Portuguese Language Course Level I Second Semester 2013/14


This syllabus is designed for TSU students, administrative staff and academic personnel who wish to learn Portuguese as a foreign language. The aim is to develop the learners’ ability to use the language effectively for practical communication. The course is based on the linked language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, and these are built on as learners progress through their studies. The syllabus also aims to offer insights into the culture of countries where the language is spoken, encouraging positive attitudes towards plurilingualism and intercultural education.

By the end of the Course, the student should achieve Level A1 and therefore:

  • can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has.
  • can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.[1]

At the end of each Language Course level, the students who successfully develop the abovementioned skills and therefore receive a positive assessment, should be awarded with a Certificate of the respective language acquisition level.[2]

The syllabus is designed for a class of up to 20 learners, with a workload of 4 hours/week divided into two 2 hour classes: the classes will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 17:30 until 19:30.



  • Since the lessons will be conducted in English, the participants are expected to have, as a prerequisite for attending the class, a command of the language equivalent to least at A2/B1 level.
  • To avoid filling the class with students who are not truly engaged in learning the language and give up on it after a week or two:

1. Before classes start, an interview will be conducted in English with each candidate, to discuss motivation and availability to attend lessons, in order to compose the class.

2. If you have been part of the Portuguese Language Class in the previous Semester and chose to drop out without a justification, you will not be accepted in the class.



The book used will be the following (student’s book, workbook + CD) and, if the students cannot purchase it, PDF and WMA files with the material will be made available by the teacher.

  • Tavares, Ana. Português XXI – Livro do Aluno (1), Editora Lidel, Lisboa.
  • Tavares, Ana. Português XXI – Caderno de Exercícios (1), Editora Lidel, Lisboa.
  • Tavares, Ana. Português XXI – CD (1), Editora Lidel, Lisboa.



  • 1st Small test – 20%
  • 2nd Small test – 20%
  • Attendance/ engagement / participation in class – 20%
  • Final test – 40%






1st week (4 & 6.3)

  • Greeting; personal data (professions, numbers, countries & cities, etc.)
  • Personal pronouns; ser/ ser de, ter; definite articles; affirmative/ negative/ interrogative clauses

2nd week (11 & 13.3)

3rd week (18 & 20.3)

  • Places; descriptions (facilities, home, furniture, school, etc.)
  • Interrogative pronouns; prepositions of place and time
  • SMALL TEST – 27.3

4th week (25 & 27.3)

5th week (1 & 3.4)

  • Telling the time (hours, days of the week); daily routine; food and drinks
  • ser/ estar; verbs ending in –ar; indefinite articles; adjectives

6th week (8 & 10.4)

7th week (15.4)

  • Hobbies; means of transportation; invitations; talking on the phone; writing a letter
  • Present tense of regular verbs; interrogative pronouns; verbs + infinitive
  • SMALL TEST – 24.4

8th week (22 & 24.4)

9th week (29.4 & 1.5)

  • Months and seasons; weather; clothes; colours; holidays
  • Present tense of irregular verbs; há/ desde; prepositions of movement; personal pronouns with direct object

10th week (8.5)

11th week (13 & 15.5)

  • Shopping; going to the doctor; family; physical and psychological descriptions
  • Prepositions of time; comparatives and superlatives; possessive pronouns

12th week (20 & 22.5)

13th week (27 & 29.5)

  • Content review and practical exercises
  • FINAL TEST – 29.5

14th week (3.6)

Final meeting to discuss the exams and receive the certificates


  • The course will be taught by Vera Peixoto: vera.peixoto@tsu.ge

(MA in Iberian Cultures from the University of Porto; Portuguese language and literature teacher at Utrecht University, NL for the past 5 years; director of the Portuguese Language Centre at TSU)

  • For further details and updates, please visit our blog and our facebook page regularly: portugueseattsu.wordpress.com || facebook.com/portugueseattsu

[1] As described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, Council of Europe (2011), corresponding to level A1 Basic User – Breakthrough or Beginner.

[2] Which does not replace an Official Language Proficiency Certificate (be it European, Portuguese or Brazilian).


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