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Second Foreign Language (Portuguese)

2024/2025
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
6
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
When:
3 year, 1-4 module

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course is aimed at students acquiring basic knowledge and competences of the modern Portuguese language, including phonetics, graphics, normative grammar and vocabulary in the amount provided by the course.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To demonstrate skills in the field, other than the major field.
  • To conduct professional activities internationally.
  • To report the results of the information retrieval and analysis, academic or applied research she/he has conducted: - in various genres (including reviews, policy papers, reports and publications pertaining to socio-political subject matter); - and depending on the target audience.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Able to learn and demonstrate skills in the field, other than the major field
  • Student is capable of reporting the results of the information retrieval and analysis, academic or applied research she/he has conducted: - in various genres (including reviews, policy papers, reports and publications pertaining to socio-political subject matter); - and depending on the target audience
  • Able to conduct professional activities internationally
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • General information about the Portuguese language and the countries speaking it. Portuguese alphabet
  • Portuguese phonetics (part 1). Stress in the words ending in vowels. Accent marks in Portuguese. Greetings.
  • Meeting a new person
  • Portuguese phonetics (part 2). Verb "ser" (to be) and its usage with professions and nationalities.
  • Gender of the Portuguese nouns (part 1). Definite articles and their plural forms. Plural form of the nouns and adjectives ending in vowels. Prepositions "a", "de" and "em" and their contractions with the definite articles.
  • Presenting a new person. The verb "estar" and its usage. Portuguese phonetics (part 3).
  • Unit 1 (test). Tag questions in Portuguese.
  • Portuguese phonetics (part 4). Stress in the words ending in consonants.
  • Personal pronouns in Portuguese. Contractions of prepositions "de" and "em" with personal pronouns. Question words (part 1).
  • Portuguese phonetics (part 5). Indefinite articles. Cardinal numbers 0-20. How to say your phone number in Portuguese.
  • Feminine gender of the Portuguese adjectives. The verb "ter" (to have) and its usage. Asking about one's age.
  • Alternative questions. Colours. Describing oneself and people around
  • Demonstrative pronouns and adverbs of place. Conjugation of regular verbs ending in -ar in the Present Tense.
  • Filling out a visa application form (personal information)
  • Unit 2 (test). Revision (Units 1 and 2)
  • Modular Test 1
  • Portuguese phonetics (part 6). Stress in the words ending in -ã, -em, -im, -om, -um.
  • The differences between the verbs "ser" and "estar". Portuguese locatives. Description of a room (part 1).
  • Adjectives bom (good) e mau (bad) and adverbs bem (well) и mal (badly). Gender of the Portuguese nouns (part 2). Plural form of the nouns and adjectives ending in –m.
  • Possessive pronouns. The verbal periphrasis "estar+a+infinitivo". The usage of the verb "estar" to describe weather, emotions and temporary states.
  • Impersonal structure with the verb "há". Conjugation of regular verbs ending in -er in the Present Tense.
  • Cardinal numbers 21-100. Days of the week and dates. Food.
  • Unit 3 (test). Portuguese phonetics (part 7).
  • Portuguese phonetics (part 8). Stress in the words ending in -ão, -ães, -õe, -am и -em. Plural form of the nouns ending in -ão. Feminine form of the adjectives ending in –ão.
  • A test on phonetics. The usage of ter+que+infinitivo and ter+de+infinitivo.
  • The usage of the verb "haver" when talking about time. Question words (part 2). Asking "What time is it now?" in Portuguese.
  • Unit 4 (test). Expressing gratitude, apologizing, asking for permission and favor.
  • Conjugation of regular verbs ending in -ir in the Present Tense. The usage of muito and pouco.
  • Conjugation of the verb "ir" (to go). The verbal periphrasis "ir+infinitivo" (to talk about near future). Collocations with the verb "ir".
  • Arithmetic operations. Ordinal numbers up to 10. Adverbs of time.
  • The usage of repositions "a", "de", "em" and "para" to talk about time. Describing one's working week.
  • Talking on the phone. Unit 5 (revision).
  • Unit 5 (test). Conjugation of the verbs ending in -ear in the Present Tense.
