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Information at a Glance

  • Evening Class
  • Various levels
  • Timetabled 18:00 - 20:00
  • 20 weeks: October to March
  • Fees from £210
  • Location: Imperial College, South Kensington Campus
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Timetable for Brazilian Portuguese Classes
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Brazilian Portuguese Beginners
Gisele Breder
SALC 6 (TBC)
Brazilian Portuguese Pre-Intermediate
Gisele Breder
Room (TBC)
   
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Brazilian Portuguese course descriptions

Beginners

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This 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.

Pre-Intermediate

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This Pre-Intermediate course aims to take basic users of the language to a level where they are able to understand written and oral communication as well as feel confident to express themselves in written and oral form and be able to communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters (level A2 of the Common European Framework).

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 accomplished by contextualised oral and written exercises.

The use of authentic texts from varied sources showing the culture and life-style of Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries, plus songs, videos and even food will provide 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 Information

Course programme

The course programme follows the details provided in the relevant level description above. Progress through the course and textbook will depend on the group dynamics of the class.

Students are advised not to buy any course books before the start of the course.

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.  

Pre-Intermediate

Novo Avenida Brasil 2 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 978-85-12-54570-7). 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 when needed.

General topics covered:

Describing people and talking about their main physical and psychological traits. Talking about health and sports, work, clothes, agreement and disagreement. Give and receive advice. Tourism and geography of Brazil. Learn how to use the superlative, other forms of past tense and future. Adverbs ending in –mente, indefinite pronouns and passive voice.

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 body. Describing people and things. Expressing likes and dislikes. Body parts. Tema 0 / Tema 1
Week 2 Health. Illnesses. Giving and receiving advice. Verb VER. Pronouns LHE, LHES. Superlative. Tema 1
Week 3 Regular and Irregular plural. Describing your house. The expression TER QUE. Physical traits. Tema 1
Week 4 Work. Giving opinion. Agreeing and disagreeing. Workers’ rights. Tema 2
Week 5 Women’s lives in the past and now. The Past Imperfect. Routines in the past. Descriptions in the past. Tema 2
Week 6 Talking about you last holidays. Ordinal numbers. Being hired. Strikes. Tema 2
Week 7 Clothes. Describing something. Male and female clothes. What to wear? Tema 3
Week 8 Irregular verbs POR, PODER, VIR in the present, past and past imperfect. Aí, ali, lá. Future.  Tema 3
Week 9 Adverts. The Futuro do Pretérito. Brazilian behaviour. Laundry list. Expressions with colours.  Tema 3
Week 10 Family life. Family tree. Relatives.  Tema 4
Week 11 Irregular verbs TRAZER, DIZER. Mais-que-perfeito simples and composto. Tema 4
Week 12 Parties and celebrations in Brazil. Japanese immigration in Brazil.  Tema 4
Week 13 Tourism and Ecology. Holiday activities. Trips. Types of travellers. Planning a trip. Tema 5
Week 14 Perfeito composto do Indicativo. Adverbs. Indefinite pronouns. Double negation. Ecological problems. Tema 5
Week 15 Açaí. SongÇ Barquinho. Augmentatives and diminutives. Professions. Tema 5
Week 16 From North to South. Regions of Brazil. Stereotypes. Tema 6
Week 17 Passive voice. Indefinite Pronouns. Cultural influences in Brazil. Tema 6
Week 18 Food. Folklore. Packaging. Measurement. Tema 6
Week 19 General review. Tema 6
Week 20 Food.  

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.

If you do require course-level advice, our course tutor will happily assist you. Please contact Ms Gisele Breder, 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.

Should you wish to receive further details on your tutor's background or teaching qualifications please contact the tutor, Ms Gisele Breder, giselebreder@gmail.com

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksInternal rateAssociate rateStandard rate
 40  20  £230    (Early Bird rate: £210*) £305    (Early Bird rate: £280*)
£395    (Early Bird rate: £360*) 
* Early Bird fee rate is valid for enrolments made via the website between 1 August and 30 September only   |   All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
Term dates 1

 Internal rate

  • Applies to 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).
  • 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 email evening eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk before completing the online enrolment form.

Associate rate

  • Students (non-Imperial College)
  • Alumni of Imperial College and predecessor colleges and institutes
  • City & Guilds College Association members
  • Members of Friends of Imperial College 
  • Friends of the South London Botanical Institute
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council staff
  • Harrods staff
  • Historic Royal Palaces staff
  • Natural History Museum staff
  • Science Museum staff
  • Victoria and Albert Museum staff
  • Royal Geographical Society staff
  • Royal College of Art and Royal College of Music tutors and other staff
  • Santander Bank staff (Imperial College Walkway branch only)
  • Austrian Cultural Forum staff
  • Staff of Exhibition Road Cultural Group (Discover South Kensington) organisations
  • Lycee Charles de Gaulle staff
  • Tutors and other staff of other universities and higher education institutions
  • Tutors and other staff of institution members of the Association of Colleges
  • Residents of postcodes SW3, SW5, SW7, SW10 and W8

Standard rate

  • Applicable to all who do not qualify for any of the above rates (Internal or Associate Rate).

Late enrolment

It is possible to enrol on many CLCC Evening Class and Lunchtime Learning programmes after the course has started, subject entirely to agreement by the tutor delivering the course. 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 Evening Classes & Lunchtime Learning terms and conditions [pdf] before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer term
 40  20 14 Oct - 12 Dec 2019 (9 weeks)* 6 Jan - 19 Mar 2020 (11 weeks) n/a
* Followed by the Christmas break

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 August

Enrolment & payment are through the Imperial College eStore. Please use above booking link noting below instructions:

  • Our rate categories are explained on this page and your applicable 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 before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications will be sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms your payment, date of payment and order number
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment receipt and therefore does not show your course however these details are sent to us via the system
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of September. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Confirms your course choice
  • Shows the programme your course is part of as well as the term dates
  • Confirms your course' day of the week & time
3. Programme information Usually sent Friday late afternoon the week before term starts
  • Contains further course details incl. classroom location and teacher contact information
  • Provides further general programme details
If you need further help with the above information please ring 020 7594 8756

Certificate of Attendance

Although no credits are offered for this very part-time course, an attendance certificate is presented to students who attend at least 80% (16) of the taught classroom sessions.

Any Questions?

Questions regarding the content and teaching of either course should be addressed to the course tutor, Ms Gisele Breder, giselebreder@gmail.com