Spanish / Italian / Romanian to Portuguese Conversion

The details
Language and Linguistics
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
08 April 2019


Requisites for this module
LA430 or LA421 or LA422 or LA622 or LA630 or LA631



Key module for


Module description

This introductory Portuguese module is especially devised for students with A-level Spanish/Italian/Romanian knowledge or equivalent.

Module aims

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).

Module learning outcomes

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 and develop intellectual skills through critical reading of authentic texts.
• Have developed academic, transferable study skills such as independent learning, problem-solving, team-working, time-management, use of electronic media.

Module 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.

Learning and 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.


  • 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 - Reading Comprehension/Grammar/Writing
Coursework Class Test 3 - Grammar Writing
Coursework Portfolio
Practical Class Test 2 - Oral/Listening
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
Dr. B. de Paiva, Office: 4.211, Telephone 01206 872236, email



External examiner

Dr Maria Da Conceicao Pereira
Newcastle University
Available via Moodle
Of 80 hours, 40 (50%) hours available to students:
40 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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