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POR2010 : Level B (HE Intermediate) Portuguese

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • 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:

- 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).
- Prepare students for the future study of the language (in reading, written and communicative skills oral/speaking and aural/listening in the target language).
- Facilitate students' ability to establish and maintain social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language in written and spoken media. 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 class offering students the opportunity to study and practise Portuguese (speaking, reading, writing and listening skills) for three weekly hours.

Coursework carried out throughout the module aims to provide students with bold, regular and continuous formative assessment and feedback. Summative assessment is carried out through the means of exams.

The module is taught and assessed in Portuguese.

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
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching721:0072:00Language Classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1128:00128:00N/A
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, 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 their own materials to the classes.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1051A20This exam will test students’ ability to write or type in the target language. *Continued below in Rationale.
Aural Examination502M20Tests students' ability to listen and understand authentic audio/video sources **Continued in Rationale below
Written Examination1202M40This exam will test students' ability to write or type in the target language. ***Continued below in Rationale
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
POR2110Level B (HE Intermediate) Portuguese - Exchange Semester 11N/A
POR2210Level B (HE Intermediate) Portuguese - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2M20Oral Assessment. This assessment will test students’ ability to produce and present their own output orally.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MFormative task prior to in-class assessment.
Written exercise2MFormative tasks throughout the year to provide students with continuous assessment & feedback ***Continue in Rationale below
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- One 120 minute exam in Semester 2 (40%) on Reading/Writing/Grammar.
- One listening test (20%).
- Professional Skills – Oral assessment speaking test in Semester 2 (20%)

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.

**(Continued from above) ...and to respond appropriately in written or oral form in the target language. Questions and answers are in the target language.

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

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