This introductory-level course is intended for students who have no previously knowledge of Portuguese. In this course, students 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 students to engage meaningfully with the language in everyday contexts. You will actively learn basic Portuguese by using four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Students in this course will have the opportunity to understand the main differences between Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese, enriching their comprehension of the linguistic and cultural diversity within this language.
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.
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.
Online learning is when course delivery, and all associated learning activities, take place via the internet. For online learning tips, system requirements and differences between delivery styles, please visit our online learning webpages.
Using mobile devices in online courses
If you are planning on accessing your online courses using a mobile device such as a tablet or a smartphone, please note that not all required course features will be accessible with these devices. To fully function in your online courses, you will need to have access to a computer running Windows or MacOS.
A full course refund will only be provided if you withdraw from the course prior to the course start date. A refund, less a $15 administrative fee, will be issued if you withdraw within 6 calendar days after the official course start date. Depending on your method of payment, a refund will be either mailed to you or credited to your credit card.
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).