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POR2010 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Portuguese

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • 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


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.


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 developed my module leader available on Canvas/Teams.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching222:0044:00Language seminars ON CAMPUS/PiP. Can be delivered online if public health situation requires it.
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 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 the use of various language learning technologies, 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.

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


*(Continued from above)...focussing on collaborative language projects by using TEL tools available on Canvas, Teams and various applications.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A40On-campus exam to test ability to write or type in the target language. Grammar assessed implicitly *Continued in rationale
Oral Examination102M20Oral assessment. This assessment will test students' ability to produce and present their own output orally.
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
Portfolio2M40E-portfolio via VLE/Teams where student will show case their original language output. This assessment will test students’ ability**
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MFormative task prior to summative assessment.
Oral Examination2MSem 1 and 2. Formative tasks throughout year to provide students with continuous assessment & feedback ***Continued in Rationale
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- E-portfolio (40%) on Reading, Writing , Listening, Speaking
- One Written Examination Semester 2 (40%). For flexibility, this can be a 24-hour take-home exam should the public health situation require it.
- One Oral Exam in Semester 2 (20%) which will be held synchronously online via Zoom (standard).

Formative continuous assessment helps students assess their progress throughout the year in the four skills and grammar providing formative, regular feedback and stimulating independent learning.

All formal examination provides summative information to staff and student on students' achievements in the module.

*(Continued from above) Students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled. Student will not have access to any type of dictionaries or other sources for consultation, but for the paper provided. Questions and answers are in the target language. Paper can be delivered through VLE/Turnintin (or other TEL tool) and/or on Campus.

** (Continued from above) This assessment (E-portfolio) will test students’ ability to produce and present their own writing and oral output through the means of tasks spread along the academic year and assigned by the teacher. The E-portfolio will be hosted in one of our Online Learning Platforms as for instance the VLE or application available within Microsoft Office Suite. The E-Portfolio is comprised of three tasks:
- Listening and writing (20%, one task in Semester 2)
- Listening and speaking (20%, two tasks: one in Semester 1 and one in Semester 2)

***(Continued from above) ...for development of all language skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening and use of grammar).

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