Portuguese Conversion II

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Monday 13 January 2025
Friday 21 March 2025
16 May 2024


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Module description

This fast-paced term-long module is especially designed for students with an A-level proficiency (B2 in the European Framework) in Spanish, French, Italian, Romanian, or equivalent knowledge, or those who speak one of these languages as their first language. It is offered to students who have completed the Portuguese Conversion I module or its equivalent (e.g., A2+ of CEFR). The primary objective is to assist students in further enhancing fundamental language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, preparing them for advanced studies. Emphasizing both accuracy and communication, the goal is to reach a proficiency level equivalent to Threshold Level A2+/B1 of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR).

The module also provides students with more insights into the cultures and societies of the language’s respective countries. It aims to further develop intellectual skills such as critical reasoning, application of concepts, and problem-solving. Students will utilize a variety of resources available on Moodle and in class. Independent language study and engagement with other speakers of the language will be facilitated using internet-based tools and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Additionally, students will be encouraged to participate in cultural events and activities related to the language, both at the University and in the UK.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To assist students in developing their language skills, covering listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

  • To expand students’ awareness of the cultures and societies of the countries where Portuguese is spoken.

  • To foster the development of intellectual skills such as critical reasoning, the application of concepts, and the identification and resolution of problems.

  • To encourage the adoption of autonomous learning skills and an investigative approach to address grammatical and lexical challenges within a broader system.

  • To practice and expand transferable skills, including intercultural awareness and language mediation, communication and presentation skills, independent learning, creative and analytical thinking, reflective skills, problem-solving, team-working, disciplined time management, research skills, and the use of electronic media.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Communicate effectively in simple, routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar topics and activities.

  2. Understand the main points on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.

  3. Deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in a Portuguese-speaking area.

  4. Produce simple connected text on topics, which are familiar, or of personal interest.

  5. Describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes, and ambitions, and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

  6. Read and extract specific, predictable information in simple everyday material such as advertisements, prospectuses, menus, and timetables.

  7. Plan and deliver oral presentations.

  8. Have developed academic and transferable study skills, including intercultural awareness, language mediation skills, intellectual (critical and analytical thinking), research skills, problem-solving, team-working.

  9. Understand and use appropriate levels of formality when speaking Portuguese.

    In addition to all the above, students at Level 6 (Final Year) will be expected to:

  10. Be able to apply critical thinking skills to analyse information and solve problems in a logical, well-thought-out manner.

  11. Reflect on personal and professional growth in relation to language and intercultural skills for future career development.

Module information

The goal is to reach a proficiency level equivalent to Threshold Level A2+/B1 of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR).

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • 4 one-hour seminars per week.



Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting

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



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information
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