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Portuguese Module 7


Admission requirements

Portuguese 5 or equivalent (contact tutor for guidance).


This language course builds on skills acquired in previous modules 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 interactive course builds on Portuguese Module 6, allowing students to take an active role in preparing and presenting, as well as participating in weekly discussions.

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


Timetable LAS

Mode of instruction


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

Final Exam (15%) (1-2 hours)
Final Essay (25%)
In-Class and Final Presentations (40%)
Assignments and Participation (20%)

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.


Blackboard will be used for:

  • providing study materials

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]


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable


For questions about the content of the course, you can contact the teacher:
dhr. Drs. M.W. Child

Coordinator of Studies: M.A.G. van Leeuwen MA

Administrations Office: van Wijkplaats

Remarks Minimum 80% attendance required.