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INTENSIVE PORTUGUESE COURSE I

Mainly for Spanish speakers but also for students of other nationalities subject to interview and placement test.

Total Course Hours: 100 (6 American Credits)
Classes from Monday to Friday - from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Material: Bem-Vindo! A Língua Portuguesa no Mundo da Comunicação, 8th edition, São Paulo, SBS. Units 1 to 8

Subjects: 1. The study of the Portuguese Language
2. Introduction to Brazilian History and Culture

Note: The Intensive Course for Spanish Speakers is designed so as to enhance learners' exposure to authentic input in Portuguese and draw students’ attention to forms that differ from Spanish. This program takes advantage of the similarities and stresses the differences between both languages. Along with the communication skills - listening, speaking, reading and writing – the course focuses on those features of Portuguese which are most difficult for Spanish speakers: pronunciation, idioms and grammatical structures.

Objectives: At the end of this course, it is expected that the student will have the ability to introduce himself, greet people, talk about himself and others, talk about his routine and ask others about their routines, tell the time, report simple facts in past time, talk about the weather, make quick comparisons, go shopping using units of measurement, talk about a future action, make guesses, raise hypotheses, understand and give directions, communicate, even with a little hesitation, in public places, such as in a restaurant, at a hotel and at the airport. It is also expected that he will be able to write and understand simple texts, with a predominance of colloquial language.

→ According to the European Reference Grid for Foreign Languages: B1.

Content Description

The study of the Portuguese Language

  • Simple Present (Indicative)
  • Subject Pronouns, Possessives and Reflexives
  • Interrogatives Pronouns
  • Prepositions and some Contracted forms
  • Past Simple (Indicative)
  • Imperfect (Indicative)
  • Gerund
  • Comparatives and Superlatives
  • Future Imperfect (Indicative)
  • Present, Imperfect and Future (Subjunctive)
  • Pronouns
  • Indefinite Pronouns
  • Imperative
  • Augmentatives and Diminutives
  • Greetings
  • Nationalities; Professions; Food; Numbers; Time; Weather; Commemorative dates; Shopping; Clothes and accessories

Introduction to Brazilian History and Culture

As a reflex of each other, language and culture are closely linked. That’s why the language teaching cannot be separated from the lively contact with their people and the culture.
The language teaching of our course is carried out in different cultural and social contexts, which provides a rich experience for the students to practice Portuguese in a very real and pleasant atmosphere.

Here are some of the topics studied:

  • About São Paulo, South America’s largest city. A multicultural metropolis and the economic and cultural heart of Brazil.
  • A guided visit to the museum ‘Pátio do Colégio’, downtown, and ‘Mercado Municipal’, one of the most traditional gourmet points of the city. There you can find a wide variety of foods – from fresh vegetables and fruits to meat, poultry and seafood of all kinds, pasta, sweets and top of the line spices from different parts of the world. Not to mention its Gourmet Lounge, which offers the opportunity to try tasty dishes there, while enjoying the architectural beauty of Mercadão, as it is affectionately known by the visitors.
  • A Cooking Class – ‘mão na massa’ - students prepare a typical Brazilian dish and enjoy it with the typical ‘caipirinha’ and ‘guaraná’. Vocabulary improvement and lots of language practice.
  • Reading texts by famous authors from Brazilian literature
  • A visit to the Football Museum, a Brazilian typical dance class and a jewelry-making class are also part of the program.

Minimum required attendance: 75%

Requirement for the registration: Written test and interview with the Pedagogical Coordinator. Students who are fluent in Spanish and have never studied Portuguese, do not need to take the test.

Minimum required attendance: 75%

Requirement for the registration: Written test and interview with the Pedagogical Coordinator. Students who are fluent in Spanish and have never studied Portuguese, do not need to take the test.

Pátio do Colégio - Museu

Pátio do Colégio Museum

Aula de Gastronomia

Cooking Class

Aula de Samba

Samba Class