Illustration of a book and the words "Português".

Portuguese - Level 1


Course description

This introductory-level course is intended for those who have no previously knowledge of Portuguese. In this course, you will explore the language in a practical and dynamic manner through simple and authentic texts, audio, and video materials. Communicative activities play a central role in the learning process, allowing you to engage meaningfully with the language in everyday contexts. You will actively learn basic Portuguese by using four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Understand the main differences between Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese, and enrich your comprehension of linguistic and cultural diversity within this language.

Learning objectives

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Introduce yourself and greet others.
  • Learn the alphabet and numbers 1 to 1,000.
  • List the days of the week, months, and seasons.
  • Talk about themselves, their family, occupation, daily routines, leisure, dining out, going shopping, asking and giving information.
  • Attain a good understanding of the language pronunciation.
  • Use definite articles in singular and plural forms (o, a, os, as).
  • Gain familiarity with the geography, culture, and customs associated with the language.

We encourage students to participate in our language courses more than once to gain a thorough understanding of the material covered in the 10 lessons. This also provides additional exposure to a variety of activities within each topic.

Join us on this journey of discovery and language enhancement, where authentic communication and intercultural understanding are valued.


This introduction to Portuguese is designed for students who have no previous knowledge of the language.


World Language courses are offered three times per year:

  • September (registration opens in June)
  • January (registration opens in November)
  • April (registration opens in November)


Our online hybrid language courses make language learning flexible and convenient. The use of both synchronous and asynchronous delivery styles allows for both real-time virtual classroom conversation practice (synchronous delivery) and self-paced study (asynchronous delivery). The synchronous delivery style will occur during the scheduled class dates and time, using Zoom for videoconferencing, chat and screen sharing for class instruction and pair/group work. The asynchronous delivery style uses Brightspace, an online environment where learners can access class materials and resources for self-paced study throughout the week. Educational activities can include exercises, readings, forums, audio/video files, quizzes, etc.

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Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).