Portuguese Course Descriptions

Portuguese Course Descriptions

Learning Portuguese opens the door to a new world of possibilities. With around 250 million speakers, Portuguese is one of the most spoken languages in the world and it has one of the highest growth rates in the Internet and in social networks. It is the official language of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and São Tomé and Príncipe, and one of the official languages in East Timor, Equatorial Guinea and Macau. Portuguese, or one of its many creoles, is also spoken in small pockets around the world: Goa, in India, and Malacca, in Malaysia, for instance. 

Therefore, by knowing Portuguese you are able to engage in many different ancient and modern cultures and to appreciate very diverse and rich traditions. Reading celebrated literary masterpieces in Portuguese and understanding world famous enchanting songs becomes a reality as well. Speaking the language also opens new possibilities in some of the most important trade blocs in the world: Portuguese is actually an official language of the European Union, Mercosul and the African Union.

Would you like to embark on learning this fascinating language? Whether you are of Portuguese descent from Goa or your parents or grandparents came back to Lebanon from Brazil, or whether you just love Brazilian or Portuguese football, the language itself or the cultures associated to it, this is the right program for you. It is designed to make you speak from day one. In 40-hour courses, you tackle a variety of topics within contextualized everyday settings. Depending on your level, you practice interacting in a restaurant, getting around town, giving advice or expressing an opinion, talking about different places and traditions, discussing environmental changes… The focus is on all four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Our Portuguese program curriculum is organized towards the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Please find the correspondence between the levels below.

TII’s Portuguese Language Program

CEFR

Certificate

Beginner 1 (40 hours)

Beginner 2 (40 hours)
A1 After successfully completing these two levels, the student can request an in-house certificate towards CEFR A1.

Pre-intermediate 1 (40 hours)

Pre-intermediate 2 (40 hours)
A2 After successfully completing these two levels, the student can request an in-house certificate towards CEFR A2.

Intermediate 1 (40 hours)

Intermediate 2 (40 hours)
B1 After successfully completing these two levels, the student can request an in-house certificate towards CEFR B1.

Upper-intermediate 1 (40 hours)

Upper-intermediate 2 (40 hours)
B2
Currently not offered at TII.

Advanced 1 (40 hours)

Advanced 2 (40 hours)
C1

Currently not offered at TII.

 

Would you like to embark on learning Portuguese? This course will get you started. It is designed to provide the true beginner with basic linguistic competence to understand and use daily expressions common to any part of the Portuguese-speaking world. Within contextualized everyday settings, you practice introducing yourself and others, meeting people, interacting in a café or a restaurant and speaking about everyday activities. Through a variety of activities, including role play, you gain the confidence to start to build on your knowledge and to talk about leisure activities, hobbies, plans and even the weather.

Prerequisites: No prior knowledge of Portuguese is expected.

Textbook: Português XXI 1(Nova Edição), Lidel – Edições Técnicas, by Ana Tavares.

Beginner 2 is the right course for students who have some knowledge of Portuguese but still have some basic topics to cover or for those who have studied Portuguese in the past and wish to refresh it. At this level, you build upon what you have learned so far. You work on your pronunciation, improve your formal Portuguese and learn some idiomatic expressions. You develop greater fluency in everyday situations, such as shopping, describing people and places, giving directions, discussing instructions, describing a city and talking about traditions. Within contextualized everyday settings, you practice writing letters/emails and talking about past, present and future events and experiences. You are also ready to give information about your professional life and even express appreciation or dissatisfaction!

Prerequisites: Beginner 1 (40 hours) at this program (or equivalent).

Textbook: Português XXI 1(Nova Edição), Lidel – Edições Técnicas, by Ana Tavares.

At this level, you are ready to handle somewhat more complicated conversations and acquire more sophisticated grammatical structures. You practice asking and answering questions and develop your comprehension and expressive skills. Through a variety of activities, you acquire sufficient linguistic competence to give information about yourself, to advise someone and to understand interviews, advertisements, and instructions on a variety of topics. This course also provides you with the necessary linguistic competence to express your thoughts and opinions about eating habits, sports, health and everyday life in different countries, as well as to comprehend press articles on these topics. Building upon what you have learned in the previous levels, you practice giving advice, talking about the weather and understanding weather maps and forecasts. You work on all four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) and your pronunciation gets even better!  

Prerequisites: Beginner 2 (40 hours) at this program (or equivalent).

Textbook: Português XXI 2(Nova Edição), Lidel – Edições Técnicas, by Ana Tavares.

 

Building upon your knowledge, in Pre-Intermediate 2 you learn how to express yourself in somewhat more complex communicative scenarios. You practice giving basic information about health issues, scheduling an appointment, as well as discussing health support systems. You deal with daily news articles and various other spoken and written texts. You practice shopping, as well as exchanging and returning merchandise, complaining and expressing your opinion about the quality of the service. You also discuss topics such as popular festivities, traditions and stories, as well as traditional and modern professions. You become acquainted with different Portuguese language varieties and learn about very interesting cultural traditions and natural wonders of several Portuguese speaking countries. You work on all four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening), continue to refine your pronunciation and expand your vocabulary and range of idiomatic expressions. In the meanwhile, your writing skills continue to improve!

Prerequisites: Portuguese Pre-intermediate 1 (40 hours) at this program (or equivalent)

Textbook: Português XXI 2(Nova Edição), Lidel – Edições Técnicas, by Ana Tavares.

 

 

If you wish to learn some basic Portuguese without engaging in a longer regular program, this 20-hour course is the right one for you! It is designed to provide students with basic linguistic competence to understand and use daily expressions aimed at satisfying immediate needs. Within contextualized everyday settings, you practice greeting people, introducing yourself and others, sharing personal information, interacting in a café or a restaurant, getting around town and shopping.

Prerequisites: No prior knowledge of Portuguese is expected.

Textbook: No textbook required for this course.

 

Would you like to practice the Portuguese you have learned so far? Or have you studied Portuguese in the past and wish to refresh it? Than join us: let’s talk Portuguese! This course is all about speaking the language in real-life situations. Find your way in cities like Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro, book a hotel, order food and drinks in restaurants and cafés, go shopping, introduce yourself in a job interview, make plans with your friends (and remember to consider the weather!), tell them about your travel experiences, and a lot more… Depending on the topic, you either work with all your classmates or in smaller groups organized per level.

Prerequisites: Portuguese Beginner 1 or Portuguese Beginner 2 at this program (or equivalent).

Textbook: No textbook required for this course.

If you have reached the pre-intermediate level (at least), you are ready to handle somewhat more complicated conversations. Join us and challenge yourself! Within contextualized everyday settings, you practice asking and answering questions, sharing information and giving advice.  You express your thoughts and opinions about eating habits, sports, health and everyday life in different countries.  You practice shopping, as well as exchanging and returning merchandise, complaining and expressing your opinion about the quality of the service. You also talk about popular festivities and traditions,vacation experiences and plans, and discuss current topics, such as environmental issues, social media, the challenges of aging… Depending on the theme, you either work with all your classmates or in smaller groups organized per level.​

Prerequisites: Portuguese Pre-intermediate 1 or Portuguese Pre-intermediate 2 or any of the Intermediate sublevels at this program (or equivalent).

Textbook: No textbook required for this course.

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