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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO2091 Portuguese Language Skills

15 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Carmem Mackle

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

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students must have successfully completed the level 1 modules SPPO1080/1081 or the level 1 module SPPO1083.

This module is mutually exclusive with

SPPO2090Portuguese Language Skills

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

The aim of this module is to take students from A2 to B1 level of the CEFR. Building on the skills attained at the end of Level 1, this module consolidates and improves basic and more complex grammatical structures used in a variety of contexts. Students will reinforce and further develop their linguistic competence (written and oral) in Portuguese grammar, vocabulary, style, and specialised uses of Portuguese.


- Provide the students with the linguistic and inter/cultural knowledge and skills necessary to communicate effectively in a Portuguese-speaking country.
- Develop students' ability to reflect on their own learning and to choose and complete autonomously language learning activities


The module will be divided into a series of units, each involving a specific exercise which will allow students to develop various important skills, such as the ability to work in a team, to a deadline, and the ability to assimilate and organise written and spoken material and present it in a given register, style and context.

One unit, for example, involves the preparation of a C.V. Students will be interviewed for a mock job based on the preparation of this C.V. and covering letter.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Language Class181.0018.00
Oral Class181.0018.00
Private study hours96.00
Total Contact hours54.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Students will be required to continue the group work started in language classes outside class hours, for at least a further hour per week.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Regular written and oral assignments.
- 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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessment2 pieces of written work & 2 orals (15% each)60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)60.00

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)2 hr 00 mins40.00
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: 15/05/2024


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