information from a more complex aural and written input.
3. close reading using material of appropriate complexity and length.
4. extended writing in the target language.
5. analysing and using authentic spoken media sources including multiple speakers, the exposure to different regional accents, intonations, speeds of delivery, background noises etc.
6. conversing, discussing directly with target language speakers and producing/giving presentations in Portuguese using an appropriate range, on agreed topics.
7. how to study grammar systematically.

Cognitive/Intellectual Skills:
Students will further develop their ability:
1. to locate, make use and critically evaluate materials for this course other than those provided by the teacher.
2. to critically evaluate their own performance and the performance of others.
3. to apply a range of strategies for language learning appropriate for this level and module.
4. to work independently and confidently on their own or in a group, either within or outside the classroom.
5. to conduct research using the internet and other sources in order to contribute their own materials to the course.

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 - present-in-person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching221:0022:00Language seminars on campus - present-in-person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study601:0060:00Independent learning
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
POR4110Level C (HE Advanced) Portuguese - Exchange Semester 1
POR4210Level C (HE Advanced) Portuguese - Exchange Semester 2
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Teaching in the language classes will focus on communication and 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.

Independent learning and learner autonomy are encouraged through the means of portfolio tasks, 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 their own materials to the classes.

Learning and teaching activities design is underpinned by a blending of the social constructivism pedagogy, reflective practice (Farrell, T.S.C.), TEL and the communicative approach.

THIS COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT AND ASSESSED IN PORTUGUESE

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination152M20On campus, live presentation and discussion
Written Examination1502A40On campus
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
POR4210Level C (HE Advanced) Portuguese - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Portfolio2M40Portfolio of tasks combining reading/writing and listening/writing.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- The portfolio (40%) will encourage regular work on 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 first task will be submitted online towards the end of Semester 1 (20%). 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. The second task (20%) will be submitted online before the Easter break. This task will test students’ ability to produce a well-structured text in the target language based on the comprehension and analysis of audio / video source material (excluding written text).

- The oral examination (20%) will take place during the revision week of Semester 2. It will test students’ ability to conduct independent research, critically evaluate authentic material, and to produce and present their own output orally in a clear and structured manner. It will also assess their ability to speak freely and interact in a discussion on these findings and on general matters.

- The final written exam at the end of Semester 2 (40%) will take place during the exam period and will test the students’ ability to produce and present a well-structured text or texts in the target language. 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 the target language at the end of this module.

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

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