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Module Details

LA333-5-FY-CO: Spanish / Italian / Romanian to Portuguese Conversion

Year: 2017/18
Status: Current
Department: Language and Linguistics
Campus: Colchester Campus
Term: Full Year
Level: Undergraduate: Level 5
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Incoming Essex Abroad / Exchange students: Yes
Available to Outside Option: Yes
Available to Audit: No
Module Start and End Dates: Thursday 05 October 2017 - Friday 29 June 2018
Comments: A-level or equivalent (or above) knowledge of Spanish, Italian or Romanian.

Supervisor: Dr Beatriz De Paiva
Teaching Staff: Dr. Beatriz de Paiva
Contact details: Dr. B. de Paiva, Office: 4.211, Telephone 01206 872236, email

Module Description

This introductory Portuguese module is especially devised for students with A-level Spanish/Italian/Romanian knowledge or equivalent. 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 Brazilian/Portuguese culture and society through the use of authentic texts.

At the end of the module students should be able to
* Understand and evaluate the gist of short texts from newspapers and magazines and also 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 Brazilian cultural and social reality.
* Have developed academic, transferable study skills such as independent learning, problem-solving, team-working, time-management, use of electronic media.

Teaching and Assessment


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark

Exam Duration and Period

120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)

Teaching Methods

Language modules typically involve 2-3 contact hours per week. Confirmed details will be annouced at the start of the academic year.

3 contact hours per week, plus 1 lab hour.
Hour 1 Study of grammatical structures and vocabulary, based on the textbook.
Hour 2 Oral production: Interviews. Role-play. Conversation.
Hour 3 Reading comprehension. Vocabulary expansion Awareness of aspects of Brazilian history culture and society
Hour 4 Activities in the lab to improve aural comprehension.

Other information

Materials placed in the ORB/Moodle are essential to the module and should be treated as an exercise book . They must be downloaded, printed and brought to classes. Materials will be added to the ORB/Moodle when needed, and you are expected to check updates regularly.


Teaching Materials

Available via Moodle.

Lecture Recording

Of 80 hours, 39 (48.8%) hours available to students:
41 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Further information

Department Website: Language and Linguistics

External Examiner Information

  • Name: Dr Rhian Atkin
    Institution: Cardiff University
    Academic Role: Lecturer


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