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

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

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. restaurants. TOPICS – LEXICAL CONTENT  Numbers. transport and directions  Leisure time and hobbies  Accommodation  Shopping  Holidays  Eating and drinking.the language is dealt with in social situations and students are encouraged to participate as much as possible. and languages  Daily routines. press and media  Introduction to notions of Portuguese history and traditions  Introduction to notions of Portuguese culture  Exchanging Written correspondence LANGUAGE FUNCTIONS . streets. expressions of time. directions  The weather  Feelings  Telephone conversations  Introduction to television.CLASS DELIVERY AND TEACHING METHODS Although every class is designed taking into consideration the above objectives. calendar. The general approach to all Modern Language Centre classes is communicative .PRAGMATICS  Greetings and introductions. food and culinary habits  Health and body  Description of people  City life: buildings. countries. 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 . timetable  Personal and social life (family and friends)  Work and one’s professional life and career  Travel. dates  Nationalities. time. games and other language-centred activities. the structure of particular sessions may vary.

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. memos  Writing simple personal letters  Expressing opinions and ideas at a higher level  Giving instructions and advice  Speaking about projects and plans  Telling stories.lhes 4 . accepting. sair  Personal pronoun: lhe . refusing  Asking for explanation. 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. 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. 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. emails. ter que/de. clarification.  Making. or complaints  Talking about one’s daily routine and leisure time  Making arrangements: suggesting. asking for prices and quantities  Ordering in a bar/restaurant  Making a booking and expressing preferences.

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

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

immediately before the start of Exam Period 3 (May) Please see the Student Handbook for further information.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 .

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

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

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

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

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

S/he is in Rio at the airport ready to go back home. Narrate this with the help of an audio (50s-2min)  Do interactive exercises Unit 9 on KEATS. KEATS – online . had too much to drink and after the party had some heavy local food. Describe what the regions in Brazil experience of dancing forró is like.S/he is in Bahia in July 2017 platform industries . There s/he evaluates her/his trip. (30-50 words) . It has been 1 platform year.S/he went to a forró party and had a good time. S/he will depart in a couple of hours. Write 80-100 words.It is August 2017.Recap . 12th week Revision/catch-up classes or one-to-one tutorial support as agreed with the teacher. 13 .Recap . However.Discussing economic forró. As a result s/he woke up feeling very unwell. 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). (20s-1 min)  Do interactive exercises Unit 10 on KEATS.Indefinite pronouns  After the 10th class: 11th week KEATS – online . .S/he decides to send a voice message to a friend to say thank you and to keep in touch. Book – Unit 6 .Mixing verb tenses where s/he learns how to dance .Passive voice . The syllabus may vary according to students’ needs.Describing economic .Shopping for food .