Modern Languages and Cultures

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Code PORT012
Coordinator Ms ASD Almeida
Modern Languages and Cultures
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 4 FHEQ First Semester 0

Pre-requisites before taking this module (other modules and/or general educational/academic requirements):


Modules for which this module is a pre-requisite:


Co-requisite modules:


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   33

Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 117


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Exam. There is a reassessment opportunity. This is an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply.  2 hours    40       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Listening test. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -200 words    40       
Portfolio There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -200 words    20       


To provide students with competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking Portuguese at a basic level;

To provide students with a sound understanding of basic aspects of Portuguese grammar;

To develop students' language learning strategies and a reflective approach towards language learning;

To explore aspects of contemporary Portuguese-speaking culture through the medium of Portuguese.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Apply basic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in Portuguese.

(LO2) Communicate in Portuguese in everyday contexts, using formal and informal registers as appropriate.

(LO3) Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structures and registers of Portuguese.

(LO4) Demonstrate some knowledge and understanding of the cultures and linguistic contexts of the countries where Portuguese is spoken.

(LO5)  Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

(S1) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills - written.

(S2) Communication (oral, written and visual) - presentation skills – oral.

(S3) Communication (oral, written and visual) - listening skills.

(S4) Global citizenship - cultural awareness.

(S5) Improving own learning / performance - reflective practice.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The methodological approach is varied, with different classes teaching different skills. The Grammar classes will cover the principal grammatical functions of Portuguese in order to build a solid base from which to progress to a more advanced levels in the second and final years. The grammar classes will take the form of explanations of language functions and subsequent practice of what has been learnt. The Language Skills classes will help build vocabulary and develop skills in reading comprehension, listening and writing. These classes will also be integrated with the language functions being studied in the Grammar classes and will offer further opportunity for students to practice and consolidate them. The Oral classes will focus on practising speaking and interacting in Portuguese. The classes are intended to be as spontaneous as possible, and students are encouraged to participate actively. The tutor will prepare activities and role playing exercises around a speci fic theme or topic, and specific language functions.

The seminars consist of one grammar class, one language skills class and one oral class (conducted by a native speaker) per week.



Topics covered during the module will include:

Pronunciation and stress, accents, agreements;

The verbs Ser and Estar;

Definite and indefinite articles;

Asking and answering questions – affirmative and negative;

The present tense. Reflexive verbs;

Present continuous and Ir+Infinitive;

The present tense of irregular verbs;

Possessive pronouns. Demonstrative pronouns. Indirect object pronouns;

Degree of adjectives;

The preterite tense and the imperfect tenses.

Recommended Texts

Reading lists are managed at Click here to access the reading lists for this module.