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At a Glance

  • Live online course
  • 2 hours a week
  • Thursdays 18:00 - 20:00
  • 10 weeks: April to June
  • Tutor: Gisele Breder
  • Fees from £120 to £205
  • 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 tutors on hand to guide you, you will soon find yourself developing new language skills that will open up a world of possibilities.

Each course is taught online over 10 weeks consisting of one 2-hour session each week.

Portuguese (Brazilian) Evening Classes Timetable

MondaysThursdays
--  18:00 - 20:00
  Portuguese Beginners
Gisele Breder
Online course
Portuguese (Brazilian) classes timetable

Online Access to Course

This is a taught live online course which means you will be taught alongside other students on the course by a tutor at a specific time on a specific day of the week. 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 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.

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

Improvers

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This Improvers 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.

 

Session plan (subject to minor modification)
SessionTopicsBook chapter
Session 1 The body. Describing people and things. Expressing likes and dislikes. Body parts. Tema 0 / Tema 1
Session 2 Health. Illnesses. Giving and receiving advice. Verb VER. Pronouns LHE, LHES. Superlative. Tema 1
Session 3 Regular and Irregular plural. Describing your house. The expression TER QUE. Physical traits. Tema 1
Session 4 Work. Giving opinion. Agreeing and disagreeing. Workers’ rights. Tema 2
Session 5 Women’s lives in the past and now. The Past Imperfect. Routines in the past. Descriptions in the past. Tema 2
Session 6 Talking about you last holidays. Ordinal numbers. Being hired. Strikes. Tema 2
Session 7 Clothes. Describing something. Male and female clothes. What to wear? Tema 3
Session 8 Irregular verbs POR, PODER, VIR in the present, past and past imperfect. Aí, ali, lá. Future. Tema 3
Session 9 Adverts. The Futuro do Pretérito. Brazilian behaviour. Laundry list. Expressions with colours. 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.

Course book

  • 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 Delivery

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.

Zoom

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.

All courses lasting two hours have a 10 minute break in the middle.  For one hour courses there is no break.

Course Fees and Rate Categories

HoursWeeksStandard RateInternal RateAssociate Rate
20  10  £205 £120 £160
All fee rates quoted are for the whole course     Please note there is no early-bird discount available for the April intake courses

Rate 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 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
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Members of the London Zoological Society
  • Members of the Kennel Club

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 term
 20  10 n/a n/a w/c 26 Apr - w/e 4 Jul 2021 (10 weeks)

Enrolment Process

Web enrolment starts 1 March 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 before your course choice and applicant details are queried on an in-built questionnnaire which completes the process
  • The following email notifications are sent
What is sentWhen is it sentWhat does it contain
1. Payment confirmation Instantaneously following submission of your online application
  • Confirms payment, payment date, order number and course title
  • Should not be treated as a course-enrolment confirmation which is only sent later
2. Enrolment confirmation Sent in due course but likely not before the end of March. Please treat your payment confirmation as confirmation that your applicant details and payment have been received
  • Re-onfirms your course choice
  • Shows your course's 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

Any Questions?

  • For any questions regarding course content, delivery and materials please contact the tutor, Ms Gisele Breder, giselebreder@gmail.com
  • Questions about your enrolment and payment should be sent to the Programme Administrator, eveningclass@imperial.ac.uk