Module code: POR2002

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

MARLEY D Dr (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code

Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Oral exam or presentation ORAL TEST 20%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module is taught in semester 1 of FHEQ Level 5.

Module aims

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:


Analysis of different written and spoken texts

Structuring spoken and written texts

Taking notes and summarising information from spoken and written texts

Expressing opinions in written and spoken contexts

The grammar of spoken and written Portuguese

Listening comprehension of familiar topics

Strategies for effective listening and reading in Portuguese

Effective use of reference materials (e.g. grammar books, dictionaries, other reference works)


Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers through attending classes and reading in the target language;
Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group classes, reading outside contact hours and participating in seminars;
Develop ability to use linguists’ tools, such as dictionaries and IT resources;
Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study.
Develop communication skills through interactions in class.


The learning and teaching methods include:


Three contact hours per week over Semester 1:

Two hour seminar focusing on reading and writing skills, one hour seminar on oral skills;

Students are expected to read extensively outside classes in order to follow lectures and participate in seminars.

Seminars with exercises building on explanations and illustrations, including some group as well as whole-class work.

Further exercises in vocabulary, grammar and comprehension will be set on a regular basis for homework.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


Knowledge and understanding of the use of the target language;
Ability to analyse and interpret texts;
Ability to select and synthesise information from written and oral texts;
Ability to use IT skills to find and present relevant information;
Subject-specific knowledge of Portuguese history and culture.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

A 30-minute translation exercise (20%)

An oral test that will assess listening and speaking skills (20%)

A 2-hour written examination at the end of the semester (60%)


Formative assessment and feedback

•           Formative assessment will focus on student participation and class discussions throughout the module.

•           Students will be provided with detailed written feedback following coursework assignments.

•           Verbal feedback will also occur in class and individual appointments if required.

Reading list

Reading list for AB INITIO PORTUGUESE I : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/por2002

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.