Proficiency Level Portuguese

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
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.



Key module for


Module description

This module is open for students who passed LA 340 or have equivalent knowledge of Portuguese. It is designed to further develop and consolidate advanced language skills in Portuguese through different aspects of Brazilian and Portuguese culture and society. This module will make extensive use of authentic and online materials where the emphasis will be placed on the critical analysis and differentiation of text types and genres in context.

Module aims

This module is designed to further develop and consolidate advanced language skills in Portuguese through different aspects of Brazilian and Portuguese culture and society.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the module students should be able to

• Demonstrate complex understanding, critical evaluation and synthesis of texts from newspapers, magazines, some specialist literature and also of literary texts.
• Write texts in Portuguese on different specialized topics in the field of culture and society.
• Interact in everyday oral situations as well as in discussions on specialized topics with due regard for register and setting.
• Demonstrate critical understanding, critical evaluation and synthesis of aural texts in the form of dialogues, interviews, documentaries, films etc.
• Demonstrate a thorough critical awareness of key aspects of Brazilian and Portuguese culture and society.
• 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 textbook . They must be downloaded, printed and brought to classes. Materials will be added to Moodle when needed, and you are expected to check updates regularly.

Learning and teaching methods

2 contact hours per week.


This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Class Test 1 - Reading & Writing      
Coursework   Class Test 3 - Book Essay      
Coursework   Portfolio      
Practical   Class Test 2 - Oral      
Exam  180 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. Beatriz de Paiva, office: 4.211, telephone 01206 872236, email



External examiner

Dr Maria Da Conceicao Pereira
Newcastle University
Available via Moodle
Of 40 hours, 2 (5%) hours available to students:
38 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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