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Information at a Glance

  • Evening Class
  • Beginners
  • Fridays 18:00 - 20:00
  • 10 weeks: late July to September
  • 2 hours weekly online taught time
  • Tutor: Gisele Breder
  • Fees from £67 to £117
  • Online course
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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.

This 10-week course offers one 2-hour online session each week (20 contact hours). Class runs Fridays 18:00 - 20:00.

Class size is limited to 15 students.


Portuguese (Brazilian) 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.


Session plan (subject to minor modification)
SessionTopicsBook chapter
Session 1 The phonetics of Brazilian Portuguese and some of the main accents. Basic rules of spelling. Graphic accents. Greetings. Introductions. Tema 0 / Tema 1
Session 2 Meeting people. Giving and asking personal information. Spelling. Nationalities. Jobs. Irregular verb SER. Regular verbs in –AR. Tema 1
Session 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
Session 4 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 2
Session 5 Possessive and demonstrative pronouns. Irregular verbs IR, PODER, TER and the immediate future. Inviting for lunch and weekend activities. Tema 2
Session 6 Vocabulary review: weekend activities. Adverts. Leaving a voice message. Eating and Drinking. Tema 2 / Tema 3
Session 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
Session 8 Irregular verb ESTAR. Regular verbs in –ER. Irregular verb QUERER. Tema 3
Session 9 Difference between verbs SER and ESTAR. Traditional dish: feijoada. Setting the table. Dining utensils. Tema 3
Session 10 Oral and written revision exercises. Tema 3
Weekly planner

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.

Portuguese (Brazilian) 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.

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:

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 have some experience in the language you wish to study please first review our course description 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.

For course-level advice please contact the course tutor: 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.

For any questions relating to your tutor's background or teaching qualifications please contact Ms Gisele Breder, giselebreder@gmail.com

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
20  10  £117 £67 £90
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course.
Term dates 1

Fee Categories and Discounts

Standard Rate

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

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 the Friends of Imperial College
  • Francis Crick Institute staff, researchers and students
  • NHS staff (other than Imperial NHS Trust staff)
  • 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
  • South London Botanical Institute Members
  • 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
  • Members of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Members of the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI)

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 these before enrolling on any course.

Term Dates

HoursWeeksAutumn termSpring termSummer termSummer term
 20  10 n/a n/a n/a w/c 27 Jul - w/c 28 Sept 2020 (10 weeks)

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 29 June

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

Certificate of Attendance

Our adult education evening and daytime classes do not offer academic credits, but we do offer an attendance certificate to those learners who attend at least 80% of the taught sessions. Eligible learners receive their certificate by email after the end of the course.

Any Questions?

For any questions regarding course content, delivery and materials please contact the course tutor: Ms Gisele Breder, giselebreder@gmail.com