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2017/18 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO1080 Portuguese Language for Beginners 1A

20 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Carmem Mackle
Email: c.mackle@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2017/18

Pre-requisite qualifications

An A level (or equivalent) in a foreign language

This module is mutually exclusive with

SPPO1083Intermediate Portuguese Language
SPPO1084Intermediate Portuguese Language

This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

The aim of this intensive and rewarding module is to take students from total beginners to about an A1 level of the CEFR, giving them the ability to produce, read, understand and translate spoken and written Portuguese in a variety of everyday contexts. The module is taught via four weekly language classes including two grammar/writing skills-based classes, using a booklet especially devised by our language tutors, and two oral/ vocabulary classes with a native speaker of Portuguese. All students with an A-Level pass or equivalent in a foreign language are eligible to apply for this popular module, and students with interests in continental and Brazilian Portuguese are equally welcome. This is a 20 credit module run in Semester 1 and should be taken together with SPPO1081–Students with prior knowledge of Portuguese should consider SPPO1083: Intermediate Portuguese or SPPO1084 Intermediate Portuguese (semester 1 only)Those who do well in both SPPO1080 and SPPO1081 can, depending on their programme, apply to change to Joint Honours Portuguese in Level 2. For further information visit our website: Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies.

Objectives

This module aims to equip students with a basic grounding in Portuguese grammar and an ability to produce, read, understand and translate spoken and written Portuguese in a variety of everyday contexts. Basic grammatical structures will be covered, and vocabulary will be built up in key areas of everyday communication.

Learning outcomes
1. The ability to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the basic structures of Portuguese
2. The accurate use of Portuguese in simple written and spoken contexts
3. The ability to organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasonable argument
4. Awareness of modern Portuguese speaking cultures;
5. Ability to critically reflect on their own work and that of others.

Skills outcomes
1. The ability to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the basic structures of Portuguese
2. The accurate use of Portuguese in simple written and spoken contexts
3. The ability to organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasonable argument
4. The ability to assimilate and implement appropriate style conventions in written work, including bibliography and footnotes/endnotes.


Syllabus

This module, intended for ab initio students of Portuguese, will:
a) cover the basic rules of Portuguese language, including the use of nouns, adjectives, pronouns and verbs in the most commonly used tenses
b) introduce students to reading an elementary text in Portuguese
c) give practice in Portuguese conversation in everyday situations
d) give practice in the comprehension of elementary spoken Portuguese.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Tutorial401.0040.00
Private study hours160.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- 80 hours: Coursework preparation
- 40 hours: Grammar reinforcement
- 40 hours: Examination revision.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Class performance.
- Regular written and oral assignments and in-class tests.
- Specific written feedback on all pieces of assessed work.
- General written and oral feedback is regularly given to students to identify and address any difficulties at an early stage.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentLanguage coursework60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)40.00

The resit for any written component of this module will take the form of a 1 hour closed exam. The resit for any oral component will comprise a skype or campus-based 10 minute oral exam

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 17/10/2017

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