MODERN LANGUAGE CENTRE

MODULE SYLLABUS

Title and code number: INTRODUCTORY PORTUGUESE
4AALPN22

Credit/Value: Credit Levels 4, 30 credits

Prerequisite for entry: none

Course delivery A 5-hour class (4 contact hours and one
hour of compulsory task-based e-learning
component) weekly x 20 weeks (two
semesters)

Students are expected to spend approx. 8-
10 hours per week in self study, including
homework, speaking practice, and
interactive exercises.

See website for semester dates, timetable
and teachers’ surgery hours:
www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

in structured situations and short conversations with the help of the interlocutor. transferable and practical skills appropriate to a Credit Level 4 module and in particular will demonstrate the ability to:  understand and use a restricted factual knowledge base and range of vocabulary. under direction or supervision. local geography.  develop knowledge and understanding of aspects of the societies of the countries where the language is spoken. local geography. etc. LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE MODULE The students will be able to demonstrate intellectual.  reflect on own capabilities in key areas and engage in development activities through guided self-direction such as exposure to authentic material such as news items.  act with limited autonomy. such as asking for repetition. tools and knowledge to become independent life-long learners by using the language for target academic activities and personal enrichment.  use TEL as a mean of communication.  interact in simple and routine tasks requiring a direct exchange of information on familiar matters. which will enable students to reflect on different cultural values and behaviours to help them develop intercultural sensitivity. apologizing.  participate in short conversations in routine contexts on topics of interest  describe in simple terms aspects of student’s background. shopping. advertising.  take responsibility for the nature and quality of their learning. and frequently used expressions in areas of most immediate relevance and immediate priority such as basic and personal information.  work towards the acquisition of a “fifth language skill”.g.  develop strategies for coping with unfamiliar language or unexpected responses. straightforward texts with assistance. etc. reading and writing in areas of most immediate relevance such as basic and personal information. thanking someone for something. within defined guidelines. and engage in evaluative thinking using given criteria. etc.  acquire linguistics skills. shopping. rephrasing or clarification. social interaction. 2 . as an aid to learning generally and as an aid to collaborative and individual learning. confirming an arrangement). speaking.EDUCATIONAL AIMS OF THE MODULE This course is broadly equivalent to A2 Basic User level of the Common European Framework and aims to enable the students to:  develop the skills of listening. listening or looking for key words.  write short simple notes. messages and personal letters (e.  read and assess fairly short. job advertisements. immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

calendar. press and media  Introduction to notions of Portuguese history and traditions  Introduction to notions of Portuguese culture  Exchanging Written correspondence LANGUAGE FUNCTIONS . and languages  Daily routines. directions  The weather  Feelings  Telephone conversations  Introduction to television. dates  Nationalities. Portuguese will be used for communication in class and students will be asked to participate in classroom activities and to contribute to short role-plays. food and culinary habits  Health and body  Description of people  City life: buildings. transport and directions  Leisure time and hobbies  Accommodation  Shopping  Holidays  Eating and drinking. games and other language-centred activities. streets. TOPICS – LEXICAL CONTENT  Numbers.CLASS DELIVERY AND TEACHING METHODS Although every class is designed taking into consideration the above objectives.the language is dealt with in social situations and students are encouraged to participate as much as possible. restaurants. expressions of time. spelling names  Formal and informal functions  Saying and understanding numbers  Exchanging information regarding about nationality  Exchanging personal information  Talking about everyday life  Expressing agreement/disagreement  Asking for and giving directions  Asking for and giving the time/date 3 . The general approach to all Modern Language Centre classes is communicative .PRAGMATICS  Greetings and introductions. countries. time. timetable  Personal and social life (family and friends)  Work and one’s professional life and career  Travel. the structure of particular sessions may vary.

