UNSW Institute of Languages

Courses

Portuguese (Brazilian)

Rafael Poli

Rafael Poli (Portuguese Teacher)
BA Arts, Cert IV TESOL, Grad Dip TEFL, Grad Dip Translation

"I am an experienced language teacher and translator with a love of chocolate and going to the theatre. I have extensive experience working with students from diverse backgrounds with varying language abilities in both Australia and Brazil. I like to create a positive and supportive learning environment in my classes to motivate students to achieve their best. "

There are an estimated 200 million speakers of Portuguese, found mainly in Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique and Angola. The Brazilian Portuguese dialect differs slightly to European and African Portuguese, but it is the Brazilians that now make up the vast majority of Portuguese language speakers worldwide. There has never been a better time to learn Portuguese and start planning a holiday to Brazil., one of the world’s most beautiful and celebrated destinations..

UNSW Institute of Languages offers Portuguese classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced students. Most language courses require you to buy a textbook – click on the Course Content tab for more information.

Type Duration Average class size Levels Fee
Part time courses 2017 10 weeks 12 students 1A - Adv AUD$380

Key Benefits

  • Learn to speak, read and write Portuguese as you progress through the course.
  • Communicate more confidently when travelling to Portuguese speaking countries.
  • Understand and communicate better with Portuguese speaking friends or family.
  • Improve your current or future employment opportunities with the addition of a foreign language skill.
  • Small class sizes allow for high levels of interaction between students and the teacher.
  • Highly qualified and experienced teachers and advanced classroom technology create an ideal learning environment.
Level Prior Study
Beginners 1A
This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have very little or no previous knowledge of the language.
0-20 hours of prior study
Beginners 1B
This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have some basic knowledge of the language.
20-30 hours of prior study
Elementary 2A
This course (10 weeks) is for learners who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basic language functions.
40-60 hours of prior study
Elementary 2B
This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have studied the language before, for instance at high school, and have some knowledge of the main present and past tenses.
60-80 hours of prior study
Lower-intermediate 3
This level (20 weeks) is for learners who have a good basic knowledge of the language or those who have studied the language some years ago. It covers two separate modules (3A and 3B) which are taught over two separate terms.
80-120 hours of prior study
Intermediate 4
This level (20 weeks) is for learners who have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures. It covers two separate modules (4A and 4B) which are taught over two separate terms.
120-180 hours of prior study
Upper-intermediate 5
This level (20 weeks) is for speakers who are able to use the language with a high degree of fluency and accuracy. It covers two separate modules (5A and 5B) which are taught over two separate terms.
180-240 hours of prior study
Advanced 6
This open-ended level is for speakers who are able to use the language fluently and accurately.
240+ hours of prior study

Course fee: AUD $380 per 10-week term.

UNSW staff and students are eligible for a discount of 25% off the full course fee.

We offer a re-enrolling discount of 10% off the full course fee for continuing students.

Part-time Evening

Note that evening classes are offered one evening per week. Check the Timetable tab for the evening each course is offered.

Session Start Date Finish Date
Term 1 30 Jan - 2 Feb 2017 3 Apr - 6 Apr 2017
Term 2 * 24 Apr - 27 Apr 2017 26 Jun - 4 July 2017 (Tues)
Term 3 17 Jul - 20 Jul 2017 18 Sep - 21 Sep 2017
Term 4 9 Oct - 12 Oct 2017 11 Dec - 14 Dec 2017


Part-time Saturday Morning

Session Start Date Finish Date
Term 1 4 February 2017 8 April 2017
Term 2 29 April 2017 1 July 2017
Term 3 22 July 2017 23 September 2017
Term 4 7 October 2017 9 December 2017

Saturday classes are not available in term 3

Term 3 Evening (17 July – 21 September)

One evening per week
6:30 - 8:30pm

Click on the link below to see which evening your class is offered.


Term 3

Term 3

Levels Evening
Level 1A Monday

Part-time Saturday Morning (22 July – 23 September)

Saturdays mornings
9:30 - 11:30am

Saturday classes are not available in term 3

Please note that evening classes are located in Building L5 (223 Anzac Parade), and Saturday morning classes are located in the Blockhouse (G6) UNSW Main Campus.

 

If there isn’t a class to suit you, please join the waiting list and we will notify you when it is available.

