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Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Portuguese Language 3
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Full year|
|Offered by||Spanish, Portuguese and Latin|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
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 texts of different genres, students will gain a more thorough understanding of Portuguese grammar and syntax, including differences between variants and registers. On successful completion of this course, students should be able to perform at Level B2+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Portuguese Language 1||SPLA52010||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
Available on which programme(s)?
Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies single honours;
Portuguese joint honours; Minor in Portuguese
Available as Free Choice (UG) or to other programmes (PG)?
Available to students on an Erasmus programme
Yes, but only to those studying for a degree in Portuguese at their home institutions and who will be at Manchester for an entire academic year.
Pre-requisite: SPLA52010, A-Level Portuguese, OR equivalent language competence.
Medium of language
Portuguese and English
to enable students to gain a broad understanding of intermediate and upper intermediate Portuguese grammar and syntax, as well as develop their four skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing) to a B2+ level.
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 and the Lusophone culture through the study of oral and written texts of different genres
- Assuming that all classes have been attended, coursework completed and a considerable amount of private study undertaken, upon completion of the course students will have acquired the following skills:
Knowledge and understanding
A broad, active knowledge of intermediate and upper intermediate Portuguese grammar as well as awareness of different registers of the 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
The ability to understand and produce intermediate-level texts of different genres
Knowledge of aspects of the cultures, communities and societies of the Lusophone world
Further intercultural awareness, understanding and competence.
This course develops abilities to:
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
Further skills to enhance their language learning through independent study
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 (written and oral) 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;
- Further intercultural awareness.
- Written communication
- In order to promote intercultural awareness, the course syllabus includes a variety of cultural topics based on the Lusophone world and touching on issues of literature, society, technology, and current affairs. It also offers students some training in writing their cover letter, summaries and other useful documents in the target language.
- Generally, communication skills are developed through frequent presentations and teamwork; self-management skills are promoted through independent work; problem-solving skills mainly through translation and simulations, and IT skills through web and computer assisted language learning. Finally, creative skills are fostered through creative writing and a task-orientated approach.
|Assessment task||Formative or Summative||Weighting within unit (if summative)|
|Participation||Summative||10% (5% per semester)|
|Short story review||Summative||15%|
|Fortnightly written assignment||Formative||-|
Formative or Summative
Regular individual written feedback on completed and marked assignments and oral presentations plus face-to-face discussion if desired.
Global feedback on frequent errors or omissions to indicate problem areas and allow questions and discussion (delivered orally in class/ as a handout)
In-class comments on homework, presentations and other exercises.
- Anna Klobucka et al., Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language. Second Edition. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2013.
- John Whitlam, Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar, A Practical Guide (Routledge).
- John Whitlam, Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar, Workbook (Routledge)
- Amélia Hutchinson and Janet Lloyd, Portuguese. An Essential Grammar (Routledge).
- Isabel Coimbra and Olga Mata Coimbra, Gramática Ativa 2 (Lidel)
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|Independent study hours|
|Jose Peixoto Coelho De Souza||Unit coordinator|