Current 2016/17 Module Catalogue

Module Details

Module Code:
Module Provider:
English and Languages
Number of Credits:
Module Title:
Module Co-ordinator:
SALLER C Ms (Eng & Lang)
ECTS Credits

Module Availability

Academic Year (Semester 1 and 2)

Assessment Pattern

Assessment TypeUnit of AssessmentWeighting %
CourseworkIntegrated Skills Portfolio60
School-Timetabled Sum. Examination/TestIn-Class Written Test40

Module Overview

This is a module of the Global Graduate Award in Languages programme. It is taught over 19 weeks in the autumn and spring semesters, two contact hours per week, and covers the four core skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in the target language. It also offers an introduction to the cultures and societies in which the target language is spoken and aims to raise a sense of cultural awareness. Students prepare for everyday communication in the target language and for work or study periods abroad.

A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.


No previous knowledge of Portuguese is required

Module Aims

This module aims to introduce students to basic Portuguese.  In terms of linguistic and cultural competence, the module aims to:

  • encourage students to develop basic communicative competence in the four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening)
  • instil a basic proficiency in handling grammatical structures
  • provide students with basic Portuguese vocabulary used in everyday communication
  • give some insight into the Portuguese-speaking world and the socio-cultural issues relevant to the countries involved


In terms of intercultural awareness, this module aims to encourage students to:

  • take a different perspective and view the world from different cultural viewpoints
  • analyse and understand linguistic and cultural barriers
  • reflect on the influence of cultural values on behaviour
  • become conscious of stereotypes and prejudices
  • communicate with others in culturally appropriate ways


In terms of study skills and transfer of skills and competencies, this module aims to:

  • encourage students to self-assess their progress and map their linguistic competence against the descriptors of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
  • support students in acquiring language learning strategies and techniques
  • inspire independent learning and facilitate the acquisition of other foreign languages

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:


  • Interact in basic Portuguese in a range of familiar situations (K, T, P)
  • Understand and interpret basic spoken and written Portuguese in a limited range of situations and topics  (C, K, P)
  • Categorise a limited range of text types (C, K)
  • Organise and present ideas on predictable topics (T, P)
  • Demonstrate the ability to retrieve and handle information from appropriate sources (T, P)
  • Understand and use the grammatical terminology relating to the topics covered (C, K)
  • Demonstrate a degree of grammatical accuracy in their use of basic Portuguese (C, K)
  • Pronounce individual sounds of Portuguese with a degree of accuracy (C, K)
  • Use language reference materials such as grammars and dictionaries (T, P)
  • Show cultural awareness by interacting in a culturally appropriate way for speakers of Portuguese (K, T, P)


Key: C-Cognitive/Analytical; K-Subject Knowledge; T-Transferable Skills; P- Professional/ Practical skills

Module Content

Indicative content includes:


Topic Areas:

  • social introductions
  • personal details (age, family, country/town of residence, nationality, basic physical description and character)
  • counting, spelling, addresses, phone numbers, names of days/months/seasons, telling the time
  • expressing likes and dislikes, hobbies, daily routine
  • basic transactions (shopping, café, buying tickets)
  • writing short messages and postcards


  • pronunciation, alphabet, spelling
  • definite/indefinite articles
  • genders
  • plural
  • present tense (regular and key irregular)
  • reflexive verbs (introduction)
  • simple commands
  • immediate future
  • simple past (introduction)
  • ‘ser/estar’; ‘há’

Methods of Teaching/Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


  • Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and vocabulary through attending classes regularly;
  • Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group work, reading and practicing/preparing outside contact hours, and participating in class activities;
  • 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:


  • Two contact hours per week over 19 weeks in Semesters 1 & 2
  • Teaching will be in the target language as far as possible.
  • Classes will include group work, such as role play, and short presentations in the language.
  • Consolidation of learning will be by the practice of language skills inside and outside the classroom, using a variety of means, including computer-assisted language learning.

Students are expected to complete regular homework tasks in order to practice new structures and to prepare for in-class activities.



Assessment Strategy

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


·         their linguistic progress over the duration of the course;

·         their growing ability to understand and produce basic Portuguese;

·         their increasing awareness of Portuguese culture and the Portuguese-speaking world;

·         the level of Portuguese they have achieved at the end of the course.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • An integrated skills portfolio of 6 coursework tasks, covering the fours skills of listening, reading, speaking, and writing
  • End-of-course in-class test, covering the skills of reading and writing


Formative assessment and feedback


Students will receive written feedback and in-class verbal feedback on homework tasks and in-class performance.    

Module Hours

Lecture Hours:38

Reading List


Last Updated

22 September 2016 by MARCHELAK M Mrs (Student Serv)