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BA Film Studies and Portuguese

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Portuguese Language 3

Unit code SPLA52030
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
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, at post-A standard or equivalent. It places particular emphasis on grammatical accuracy and vocabulary. It will aim: (i) to provide students with a sophisticated awareness of Portuguese grammar and syntax both in theory and in practice (ii) to enable students to communicate correctly in Portuguese through a range of written, oral and comprehension exercises including prose and translation.

Pre/co-requisites

Portuguese 1 pre requisite (SPLA10020)

Aims

  • to provide students with a sophisticated awareness of Portuguese grammar and syntax both in theory and in practice;
  • to enable students to communicate adequately in Portuguese through a range of written, oral and comprehension exercises, which may include prose and translation.
  • to enrich the understanding of the language through the study of oral and written texts of different speech genres.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, the students will have demonstrated:

  • passive and active knowledge of a wide range of grammatical structures in the Portuguese language;
  • an ability to communicate, accurately, effectively and with confidence, in oral and written Portuguese.
  • a sophisticated awareness of Portuguese grammar and syntax both in theory and in practice

Syllabus

In addition to reviewing and consolidating grammar points from A1 and A2 of the Common European Framework, this course will cover themes and grammar points from B1-B2.

Some grammar points to be covered: 

  • Personal pronouns, gender and number
  • Present simple and present progressive tenses
  • Past tenses (imperfect, preterit, perfect and pluperfect)
  • Future
  • Conditional
  • Subjunctive mood (present, perfect, imperfect, pluperfect, future)
  • Personal infinitive
  • Passive voice
  • If clauses

Teaching and learning methods

1 x 2 hour weekly class for integrated skills.

All students will be expected to attend all classes, to participate actively in class discussion and group activities, and to engage in regular independent language learning. The Independent language learning, undertaken by all students, will be monitored throughout the year and will form the basis for the oral examination at the end of the second semester. Additionally there will be one individual meeting per semester with a language tutor to monitor the progress of the portfolio and get personalised feedback.

This course uses a web-based learning environment called Blackboard as a supplement to support and manage aspects of teaching and learning. Every student should try to log into Blackboard as early as possible in the year. Students will find class materials, and extra resources to consolidate the grammar learned in class and to encourage independent learning.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Passive and active knowledge of basic and intermediate grammatical structures of the Portuguese language.
  • An awareness of and responsiveness to the nature and extent of cultural diversity in the Lusophone world.
  • The ability to understand and produce texts of different speech genres, through the use of knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and basic cultural awareness.

Intellectual skills

  • The ability to develop powers of analysis and use them to solve problems.
  • The ability of working independently on a portfolio.
  • Decision making

Practical skills

  • An ability to communicate in written and oral Portuguese.
  • The ability to manage time and work to deadlines.
  • The ability to participate in pair and team work.
  • Creativity

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Learning and communication skills.
  • Presentation skills
  • Self-management.
  • Teamwork.
  • Information Technology skills.
  • Cultural awareness.

Employability skills

Oral communication
Problem solving
Written communication
Other
Generally, communications skills are developed through frequent presentations and teamwork, self-management skills are promoted through independent work, creation of a language portfolio, problem-solving skills through translation and role-plays, and IT skills through web and computer assisted language learning.

Assessment methods

 

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit

 

 

 

Participation

Written examination 1 (end of semester 1)

Film review

Oral examination (end of semester 2)

Written examination (end of semester 2)

Students will be expected to submit a piece of work as requested by their tutor every two/three weeks.

NA

1 hour and 30 minutes


500 words

10 minutes


2 hours

 

 

 

 

10% (5% per semester)

20%


15%

15%


40%


This coursework is formative and it does not count towards the final course result. However, it is essential to do it consistently in order to gradually get the necessary preparation for the final exam.

 

 

Feedback methods

Students will regularly receive individual written feedback on completed and marked assignments and oral presentations plus face-to-face discussion if desired. Besides, the tutor will provide in-class comments on homework, presentations and other exercises. 

Additionally, global feedback (delivered orally in class/posted to Blackboard/as a handout) on frequent errors or omissions will be provided to the whole class to indicate problem areas and allow questions and discussion.

Finally, the collaborative group work and pair work used in these classes to practise presented language also facilitates peer feedback

Summative feedback on Semester 1 examination will be given in the form of the mark given and/or a general description on how the group of students performed in the exam.

Recommended reading

Set texts:
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.
Materials provided in class.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 22
Independent study hours
Independent study 178

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jose Peixoto Coelho De Souza Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Students will be expected to engage in regular independent language learning, and we provide guidance to help you develop your expertise as an independent language learner.  You are encouraged to use the facilities in the Language Centre, which include on-line material, grammar and reference books, language laboratories, self-access materials and satellite TV.

The Independent language learning, undertaken by all students, will form the basis for the oral examination at the end of the second semester. Additionally there will be one individual meeting per semester with a language tutor to monitor the progress of the portfolio and get personalized feedback.

Students will be encouraged to contribute to the Portuguese Newspaper as well as attending cultural activities such as Café Lusófono (a place to meet other students and native speakers of the language) and film screenings.

 

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