  • Conjugation of irregular verbs in the Present Tense (part 1). Preposition "por" and its usage. The verbal periphrases "começar+a+infinitivo" and "acabar+de+infinitivo".
  • Revision (Units 3-5).
  • Modular test 2
  • Seasons of the year. National holidays in Portugal and Russia. Writing a Christmas card.
  • Unit 6 (test). Writing a letter to a friend. Portuguese addresses.
  • Conjugation of the verb "fazer" (to do) in the Present Tense. Collocations with the verb "fazer". Conjugation of the verb "pôr" (to put) in the Present Tense
  • The usage of todo and tudo. Ordinal numbers up to 100.
  • Reflexive verbs and their conjugation in the Present Tense.
  • Describing one's day.
  • An interview.
  • Revision (Unit 7)
  • Unit 7 (test).
  • Conjugation of irregular verbs in the Present Tense (part 2).
  • The verbal periphrasis "haver+infinitivo". The usage of a definite article as a pronoun (when the noun is repeated).
  • Comparative adjectives.
  • Superlative adjectives.
  • Describing people's appearance. Describing a family.
  • Unit 8 (test). Asking for directions.
  • The route to the university.
  • The past participle. The passive voice. Conjugation of irregular verbs in the Present Tense (part 3).
  • My studies. Arriving late to a lesson.
  • Unit 9 (test). Revision (Units 6-9).
  • Modular Test 3
  • The use of tanto and tão. Indefinite adjectives and pronouns.
  • The use of negative adjectives, pronouns and adverbs.
  • Comparative and superlative adverbs.
  • Describing a house. A conversation at the table.
  • Unit 10 (test). Pretérito Perfeito (Past Tense) and its use. Conjugation of regular verbs in Pretérito Perfeito.
  • Conjugation of irregular verbs in Pretérito Perfeito (part 1). Cardinal numbers 100–1000000000.
  • Unstressed personal pronouns as direct and indirect objects and their position in a sentence depending on its structure.
  • Looking for a job. Curriculum vitae.
  • Unit 11 (test). Conjugation of irregular verbs in Pretérito Perfeito (part 2).
  • Modular Test 1.
  • Contractions of unstressed personal pronouns as direct and indirect objects. Stressed personal pronouns as indirect objects.
  • Gerund. Construction “ao+infinitivo”.
  • Portuguese cuisine. Having a dinner at a restaurant.
  • Unit 12 (test). Pretérito Imperfeito and its use.
  • The difference in the use of Pretérito Perfeito and Pretérito Imperfeito.
  • Sequence of tenses in Reported Speech (part 1).
  • The use of nouns indicating quantity.
  • Money. Shopping.
  • Unit 13 (test). Geographical use of the articles and the gender of the geografical names.
  • Futuro simples do Indicativо and its use.
  • The use of reflexive and unstressed personal pronouns with verbs in Futuro Simples do Indicativо. Conjugation of verbs in Futuro Simples do Indicativо with unstressed personal pronouns used as direct object.
  • Modular Test 2.
  • Conjugation of verbs in Futuro Simples do Indicativо with unstressed personal pronouns used as indirect object. Personal infinitive.
  • Holidays. Staying at a hotel.
  • Unit 14 (test). Imperative mood of the regular verbs.
  • Imperative mood of the irregular verbs. Relative pronouns.
  • Lisbon. Modes of transport. Asking for recommendations at the information desk.
  • Unit 15 (test). Pretérito Perfeito Composto do Indicativo and its use.
  • Conjugation of the reflexive verbs in Pretérito Perfeito Composto do Indicativo.
  • Pretérito Mais-que-perfeito Composto do Indicativo and its use. Conjugation of the reflexive verbs in Pretérito Mais-que-perfeito Composto do Indicativo.
  • Pretérito Mais-que-perfeito Simples do Indicativo and its use. Sequence of tenses in Reported Speech (part 2).
  • At the theatre and at the cinema.
  • Unit 16 (test). Condicional Simples and its use.
  • The use of Condicional Simples with personal and reflexive pronouns.
  • Futuro do pretérito. Sequence of tenses in Reported Speech (part 3).
