ULPT20010 - Intermediate Portuguese


  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2
  • Pre-requisite:  A good pass GCSE (A*, A or B). If taken within the last 3 years
  • 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 speaking, listening, reading 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 your understanding of the society and culture of contemporary Spain.

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 (25%) which will normally take place during week 12. Two dossier tasks + reflection in week 12 (10%)
  • Semester two: One written test (25%), one listening test (10%), one oral test (20%), Two dossier tasks + reflection in week 8 (10%)

The listening assessment will take place in the week before the Easter break (normally week 8); the oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 11 and 12; dossiers are submitted in the last week before the Easter break

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


Dr Ana Niño

Taught by

See Timetable

Maximum entry

22 per group.

Set text

Recommended texts

Gramática ativa 1 ISBN: 9789727576388


To be announced.


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.