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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO3110 Advanced Portuguese Language

20 creditsClass Size: 25

Module manager: Carmem Mackle

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

Year running 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of SPPO2090 or SPPO2091.
Successful completion of Year or Term Abroad in a Portuguese-speaking country OR, in the case of non-Honours students, and only in exceptional circumstances, attainment of a high 2:1 pass in SPPO2090/1.


SPPO2090Portuguese Language Skills
SPPO2091Portuguese Language Skills

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will develop advanced skills in speaking, writing, reading and listening in Portuguese. Both the Portuguese and Brazilian variants of the language are covered. Specific skills covered include written composition, oral presentations, translation into and out of Portuguese, and the preparation of summaries of longer texts written in Portuguese.


To consolidate skills in written and oral Portuguese acquired during levels 1 and 2 and during the term or year abroad. Students will further develop their skills in translation, summarizing, essay writing, complex letter writing, and oral presentation.

Upon completion of this module students will be able to express themselves fluently and accurately in both Portuguese and English.


Language classes will concentrate on translation, summarizing, essay writing and complex letter writing skills. Oral classes will concentrate on the preparation, presentation and discussion of a range of topics of contemporary interest.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours8.00
Private study hours147.00
Total Contact hours45.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

May written exam revision 24 hours
May oral exam revision 15 hours
Assessed class tests preparation 25 hours
Formative classwork preparation 90 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress is monitored through:
- continuous summative assessment (assessed oral presentation, grammar test and unseen translation);
- formative assessment (regular written exercises, weekly language work; and
- contribution to oral classes throughout.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentLinguistic Test15.00
In-course AssessmentOral Presentation15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

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)3 hr 00 mins60.00
Practical Exam / OSCE0 hr 10 mins10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Resits: For students needing to resit a written component or components of this module, the resit will comprise a closed exam. For students needing to resit an oral component of this module, the resit will comprise a skype presentation and discussion

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 15/05/2024


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