Most levels require you to buy a textbook, which can be bought from UNSW Bookshop on UNSW main campus or Abbey’s Bookshop (131 York St, Sydney). Click here for the textbook prices available at UNSW Bookshop (all prices have been reduced 10% RRP).

The tabs below provide course outlines for each level.

Please note: This course outline is a guide only. Content may be adjusted by the teacher to meet the needs of the students in the class.

 

Level 1A

Level 1A

Text Book: Novo Avenida Brasil 1 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) - Units 1 and 2

This level covers the following topics:

  • The alphabet
  • Greetings
  • Talking about yourself (names, nationality, profession, address)
  • Number up to 1000
  • Meeting other people
  • Leisure activities

    Telling the time

  • Communication in the classroom

Language/grammar points include:

  • Verb ser (to be)
  • Verbs in ‘AR’ (first conjugation)
  • Concept of gender and number of nouns
  • Definite and indefinite articles
  • Pronouns (personal, possessive and demonstratives)
  • Prepositions em + articles (in, on, at)
  • Prepositions de + articles (of, from)
  • Verb ir (to go)
  • Verb poder (to be able to)
  • Verb ter (to have)
  • Near future tense


Level 1B

Level 1B

Text Book: Novo Avenida Brasil 1 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) - Units 3 and 4

This level covers the following topics:

  • At the bar and restaurant
  • Invitations
  • Food and objects on a dining table
  • Hotel reservations
  • Service delivery and complaints
  • Orientation in the city
  • Traffic signs
  • Numbers up to 1 billion
  • Houses and apartments
  • Real estate Agencies

Language/grammar points include:

  • Verb estar (to be)
  • Verb gostar de (to like)
  • Verb querer (to want)
  • Verbs in ER (second conjugation)
  • Verbs in IR ( third conjugation)
  • Irregular verbs fazer (to do), preferir (to prefer), ficar (to stay)
  • Possessive pronouns (dele, dela, deles, delas)
  • The Imperative
  • Present Continuous (progressive tense)
  • The comparison using more than


Level 2A

Level 2A

Text Book: Novo Avenida Brasil 1 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) - Units 5 and 6

This level covers the following topics:

  • Define and identify objects
  • Comparison between places and things 
  • Express position (objects and places)
  • Describe daily activities
  • Express actions happened in the past

Language/grammar points include:

  • Verbs in -ar, -er and ir in Pretérito Perfeito (Past tense)
  • Verbs in the Present Continuous form
  • Comparison adjectives mais and menos (more and less)
  • Prepositions of place


Level 2B

Level 2B

Text Book: Novo Avenida Brasil 2 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) - Units 1 and 2

This level covers the following topics:

  • Body parts
  • Health and sports
  • Peoples characteristics
  • Brazilian art
  • Work: rights, timetables, professions, women’s rights at work

Language/grammar points include:

  • Verbs ver (to see),
  • Verb ter que, de (have to)
  • Adjactives
  • Personal pronouns: lhe, lhes
  • Superlative (Superlativo absoluto)
  • Nouns in plural form
  • Verbs Preterito Imperfeito (used to)
  • Regular verbs (1st/.2nd/3rd Conjugations)
  • Irregular verbs ser, ter, por, and vir
  • Verbs describing two actions in the past
  • Comparing Preterito Perfeito with Preterito Imperfeito
  • Futuro do Presente (Future tense)
  • Futuro do Preterito (Conditional tense)


Level 3

Level 3

Please note that this level consists of 20 weeks which are divided into two 10-week modules (A and B). Modules A & B may be taken in any order and are offered on alternating terms. Both modules should be completed before progression to the next level.

Module A

Text Book: Novo Avenida Brasil 2 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) - Units 3 and 4

This level covers the following topics:

  • Clothing
  • Dress code
  • Invitations
  • Cross-cultural differences
  • Family
  • Celebrations
  • Japanese immigration in Brazil
  • literal prose

Language/grammar points include:

  • Regular and irregular verbs using the Pluperfect Tense
  • Regular and irregulars verbs using the Subjunctive
  • Indefinite Pronouns
  • Tenses with double negative
  • Future Simple
  • Future in conditional clauses

Module B

Text Book: Novo Avenida Brasil 2 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) - Units 5 and 6

This level covers the following topics:

  • Leisure activities
  • Holidays and travelling
  • The environment and ecology
  • Urban living
  • Brazilian geography, culture, people and cuisine

Language/grammar points include:

  • The Perfect Tense
  • The Passive Voice
  • Modal constructions
  • Impersonal use of certain verbs
  • Inflected future tense
  • Modal constructions
  • Familiar and formal imperative
  • Regular and irregular past participles
  • Adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, conjunction


Level 4

Level 4

Please note that this level consists of 20 weeks which are divided into two 10-week modules (A and B). Modules A & B may be taken in any order and are offered on alternating terms. Both modules should be completed before progression to the next level.

