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Undergraduate Course: Portuguese Language for Combined Honours Degrees with Portuguese as a Named Component (ELCH10022)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course is only for students taking Portuguese as a named part of a Combined honours degree. The course will make the student familiarise with a wide variety of registers and the complex grammatical structures of Portuguese. Teaching will be based on course materials containing texts and videos ranging from literary to journalistic with thematic emphasis on current events relating to Portugal and the Portuguese-Speaking world. In conjunction with the written materials which you will be expected to read and prepare in advance of each class, the student will be introduced to summary writing, advanced comprehension, translation and composition.
Course description This course develops students' skills in translation and writing in Portuguese. The course works with texts from contemporary Portuguese and Brazilian media covering a variety of subjects, and introduces students to the techniques and practice of translation and to questions of text function, style and register. Students will practice writing Portuguese that conveys complex information clearly, succinctly and in an appropriate style.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Portuguese Language 2 (ELCH08013)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Entry to Portuguese Honours
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 73 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Degree Exam (80%)
Coursework Assessment (20%)

Semester 1:
ONE piece of assessment in Composition (5%)
ONE Class Test at the end of Semester 1 on Reading and Comprehension (5%)
Semester 2:
ONE piece of assessment on Translation (5%)
ONE Class Test at the end of Semester 2 on Reading and Comprehension (5%)
Feedback Students will receive oral/written feedback about their work.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To improve your confidence and accuracy of expression in spoken and written Portuguese
  2. To expand your vocabulary to include a wide range of idiomatic expressions.
  3. To enable you to perform the basic functions of a liason interpreter from and into Portuguese and improve your ability to make clear and easy-to-follow presentations using appropriate audio-visual materials
  4. To improve your understanding of written Portuguese through access to and close analysis of a range of written materials in a range of registers and linguistic variations (from Portugal and Brazil)
  5. To provide you with a wider awareness of issues currently affecting Portugal, Brazil and the rest of the Lusophone World
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Special Arrangements For visiting students wishing to enrol, the course is available only with the explicit permission of the Course Organiser for Portuguese and the Convenor of Subject.
KeywordsDELC Port Joint Hons
Course organiserMiss Helena Macdonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 3089
Course secretaryMiss Fiona Jack
Tel: (0131 6)50 3635
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