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Portugese Module 5


Admission requirements

Portuguese 4 or equivalent (contact tutor for guidance).


This language course aims to develop students’ confident oral and 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 skills mindful of issues of presentation, 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: B2



3× 2hs per week.

Mode of instruction

  • Lecture x

  • Seminar x

Assessment method

Written assessments: 75%.
Oral assessments: 25% of mark

Written assessments: class test 40mins 20% of mark; written assignment 15%; final exam of 1h 40% (tests include linguistic exercises – eg. fill-the-gap exercises – and written comprehension or composition).
Oral assessments: 25% of mark (short presentation and question/answer session).

Resit for relevant component: written exam/oral.


This course is supported by Blackboard. Blackboard will be used to provide students with an overview of current affairs, as well as specific information about (components of) the course. Please see:

Reading list

Materials provided by tutors.

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]


Enrollment through uSis for the course and the examination or paper is mandatory.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs


Prospective students, please check the Study Abroad/Exchange website
for information on how to apply.


Minimum 80% attendance required.


dhr. Drs. M.W. Child