Portuguese Language Course Level II 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 A2 and therefore be able to:

  • understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment);
  • communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters;
  • describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.[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 15 learners, with a workload of 4 hours/week divided into two 2 hour classes: the classes will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 18:30 until 20:30.



  • The students need to have an established command of Portuguese equivalent to at least A1 level. If the students have previously passed the Portuguese Level I Language Course provided by the TSU Camões Centre, they are automatically accepted in this class.
  • 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 A2/B1 level.



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 – 15%
  • 2nd Small test – 15%
  • Attendance/ engagement / participation in class – 10%
  • Final test – 30%
  • Oral exam – 30%






1st week (3 & 5.3)

  • Shopping; going to the doctor; family; physical and psychological descriptions
  • Instructions, advertisements, directions
  • Imperative (regular verbs) and requests; demonstrative pronouns; para/ por;

2nd week (10 & 12.3)

3rd week (17 & 19.3)

  • Traditions and national holidays; expressing opinion
  • Imperative (irregular verbs) and requests; indefinite pronouns; prepositions plus pronouns


4th week (26.3)

5th week (31.3 & 2.4)

  • Parties; kitchen utensils; invitations; narrating actions in the past; travelling; biographies
  • Past Perfect (regular & irregular verbs); Infinitive

6th week (7 & 9.4)

7th week (14 & 16.4)

  • Applying for a job (CV); at the job interview
  • Personal pronouns indirect object; if clauses;


8th week (23.4)

9th week (28 & 30.4)

  • Narrating repeated actions in the past;
  • Relative pronouns; adverbs

10th week (5 & 7.5)

11th week (12 & 14.5)

  • Cultural clashes; false friends
  • Grammar overview

12th week (19 & 21.5)

13th week (26 & 28.5)


ORAL EXAM – 28.5

14th week (2.6)

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 A2 Basic User – Waystage or elementary.

[2] This certificate does not replace an Official Language Proficiency Certificate (be it European, Portuguese or Brazilian) nor is it equivalent to a credited TSU Language Course.


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