memos  Writing simple personal letters  Expressing opinions and ideas at a higher level  Giving instructions and advice  Speaking about projects and plans  Telling stories. asking for prices and quantities  Ordering in a bar/restaurant  Making a booking and expressing preferences. demonstrative and indefinite pronouns  Possessive adjectives and pronouns  Adverbs of time and frequency  Demonstrative adjectives  Irregular verbs in the present tense  Comparatives and superlatives  Verbs ver. ter que/de. refusing  Asking for explanation.lhes 4 .  Making. clarification. accepting. emails. accepting and refusing offers  Giving and accepting apologies  Organizing meetings and appointments  Communicating by phone  Describing people and places  Describing and comparing objects and events  Going shopping  Buying. narrating events in the past tense  Talking about the future / speaking about future events  Understanding simple information on the media GRAMMAR AND USE OF LANGUAGE  Gender and number of nouns and adjectives  Verbs “to be” and “to have”  Definite and indefinite articles  Negatives  Subject pronouns  Present tense of regular and some irregular verbs  Present tense of reflexive verbs  Prepositions of time and place  Imperative  Interrogative. or complaints  Talking about one’s daily routine and leisure time  Making arrangements: suggesting. sair  Personal pronoun: lhe . permission  Asking for information and speaking about professional life  Asking more complex questions in a formal/informal way  Making comparisons  Talking about feelings and opinions  Understanding simple letters.

RECOMMENDED MATERIAL FOR SELF-STUDY  Coimbra.aulete.. L. de Oliveira. O. J.oglobo. Stichini.conjuga-me.net/  www. F. saber  Future tenses (futuro do presente)  Conditional  Past compound tenses (ter + participle)  Present compound tenses (ter + participle)  Regular and irregular adverbs  Use of alguém..com/user/jhallthird 5 . ir/vir. L. Tasks are set weekly by the teacher and include students’ blogs. (2010) Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar: A Practical Guide  Reis. M.. Os Destinos de Gabriel 1  www. (2009) Novo Avenida Brasil 2 Relevant materials taken from a variety of sources will be provided by the teacher.pt/  www. (2009) Novo Avenida Brasil 1  Lima.com/course/pt/en/Learn-Portuguese-Online  www. E. todos os. Coimbra. video interviews. algo. chats. To encourage student-centred learning the course participants will collaborate on various projects while practising their reading.  Adjectives  Superlative  Ordinal numbers  Plurals  Imperfect past (pretérito imperfeito)  Contrasting perfect past and imperfect past (pretérito perfeito – pretérito imperfeito)  Verbs por..br/videos  https://en. Rohrmann. toda.br  www. O.youtube. J. writing. nenhum.. (2012) Gramática Ativa 1 (Brazilian version)  Whitlam.com. tudo. Daniele. listening and speaking skills. I. COURSE BOOK(S)  Eberlein. and Ishihara. T. cada E-LEARNING COMPONENT  The ePortfolio is a task-based component and fully integrated into the module.duolingo. E. levar/trazer.. todas as. E. dizer. Ishihara. algum. wikis.. Catarina.com.infopedia. vestir-se. discussion forums and online grammar exercises.. Rohrmman. The ePortfolio is monitored but not formally assessed... nada  Augmentatives and diminutives  Passive voice  Use of todo. L. audio recording. ninguém.

If students miss a class because of illness or urgent personal matters. In addition students can book themselves for individual feedback during surgery hours. ASSESSMENT For all details regarding deadlines. If a student’s attendance falls to unsatisfactory levels s/he may be removed from the module or prevented from taking the assessment. first basement) which provides a friendly learning environment with state of the art facilities. and past papers (where applicable) see KEATS.IT resources for independent learning:  KEATS material + MLC resources on-line LANGUAGE RESOURCES CENTRE In order to support you with your independent learning and be in contact with the culture of the language(s) you are learning. 2 Tests: 2 hours each 0% Feedback All pieces of formative assessment are normally returned to students within 2 weeks. For a list of topics and all dates and times.uk/artshums/depts/mlc/olc/index.kcl. please go to the website: http://www. Contact details and applicable surgery hours can be found on KEATS. you are encouraged to use the resources in the Language Resources Centre – LRC (K-1. your teacher will arrange an induction session for the class in the LRC so that you can familiarize yourself with the facilities. 6 . including the opening hours of the LRC.ac. dates of assessment.072. During the first few weeks of the course. It is strongly recommended that you complete the formative assessment as it will provide you with feedback on your progress. Formative Assessment: Formative assessment takes place during Reading Week in Semester 1 and 2. This does not count towards your final mark.aspx ATTENDANCE Attendance is compulsory for all language modules. it is their responsibility to catch up on the contents of the missed class by checking the KEATS module and/or contacting the teacher. but failure to submit the work may result in you being withdrawn from the module or prevented from sitting the examinations. During Term one and Term two the LRC will facilitate free speaking practice sessions as well as workshops on How to get the most of your language classes. and the teacher will provide feedback in groups and/or individually. For further information on the attendance requirements of the module please see the student handbook.

