Portuguese Language

Why study Portuguese?

Portuguese is the fifth most spoken language in the world today.

Altogether, Portuguese is the language of approximately 200,000,000 people.

Portuguese speaking populations are spread throughout Europe, South America, Africa and Asia.

Portuguese is the language of Portugal and Brazil, as well as the official language of the Cape Verde Islands, Guinea-Bissau, Sao Tome e Principe, Angola, Mozambique, and East-Timor.

It is also still spoken in Goa (India) and Macau (China). Galician is a variety of Portuguese spoken in Northwest Spain.


Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to build vocabulary and grammar knowledge. We will develop proficiency in Portuguese through a communicative and cultural approach to language learning. Emphasis is placed on the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, and on acquisition of the fundamentals of applied grammar knowledge. Cross-cultural understanding is fostered and real-life applications are emphasized throughout the course.



Continuous/tutorial evaluation:  Evaluation will be a continuous process, although students will have a quiz in class 5 and an oral and written final exams in class 11.

Class participation = 25%*; homework = 20%; quiz + written exam = 25%; oral exam = 20%; visit day = 10%.



Tavares, Ana. Português XXI. Lisboa: Lidel, 2004.



July 5th to 19th 2010; from 9 am to 1 pm.



Ana Moutinho, acmout@ufp.edu.pt




·         Portuguese sounds

·         Introducing people

·         Greetings

·         Getting directions

·         Game: How can I get to…?


·         Saying a bit about yourself

·         The time

·         Public transportation

·         Food and drink

·         Game: Who’s who?


·         Describing…

·         Cultural presentation: Tunas + Queima das Fitas


·         Write a postcard

·         At the post office

·         Expressing emotions

·         Daily routine

·         Cultural presentation: Portuguese celebrities


·         At home

·         Expressing likes & dislikes

·         Cultural presentation: Portuguese advertising

·         Quiz


·         Let’s practice vocabulary:

o   At the hotel

o   At the airport or a train station

o   Booking a hotel or a trip


·         At a restaurant and at a bar

·         Cultural presentation: Portuguese inventions


Visit to Port Wine cellars + going to the coffee shop


·         Let’s practice vocabulary:

o   Going to the doctor and to the pharmacy

o   Going shopping

·         Cultural presentation: Portuguese music and film


·         Short film + film related activities


·         Oral and written final exams


* After missing 3 classes you will lose 1% of your class participation grade per absence. Arriving to class more than 20 minutes late will be counted as an absence.