Portuguese – Evening Language Course

LocationRegent Street, Central London
FacultySocial Sciences and Humanities

Would you like to learn Portuguese in London? Join one of our part-time Portuguese courses at our central London Regent Street Campus – just a few minutes' walk from Oxford Circus.

Our beginners’ Portuguese courses (Grade 1) start in October. If you already have some knowledge of Portuguese you can also join part 2 or part 3 of the Beginners’ Portuguese (Grade 1) course.

We also have pre-intermediate Portuguese classes starting in October each year.

Who is this class for?

Portuguese Beginners’ (Grade 1) is the first exposure to the language, allowing you to start to communicate.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have no or little previous knowledge of Portuguese.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Portuguese for about 20 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Portuguese for about 40 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £240 (£225 introductory offer*, 6.2% off)
  • the whole year for £565 (£530 introductory offer*, 25% off)

*Book by 24 September 2017 to use our introductory offer.

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
5 October 2017 Part 1 Thursdays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now

Course content

Our Portuguese lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • introductions and greetings
  • addressing people (formal/informal)
  • numbers 0-100
  • days of the week and months
  • at the café (snacks and drinks)
  • expressions for feelings and everyday needs
  • likes and dislikes
  • countries, nationalities and languages
  • professions
  • personal information and identification
  • family and relationships

Grammar

You will learn:

  • definite and indefinite articles (gender and number)
  • nouns and adjectives (gender and number)
  • interrogatives (como, qual, o que, quem, quanto, onde)
  • adverbs (sim, não, só, mais, bem, muito, hoje)
  • determiners (possessive-o/a meu, minha, seu, sua and demonstrative -este, esta)
  • prepositions (de, em, com, sem, até)
  • prepositions + definite article (de, em + o/a/os/as)
  • verbs in the present simple (ser, estar, ter, chamar-se, gostar, falar, desejar, comer, beber, fazer, poder)
  • affirmative, negative and interrogative

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • counting 101–500
  • colours and animals
  • public places and immediate environment
  • locating places
  • talking about where you live and work
  • distance calculation and travelling times
  • future plans
  • directions
  • telling the time
  • enquiring about opening and closing times

Grammar

You will learn:

  • opposite adjectives (aberto, fechado, cedo, tarde)
  • prepositions + definite article (a/para + a,o,as,os)
  • demonstrative pronouns (isto, isso, aquilo)
  • adverbs of place (aqui, aí, ali)
  • prepositional phrases (em frente de, atrás de, ao lado de, perto/longe de)
  • verbs in the present simple (trabalhar, morar, ficar, passar, atravessar, virar, fechar, chegar, viver, abrir, ir, haver)
  • future with ‘going to’ (ir a/para)

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • shopping for basics (personal needs and preferences)
  • describing and commenting on goods (quantities and qualities)
  • going on holiday (accommodation choices and preferences)
  • at the hotel (checking in, facilities, making requests)
  • travelling (means of transport, time, enquiries)
  • at ‘the restaurant’ (ordering meals, commenting, complaining)
  • culture, food and identity

Grammar

You will learn:

  • opposite adjectives (caro, barato, grande, pequeno)
  • preposition + indefinite article (em+um/uma)
  • conjunctions (e, ou, também, mas, porque)
  • possessive pronouns (dele, dela, deles, delas)
  • verbs in the present simple (custar, desejar, reservar, telefonar, estacionar, tomar, reclamar, partir, preferir)
  • introduction to the past simple of regular verbs ending in -ar (reservar, falar)​

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use Passaporte para Português 1 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

Who is this class for?

This level of Portuguese is post-beginner, allowing you to extend your range of basic skills.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied the Portuguese language for approximately one year or 60 hours.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Portuguese for about 80 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Portuguese for about 100 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £240 (£225 introductory offer*, 6.2% off)
  • the whole year for £565 (£530 introductory offer*, 25% off)

*Book by 24 September 2017 to use our introductory offer.

Courses open for booking
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
2 October 2017 Part 1 Mondays 6.30–8.30pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Book now

Course content

Our Portuguese lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • request, locate personal belongings
  • possession (revision and consolidation)
  • describing places and everyday objects
  • talking about work, daily experiences and personal opinion
  • describing people (physical traits, personality)
  • free time and leisure activities
  • likes, dislikes, preferences and justification

Grammar

You will learn:

  • regular and irregular verbs ending in -ar (simple present)
  • regular and irregular verbs ending in -er and -ir (simple present)
  • possessives (determiners and pronouns)
  • prepositions (de, em)
  • prepositions followed by adverbs of place (daqui, daí, dali), demonstratives (disto, disso, aquilo/nisto, nisso, naquilo) and indefinite article (dum, duma)
  • adjectives for describing places, situations and people

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • understanding everyday signs and public notices
  • expressing life’s needs and obligations
  • comparing countries, inhabitants and stereotypes
  • personal and international celebrations
  • daily and weekly routines
  • eating habits and lifestyle
  • personal shopping preferences
  • writing about a recent event or activity

Grammar

You will learn:

  • reflexive verbs ending in -ar (simple present)
  • regular verbs in -ar, -er (simple past)
  • irregular verbs (ser, estar, ter) (simple past)
  • reflexive pronouns
  • question tags
  • adverbs of place (cá, lá)
  • indefinite pronouns (variable and invariable)

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • comparing and choosing holiday destinations
  • planning and organising long distance holidays
  • technology in daily life
  • types of houses
  • choosing your ideal home
  • having and planning a party
  • making and responding to invitations

Grammar

You will learn:

  • comparative and superlative of adjectives and adverbs
  • irregular verbs in -ir (subir) and -air (sair) in the simple present
  • modal verbs (ter de/que, precisar de)
  • present progressive
  • prepositions (em, de, a)
  • prepositions followed by variable demonstratives (neste, nesse, naquele /desta, dessa, daquela/àquele)
  • adverbs of frequency (sempre, frequentemente, muitas vezes, raramente, nunca)

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use Passaporte para Português 1 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

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Languages information evening

If you are thinking of taking an evening language course with us, why not come along to our Evening Language Programme information evening on 20 June 2017?

Course dates 2017–18

September intake
Part 1: 2 October – 8 December 2017
Part 2: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 3: 9 April – 15 June 2018

January intake*
Part 1: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 2: 9 April – 15 June 2018
Part 3: 18 June – 20 July 2018

April intake*
Part 1: 10 April – 16 June 2017
Part 2: 2 October – 8 December 2017
Part 3: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 4: 9 April – 15 June 2018

*Please note that not every language has a January or April intake.