Module A

Text Book: Novo Avenida Brasil 3 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) - Units 1 and 2

This level covers the following topics:

  • Jobs and careers
  • The world of work
  • Education in Brazil
  • Learning other languages
  • The weather
  • Natural disasters
  • The internet
  • Virtual lives

Language/grammar points include:

  • Present subjunctive
  • Present tense used to express request
  • Modal constructions
  • Impersonal constructions
  • Adverbs, pronouns
  • Revision of various verb tenses

Module B

Text Book: Novo Avenida Brasil 3 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) - Units 3 and 4

This level covers the following topics:

  • Brazilian politics and economy
  • Managing money
  • Brazilian society
  • Superstitions
  • Alternative lifestyles
  • Religion in Brazil
  • Brazilian folklore

Language/grammar points include:

  • Pronouns, conjunctions
  • Present subjunctive
  • Imperfect subjunctive
  • Idiomatic uses of the subjunctive
  • Various verb tenses
  • Word formation


Level 5

Level 5

Please note that this level consists of 20 weeks which are divided into two 10-week modules (A and B). Modules A & B may be taken in any order and are offered on alternating terms. Both modules should be completed before progression to the next level.

Module A

Text Book: Novo Avenida Brasil 3 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) - Units 5 and 6

This level covers the following topics:

  • Jobs
  • Business in Brazil
  • Consumer rights in Brazil
  • Law and order in Brazil
  • Getting around in Brazil
  • Accidents and insurances
  • Emergencies
  • Cities of the word

Language/grammar points include:

  • Future subjunctive
  • Conjunctions
  • Relative clauses
  • Compound tenses of the subjunctive
  • Uses of the infinitive
  • Impersonal infinitive
  • Hedging
  • Word order
  • The imperative

Module B

Text Book: Novo Avenida Brasil 3 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) - Units 7 and 8

This level covers the following topics:

  • Having fun
  • Brazilian music and TV
  • Famous Brazilians
  • Internet etiquette
  • Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) countries and people
  • Brazilian vs European Portuguese
  • The future of languages

Language/grammar points include:

  • Relative clauses
  • Conditional clauses
  • Formal vs colloquial register
  • Direct and Indirect speech
  • Use of tenses and mood in reported speech
  • Main differences in syntax across Brazilian and European Portuguese
  • Revision of various verb tenses


Level 6

Level 6

Teacher’s materials

This course offers students the opportunity to participate in discussions covering a broad range of subjects which are chosen in accordance with the specific interests of the group. The topics covered may be adapted to reflect the specific interests of the students in the class.

Course Level Learning Outcomes
Beginners 1A

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

  • have an understanding of the basics of the language
  • be able to communicate in a limited way on some practical everyday matters.
Beginners 1B

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

be able to communicate in a simple way with an increasing range of vocabulary and language functions.
Elementary 2A

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

  • have awareness of some grammatical structures
  • be able to use and understand them in simplified contexts.
Elementary 2B

By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:

be able to communicate in and understand the language on many practical everyday matters.
Lower-intermediate 3

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers
  • discuss some personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures.
Cultural awareness will be further developed. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be developed.
Intermediate 4

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to converse with native speakers
  • follow debates and discuss current issues using more complex and linguistically accurate structures.
Cultural awareness will be further developed within a global context. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be further enhanced.
Upper-intermediate 5

By the end of this level (20 weeks), participants will:

  • be able to use most forms of the language in a social or professional environment.
Cultural awareness will be further developed within a global context. Language learning skills and how to approach authentic material will be further enhanced.
Advanced 6
This open-ended course will help students achieve a proficient (or native-like) use of the language. The main emphasis will be on conversation and group discussions with the extensive use of authentic materials.

