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POR1065 : Level A (HE Entry Level) Portuguese I

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Conceicao Pereira
  • Lecturer: Dr Fernando Da Silva Beleza Correia Pinto
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


In consonance with the overall aims of the degree offered in SML this module will:
1. Focus on developing the students' communicative competence in the foreign language (including fluency, grammar and lexical accuracy, range and pronunciation)
2. Prepare students for the future study of the language (written communicative and oral/aural skills)
3. Facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language in written and spoken output.
4. Develop independent language learning strategies.

This module is open to all students wishing to study Portuguese at Beginner level - both true beginners and up to GCSE level. This is a general language class offering students the opportunity to study and practise Portuguese (speaking, reading, writing and listening skills) for four weekly contact hours.

Themes and communication skills addressed in the language classes include: talking about yourself; Asking for/giving directions; expressing opinions: agreement and disagreement; and referring to past and future events (including plans and intentions).

Outline Of Syllabus

Themes and communication skills addressed in the language classes include:
1. Talking (including listening) and writing about yourself (age, address and further details)
2. Asking for/ giving directions (involving both speaking and listening): finding your way in a city enquiring about transport etc.
3. Shops and services; comparing products and services assessing quality and price etc.
4. Socializing (including both speaking and listening): making appointments, making/ accepting/ declining invitations
5. Talking (including listening) and writing about other people: family relationships, personal qualities etc.
6. Expressing opinions: agreement and disagreement (speaking and writing).
7. Making requests formally and informally.
8. Referring to past and future events (including plans and intentions in speaking and writing).
9. Talking (including listening) on the phone in simple, typical situations of everyday life.
10. Writing informal letters, descriptions, simple reports and narratives.

Please note that tasks concerning talking involve both speaking and listening.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching441:0044:00Language classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1156:00156:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

1. Linguistic knowledge and the ability to use language effectively (i.e. linguistic skills) are intrinsically linked
2. Teaching and learning these outcomes (knowledge and skills) effectively implies presenting, practicing and consolidating them via language classes and private study as indicated below.
3. The integration of linguistic knowledge i.e. vocabulary, grammar, functions, notions and knowledge of the Lusophone culture and the key skills of reading writing speaking and listening is appropriately served by the language classes through suitable presentations and plenty of practice through individual, pair and group work.
4. In common with other foreign languages, Portuguese requires substantial 'guided autonomous learning' activity which is catered for in the 156 hours of private study. Through this study: knowledge introduced and practiced in the classes is revised, consolidated and expanded, students learn to evaluate their own performance and develop a range of strategies for language learning.
5. To ensure the learning of the above outcomes is effective, formative feedback is given in two ways,
i) indirectly through self assessment e.g. Through commercially available answer keys and
ii) directly by the teacher e.g. In writing skills exercises which students carry out on a regular basis.


Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A60N/A
Aural Examination301M20One 30 minute listening test.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt1M20Continous assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge outcomes will be assessed by each of the modes of examination defined above.

- Reading and writing – formal written examination. This exam which consists of reading, writing and grammar exercises, will test students' ability to write in the target language. Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that the spell check/grammar check has been disabled.
- Listening – test of listening comprehension. This exam will test the students' ability to listen and understand audio sources and to respond appropriately in written form, in some cases students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that the spell check/grammar check has been disabled.
- Speaking : by speaking tasks to be prepared as homework.

These assessment methods are commonly used in language testing and are appropriate to the individual skills being assessed.

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