MLP2052 - Intermediate Portuguese

2022/3 Module description

StaffDr Susana Pinto Cavadas Afonso - Convenor
Credit Value30
ECTS Value15
NQF Level5
Pre-requisitesMLP1052 or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module description

The module is designed for students who completed MLP 1052.

You will enhance your listening, speaking, writing and reading skills by being exposed to different types of texts and different registers. The module will also expand your grammatical knowledge of Portuguese, with a particular focus on more advanced grammatical structures and categories, which you will apply to written and oral tasks.

You will also further your knowledge on contemporary Lusophone cultural aspects.

In addition, particular emphasis will be given in preparing students for their year abroad: how to create your CV, write a covering letter and job interview techniques.

Module aims

This course consolidates and develops the basic language skills acquired in MLP 1056, enabling students to communicate confidently in Portuguese through a range of written, oral, and comprehension exercises, as well as through integrated translation exercises, covering different registers and areas of vocabulary.

The module will focus on more advanced grammatical constructions and categories, namely the Subjunctive, which will enable students to communicate in a wider range of communicative contexts.

Finally, the module is committed to address important current affairs and cultural and social topics which are particularly relevant in the diverse Portuguese-speaking world.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Apply a broad range of grammatical features of Portuguese to a variety of written and oral tasks
  • 2. Use a bilingual or monolingual dictionary to glean information about meaning, register, usage and grammatical forms.
  • 3. Engage in discussion of a range of contemporary topics in oral Portuguese, articulating one's own opinions and responding to the opinions of others.
  • 4. Give short oral presentations in Portuguese on a defined topic to a small group of listeners and engage in group discussion of the topic presented.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. Understand and use grammatical structures at an intermediate level and understand basic differences in style and register in written and spoken Portuguese, putting in to practice in different linguistic tasks
  • 6. Engage, under guidance, with the Portuguese-language media, printed and electronic
  • 7. Access and use printed and electronic learning resources critically.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. Communicate competently in Portuguese
  • 9. Express and discuss views in front of a group of listeners

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that systematic coverage of aspects of the materials in the course books including a comprehensive study of the uses of the Subjunctive mode versus the Indicative in complex sentences and subordinate clauses

Skills will be integrated in each class and will be developed in context: there will be an overarching theme in which students will acquire new grammar points, acquire new vocabulary, enhance comprehension skills and ability to develop a natural and accurate form of expression in the target language. Translation exercised will be used as a way to perceive clear mismatches between the source and the target languages (e.g. grammar, vocabulary as well as style mismatches) and strategies to overcome these mismatches will be acquired.

Oral work with a variety of tasks (e.g. presentations, regular small group discussions and debates).

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching44Language classes (integrated skills, including translation)
Schedules Learning and Teaching22Oral classes (task oriented and student centred with special emphasis on the communicative approach)
Guided Independent Study234Private study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
6 formative tasks covering some or all of the following areas: grammar, writing, listening, reading, speaking.Variable1-10Written and oral feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Portfolio50As described on the ELE page1-3, 5-10Written and oral
Oral examination2515 minutes1, 3-10Written
Written examination251 hour1, 3, 5-10 Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
PortfolioPortfolio1-3, 5-10Referral/Deferral period
Oral examinationOral examination1, 3-10Referral/Deferral period
Written examinationWritten examination1, 3, 5-10 Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Course book : Hutchinson, A. et al. 2012. Ponto de Encontro : Portuguese as a World Language . Pearson Education. (Paperback)

  • Coimbra, I. and Coimbra, O. 2011. Gramática Ativa 2 . Lisboa: Lidel Editores
  • Henriques, T. and Freitas, F. de. 2011. Qual é a Dúvida? Lisboa: Lidel Editores
  • Hutchinson, A. and Lloyd, J.1996. Portuguese : An Essential Grammar . London: Routledge
  • Rosa, L. 2011. Vamos Lá Continuar. Lisboa: Lidel Editores
  • Whitlam, John. 2010. Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar . London: Routledge

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Portuguese language; Intermediate

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