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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - Hispanic Studies

Undergraduate Course: Portuguese Language for Beginners (ELCH08008)

Course Outline
School School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures College College of Humanities and Social Science
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) Credits 20
Home subject area European Languages and Cultures - Hispanic Studies Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description This course runs for 3 hours per week throughout the year. Classes are a mixture of formal grammar lectures and seminars (Mondays at 11-12) plus two hours of written and spoken language clases with native speakers. Since it is designed to cater for students wishing to continue with Portuguese beyond 2nd year in a Modern Languages Degree, it is not simply a 'holiday' language course. Points of grammar will be covered on a weekly basis in a grammar class and these will be reinforced in small group spoken and written language classes with the intention of consolidating the student's proficiency in the 4 core skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements No previous knowledge of Portuguese is required. A pass in a modern foreign language or a classical language at SCE Higher Grade or equivalent is normally required. This course is not normally available to first year students.
Additional Costs No. Although students are recommended to purchase a Portuguese Grammar text, such as Hutchinson and Lloyd, Portuguese: An Essential Grammar.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites Entry to any language course above introductory level is subject to a language test by the relevant subject area on arrival and at the discretion of the course organiser.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Full Year, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralLecture1-22 11:10 - 12:00
First Class Week 1, Monday, 11:10 - 12:00, Zone: Central. Appleton Tower M2B
Additional information Plus two language classes to be arranged.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes Stationery Requirements Comments
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:008 sides
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:008 sides
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
General Outcomes. This course will
- Improve your ability as a linguist, making you aware of the structure of language.
- Develop and enhance general communication skills.
- Improve your skills of oral and written presentation.
- Encourage you to meet deadlines.

Specific Outcomes. This course will
- Not just teach you holiday Portuguese.
- Familiarise you with and enable you to use in writing all of the main grammatical constructions of Modern European Portuguese.
- Build up a vocabulary of 3 - 5,000 words.
- Enable you to converse in Portuguese on a variety of everyday subjects.
- Enable you to read proficiently and accurately in Portuguese.
- Enable you to translate from English into Portuguese and vice-versa post-beginners level.
- Enable you to write an essay in Portuguese using some complex forms and developing an argument.
Assessment Information
Fortnightly excercises; 1 class exam (2hrs). Class work 40%; degree exam 60%.
Special Arrangements
For visiting students, the course is available only with the explicit permission of the Course Organiser for Portuguese.
Additional Information
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Course organiser Dr Charlotte Hammond Matthews
Tel: (0131 6)50 3631
Course secretary Mrs Fiona Scanlon
Tel: (0131 6)50 3646
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