Intermediate Portuguese – Stage C
Level 1 (CQFW Level 4), 20 Credits.
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This course will enable you to use a broader range of oral, aural and written language skills, sufficient to get by in Portuguese speaking countries with some hesitations on topics concerned with everyday matters and express your view in writing in a more elaborate style. You will also further develop your understanding of the culture of Portuguese speaking countries.
The emphasis of the course is on speaking and in class you will get ample opportunity to practise your conversational skills through pair-work and group exercises; listen to authentic audio/video tapes; read simplified newspaper texts and complete exercises, which will enhance your vocabulary and your knowledge of grammar.
The following topics will be covered: past actions; bank/commercial transactions; expressions of pain, sympathy, emhasis etc.; appointments and agenda; letters; telephone calls; travelling/holidays; cinema/theatre/cultural topics
The course will also cover the main grammatical points you need at this level which will include the following: past perfect tense (verb to be), present tense irregular verbs, past perfect tense (irregular verbs), adverbs (revision and introduction of new variables/invariables), pronouns (reflexive, prepositional, direct and indirect objects), conjunctions (including expressions), prepositions, adjectives, compound tense (introduction), imperative.
The textbook is Coimbra Isabel & Mata Coimbra Olga, Portugues sem Fronteiras, LIDEL editora
Who is this course for?
This course is for students who have a survival knowledge of Portuguese, who wish to further improve their communication skills in oral, aural and written form. It is appropriate for students who have recently acquired a good GCSE grade or completed Portuguese for Improvers Stage B.
Learning and Teaching
The emphasis of the course is on participation and students are encouraged to actively participate in class through various non-threatening forms of activities designed to stimulate communication.
Coursework and Assessment
To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects.
You will not have formal examinations but you may have reading and listening class tests. You may be asked to write short texts as homework. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.
The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on (029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.