Elementary Portuguese Language 

Universidade Católica Portuguesa

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Elementary Portuguese Language 

  • Host University

    Universidade Católica Portuguesa

  • Location

    Lisbon, Portugal

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level


    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    This elementary-level course aims at the development of basic communication skills in European Portuguese. The course is designed so as to enable fast progression in language learning and to provide an introduction to Portuguese culture and society. Course progression is structured around the four communicative skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), which are integrated in authentic communicative scenarios. 

    By the end of the course students should be able to perform the following communicative actions:
    - Understand sentences and short texts related to topics of personal relevance, such as brief announcements, short statements and questions on personal information, family relations, shopping and city services, travel and transportation, social life, work and leisure activities (listening);
    - Understand short texts and specific information on daily affairs, such as pamphlets, advertising, timetables, menus, as well as personal notes, e-mails and text messages (reading);
    - Communicate in simple daily interactions and brief social situations requiring an immediate exchange of information, such as greeting, introducing oneself, asking the price, describing and assessing objects, introducing and closing a phone call, naming preferences, narrating brief past experiences, as well as reacting to the input of other speakers (speaking);
    - Write brief messages on important issues or immediate needs, such as letters and personal notes, invitations, replies to invitations, filling out forms (writing)


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