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Portuguese 4


Admission requirements

Portuguese 3 or equivalent recommended (contact tutor for guidance).


This language course builds on skills acquired in Portuguese module 3 and aims to develop students’ oral and written communication skills to an advanced level, with an emphasis on academic speech and writing skills. In addition, the class seeks to develop awareness of dialect, register, and stylistic differences in Brazilian Portuguese while studying and debating academic and journalistic articles related to history/public policy, literature/cultural analysis, and linguistics. This is an interactive course in which a variety of authentic materials are used, and students play an active role in weekly discussions.

Transferable Skills:

  • Problem solving (recognizing and analyzing problems, solution-oriented thinking)

  • Analytical thinking (analytical skills, abstraction, proof)

  • Responsibility (ownership, self-discipline, responsible attitude towards own project, acknowledging errors)

  • Commitment (dedication, motivation, proactive attitude, own initiative)

  • Self-regulation (independence, insight into one's own goals, motives and capacities)

  • Oral communication (presenting, speaking skills, listening)

  • Written communication (writing skills, reporting, structuring, summarizing)

  • Working together (teamwork, support, loyalty, fulfilling agreements, attendance)

  • Flexibility (dealing with changes, eagerness to learn, adaptability)

  • Critical thinking (asking questions, checking assumptions)

  • Creative thinking (resourcefulness, curiosity, out of the box thinking)

  • Integrity (honesty, morality, ethical conduct, personal values)

  • Intercultural skills (communication with different cultures)

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 C1
Reading C1
Spoken C1
Writing C1

LAS Specific Objectives:

  • read articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writers adopt particular attitudes or viewpoints.

  • understand specialized articles and technical instructions related to their field of study.

  • express themselves in clear, well-structured texts, expressing points of view at some length

  • write about complex and/or academic subjects in an essay or a report underlying the most salient issues.

  • write an academic paper following an expository or an argumentative structure.

  • understand extended speech and lectures and follow even complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar.

  • use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes.

  • take an active part in discussions of familiar matters and debates of academic related topics accounting for and sustaining their views with reasonable precision.

  • present clear, detailed descriptions and/or argumentations of complex and/or academic subjects, integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.


My Timetable

Mode of instruction

Seminar, Lecture, Oral Presentation

Assessment method


  • Final written paper: 30%

  • Final Oral presentation: 30%

  • Weekly written contributions: 20%

  • Weekly oral presentations: 20%


The final mark for this course is established by determining the weighted average.


For all components (project rewriting and oral presentation): 100% of final mark.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

  • Santos, Denise, Glaucia Silva, and Viviane Gontijo. Contextos: curso intermediário de português. Routledge, 2019.

  • A dossier with reading and discussing material will be provided via Brightspace.

Additional suggestions:
Evanildo Bechara, Gramatica escolar da língua portuguesa, com exercícios (Rio de Janeiro: ed. Lucern) edição 2003 ou mais recente.
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]


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available on this website


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Reuvensplaats


Minimum 80% attendance required. Students who do not meet this requirement will not take the exams. Missed presentations will result in Insufficient.