Brazilian Portuguese Beginners Stage 3

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 139 Conc £51 Full £247 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Monday 18:45 - 20:45 11 MAC 29/04/2019 22/07/2019 LB3025

What will the course cover?

Agreeing and disagreeing, talking about health and the human body, talking about the past and things you used to do, talking about your plans for the future, talking about past and forthcoming holidays, expressing doubts, hopes and wishes, and a bit of Brazilian history and geography, current affairs and music.

Who is the course for?

For those with a little knowledge of the language. PLEASE NOTE: THIS ISN'T FOR COMPLETE BEGINNERS! If there is space in the class, you're welcome to try one out free of charge, to see if the level is right for you.

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

Yous hould be able to do most of the following already: greetings and personal information, talk about your family and friends, numbers & money, the time, ask for things in shops or the market, ask for places in a town, understand directions, booking hotel accommodation, booking a restaurant.

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

- speak about the past and things you used to do - discuss your plans for the future - tell people about previous and forthcoming holidays - express doubts, hopes and wishes - talk about your health and minor illnesses - communicate using more complex grammar structures recognize some of the historical, geographical and cultural aspects of the Portuguese speaking countries

How is the course organised?

It will be a group of about 12-14 (maximum of 16). Although the tutor will teach the grammar, students will be expected to take a very active part in class and work in pairs/groups, which will involve them taking part in role-plays and short discussions whilst learning/revising vocabulary and grammar structures. A variety of teaching methods will be used to meet all learning styles, in order for students to learn whilst having fun and enjoying themselves. English is 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. Students who have contact with people whose mother tongue is Portuguese should try and practice 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 students’ ability to recognise individual sounds/words and the gist of more elaborate 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 Lower-Intermediate Stage 1

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

Coursebook: the tutor will advise. You will also need a Portuguese/English-English/Portuguese dictionary. Students focusing on Brazilian Portuguese should choose one printed in Brazil. You will need a ring binder and a writing pad or a notebook. Visit www.bbc.co.uk/languages for more material.

What support is available?

Help with literacy and 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. Details are available in the Guide or from teaching or Reception staff.