Advanced Portuguese

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
15 May 2020


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


LA350, LA360

Key module for


Module description

This advanced module follows the Spanish to Portuguese Conversion module (LA 333). The module focuses on the development of the complex mastery of grammatical structures and aims to enhance an awareness of different kinds of registers in texts in a range of text types. Students will further develop written, aural/oral and reading skills. A course book will be used in conjunction with authentic materials (newspapers, videos, online resources) exploring the cultural and social diversity of the Portuguese-speaking community.

Module aims

The development of the complex mastery of grammatical structures and aims to enhance an awareness of different kinds of registers in texts in a range of text types. Students will further develop written, aural/oral and reading skills.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to

• Demonstrate critical understanding and evaluation of complex short texts from newspapers and magazines and also of short literary texts.
• Write texts on different non-specialized and specialized topics.
• Interact in everyday oral situations as well as in discussions on some specialized topics with due attention to context and register.
• Demonstrate critical understanding of complex aural texts in the form of dialogues, interviews, documentaries etc.
• Have developed academic, transferable study skills such as independent learning, critical, analytical thinking, problem-solving, team-working, planning and delivering oral presentations, time-management, use of electronic media.

Module information

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

Learning and teaching methods

3 contact hours per week.


  • Lima, Emma Eberlein O. F.; Iunes, Samira A. (2001) Falar-- ler-- escrever-- português: um curso para estrangeiros, São Paulo: Editora Pedagógica e Universitária.

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 Weighting
Coursework   Class Test 1      
Coursework   Class Test 3      
Coursework   Portfolio     
Practical   Class Test 2      
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Beatriz De Paiva, email:
Dr. Beatriz de Paiva
Dr. B. de Paiva, Office: 4.211, Telephone 01206 872236, email:



External examiner

Dr Maria Da Conceicao Pereira
Newcastle University
Available via Moodle
Of 57 hours, 36 (63.2%) hours available to students:
21 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Language and Linguistics

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