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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO1025 Beginners Portuguese

20 creditsClass Size: 23

Module manager: Peter Haysom

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is mutually exclusive with

SPPO1080Portuguese Language for Beginners 1A
SPPO1081Portuguese Language for Beginners 1B
SPPO1083Intermediate Portuguese Language
SPPO1084Intermediate Portuguese Language

Module replaces


This module is approved as a discovery module

This module is approved as a skills discovery module

Module summary

This module is offered as a discovery module and it is for students who have no previous knowledge of Portuguese. The aim of this module is to take students from total beginners to about an A1 level of the CEFR The emphasis is on achieving a basic level of communication in all four skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) while developing confidence and a degree of accuracy when using the language in a limited range of social situations. The module also aims to stimulate students' interest in Brazil and Portugal and deepen their knowledge and understanding of Portuguese-speaking countries societies and cultures.


This module aims to introduce students to the Portuguese language and gradually develop their ability to function at beginners' level in a variety of everyday contexts. Students should develop a basic understanding of everyday vocabulary, understand the rules of pronunciation and have a basic grasp of the relevant grammar for that level. They should also develop an awareness of the culture of Portugal and Brazil but also the other six Portuguese speaking countries.

Learning outcomes

Students will gain knowledge on Portuguese language at the A2 level of the CEFR. On completion of the module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of commonly used vocabulary and everyday expressions in the topics covered;
- extract accurately the key information from audio and/or video material;
- understand and make themselves understood by a sympathetic native speaker;
- demonstrate some awareness of cultural and linguistic differences between the use of Portuguese and English;
- demonstrate a basic knowledge of grammar.

Skills outcomes
Knowledge of the major present and past tenses of Portuguese; ability to read basic texts in Portuguese with a general understanding of their contents; ability to converse at a basic level in Portuguese.


This module, intended for ab initio students of Portuguese, will:
a) cover the basic grammar rules of Portuguese, including the use of nouns, adjectives, pronouns and verbs in the simple present, present continuous, simple past and future.
b) introduce students to reading an elementary text in Portuguese
c) give practice in Portuguese conversation in everyday and some professional situations
d) give practice in the comprehension of elementary spoken Portuguese.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class401.0040.00
Independent online learning hours20.00
Private study hours140.00
Total Contact hours40.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Guided independent study each week including review of the lesson, self-study and homework tasks; preparation and practice for the exams:
- 20 hours: Independent online learning
- 60 hours: Coursework preparation
- 40 hours: Grammar reinforcement
- 40 hours: Examination revision.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Class tests, formative tests, guided independent study, participation in class, feedback on core tasks, feedback on homework and preparation for the final speaking exam.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Oral Presentation10 mins oral presentation20.00
In-course AssessmentLinguistic Test20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc) (S2)2 hr 00 mins60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

The resit for any written component of this module, will take the form of a 1 hour exam. The resit for any oral component will comprise a 10 minute oral exam .

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/07/2023


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