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POR4010 : Level C (HE Advanced) Portuguese

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Conceicao Pereira
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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).


Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00Assessment preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Present-in-person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:001:00Present-in-person
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities441:0044:00Non-synchronous online activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching212:0042:00Language seminars on campus - present-in-person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching211:0021:00Language seminars on campus - present-in-person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study601:0060:00Independent learning
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.


Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination152M30On campus, live presentation and discussion at the end of Semester Two.
Written Examination1502A50On campus
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Level C (HE Advanced) Portuguese - Exchange Semester 22N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M20Written task combining reading and writing skills.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

- The written task (20%) will encourage work on language skills and enable students to receive 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 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 oral examination (30%) will take place during 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, understand aural and/or audio visual input and interact in a discussion on these findings and on general matters.

- The final written exam at the end of Semester 2 (50%) 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.

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