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Portugees Module 6


Admission requirements

Portuguese 5 or equivalent (contact tutor for guidance).


This language course builds on skills acquired in Portuguese module 6 and aims to develop students’ oral and especially written communication skills to an advanced level, with an emphasis on writing skills of longer pieces in a variety of contexts and targets (eg. journalistic, critical essays, business) as well as oral presentation skills mindful of issues of, cultural awareness, attention to register etc. This is an interactive course in which a variety of authentic materials are used.

Course objectives

This course covers four key skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Authentic materials will be used in the development of communication skills through practical written and oral exercises (individual and group-based).

European Framework for Languages:
Listening B2+
Reading B2+
Spoken B2+
Writing B2+



Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

Total Hours for the Course: 140

Seminar attendance: 42 hours (6 hours per week x 7 weeks)

Assignments and preparation: 42 hours (6 hours per week x 7 weeks)

Tests and Test Preparation: 28 hours

Composition: 28 hours

Assessment method

Mid-Term Exam (20%) (1-2 hours)
Final Exam (25%) (1-2 hours)
Assignments (10%)
Final Essay (25%)
Final Oral Presentation (20%) (10 minutes)

Written exams include linguistic exercises (e.g., fill-the-gap, short answer, etc.), written comprehension, listening comprehension, and short essay.

Oral assessments: short presentation and question/answer session

Resit for relevant component: written exam/oral.



Reading list

  • Português via Brasil – Um curso avançado para estrangeiros (Lima, Emma E. O. F; IUNES, Samira A. Editora EPU, 2010). – Isabel Coimbra and Olga M. Coimbra, Gramática Ativa 2. (Lamartine Bião Oberg).

Additional suggestions:
Evanildo Bechara, Gramatica escolar da língua portuguesa, com exercícios (Rio de Janeiro:ed. Lucern) edição 2003 or more recent.

John Whitlam, Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar: A Practical Guide (Routledge, 2011) +
John Whitlam, Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar: Workbook (Routledge, 2011) [very good practice-based grammar + accompanying workbook].

C.F.da Cunha and Lindley Cintra, Nova gramática do português contemporâneo, (Lisbon: João Sá da Costa, 1984; repr. Aveiro: Lexikon, 2008).

Mário Perini, Modern Portuguese: A Reference Grammar (Yale: Yale University Press, 2002) [Brazilian Portuguese]



Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


dhr. Dr. M.W. Child


Minimum 70% attendance required. When failing to attend the minimum of attendance required, students must complete an extra assignment in order to sit for final exams.