Portuguese for business

Online Portuguese course, elaborated according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and taking into account all four communicative skills.

Portuguese for business

Why study Portuguese?

Given the closer relations between Portugal and Spain and the Macaronesia countries, where Portuguese and Spanish are official languages, apart from the professional opportunities that can be found in Brazil, many companies are establishing contact with Portuguese speaking countries. Besides, we know that a worker has more and more difficulties to attend regular classes. For these reasons, we have designed this intensive business Portuguese course to be totally online, with the objective of teaching this language in the most convenient schedule for the student.

General information

The programme of the course has been elaborated according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and taking into account all four communicative skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
The course is scheduled for 40 virtual hours, with a total of 8 weeks and a total of 5 hours of class a week, which includes one hour of virtual tutoring for clearing up doubts, chat interaction, etc.

1. General objetives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand and master the vocabulary related with daily social and professional situations.
  • Understand intermediate level statements, both written and oral, such as news, scientific articles, chronicles, documentaries, films (without subtitles).
  • Understand technical and informative texts.
  • Produce intermediate level statements, both oral and written, such as letters, minutes, reports, etc.

2. Specific objectives

To acquire the necessary knowledge for a professional contact with Portuguese speaking countries.

3. Methodology

Online classes maintain the typical structure of a face-to-face class. After a brief initial explanation of the contents of each module, we will use the demonstrative, interrogative and, mostly, the active method, thus easing a reflective, dinamic and constructive learning by means of varied pedagogical activities:

  • Listening to songs by interpreters of the several Portuguese speaking countries, or recorded conversations, brief notes, followed by exercises such as filling the gaps, etc.
  • Reading short texts, tongue-twisters.
  • Writing short texts with simple sentences and grammar exercises.
  • Speaking about oneself, the background and comment short texts, images, commercials.

4. Resources

Computer; Moodle platform: chats, Google Hangouts, Poodle; magazine and newspaper articles, maps, commercials, films, songs.

5. Evaluation

The evaluation will be diagnostic, formative and fina (quantitative). Thus, apart from the final exam, students will do short self-assessment tests, searches, chat interaction and a portfolio. Final weighing is as follows:

  • Chat interaction - 20%
  • Writing 1 - 10%
  • Writing 2 - 10%
  • Revision exams - 10%
  • Oral presentation - 10%
  • Final exam - 40%

THEMATIC CONTENTS

  • 1. Presentations and greetings.
  • 2. Portuguese ortography and phonetics.
  • 3. Countries and nationalities
  • 4. The most common jobs
  • 5. The numbers.
  • 6. The city: houses, roads, shops and public services
  • 7. The means of transport
  • 8. Asking for directions in a city
  • 9. Days of the week, months, seasons, bank holidays, etc.
  • 10. The weather.
  • 11. The colours.
  • 12. The human body and clothing.
  • 13. Health: medical specialties, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment; health services.
  • 14. Qualities and personal defects.
  • 15. Food and nutrition.
  • 16. Leisure time and holidays.
  • 17. Parties, cinema, theatre, art and sports.
  • 18. Personal motivations; frustrations and dreams; feelings; desires; preferences; likes.
  • 19. Explaining professional details (objectives, needs, problems...).
  • 20. Learning how to ask for a meeting, to postpone and to record incidents...
  • 21. Varied texts: letters (formal and informal); emails; reporst; meetings...
  • 22. Vocabulary related with the specific sector of the companies.

THEMATIC CONTENTS

  • 1. The alphabet.
  • 2. Ortographic and punctuation signs.
  • 3. Personal pronouns; interrogative pronouns; possessive pronouns; determinant pronouns; relative pronouns.
  • 4. Definite and indefinite articles.
  • 5. Feminine and plural formation of nouns and adjectives.
  • 6. Cardinal, ordinal, multiplicative and fractional numbers
  • 7. Regular and irregular verbs:
    a. Indicative mode: present and past tenses.
    b. Imperative mode;
    c. Subjunctive: present tense.
    d. Infinitive mode: impersonal.
  • 8. Prepositions (a, em, de, com, por, desde, até...) and their contractions with articles (à, ao, no, num, do, pelo...).
  • 9. Adverbs and adverbial locutions of time, place and quantity
  • 10. Subordinate and relative clauses.
  • 11. Verbs that express opinion, advice, doubt, orders, desires.
  • 12. The comparison.
  • 13. Gentilic adjectives.
  • 14. Foreign words and their use in technical language.

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