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POR1066 : Level A (HE Entry Level) Portuguese II

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Conceicao Pereira
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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

This module is open to all students who have completed Level A Portuguese General Language I. 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 addressed in the language classes include: describing people; giving and seeking information; giving advice and instructions; recounting a series of events; expressing an opinion and finding out what others think; giving advice and instructions; stating and asking about feelings, emotions and intentions; and reading advertising.

Outline Of Syllabus

Themes and communication skills addressed in the language classes include:
1. Describing people
2. Giving and seeking information
3. Giving advice and instructions
4. Applying for a job
5. Expressing an opinion and finding out what others think
6. Recounting a series of events
7. Stating and asking about feelings, emotions and intentions
8. Reading advertising

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 weekly basis


Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Aural Examination302M20One 30 minute listening test.
Written Examination902A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Continuous assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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

The 4 macro skills will be primarily and explicitly assessed as follows:
- Reading and writing – formal written examination. This exam will test students' ability to write or type in the target language. In some cases 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 and performed in the classroom.

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

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