Portuguese Course Descriptions for Youth and Children

Portuguese Course Descriptions for Youth and Children

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. By learning this fascinating language, your child will embark on an exciting journey into the culture of many different countries. Portuguese is, in fact, 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. It is also spoken in many other places around the word, such as Goa, in India.

Whether your child is of Portuguese or Brazilian descent, or just loves Brazilian or Portuguese football or even the musicality of the language, this is the program you are looking for.

With us, your child will have a compelling cultural and language immersion experience. In our program, the students engage with the Portuguese language through diverse and fun activities such as songs, games, drama and art. We practice a communicative approach; our learning tools are age-specific and designed according to children’s cognitive development at the various ages. All our teachers are highly qualified and have experience in working with children of different age groups. 

Our Portuguese program curriculum is organized towards the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

In this level, children acquire basic communication skills. They are provided with the linguistic competence to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at meeting immediate needs in any part of the Portuguese-speaking world. They learn how to greet and say goodbye, say their names and ages, introduce their close family and describe their house.They also talk about their favorite foods, their likes and dislikes.

They practice the listening and speaking skills using various activities and games and relevant materials in order to start understanding the language in its cultural context and engage in short interactions.

Pre-requisites: No prior knowledge of Portuguese is expected.

Textbook: Timi 1, Lidel – Edições Técnicas, by Isabel Borges, Teresa Gôja, Martina Tirone. 

In this level, children continue to acquire basic communication skills. They are provided with the linguistic competence to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at meeting immediate needs in any part of the Portuguese-speaking world. They learn how participate in conversations about their leisure time, likes and dislikes, and their plans for the week.They also acquire vocabulary and word structure related to school and classroom supplies, clothes and colors.

They practice the listening and speaking skills using various activities and games and relevant materials in order to start understanding the language in its cultural context and engage in short interactions.

The Beginner 1 – part 2 course incorporates students from two age groups (7 to 9 years old and 10 to 12 years old). However, the class materials and activities will be adapted according to children’s age and cognitive development. 

Pre-requisites: Beginner 1 – part 1 at this program (or equivalent).

Textbook: Timi 1, Lidel – Edições Técnicas, by Isabel Borges, Teresa Gôja, Martina Tirone.

In this level,children continue to acquire basic communication skills. They are provided with the linguistic competence to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at meeting immediate needs in any part of the Portuguese-speaking world. They acquire vocabulary and word structure related to the human body and physical description. They identify elements of the city and of the natural landscape, and talk about shopping and means of transport. The last topic of this level is one of the favorites: animals and pets.   

Throughout Beginner 2 – part 1, the students continue to practice the listening and speaking skills using various activities and games and relevant materials in order to start understanding the language in its cultural context and engage in short interactions.

This course incorporates students from two age groups (7 to 9 years old and 10 to 12 years old). However, the class materials and activities will be adapted according to children’s age and cognitive development. 

Pre-requisites: Beginner 1 – part 2 at this program (or equivalent).

Textbook: Timi 1, Lidel – Edições Técnicas, by Isabel Borges, Teresa Gôja, Martina Tirone.

 

Beginner 2 – part 2 is actually the last part of the Beginner level. Therefore, while continuing to acquire basic communication skills, the children will revise and reinforce some of the topics they have been studying so far. They talk about themselves and their families, and participate in conversations regarding the parts of the house, furniture and daily activities. They express their likes and dislikes and talk about what they want and don’t want to do, as well as what they have and don’t have. They also work on their reading and writing skills.   

Throughout Beginner 2 – part 2, the students continue to practice the listening and speaking skills using various activities and games and relevant materials in order to start understanding the language in its cultural context and engage in short interactions.

This course incorporates students from two age groups (7 to 9 years old and 10 to 12 years old). However, the class materials and activities will be adapted according to children’s age and cognitive development. 

Pre-requisites: Beginner 2 – part 1 at this program (or equivalent).

Textbook: Timi 2, Lidel – Edições Técnicas, by Isabel Borges, Teresa Gôja, Martina Tirone.

At this level, the children are ready to handle somewhat more complicated conversations and acquire more sophisticated grammatical structures. Building on what they have learned so far, they get sufficient linguistic competence to be able to talk about what they are doing, what they will do and what they would like to do. They talk about their hobbies and participate in conversations about the weather and daily activities. They also work on their reading and writing skills.

Throughout Pre-intermediate 1 – part 1, the students continue to practice the listening and speaking skills using various activities and games and relevant materials in order to understand the language in its cultural context and to engage in short interactions about the present and the future. They practice asking and answering questions and develop their comprehension and expressive skills.

This course incorporates students from two age groups (7 to 9 years old and 10 to 12 years old). However, the class materials and activities will be adapted according to children’s age and cognitive development. 

 

Pre-requisites: Beginner 2 – part 2 at this program (or equivalent).

Textbook: Timi 2, Lidel – Edições Técnicas, by Isabel Borges, Teresa Gôja, Martina Tirone.

In this course, students who can speak Portuguese develop their language knowledge, particularly their reading and writing skills, while having a compelling cultural immersion experience. They engage with the language through diverse and fun activities involving storytelling, songs, games, drama and art traditional to Portugal and to other Portuguese speaking countries. The learning materials include several children’s books listed in the Portuguese National Reading Plan.

 

Pre-requisites: This class is best suited for students who can speak Portuguese.

Textbook: No textbook required for this course.

At this level, the children continue to acquire more sophisticated grammatical structures, which allows them to handle more complicated conversations. They talk about the city, shops and means of transport; they describe their houses and family members, and participate in conversations about animals and pets, one of their all-time favorites!  While developing their language knowledge, the children also gain a better insight into the history and the cultural traditions of Portugal. 

Throughout Pre-intermediate 1 – part 2, the students work on their reading and writing, while continuing to practice the listening and speaking skills using various activities and games and relevant materials in order to understand the language in its cultural context and to engage in short interactions about the present and the future. They practice asking and answering questions and develop their comprehension and expressive skills. 

 

Pre-requisites: Pre-intermediate 1 – Part 1 at this program (or equivalent).

Textbooks: Timi 2, Lidel – Edições Técnicas, by Isabel Borges, Teresa Gôja, Martina Tirone.

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Timi 3, Lidel – Edições Técnicas, by Isabel Borges, Teresa Gôja, Martina Tirone.

 

 

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