BA Spanish and Portuguese

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Portuguese Language 2

Course unit fact file
Unit code SPLA52020
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Full year
Available as a free choice unit? No


The course unit is designed as a complementary course to SPLA52010 Portuguese Language 1. It comprises extra practice in Portuguese through a range of listening, reading, writing, and speaking activities which aim to further develop students’ basic knowledge of the language. Also, it aims to provide students with opportunities for further practice of basic Portuguese grammar and vocabulary, enabling them to use the language for a variety of practical purposes. On successful completion of this course, students should be able to perform at Level B1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Portuguese Language 1 SPLA52010 Co-Requisite Compulsory

Co-requisite: SPLA52010 Portuguese Language 1

Available to students on Portuguese Joint Honours programmes only

Medium of Language: English and Portuguese


  • To provide students with opportunities leading to the consolidation of Portuguese grammar and syntax studied in SPLA52010 Portuguese Language 1 

  • To expand on those topics through the study of complementary grammar topics 

  • To enable students to communicate adequately in Portuguese (within level constraints) through a range of written, oral, and comprehension exercises 

  • To enrich the understanding of the language through the study of oral and written texts of different genres 

Knowledge and understanding

  • Passive and active knowledge of basic and pre-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 basic texts of different genres, through the use of knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and basic cultural awareness  

Intellectual skills

This course develops abilities to: 

  • Decision making 
  • Use language creatively and precisely for a range of purposes and audiences 

  • Extract and synthesise key information from basic written and spoken sources 

  • Develop problem-solving skills 

Practical skills

These include: 

  • Basic skills to enhance their language learning through independent study 

  • Use and present material in the target language in written and oral forms 

  • Presentation skills 

  • Use target language source materials appropriately (within level constraints) 

  • Translate simple texts to and from Portuguese 

  • Access electronic resources and use information and communication technologies (ICT) appropriately 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

 These include: 

  • 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; 

  • Basic intercultural awareness.  

Employability skills

Generally, communications skills are developed through frequent presentations and teamwork, problem-solving skills through translation and role-plays, and IT skills through web and computer assisted language learning.

Assessment methods

Assessment Task Formative or Summative Weighting within unit (if Summative)
Written Exam Summative 30%
Written Exam Summative 40%
Oral Exam Summative 30%
Written Assignment Formative  

Resit Assessment

Assessment Task
Written Exam


Feedback methods

Feedback method  

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. 


Recommended reading

- Anna Klobucka et al., Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language. Second Edition. New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2013. 

- Amélia Hutchinson and Janet Lloyd, Portuguese. An Essential Grammar (Routledge).  

- Isabel Coimbra and Olga Mata Coimbra, Gramática Ativa 1 (Lidel) 


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Seminars 44
Independent study hours
Independent study 156

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Jose Peixoto Coelho De Souza Unit coordinator

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