No dates are currently scheduled.

This course invites you to discover the language and culture of Portugal. Every session will bring you an amazing experience of knowledge and skills. Start a friendship with the other side of the world. You will not regret it!

Course outline

  • Topic 1: Talking about you: job, age and address. Working day. Grammar: genre of nouns; numerals
  • Topic 2: Relationships: family and relatives; friends. Grammar: possessive pronoun; “Qual/Quais”
  • Topic 3: “Being Portuguese”: the “tipical Portuguese”.  Grammar: locatives “cá”/ ”lá”; “Gostas de bacalhau, não gostas?”
  • Topic 4: Daily rotine: work and laisure. Grammar: v. “ir”; prepositions
  • Topic 5: Review of previous lessons
  • Topic 6: Healthy life: Portuguese diet; Mediterranean food. Grammar: adverbs; V. “dormir”, “beber”, “comer”
  • Topic 7: Country life: historical villages and small towns, rural tourism. Grammar: Adjectives; “haver” vs. “estar”
  • Topic 8: Social lifestyle: restaurants and pubs. Review of previous grammar items

Grammar covered will include

  • Verbs of 1st, 2nd and 3rd conjugation;
  • Regular and irregular verbs;
  • Adjectives and comparison;
  • Prepositions and adverbs;
  • Noun and pronoun.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Identify jobs;
  • Ask and give personal information;
  • Introduce family and relatives;
  • Talk about rotine and healthy lifestyle;
  • Read a menu;
  • Identify some features of portuguese people;
  • Describe places;
  • Express position (objects, food and places).

Course materials

The textbook recommended for this course is Passaporte para Portugues 1, Lidel Editora. ISBN 978-972-757-975-4. You should buy the CD Audio and Exercise Book that accompanies the text book. This book covers the beginning and intermediate levels. Video, exercise sheets and other resources will be provided in class.

Who should enrol

Those who have completed Beginning Portuguese 2 or approximately 20 hours of study.


No dates are currently scheduled.

This course invites you to discover the language and culture of Portugal. Every session will bring you an amazing experience of knowledge and skills. Start a friendship with the other side of the world. You will not regret it!

Course outline

  • Topic 1: This session gives you the opportunity to learn about Portugal and some features of its culture. You will be introduced to pronunciation, compliments, greetings, and self-presentation.
  • Topic 2: Learn about the Portuguese influence throughout the world. Be introduced to nouns, definite and indefinite articles and numbers 1 to 10.
  • Topic 3: Learn how to describe people.”How do I look like?” Be introduced to present tense of verbs “to be” (“ser”/ “estar”).
  • Topic 4: Learn about famous Portuguese people. Learn to ask “Where are you from?” and “What’s your nationality?” Be introduced to the plural of usual nouns, days of the week and numbers 11 to 20.
  • Topic 5: This session learn about popular Portuguese festivals. Learn to ask about common interests: “what do you do in your spare time?”. Be introduced to regular verbs.
  • Topic 6: Be a tourist in Lisboa (Lisbon) and Porto (Oporto). Learn to ask for directions, how to book a hotel and how to use public transport. Be introduced to numbers 51 to 100.
  • Topic 7: Learn about Portuguese objects. Become familiar with shopping and small talk. Talk about your favourite things. Be introduced to negative sentences, adjectives, colours, and numbers 21 to 50.
  • Topic 8: In this last session you have the opportunity to review previous lessons.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Speak everyday Portuguese
  • Ask for information and directions.
  • Ask simple questions and give short answers.
  • Read and understand simple sentences.
  • Speak basic Portuguese sentences with confidence.
  • Recognize grammatical terms.

Course materials

The textbook recommended for this course is Passaporte para Portugues 1, Lidel Editora. ISBN 978-972-757-975-4. You should buy the CD Audio and Exercise Book that accompanies the textbook. This book covers the beginning and intermediate levels. Video, exercise sheets, and other resources will be provided in class.