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Portuguese

Why study Portuguese? 

There is great potential for Portuguese speakers in Africa, due to the proximity of Mozambique and Angola. There are opportunities in every sphere of activity such as:  

  • Hospitality 
  • Insurance 
  • Journalism  
  • Management 

Also, the demand for Portuguese teaching and translating in the SADC region and in West African states is on the increase.  

Portuguese is the working language of numerous international organisations. It is the official language of Brazil and taught in some of the other South American countries.  

Undergraduate Courses

First Year

BASIC PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

This unit is an introductory language course for beginners with no previous knowledge of Portuguese. Students will be able to acquire oral and written skills through the studies of vocabulary, grammar, and syntax functions and structures. The unit also introduces to students the cultural and social dimensions of the Portuguese Speaking World (Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor).

INTERMEDIATE PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

This unit is an intermediate language course intended for beginners with A1 level of Portuguese. Students will be conducted to improve oral and written skills through the study of vocabulary, grammar and syntax functions and structures. It also develops students’ perspectives on cultural and social dimensions of the Portuguese speaking world.

Second Year

PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE AND TEXT PRODUCTION IIA

This module allows students to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school and leisure. Also deals with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.

Additionally, it is a course intended for students to study Contemporary short stories of the Portuguese speaking countries.

PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE AND TEXT PRODUCTION IIB

This module allows students to reinforce their language skills. In addition, students can produce more complex texts on the topics which are familiar or of personal interest and describe experiences, events, dreams, hopes and ambitions as well as the explanations for opinions and plans.

The course is intended for students to study Contemporary literary texts of the Portuguese speaking countries.

Third Year

ADVANCED PORTUGUESE COMPOSITION AND STYLISTICS

This module is an advanced language course intended for students to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. At the end of this course students will be able to produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

NEGOTIATING LANGUAGE III

This module deepens students’ knowledge of a range of complex topics and its language. Furthermore, students are exposed to intercultural contents and are supposed to be able to speak about those topics fluently by using the correct vocabulary. It will be a very practical course which simultaneously aims to increase student´s knowledge about specific terminology.

MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY LUSOPHONE LITERATURE III

This unit is an African Portuguese Literature course intended for students to study literary texts of some Portuguese speaking countries, mainly the representatives writers such as Mia Couto (Mozambique), José Eduardo Agualusa and Pepetela (Angola), Jorge Barbosa (Cape Verde) and Hélder Proença (Guinea Bissau).

SELECTED TOPIC ON PORTUGUESE STUDIES III

This module is a course intended for students to study literary texts of the Contemporary Portuguese Literature: Lídia Jorge, José Saramago and Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen. The module develops reading and interpretation skills, applied to given Portuguese texts and aims to improve the critical comprehension of students.

Postgraduate Programmes

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