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Foundations of Portuguese for Global Communication

Key information

Subject area:

FutureLearn Online Courses

Course type:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Credit level:

Not for credit


2 weeks

Available course dates:

From: 01 September 2023 To: 31 August 2024

Course overview

Master the basics of Portuguese

Learning a new language can open up so many doors. Not only will it help you when travelling the world, but it’s also an extremely useful skill in any professional setting.

On this two-week introductory course from King’s College London, you’ll learn the basics of the Portuguese language, allowing you to strike up simple conversations in a social environment.

Explore Portuguese grammar and how to talk about yourself

To lay the foundation of the Portuguese language, you’ll start by engaging in basic conversations to introduce yourself and ask for basic information. You’ll cover how to pronounce Portuguese letters and combinations of letters as well as how to identify Portuguese grammar.

As the language is spoken across multiple continents, it has developed cultural characteristics and deviations between countries. You’ll delve into the basic differences between European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese, from addressing people formally to cultural colloquialisms.

Demonstrate your new skills to speak, read, listen, and write in Portuguese

Each stage of this course will allow you to use your new skills practically by producing short written and oral texts about yourself. You’ll also collect information from simple texts and audio documents to showcase the reading and listening aspects of your learning.

Learn from the experts at the Modern Language Centre

On this course, you’ll be guided by teaching staff and lecturers from the Modern Language Centre at King’s College London, all of whom are native Portuguese speakers.

The course has been mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) standard, ensuring that it’s designed to meet your language needs and will help you lay the foundation for you to continue learning Portuguese effectively.

What does this course cover?

You’ll practise the language engaging in interactive activities, and participating in online group work according to a syllabus based on a systematic grammatical progression.

Covering various topics such as personal information, occupations, and key grammatical facts, by the end of the two-week course you’ll be able to introduce yourself and meet other people in Portuguese, as well as to read, understand and produce simple texts.

What will I achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Present yourself and introduce a friend
  • Explain likes and dislikes for three leisure activities
  • Engage with others and exchange contact details
  • Describe family relationships and introduce family members
  • Discuss possessions
  • Present a short personal profile

Who will I learn with?

Eloi Dotto

Teacher of Portuguese

Isabel Simoes-Rodrigues

Teacher of Portuguese

Who is this for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning Portuguese. As it is an introductory language course, you don’t need any previous experience in Portuguese.

It may be especially useful if you’re planning to visit Portugal or any Portuguese-speaking countries either on holiday or for business.

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