Final (summative) assessment Written Exam 1: 2 hours 20% Exam period: 1 (January) Written Exam 2: 2 hours 40% Exam period: 2 (May) Listening Exam: 30 minutes 20% Exam period: 2 (May) Oral exam: 15-20 min 20% Exam period: During Revision week. 7 . immediately before the start of Exam Period 3 (May) Please see the Student Handbook for further information.

Introducing yourself .Combination of ir + a platform .Definite and indefinite .Demonstrative pronouns .Telling where you come from .Expressing likes and .Expressing feelings Unit 4 on KEATS. . .Telling what you are doing on .Personal pronouns (find it on KEATS under e- occupation) .Daily routine . .Use of no(s). Book Unit 1 and 2 .Use of gostar de (2) portfolio. WEEK BY WEEK SYLLABUS SEMESTER 1 WEEK LEARNING CONTENT/TOPICS GRAMMAR E-LEARNING RESOURCES COMPONENT Book Unit 1 .Use of do(s).Verb ser After this class: 1st week KEATS – online a friend . dislikes and and -ir portfolio.Borrowing something Unit 1 on KEATS .Countries sentence structures .Watch the Grammar presentation on KEATS: Presente do Indicativo 8 .de chosen city): Do TASK 1 information (name.Verbs poder and ter After this class: 3rd week KEATS – online .Under grammar with slides presentation on KEATS: Futuro Imediato Book Unit 3 .Telling and asking for a . .Talking about possessions articles .Arranging a meeting .Interacting with the waiter .Future (futuro imediato) . After this class: 2nd week KEATS – online telephone number Possessive pronouns platform .Do TASK 2 on your e- exchanging emails . em portfolio people at work and in personal life . na(s).Do interactive exercises .Do interactive exercises Unit 3 on KEATS.Ordering at the restaurant querer platform .Prepositions: a vs para platform your holidays/weekend .Introducing .Positive and negative portfolio).Spelling your name and email.Regular verbs ending in -ar After this class: 4th week KEATS – online .Telling the time .Verbs preferir and After this class: 5th week KEATS – online . nationality and .Telling where you live (country and city) Book Unit 1 and 2 .E-portfolio (profile + a .Expressing likes.Introducing .Listen to the basic vocabulary under Audio/Video on KEATS.Regular verbs ending in -ar .Do interactive exercises . .da(s).Brazilian food .Do TASK 3 on your e- of the week and time) preposition (a + o.Merging article and .Do TASK 4 on your e- .Writing an email to a friend (1) . a + a) portfolio.Gender and number platform dislikes agreement .Giving and asking for personal .Regular verbs ending in -er .Expressing likes and dislikes (topic: leisure) .Inviting/Suggesting (include day .Do TASK 5 on your e- . preferences (topic: food and drinks) . .Do interactive exercises Unit 2 on KEATS Book Unit 1 and 2 .Use of gostar de (1) .