Languages - FAQs

1. What is the length of the courses?

1. What is the length of the courses?

A course is one term of tuition. Each term is 10 weeks in duration.

2. What levels are offered?

2. What levels are offered?

There are 6 Levels. These are: Beginners (level 1), Elementary (level 2), Lower Intermediate (level 3), Intermediate (level 4), Upper Intermediate (level 5), and Advanced (level 6). Each level consists of 20 weeks of study, or 2 x 10 week terms.

3. Are all levels offered for all languages?

3. Are all levels offered for all languages?

Spanish, German, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, French and Italian are offered in a variety of levels from Beginners through to Advanced levels. Other languages are offered from Beginners to Intermediate levels. The availability of levels each term depends on student numbers.

4. How are the levels organised?

4. How are the levels organised?

Levels 1 and 2 are divided into 10 weeks courses (1A, 1B, 2A and 2B). Courses at these levels must to be taken in sequence because they offer beginners or elementary level instruction which will give the student a basic foundation in the language. Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 are all 20 weeks covering two separate modules over two separate terms.

5. Can I study for just one 10 week term?

5. Can I study for just one 10 week term?

Yes, you can. Some students may only want to enrol in one 10 week term. However, in order to progress to the next level it is usual for students to study for 20 weeks at the one level.

6. What course books are used?

6. What course books are used?

Course books are chosen by language teachers. See the Course Content section of the website for more information.

7. What materials are supplied by the teachers?

7. What materials are supplied by the teachers?

Teachers follow the course books but often also provide additional materials for students.

8. Does the course fee include the course book?

8. Does the course fee include the course book?

No. Students are encouraged to purchase their own course books. Course books can be bought in week 1 in the Blockhouse – UNSW Main Campus, or from UNSW bookshop, or online.

9. Are the teachers native speakers?

9. Are the teachers native speakers?

We have a policy of employing teachers who are native speakers. All teachers will either be native speakers or have spent considerable time in a country in which the language is spoken.

10. What experience/qualifications do the teachers have?

10. What experience/qualifications do the teachers have?

All UNSWIL teachers have teaching qualifications and teaching experience.

11. What is the average class size?

11. What is the average class size?

Classes have an average of 10-12 students, with 18 being the maximum number.

12. What is the minimum/maximum age for students?

12. What is the minimum/maximum age for students?

The minimum age for students is 18. There is no maximum age.

13. Do the courses have assessments/exams?

13. Do the courses have assessments/exams?

UNSWIL language courses do not have formal exams or tests, but revision is conducted through a range of other methods depending on the class and the teacher.

14. How do I work out what level I am when enrolling in a course?

14. How do I work out what level I am when enrolling in a course?

Students should self-assess their language level before enrolling in a course by considering the number of hours they have spent studying the language prior to the course and their experience of the language (see website Level Guide for further details). For further assistance, please contact Student Enquiries.

15. When/How will I be notified of class confirmation?

15. When/How will I be notified of class confirmation?

Once payment has been made you will receive a payment acknowledgement email and payment receipt. This will be your class confirmation. No further confirmation will be sent. If we have to cancel a class due to insufficient enrolments you will be sent a class cancellation email 1 to 2 days before the class was due to begin. 

16. Does the course include writing/speaking/listening/grammar/reading?

16. Does the course include writing/speaking/listening/grammar/reading?

Most courses focus on speaking and listening and the essential grammar and vocabulary required to improved verbal and aural fluency. Courses focus less on writing and reading.

17.What kind of certificate do I receive when I complete a course?

17. What kind of certificate do I receive when I complete a course?

Students will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of each level, provided they have attended at least 60% of the term. For students in levels 3,4,5 and 6, certificates will be issued at the completion of the 20-week level.   

18. Can I pay for a course in cash?

18. Can I pay for a course in cash?

No. Payments can be made online using a credit card.  EFTPOS is also accepted.

19. Is parking available?

19. Is parking available?

There is street parking on Day Avenue and streets just west of Anzac Parade. Restricted campus parking is also available in the UNSW car park on the corner of Day Ave and Anzac Parade.

20. How are the Summer courses in January different from other terms?

20. How are the Summer courses in January different from other terms?

The Summer short courses run in January and offer languages at Introduction level (1A and sometimes 1B). 20 hours of tuition are offered over 8 evenings (Mon-Thurs) so that a student can complete a whole level in less than 2 weeks.

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