Brazilian Portuguese Beginners Stage 1

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 130 Conc £48 Full £260 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Thursday 18:45 - 20:45 10 MAC 26/09/2019 05/12/2019 LB1025

What will the course cover?

Greetings, talking about yourself and others (nationalities, age, professions, etc), numbers and currency, telling the date and time, ordering snacks and drinks, talking about your immediately family, expressing likes and dislikes, etc.

Who is the course for?

The course aims at giving students a basic knowledge of Portuguese, enabling them to use the language in a range of everyday situations and to give them a taste of Brazilian culture.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

• Commitment and regular attendance • Keep your notes and handouts in order • Revise regularly • Participate in class • Ability to work in pairs and groups • Do your assignments • Listen to tapes, radio, TV programs or visit the BBC websites ( Learners should be able to read and write in their own language, use the dictionary, the Internet and e-mail. It is also a requirement that students participate in speaking activities and role plays, to be worked in pairs and groups. It would be an advantage to have good independent studying skills.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

You will be able to: - give basic information about yourself and members of your family - count to 100 - tell the date and time - talk about what you like and dislike - order in a bar or restaurant

How is the course organised?

"It will be a group of about 10 (maximum of 14). Learners will be expected to take an active part in class and work in pairs/groups, which will involve taking part in role-plays and short discussions whilst learning/revising vocabulary and aspects of the language. A variety of teaching methods will be used to meet all learning preferences. This will enable learning to take place, whilst having fun and promoting an inclusive environment. English will be kept to a minimum. "

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

You will be expected to do some extra 1-2 hours a week of homework exercises and self-study. It’s better to practise a little each day. Students who have contact with people whose mother tongue is Portuguese should try and practise their Portuguese with them as often and as much as possible.

How will my progress be assessed?

Students will be given homework on a weekly basis, which will then be marked at home and returned to them with sensitive and constructive feedback. Informal tests will be given during each term (with some notice). Individual speaking development will be constantly evaluated through role-plays and small group discussions about simple subjects. Listening exercises will allow the teacher to assess the student's ability to recognise individual sounds/words and the gist of more complex conversations. You must keep your own Individual Learning record up to date with your tutor’s help.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Brazilian Portuguese Beginners Stage 2

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

Material will be provided by the teacher. Learners are recommended to acquire an English-Brazilian Portuguese dictionary and a folder to help them to organize their handouts. Further information will be given on the first day of the course.

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley ( to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.