UNSW Institute of Languages

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Portuguese (Brazilian)

There are an estimated 200 million speakers of Portuguese, found mainly in Portugal, Brazil, Mozambique and Angola. Portuguese is an interesting language and perfect if you are planning a holiday to Brazil as one of the world’s most beautiful and celebrated destinations.

UNSW Institute of Languages offers Portuguese courses for a range of levels.

Duration Average class size Levels Fee
10 weeks 12 students Beginner to Advanced AUD$390

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.

The textbook for these courses is available from UNSW Bookshop on UNSW main campus, Abbey’s Bookshop (131 York St, Sydney). View the textbook prices available at UNSW Bookshop. Please note that if a language course is cancelled, UNSW Bookshop will only consider a refund for a textbook bought at UNSW Bookshop if the book has not sustained any damage or been written in.

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.

Course Level Guides

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have very little or no previous knowledge of the language.

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

Learning Outcomes

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.

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who have some basic knowledge of the language.

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

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basic language functions.

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

Learning Outcomes

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.

This course (10 weeks) is for learners who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basic language functions.

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)

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the course (10 weeks), participants will:
  • be able to communicate in and understand the language on many practical everyday matters.

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.

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

Learning Outcomes

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.

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.

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

Learning Outcomes

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.

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.

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

Learning Outcomes

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.

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.

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

January Short Course

January Short Course is a two week intensive short course that builds your initial language holidays

Level 1A
Monday 15 Janurary 2018 - Thursday 25 January 2018
8 sessions, 20 hours (Course days are Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:15pm - 8:45pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390

Term 1 Evening Courses

Level 1A
Thursday 8 February – Thursday 12 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 1B
Monday 5 February – Monday 16 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 2A
Tuesday 6 February – Tuesday 10 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390
Level 3B
Wednesday 7 February – Wednesday 11 April 2018
10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)
Times Location Fees Enrol Now 18 students max
6:30pm - 8:30pm UNSW Institute of Languages
223 Anzac Parade, Kensington
AUD $390

Languages - FAQs

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

All UNSWIL teachers have teaching qualifications and teaching experience.

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

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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.   

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

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.

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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