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 PORT056
Coordinator Ms A Reimao
Modern Languages and Cultures
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 5 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
Examination. There will be a reassessment opportunity. Anonymous marking will take place. Standard UoL penalties will apply.  2 hours    40       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Synchronous assignment There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  300-500 words    20       
Portfolio. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  Portfolio    20       
Coursework There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  300-500 words    20       


To provide students with competence in reading, writing, listening and speaking Portuguese at B1 level according the Common European Framework of Reference;

To provide students with a solid understanding of basic and complex structures of Portuguese grammar;

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

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

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Apply increasingly complex and nuanced listening, reading, writing and speaking skills in Portuguese.

(LO2) Communicate in Portuguese in everyday contexts and in increasingly complex formal and informal registers.

(LO3) Demonstrate a considerable knowledge and understanding of the structures, registers and, as appropriate, varieties of Portuguese

(LO4) Critically reflect on and effectively apply language learning strategies.

(LO5) Demonstrate a considerable knowledge and understanding of the cultures and linguistic contexts of Portuguese countries.

(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 revise, consolidate and expand on the main structures and grammatical functions of the Portuguese language covered in PORT012 and PORT034. Particular emphasis will be devoted to the acquisition of new vocabulary and language structures. The language skills classes will work in conjunction with the grammar classes to give students the opportunity to practise and build on their knowledge and use of Portuguese in a variety of contexts and situations. Students will complete exercises related to reading and listening comprehension, writing and translation skills. The oral classes will focus on building vocabulary around specific topics and themes, consolidating knowledge and achieving greater accuracy and fluency in spoken Portuguese. These classes will combine structured and less formal activities. The tutor will prepare activities and will use a variety of medi a to provoke discussion, and students are encouraged to participate actively.
Notes: The seminars consist of one grammar class, one language skills class and oral class (conducted by a native speaker) per week.



Topics covered during the module will include:

The past tenses: Preterite and imperfect;

The subjunctive mood: Present, future, imperfect tenses. The perfect subjunctive and pluperfect;

The passive voice and the particle ‘se’;

Relative pronouns.

Recommended Texts

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