Portuguese: Level One (Standard)

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Mrs Benvinda Alves TW3 6.01


No previous knowledge required. All students welcome but they should: Demonstrate commitment to regular attendance, completion of homework, completion of the dossier and all assessments. Dedicate at least one hour per week for coursework in addition to classes.

Course content

Course Aim:

  • To develop the ability to use Portuguese effectively for the purpose of practical communication in spoken and written discourse.
  • To enable students to gain access through language to the contemporary scene and the background of Portuguese-speaking countries, their people and their cultures.
  • To establish the skills, language and attitude required to promote and facilitate further study of Portuguese.
  • To bring the students to level A1 of CEFR.

Communicative Content:

  • Asking for and giving personal information, directions and opinions.
  • Describing people, objects and places.
  • Talking about likes and dislikes.
  • Expressing preferences.
  • Talking about present actions.
  • Describing what has happened.
  • Expressing intentions.

Structural Content:

Articles: definite and indefinite articles. Pronouns: subject and object pronouns; demonstrative; Interrogative and relative pronouns. Nouns: gender and number. Adjectives: gender and number; comparative and superlative forms. Adverbs: adverbs of time, place, manner and frequency. Prepositions: prepositions of place and time, and some other common prepositions; contracted forms. Conjunctions: most frequent conjunctions and linking elements. Verbs: indicative mood (present simple and continuous; past simple, continuous and imperfect; future simple and immediate (ir + infinitive); contrastive analysis of ser and estar; present and future subjunctive. Comprehension of simple structures and texts (spoken and written).


16 hours of classes in the MT. 22 hours of classes in the LT. 2 hours of classes in the ST.

This is a 40 hour-course. Please refer to the LSE timetable for course teaching arrangements.

Indicative reading

The course teacher will advise on the relevant text book at the beginning of the course.


Continuous assessment (70%) in the MT and LT.
Oral examination (30%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2016/17: 6

Average class size 2016/17: 7

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