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Join us to learn Portuguese (Brazilian) with the experts!

At a Glance

  • Live online course
  • 2 hours a week
  • Wednesdays 18:00 - 20:00
  • 20 weeks: October to March
  • Tutor: Gisele Breder
  • Fees from £230 to £420
  • Imperial College attendance certificate (T&Cs apply)
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Learning a new language is one of the most rewarding activities you can do. Not only does it open up new possibilities for travel and employment, but it can lead to new insights into cultures from all over the world.

Learning a language is enjoyable too, with new friendships formed at our classes bringing together people from a wide variety of backgrounds with a shared interest in the language you are studying.

With our expert tutor on hand to guide you, you will soon find yourself developing new language skills that will open up a world of possibilities.

Portuguese (Brazilian) Evening Classes Timetable
 18:00 - 20:00 -- -- 18:00 - 20:00
Portuguese (Brazilian) Beginners
Gisele Breder
Online course
    Portuguese (Brazilian) Conversation
Gisele Breder
Online course
Italian classes timetable

Course delivery

This is a live-taught online course which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you will need a suitably equipped and internet-enabled device. Please find full details and instructions below under 'Course delivery'.

Attendance certificate

Those who attend at least 80% of the course sessions will receive an attendance certificate from Imperial College London upon completion of the course.

Portuguese (Brazilian) course descriptions


Brazilian Portuguese imageThis 20-week Beginners course aims to take complete beginners in the language to a level where they are able to understand basic written and oral communication as well as feel confident to express themselves in written and oral forms using familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases (level A1 of the Common European Framework). Students will be able to introduce themselves and others, ask and answer questions about personal details such as where they live, people they know and things they do and have.

The course will provide students with the skills needed for basic everyday situations in a Portuguese-speaking environment. It covers all four basic skills – listening, speaking, writing and reading.

The method is essentially communicative with pair and group work, role plays, interactive language games, information sharing and task based activities, social interaction and functional communication practice always encouraging students’ participation. Classes include a large variety of real-life situations.

Grammar acquisition is done by contextualised oral and written exercises.

The use of authentic texts showing the culture and life-style of Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries, plus songs, videos and even food will give a taste of the cultural aspects of the lessons. The course will give students basic knowledge of the language as well as insight in the real and fascinating life of the Portuguese-speaking world.


Course description to be published shortly

Course Information

Course Materials

Students are advised not to buy any course books before the start of the course. Progress through the course and textbook will depend on the group dynamics of the class.

Brazilian Portuguese Beginners

  • Novo Avenida Brasil 1 Curso Básico de Português para Estrangeiros, Livro texto + Livro de Exercícios (by Emma Lima, Lutz Rohrmann, Tokiko Ishihara, Samira Iunes, Cristián Bergweiler, Editora Pedagógica e Universitária Ltda, ISBN 978-85-12-54520-2)

The book is accompanied by an audio CD which students are encouraged to listen to outside of lesson time. Work sheets will also be provided by the teacher.

General topics covered:

Introductions, meeting people, eating & drinking, hotel & directions, housing, daily life activities, gender and number endings, regular and irregular verbs in the present, immediate future, imperative form, introduction to the past tense and other important structures.

Phonetics will play an important role in the lessons as aspects of the different accents found in Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries will be discussed.

Weekly revision is essential to take full advantage of the course. To complement the topics introduced in class, we recommend the use of other resources such as:

Week 1 The phonetics of Brazilian Portuguese and some of the main accents. Basic rules of spelling. Graphic accents. Greetings. Introductions. Tema 0 / Tema 1
Week 2 Meeting people. Giving and asking personal information. Spelling. Nationalities. Jobs. Irregular verb SER. Regular verbs in –AR. Tema 1
Week 3 Question word: Onde? Prepositions of place: em, no, na, nos, nas. Revision of verbs in –AR. Countries and cities. Numbers from 0 to 199. Tema 1
Week 4 Introducing people. Making suggestions. Inviting people. Asking the time. Days of the week. Periods of the day. Activities (going to the theatre, football, concert, etc). Tema 2
Week 5 Possessive and demonstrative pronouns. Irregular verbs IR, PODER, TER and the immediate future. Inviting for lunch and weekend activities. Tema 2
Week 6 Vocabulary review: weekend activities. Adverts. Leaving a voice message. Eating and Drinking. Tema 2 / Tema 3
Week 7 Asking for a table. Ordering food and drinks. Understanding the menu. Inviting friends for dinner. Possessives: seu, sua, seus, suas. Verb GOSTAR DE. Tema 3
Week 8 Irregular verb ESTAR. Regular verbs in –ER. Irregular verb QUERER. Difference between verbs SER and ESTAR. Traditional dish: feijoada. Tema 3
Week 9 Revision exercises to be taken home and handed in after Christmas break.  
Week 10 Setting the table. Dining utensils. Expressing wishes and preferences. Making a hotel reservation. Types of rooms. Tema 3 / Tema 4
Week 11 Walking around the city. Means of transportation. To be far or near. Giving directions. Verb FICAR. Possessives: dele, dela, deles, delas. Comparative with more. Tema 4
Week 12 Regular verbs in –IR. Irregular verbs: FAZER and PREFERIR. Continuous form. Imperative. Making a complaint. Tema 4
Week 13 Taking holidays. Traffic signs. Numbers from 200 to 1 billion. Housing. Types of houses. Tema 4 / Tema 5
Week 14 Looking for a house to rent. Describing what you want. Problems in the flat. Prepositions of place. Past tense: verbs in –AR. Tema 5
Week 15 Review of the past tense. Past of regular verbs in –ER and –IR. Comparative of superiority, equality and inferiority. Describing your dream house. Tema 5
Week 16 Putting an advert in a newspaper. Building a house. Word association. How was your day? Tema 5 / Tema 6
Week 17 Daily activities. Frequency adverbs. Past of irregular verbs: SER and IR. Tema 6
Week 18 Past of irregular verbs: TER, ESTAR, FAZER, QUERER and PODER. Object Pronouns.  Tema 6
Week 19 Brazilian Festivals and Holidays. Famous Brazilian poets, painters, singers and song writers. Tema 6
Week 20 General review.  

