Mastery Level 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
LA340 or LA350
The Department of Language and Linguistics can offer guidance on prior knowledge or qualification exemptions.



Key module for

BA RT97 Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies,
BA RT99 Spanish, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies (5 Years Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This final year module is designed for students who have spent a year abroad in a Portuguese-speaking country. It strives to help students further develop and consolidate their advanced language skills in Brazilian Portuguese through the study of different aspects of Brazilian culture and society. This module will make extensive use of authentic and online materials where emphasis will be placed on the critical analysis of various texts.

Module aims

This module aims to help students further develop and consolidate their advanced language skills in Brazilian Portuguese through the study of different aspects of Brazilian culture and society.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of the course students should be able to

• Demonstrate a critical understanding of complex specialised and non- specialised texts.
• Write complex texts in Portuguese (reports, summaries, essays etc) on different specialized topics, using different registers.
• Take part in discussions as well as developing oral presentations on specialized topics.
• Demonstrate critical understanding of different types of aural texts.
• 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 the 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

Language modules typically involve 2-3 contact hours per week - confirmed details will be announced at the beginning of the academic year.


  • Agualusa, José Eduardo. (2007, c2004) O vendedor de passados: romance, Lisboa, Portugal: Dom Quixote.
  • Hatoum, Milton. (2010) Relato de um certo Oriente, São Paulo: Companhia de Bolso.
  • Fonseca, Rubem. (c1988) Vastas emoções e pensamentos imperfeitos, São Paulo, Brazil: Companhia das Letras.

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 2      
Coursework   Class Test 3     
Coursework   Portfolio      
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 Paiva
Dr. B. Paiva, Office: 4.211, Telephone 01206 872236, email



External examiner

Dr Maria Da Conceicao Pereira
Newcastle University
Available via Moodle
Of 38 hours, 19 (50%) hours available to students:
19 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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