  • Unit 17 (test). Parts of the body. Visiting doctor.
  • Conjunctive mood. Presente do Conjuntivo and its use.
  • Modo Conjuntivo in object and attributive clauses. Impersonal constructions.
  • Presente do Conjuntivo in independent clauses. Fractions.
  • Decimals. The use of “meio” and “metade” (a half). Percent. The use of prepositions and articles after nouns indicating quantity.
  • Modular Test 3.
  • Applying for a visa, buying a plane ticket, checking in for a flight and boarding on a plane.
  • Unit 1 (test). Presente do Conjuntivo in adverbial clauses.
  • Geographical use of the articles and the gender of the geografical names (revision).
  • Geography of Portugal: the South and the North of the country.
  • Unit 2 (test). Futuro do Conjuntivo and its use.
  • The use of “senão” (otherwise). Milestones of the Portuguese history.
  • Unit 3 (test). The difference in the use of Presente do Conjuntivo and Futuro do Conjuntivo.
  • The use of the verb tenses and moods after conjunctions “se” and “quando”. Absolute constructions.
  • Infinitive absolutes. Portuguese history: Dom Sebastião and Inês de Castro.
  • Unit 4 (test). Pretérito Imperfeito do Conjuntivo and its use (part 1).
  • Сausative construction “fazer com que + conjuntivo”. Construction “a + infinitive”.
  • Portuguese literature. Literary significance of José Saramago.
  • Emergencies and accidents.
  • Unit 5 (test). Pretérito Imperfeito do Conjuntivo and its use (part 2).
  • Modular Test 4.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Final Exam
    The final exam includes written test (40%) oral part as monologue (30%) and oral part as dialogue (30%).
  • non-blocking Modular grade
    Students’ progress will be measured by final exam. The final grade includes 60% of the modular grades (3 modular) and 40% of final exam. The modular grade consists of homework assignments and class participation (60% of the modular grade), checking tests and modular test (40% of the modular grade). The interim exam includes written test (50%) oral part as monologue (30%) and oral part as dialogue (20%). The final exam includes written test (40%) oral part as monologue (30%) and oral part as dialogue (30%).
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2023/2024 4th module
    0.4 * Final Exam + 0.4 * Final Exam + 0.6 * Modular grade + 0.6 * Modular grade
  • 2024/2025 2nd module
    0.4 * Final Exam + 0.4 * Final Exam + 0.6 * Modular grade + 0.6 * Modular grade
  • 2024/2025 4th module
    0.4 * Final Exam + 0.4 * Final Exam + 0.6 * Modular grade + 0.6 * Modular grade
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Ackerlind, S. R., & Jones-Kellogg, R. (2011). Portuguese : A Reference Manual (Vol. 1st ed). Austin: University of Texas Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=405314
  • Hutchinson, A. P., Lloyd, J., & Sousa, M. C. M. dos S. (2019). Portuguese : An Essential Grammar (Vol. Third edition). New York, NY: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1776170

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Azevedo, M. M. (2005). Portuguese : A Linguistic Introduction. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=129311
  • Burridge, J. T. (2009). Portuguese. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=524069
  • Denise Coronha Lima. (2015). Power Portuguese. Rio de Janeiro: Editora Jaguatirica. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2124155
  • Keller, K. (2013). Portuguese For Dummies (Vol. 2nd ed). New York: For Dummies. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=531634
  • Sampaio, J., & McIntyre, B. (2014). Colloquial Portuguese : A Complete Language Course (Vol. 2nd ed). London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=869856
  • Sousa, M. C. M. dos S. (2014). Basic Portuguese : A Grammar and Workbook. New York: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=905832
  • Tait, N. de O., & Lexus (Firm). (2006). Portuguese (Vol. Updated ed). London: Penguin Random House LLC. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=319925
  • Tait, N. de O., & Lexus (Firm). (2011). Portuguese (Vol. Updated ed). London: Rough Guides. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=396397
  • Zancanaro, A., & Domingues, M. J. C. de S. (2018). Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) for Teaching Portuguese for Foreigners: A Case Study. Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 19(2), 4–20. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1175522