Brazilian Portuguese Conversation

Material to be posted here soon

Level advice

Choosing the right language level is very important and we aim to make the process of deciding which is the right course level for you as simple as possible.

If you are a complete beginner you should, of course, enrol on a Beginner's Course.

If you have some experience in the language you wish to study please first review our course descriptions to try to identify the course level which should be most suitable for you. Especially if you are out of practice in a language, or have been out of formal education for a while, please be reasonably sure and realistic about your level of proficiency prior to proceeding with enrolment.

Contact details for course-level advice: Ms Gisele Breder (course tutor), giselebreder@gmail.com

Your Tutor

All tutors on our language programmes are native speakers with a great deal of experience in teaching languages to beginners and the more advanced. Tutor contact details are provided in the programme pack which will be emailed to you just prior to the start of term.

Contact details for questions relating to your tutor's background or teaching qualifications: Ms Gisele Breder (course tutor), giselebreder@gmail.com

Course Delivery: Live Online Taught Courses

All our online courses are taught live which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time. To take part in the course you must be able to attend the online session at the time stated for the course description.

All times stated are British Standard Time.

To take part you will need a computer, or laptop, or tablet computer, connected to the Internet. The device you use will also need to have a camera, microphone and speakers. Most devices now have these built in, but if not you might have to buy them from a computer shop and to connect them to your device.


This course will use Zoom as its online delivery method. Zoom is very easy to use and you do not need to set up a Zoom account to use it. Near the date of your first online session you will be sent an email with a web address (or URL) that will allow you to access the course. This is called the Course Link. All you need do is click on the Course Link in the email and you will be asked to enter your name. This is the name that will be seen by your tutor and other students in the class.

Once you have entered your name you might be asked to enter a password to enter the class. The password will be included in the email sent to you. Once you enter the password you will either be taken directly into the class, or asked to wait in a virtual waiting room until the tutor is ready to let you into the class.

We have also produced a Handy Guide to Zoom [pdf] which gives you basic information on how to use it.

Talks and any participants' questions will be recorded. If you do not want your image or sound to be recorded please ensure the camera and microphone on the device you are using to access the course is switched off.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
 40  20  £420    (Early Bird Rate: £380*)
£250    (Early Bird Rate: £230*) £330    (Early Bird Rate: £300*) 
* The Early Bird rate is available for enrolments made before the end of 30 September for courses starting in October only  |   All fee rates quoted are for the whole 2-term course.

Rate Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

  • Applicable to all except those who fall under the Internal Rate or Associate Rate category, respectively.

Internal Rate

  • Current Imperial College students and staff (incl. Imperial NHS Trust, Imperial Innovations, ancillary & service staff employed on long-term contracts at Imperial College by third-party contractors)
  • Individuals enrolling under our Friends & Family scheme
  • Staff of the English Chamber Orchestra
  • Current Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) staff, current CLCC PhD students, Science Communication (Sci Comm) postgraduate students, and students enrolled on an Imperial College 'Language for Science' degree programme should contact eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form

Associate Rate

  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • Friends and Patrons of the English Chamber Orchestra
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Members of the Friends of Imperial College
  • Members of the Kennel Club
  • Members of the London Zoological Society
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • National Health Service (NHS) employees
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Teachers and other staff of UK schools
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started. For non-language courses this is subject entirely to agreement by the tutor. For language courses it is subject to agreement by the language Coordinator conducting level assessment. If you want to join a course late do bear in mind there might be work you will need to catch up on, particularly in language courses.

Applicable terms & conditions

Please read the Terms and Conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer termSummer School
 40  20 18 Oct - 18 Dec 2021 (9 weeks)*  PLUS 10 Jan - 26 Mar 2022 (11 weeks) n/a n/a
* Followed by the Christmas break

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 2nd August 2021

Enrolment and payment run through the Imperial College eStore. Please click on the blue booking link on the relevant course page noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on the course page and your applicable rate category must be selected on the eStore
  • First-time eStore users please create an account by entering an email address and password. These credentials should also be used for future bookings. Imperial College users please note the eStore is not a single-signon College system
  • The booking process involves entering payment details after your course choice and applicant details are collected via an in-built questionnnaire
  • The following email notifications are sent:
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Is sent instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • This is a receipt for your payment and includes payment date, order number and course title
  • Confirmation of your place on your chosen course will follow later
2. Enrolment confirmation Is sent within 10 working daysPlease treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-confirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's term dates
  • Confirms the day and time of your course
3. Programme information Is usually sent on Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains joining instructions for your course, incl. tutor contact details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Any Questions?

  • Questions regarding the content and teaching of your course should be sent to Ms Gisele Breder (course tutor) at giselebreder@gmail.com
  • Questions about your enrolment and payment should be sent to the Programme Administrator, eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk