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BA Linguistics and Portuguese

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Portuguese Language 4

Unit code SPLA52040
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Full year
Offered by Spanish, Portuguese and Latin
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This course unit consists of language tuition in spoken and written Portuguese and has an intercultural approach preparing students for their period of residence abroad. It focuses on the practice of a wide variety of language and language-related skills which will help learners acquire confidence as independent users of the target language in interpersonal and social contexts as well as in academic and professional ones. Through the study of different speech genres, students will gain a more thorough understanding of Portuguese grammar and syntax, including differences between variants and registers. Students will be enabled to communicate confidently in Portuguese through a range of written, oral and comprehension exercises, covering different registers and areas of vocabulary.

Pre/co-requisites

Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Portuguese Language 1 SPLA52010 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Portuguese Language 3 SPLA52030 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
SPLA 20100 Pre-requisites

Or

SPLA52030 Portuguese Language 3

Aims

  • To enable students to gain a broad understanding of Portuguese grammar and syntax with the revision and consolidation of the points learned in the preceding course(s);
  • To enable students to communicate confidently in Portuguese through a range of written, oral, and aural comprehension exercises covering different areas of vocabulary;
  • To prepare students for residence abroad through increasing their cultural awareness.
  • To enrich the understanding of the language through the study of oral and written texts of different speech genres.

Learning outcomes

  • A broad, active knowledge of Portuguese grammar and basic awareness of different registers of language;
  • Produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options;
  • The ability to communicate with a degree of confidence in written and spoken Portuguese, in a variety of situations, and with particular attention to the requirements of the Year Abroad;
  • Understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics;
  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.


 

Knowledge and understanding

  • A broad, active knowledge of Portuguese grammar and basic awareness of the different registers of language;
  • The ability to communicate with a degree of confidence and accuracy in written and spoken Portuguese, in a variety of situations, and with particular attention to the requirements of the Year Abroad;
  • Knowledge of aspects of the cultures, communities and societies of the Lusophone world;
  • Intercultural awareness, understanding and competence.

Intellectual skills

  • Use language creatively and precisely for a range of purposes and audiences;
  • Contextualise from a variety of perspectives;
  • Extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources;
  • Organise and present ideas within the framework of a structured and reasoned argument;
  • Engage in critical and analytical thinking;
  • Develop problem-solving skills.

Practical skills

  • Use and present material in the target language in written and oral forms in a clear and effective manner;
  • Ability to manage own learning;
  • Use target language source materials appropriately;
  • Write and think under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Access electronic resources and use information and communication technologies (ICT) appropriately.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Communication and presentation skills: oral, written and IT;
  • The ability to work creatively and flexibly with others as part of a team;
  • Mediating skills and qualities of empathy;
  • Self-reliance and adaptability;
  • Intercultural awareness.

Assessment methods

Exam (sem1) 20%
Book review 15%
Oral exam 25%
Exam (sem2) 40%
Coursework Formative

 

Feedback methods

Regular individual written feedback on completed and marked assignments and oral presentations plus face-to-face discussion if desired.

In-class comments on homework, presentations and other exercises.

After each of the scheduled assignments, global feedback on frequent errors or omissions to indicate problem areas and allow questions and discussion (delivered orally in class/posted to blackboard/as a handout)

Peer feedback to be facilitated by the collaborative group work and pair work used in these classes to practise presented language.

Recommended reading

R.C. Willis, Essential Course in Portuguese (London: Harrap, 1965)
Amélia Hutchinson and Janet Lloyd, Portuguese: an Essential Grammar (London: Routledge, 1996).
Collins, Oxford or Novo Michaelis dictionary.
Anna M. Klobucka, et al., Ponto de Encontro. Portuguese as a World Language (London: Prentice Hall, 2007)

Set texts:
Language booklet to be provided in class.

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 66
Independent study hours
Independent study 134

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jose Peixoto Coelho De Souza Unit coordinator

Additional notes

 

 

 

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