TII Portuguese Language Program

TII Portuguese Language Program

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, Macau, Mozambique, Portugal and São Tomé and Príncipe, and one of the official languages in East Timor and Equatorial Guinea. Portuguese, or one of its many creoles, is also spoken in small pockets around the world: Goa, in India, Malacca, in Malaysia, and Macau, 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 the 4th most spoken language in the world, or to go back to your roots? 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 behind it, this is the right program for you. It is designed to make you speak from day one. In short 20 hour courses, you tackle a variety of topics within contextualized everyday settings. Depending on your level, you practice sharing personal information, meeting people, interacting in a restaurant, getting around town, giving advice or expressing an opinion, talking about different places and traditions… 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 will receive 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 will receive an in-house certificate towards CEFR A2.

Intermediate 1 (40 hours)

Intermediate 2 (40 hours)

B1

After successfully completing these two levels, the student will receive an in-house certificate towards CEFR B1.

* If you are a returning student, please note that the Portuguese language program has a new 40-hour courses format. This semester is a transition one: we offer 40-hour courses alongside with some 20-hour transition courses. Please check the table below in order to find the appropriate course for you.

Course

Target public

Portuguese Beginner 1 (40 hours)

New students (with no prior knowledge of Portuguese).

Portuguese Beginner 1.1 (20 hours)

Students who completed Portuguese Beginner 1 in one of the previous academic years.

Portuguese Beginner 2.1 (40 hours)

Students who completed Portuguese Beginner 2 in one of the previous academic years.

Portuguese Pre-intermediate 1.1 (20 hours)

Students who completed Portuguese Pre-Intermediate 1 in one of the previous academic years.

Portuguese Intermediate 4 (20 hours)

Students who completed Portuguese Intermediate 3 in one of the previous academic years.

 

 

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