Course

Portuguese language course

Would you like to learn Portuguese, or would you like to refresh your knowledge and take it to a higher level? This course is divided into two modules for beginner and basic knowledge levels. You will learn to communicate in different life situations, including work, study and holiday.

From the very first group lesson, an experienced teacher will help you build on your vocabulary and understand how the language works. You’ll use traditional learning methods as well as online learning tools, such as wikis, blogs and social media. The course focuses on speaking and listening skills. Additional work on grammar, as well as reading and writing skills, will support you in the language learning process. Your teacher will be a (near-) native speaker, and the group lessons will be conducted in Portuguese. Instructions will only be given in Dutch or English if it’s absolutely necessary.

After completing the second module, you will be able to communicate in Portuguese in everyday situations. 

From the very first group lesson, an experienced teacher will help you build on your vocabulary and understand how the language works. You’ll use traditional learning methods as well as online learning tools, such as wikis, blogs and social media. The course focuses on speaking and listening skills. Additional work on grammar, as well as reading and writing skills, will support you in the language learning process. Your teacher will always be a (near-) native speaker, and the group lessons will be conducted in Portuguese. Instructions will only be given in Dutch or English if it’s absolutely necessary.

After completing the second module, you will be able to communicate in Portuguese in everyday situations. 

Portuguese course modules

Module 1

Module 1 is suitable for people with no prior knowledge of Portuguese. Once you have finished this module, you will be able to:

  • greet people as well as introduce yourself and others
  • ask for and provide personal details
  • get around in shops, restaurants and public transport
  • conduct simple discussions in past, present and future tenses
  • talk about daily activities such as work, leisure time or sports

Required materials for Module 1

Textbook and exercisebook
Português XXI – nova edição 1 (Livro do aluno + cd audio + caderno de exercícios) ISBN: 9789460306280

Optional books 

 Portuguese Verbs And Essentials Of Grammar ISBN: 9780071498074

Gramática Ativa 1 (Versão Brasileira ou Portuguesa)

Versão Portuguesa, ISBN: 972-757-172-7
Versão Brasileira, ISBN: 978-972-757-931-0

 Module 1: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

5 February - 28 May 2018, Monday 18.30-20.30 

 

Module 2

Module 2 is suitable for people with a basic knowledge of Portuguese, and people who have completed Module 1. Once you have finished this module, you will be able to:

  • express yourself in past, present and future tenses
  • conduct simple conversations about daily activities
  • describe people’s character and appearance
  • compare people or objects
  • talk about cultural differences
  • make yourself well understood by the doctor
  • understand road signs and recipes
  • inquire about trips and excursions

Required materials for Module 2

Portugues XXI - nova edicao 2 (livro do aluno + cd-audio + caderno de exercicios) ISBN: 9789460309656

Optional books 

Portuguese Verbs And Essentials Of Grammar ISBN: 9780071498074

Gramática Ativa 1 (Versão Brasileira ou Portuguesa)

Versão Portuguesa, ISBN: 972-757-172-7
Versão Brasileira, ISBN: 978-972-757-931-0

 Module 2: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

8 February - 31 May 2018, Thursday 18.30-20.30

 

Requirements

UM students, staff and external participants are welcome to join the course. If you have no prior knowledge of Portuguese, you can simply register for Module 1 without first doing an intake. If you would like to take the second module, you must first successfully complete the previous module, or have a comparable level of Portuguese. If you have not completed Module 1, you will need to have an intake with one of our staff members before registering for Module 2, to insure your knowledge of the language is suitable for this module. 

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) provides a set of descriptors that can help you gauge your level of proficiency in any given language. To determine your current or target level, please download Levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (PDF, 0.48MB).

Registration

You can register for a module by using our registration form. After registering, you will receive a confirmation.

Would you like to meet us for an intake or receive more information? You can email us at languages-intake-PT to make an appointment, free of charge. The appointment will take place at the Maastricht University Language Centre (Sint Servaasklooster 32).

Please book your intake well before the course is scheduled to begin. This will make it easier to make the appointment, and it is more likely that there will still be an available spot in the module that’s right for you. 

Costs per module

  • UM students € 295
  • UM staff and alumni € 360
  • All other participants € 460

Certificate and ECTS credits

After completing a module, you will receive a certificate and three ECTS credits. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend at least 12 of the 14 lessons, be present at the final exam and obtain satisfactory results. 

  • For module 1, the CEFR attainment level is A1
  • For module 2, the CEFR attainment level is A2