Portuguese 1 Beginners

Course description Portuguese 1 Beginners
Year: 2017-2018
Catalog number: 5181KFL04
Teacher(s):
  • T.E. Vailati MA
Language: English
Blackboard: Yes
EC: 10
Level: 100
Period: Semester 2, Block III, IV
Hours of study: 76:00 hrs
  • No Elective choice
  • No Contractonderwijs
  • No Exchange
  • No Study Abroad
  • No Evening course
  • No A la Carte
  • No Honours Class

Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.

Description

This is a starter Portuguese language course, which develops written and oral communication skills through an intensive programme of language acquisition. Grammar and language structures are taught around a schedule centered on practical/concrete situations, such as speaking about oneself, getting to know people, finding one’s way round town, communicating present and past situations, etc.

Course objectives

This course enables the student to achieve a good level A1 of the Common European Frame (CEF).
This course is the first course in a series of three language acquisition courses within the International Studies program. The final objective of this course series is to obtain an intermediate level of proficiency in Portuguese, aimed at communication with people in the region in everyday social situations and enabling students to follow current affairs in the region via various media.

  • Visual reception (reading): A2
  • Written production (writing):A1
  • Listening(Audio): A1+
  • Oral productions (speaking): A1

Timetable

The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.

Mode of instruction

Three two-hour tutorials every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent will result in a lowering of the participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first three (3) times.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 10 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 280 hours, broken down by:

  • Attending classes: (6 hours per week over 12 weeks) 72 hours
  • Preparing classes, exams and extra activities : 202 hours
  • Assessment hours (exams and other assessment): 6 hours

Assessment method

Assessment

  • Exam 1 - 1-2 hours (week 3)
  • Exam 2 - 1-2 hours (week 6) - Mid-Term
  • Exam 3 - 1-2 hours (week 9)
  • Exam 4 - 1-2 hours (week 12) - Final
  • Oral Exam - 7-15 minutes (week 12)
  • Quizzes + Assignments (weekly)

Exams include grammar exercises (e.g., fill-the-gap, short answer, etc.), reading comprehension, listening comprehension, open questions, and short essays. Oral assessment consists of a question/answer session. Quizzes and assignments are weekly tasks.

Weighing

Partial Grade Weighing
Exam 1 15%
Exam 2 15%
Exam 3 15%
Exam 4 15%
Oral Exam 20%
Quizzes + Assignments 20%

End grade

To successfully complete the course, please take note that the end grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of the in-class oral and listening performance and exams.

Resit

If the end grade is insufficient (lower than a 6), there is a possibility of retaking the full 80% of the exam material (reading, writing, speaking and listening). No resit for the tutorial (quizzes and assignments) is possible.

Retaking a passing grade

Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2017 – 2018.

Exam review

How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.

Blackboard

Blackboard will be used for tutorial groups. Students are requested to enroll on Blackboard for this course, but only after correct enrolment in uSis.

Reading list

  • Vailati, Tecia E. Apostila 1 (Reader). This reader will be available for free download on Blackboard.
  • Isabel Coimbra and Olga M. Coimbra, Gramática Ativa 1. (Porto: Lidel).
    There are two versions of this book: the European Portuguese (also applicable to African Portuguese) and the Brazilian Portuguese. Choose the one related to your area of studies.

Registration

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.

General information about uSis can be found here.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.

Contact

T.E. Vailati MA

When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number and tutorial group number.

Remarks

Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.

This course uses Integrated communicative language learning method. Therefore active participation in the classroom activities is essential for successful learning outcomes.

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