tão. .Do TASK 8 on your e- (object.Prepositions of place platform . friend (2) . portfolio.Interacting at the hotel .Do interactive exercises Unit 10 on KEATS 9 .Brazil in numbers . After this class: 8th week KEATS – online .Do TASK 10 on your e- portfolio.Do interactive exercises .Describing an ongoing action .Describing and comparing menos… do que (2).Possessives: dele(s).Recap .Adjectives (3) .Describing accommodation and .Telling a story (real .Do TASK 6 on your e- .Do interactive exercises and/or fictional) Unit 9 on KEATS.Giving opinions . .Watch the grammar presentation on KEATS: Pretérito Perfeito Book Unit 6 . ..Do interactive exercises Unit 8 on KEATS Book Unit 5 and 6 .Do TASK 9 on your e- . platform people quanto .Use of mais… do que. address.Writing an email to a portfolio. menos… do que (1) portfolio. tourist places . .Traveling in Brazil.Past tense (regular verbs) After this class: 9th week KEATS – online furniture .Use of mais… do que..Regions in Brazil .Do TASK 7 on your e- .Superlatives . .Understanding advertisements delas(s) .Watch the grammar countries presentation on KEATS: Presente Contínuo.Mixing verb tenses After this class: 11th week KEATS – online .Indicating where something is .) portfolio.Verb fazer .Present continuous After this class: 7th week KEATS – online according to its last tenses platform census . building etc.  Complete formative 6th week READING WEEK assessment  Do interactive exercises Unit 5 on KEATS Book Unit 4 .Describing the places you travelled to and what you did .Do interactive exercises Unit 7 on KEATS Book Unit 5 .Recap platform .Past tenses (regular and After this class: 10th week KEATS – online in your previous day of Irregular verbs) platform work/as a student . Book Unit 4 and 5 .Describing what you did .Adjectives (1) Unit 6 on KEATS. .Direct object pronouns .Talking about Brazilian culture .Adjectives (2) .Asking for information .Comparing regions and .

It is August 2016 and your character has travelled to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games.Giving advice on how to . Use imperfect past and perfect past tenses (20-50 words) 10 . S/he will narrate the story in the first person. e.Talking Sports -Superlatives After the 2nd class.Agreeing and Disagreeing . .Describe the moment in which s/he saw a famous sports person at the Olympic park in Rio de Janeiro.Upload a picture/video in your profile which represents an element of Brazilian culture. leave at least 3 comments on a classmate’s story.Use of ter que/de will travel for a year in Brazil. Throughout the course.g.Verb ver (30-60 words). a music video.Plurals your choice. an item of food etc. Use present tense to say how excited s/he is to be in Rio. Include why you personality traits) are learning Portuguese. It is 2016 and s/he . start writing 2nd week KEATS – online . portrayed in Brazilian . a painting. which painting/sculpture will be similar to your text above. Describe what the picture is about (10-30 words) Book – Unit 1 .It is late August and s/he is in platform . S/he visits the Oscar .Superlatives .Adjectives  After the 1st class: 1st week KEATS – online .Upload an audio-profile. . Say what sports s/he wants to follow and why (30-70 words). SEMESTER 2 WEEK LEARNING CONTENT/TOPICS GRAMMAR E-LEARNING COMPONENT RESOURCES Tasks will be updated by Dec 2017 and will be found directly on the e-portfolio template Book – Unit 1 .Imperfect past .The body .Expand your personal profile platform (physical appearance and .Talking about people interests etc.Ordinal numbers  After 3rd class: 3rd week KEATS – online .Giving opinions Curitiba. . Book – Unit 2 . .Include a link of a video about the Olympic Games in Brazil and upload a comment about what s/he finds interesting in it (20s – 1min).Describing a person . Describe some of his habits and work he did when he was alive.Working policies in Brazil .Life in the past and in the Niemeyer Museum and learns present for women in Brazil about this famous architect. Hobbies.Use of andar vs estar portfolio with a character of . . . What did they talk about? Was the athlete nice/polite? Was s/he allowed to take a selfie? (30- 60 words)  Do interactive exercises Unit 1 on KEATS.Indirect object pronouns a travel story on your e- platform be healthy .

write some advice to a traveller who decides to do the same thing. . Upload a picture of each of these beaches and write his/her impressions about them and/or what s/he did (10-30 words for one picture.S/he has been to the beaches Praia Mole and Praia do Rosa. Describe how the barbecue went. (30-70 words)  Do interactive exercises Unit 3 on KEATS.S/he is staying at an international hostel. His/her mobile phone was stolen. Use conditional tenses (10-30 words). List the few pieces of clothes s/he brought from his/her home country and what s/he bought in Curitiba to cope with the cold there and now in Florianópolis. . (50-100 words) . 30s. S/he did not realize it for specific occasions could be cold at this time of the year.Describing cultural Paulo capital where s/he is misunderstandings one renting a flat with other students.S/he went out with friends to a music concert of a local band. has experienced S/he decides to invite Brazilian friends for a barbecue at the communal terrace.Clothes .Conditional  After the 5th class: 5th week KEATS – online the beach in Brazil . Describe one that s/he had in Brazil (audio 30s-1min).  Do interactive exercises Unit 2 on KEATS.Telling what one is alternatives . Book – Unit 3 .At the barbecue friends told you about a cultural misunderstanding they had when they travelled. 11 .Reflexive verbs beaches.(30-70 words) . Tell us how it was and how difficult it was to interact in Portuguese (30- 60 words). But it turns out people brought more drinks and food and it was a fun evening. Book – Unit 3 .Include a picture of this museum and upload an audio with his/her opinion about its look/architecture (30s–1min). Tell us how it happened and if s/he got it back.It is October and s/he is in São platform .Verb pôr and its  After the 4th class: 4th week KEATS – online . To his/her surprise. .Having had this experience.It is early September and s/he is platform wearing .Habits and behaviour on .1min-audio for the other picture) .Telling what one wears .Ir vs vir .Simple future in Florianópolis to enjoy the . every guest brought friends and s/he was not happy with that.

