Portuguese: Level One (Fast track)

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Ms Benvinda Alves TW3 6.01


Available to Undergraguates, Postgraduates, LSE staff and outside clients. 


No previous knowledge required. It may be suitable for re-starters. Demonstrate full commitment to regular attendance, completion of homework, completion of portfolio and all assessments. Dedicate at least two hours per week for coursework, in addition to classes. Student profile: students should be able to demonstrate a successful track record of learning European languages other than English.

Course content

Course aims:

  • To develop the ability to use Portuguese effectively for purposes of practical communication in familiar work and social contexts.
  • To deal with a range of predictable simple language tasks using a limited range of language to meet the needs of differing but familiar situations and topics.
  • To establish the skills, language and attitudes required to promote and facilitate further study of Portuguese.
  • To bring the students to level A1/A2 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.
  • Expressing frequency.
  • Describing what has happened.
  • Talking about past events.
  • Making comparisons.
  • Talking about future plans.

Structural content: Present tense, Gender and plural of nouns and adjectives, Direct and indirect object pronouns, Reflexive pronouns, The present continuous, The gerund, Frequency adverbs, Introduction to past tenses: pretérito perfeito e imperfeito, Time expressions. Indefinite adjectives and pronouns. Introduction to future tenses.


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

Study Pack provided

A grammar book will be recommended by the teacher during at the beginning of the course.


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

Key facts

Department: Language Studies

Total students 2016/17: 12

Average class size 2016/17: 10

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