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ULPT20010 - Intermediate Portuguese

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite: A good pass GCSE Portuguese or equivalent, or ULPT10010.
  • Co-requisite: Open to students not following Honours courses in Portuguese. This course is not open to native or near-native Portuguese speakers. 
  • Taught during: Both semesters
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


This course aims to develop skills in reading, listening, speaking and writing Portuguese. It lays emphasis on communication and comprehension skills but also builds on the grammar base acquired in elementary courses. Topics covered earlier will be revised and extended and new themes introduced which will develop understanding of the society and culture of Portuguese-speaking countries. Students will be expected to use the range of resources available to them in the Language Centre and to communicate with native speakers, wherever possible, in order to develop cultural competence.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters; and understand the main points of short, clear radio or TV programmes which deal with current affairs or topics of personal interest
  2. Understand texts using fairly high frequency, everyday or job-related language
  3. Intervene in a conversation if it deals with familiar topics
  4. Express, in brief oral exchanges, an opinion or ambition and to give short explanations for these; explain, briefly, a succession of events or to give information of an event
  5. Write simple, connected texts on familiar topics or topics of personal interest.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B1 of the Common European Framework.

Transferable skills

Information handling, IT skills, cultural appreciation, language awareness, discussion, formal presentations.

Teaching and learning methods

Seminars, three hours per week.


  • Semester one: One written test (20%), one presentation (10%), one dossier mark (10%). Oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 10, 11 and 12.
  • Semester two: One written test (20%), one aural (15%), one oral test (15%), one dossier mark (10%). Listening assessment will take place in the week before the Easter break (normally week 7 or 8); oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 10, 11 and 12.

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • Informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities.
  • Formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.


Ana Niño

Taught by

See timetables.

Maximum entry


Set texts 

Portugues Xxi Nivel 2 Livro Do Aluno, ISBN: 9789727579907

Recommended texts

Students are expected to work independently and in class on a literary work. The text selected for this level will be announced later. There is a myriad of dictionaries and books on grammar and verbs available on the market. The suggestions below are the most recommended based on current usage, quality of content, user-friendliness, the inclusion of supplementary materials (grammar and style), and value for money. Note 1: Either of the suggestions below is a good option; the first one being the most comprehensive. Note 2: Students are free to look for other options not contemplated in this list (Oxford, Langenscheidt, Larousse etc.).

  • Collins Portuguese Dictionary and Grammar(Highly Recommended: Very comprehensive vocabulary + Large Supplement on Portuguese Grammar and Style in English).
  • Collins Pocket Portuguese Dictionary (Similar to above but with less content)


  • ULPT20020 - Post-intermediate Portuguese


Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have a capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.