Portuguese Conversion

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
10 October 2023


Requisites for this module
LA122 or LA130 or LA422 or LA430 or LA622 or LA630


LA340, LA342

Key module for

BA T711 Latin American Studies (Including Year Abroad),
BA T721 Latin American Studies (Including Placement Year),
BA T731 Latin American Studies,
BA T7N3 Latin American Studies (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This accelerated introductory Portuguese module is especially devised for students with A-level Spanish/Italian/Romanian/French knowledge or equivalent (e.g. B2 of the Common European Framework). It is also open to native speakers of these languages.

Module aims

It aims to develop written, aural/oral and reading skills in Portuguese to an advanced level (exit level comparable to Threshold Level B1 of the Common European Framework). Students will also be introduced to aspects of cultures and society in Portuguese-speaking countries through the use of authentic texts.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to
• Understand and evaluate the gist of short texts from newspapers and magazines and short literary texts.
• Write letters and short compositions on different non-specialized topics.
• Interact in everyday oral situations.
• Understand the gist of aural texts in the form of dialogues, interviews etc.
• Appreciate key facets of the Portuguese world, its cultural and social realities and develop intellectual skills through critical reading of authentic texts.
• Develop academic, transferable study skills such as independent learning, problem-solving, team-working, time-management, use of electronic media.

Module information

The Department of Language and Linguistics can offer guidance on prior knowledge or qualification exemptions.

Learning and teaching methods

The academic year for this module, runs from academic week 2 to 11 (Autumn term), and from academic week 16 to 25 (Spring term), and finally academic weeks 30 and 31 (Spring term). There is a reading week in Week 20. A 30-credit module comprises 300 hours of preparation, reading, and learning time. This module offers four weekly hours over the academic year, making up a total of 84 hours. The rest of the time (216 hours) is dedicated to preparation and reading times, as well as independent learning time. Teaching methods will involve individual and group work, as well as class presentations. Besides the classes, students will need to work independently for an average of 6 hours a week to complete the work set in order to fully meet the outcomes.


  • Lima, E.E.O.F. and Iunes, S.A. (2001) Falar-- ler-- escrever-- português: um curso para estrangeiros. 2a edição revista. São Paulo: Editora Pedagógica e Universitária.
  • Portugues XXI - Nova Edicao (2012). Lisboa: Edicoes Tecnicas Lidel.
  • Portugues XXI - Nova Edicao (2014). Lisboa: Edicoes Tecnicas Lidel.
  • Coelho, L. (2020) Português em Foco: Livro do Aluno + Caderno de exercícios 1 (A1/A2). Lisboa: Lidel Edicoes Tecnicas Lda.
  • Nota 10 Portugues do Brasil (2015). Lisboa: Edicoes Tecnicas Lidel.
  • SAMBA!: Curso de língua portuguesa para estrangeiros (no date).
  • Gramatica Ativa  - Versao Brasileira (2012). Lisboa: Edicoes Tecnicas Lidel.
  • Gramatica Ativa (segundo Novo Acordo Ortografico) (2011). Lisboa: Edicoes Tecnicas Lidel.
  • Prista, A.R. (1966) Essential Portuguese grammar. New York: Dover Publications. Available at:
  • Whitlam, J. (2017) Modern Brazilian Portuguese grammar: a practical guide. Second edition. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Available at:
  • Willis, R.C. (1984) An essential course in modern Portuguese. Rev. ed. Walton-on-Thames, Surrey: Nelson.
  • Oxford Dictionaries Premium (no date). Available at:
  • Dicionario Priberam (no date). Available at:
  • Bianchi, S. (2005a) 'Quanto vale ou é por quilo? (What is it worth?).'
  • Bianchi, S. (2005b) 'Quanto vale ou é por quilo? (What is it worth?).'
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course.
The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students.
Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Portfolio     
Practical   Grammar quizzes      
Practical   Test 1 (reading and writing)      
Practical   Test 2 (Speaking)     
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Closed Book, 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Antonio Da Silva, email:
Dr. Antonio Márcio da Silva
Dr. Antonio Márcio da Silva email: Dr. Antonio Márcio da Silva email:



External examiner

Prof Maria Teresa Conde
University of Cambridge
University Professor
Available via Moodle
Of 62 hours, 58 (93.5%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
4 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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