Book – Unit 6 .Adverbs . Use present tenses and perfeito composto do indicativo. staying at her friend’s who is the third generation of Japanese immigrants.It is June 2017 and after platform Boi festival in Brazil backpacking in South America -Discussing Brazilian music s/he is in Parintins to enjoy the styles Bumba Meu Boi festival.Augmentatives  After the 8th class: 9th week KEATS – online -Describing types of . Leave an audio comment on what can be seen in the video (30s-1min).Pluperfect tenses  After the 6th class: 7th week KEATS – online immigration to Brazil .It is January and s/he is in the platform .Passive voice with ser +  After the 9th class: 10th week in Brazil participle 12 . Write a conversation with her friend about how the large Japanese immigration to Brazil happened and what life was like then and what it is now.Ecology .  Do interactive exercises Unit 7 on KEATS.S/he is now in Manaus.Indefinite pronouns the middle of the Amazon Forest. Describe the travel from Manaus to the Piraha community and the experience of living with the community for 2 weeks. . S/he will have to travel hours by boat on the Amazon River.Compound tenses  After the 7th class 8th week KEATS – online .Talking about stereotypes . READING WEEK  Complete formative 6th week assessment  Do interactive exercises Unit 5 on KEATS. . Use future do presente tenses (30s-1min) Do interactive exercises Unit 6 on KEATS.Holidays .Include a video about the Parintins festival.S/he wants to experience life with a secluded indigenous community called Piraha.Discussing the Amazon Describe some of the exotic/local Forest food that s/he has tried (20-60 words) .Talking about the family .Past and current .  Do interactive exercises Unit 4 on KEATS.Levar vs trazer countryside of Sao Paulo.Diminutives . Book – Unit 5 . Use mais-que-perfeito composto tenses. Do interactive exercises Unit 8 on KEATS. Book – Unit 6 . Book – Unit 4 . Describe what the festival was like (50-90) words. a city in platform pollution . .S/he decides to backpack for the next 5 months in South America. Upload an audio in which s/he describes the route s/he is taking from where s/he is. Add at least 6 questions in this conversation (100-150 words).Conhecer vs saber .Discussing Bumba Meu .

(20s-1 min)  Do interactive exercises Unit 10 on KEATS.Indefinite pronouns  After the 10th class: 11th week KEATS – online .Shopping for food . 13 .Mixing verb tenses where s/he learns how to dance . KEATS – online . had too much to drink and after the party had some heavy local food. S/he is in Rio at the airport ready to go back home. There s/he evaluates her/his trip. It has been 1 platform year.S/he is in Bahia in July 2017 platform industries .S/he went to a forró party and had a good time. The syllabus may vary according to students’ needs. However. As a result s/he woke up feeling very unwell. Book – Unit 6 .Recap .Recap .It is August 2017. Describe these last hours in Brazil and list 3 things one should and should not do during a long trip (use passive voice with se for this list). .Describing economic . S/he will depart in a couple of hours. Write 80-100 words. 12th week Revision/catch-up classes or one-to-one tutorial support as agreed with the teacher.Passive voice . (30-50 words) . Narrate this with the help of an audio (50s-2min)  Do interactive exercises Unit 9 on KEATS.S/he decides to send a voice message to a friend to say thank you and to keep in touch. Describe what the regions in Brazil experience of dancing forró is like.Discussing economic forró.

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