Overview

Course summary

Whether you're taking your first steps to learn another language or are at an advanced level, our courses will help you to communicate confidently in your chosen language.

Our interactive online courses provide real-time lessons with an expert tutor to practise speaking and listening. You will also have the flexibility of an online course. Access to all multimedia learning resources is included.

Who is this class for?

Portuguese Beginner is the first exposure to the language, allowing you to start to communicate.

The course is made up of three parts. If you're an absolute beginner, you should start with Part 1. For those who've done some study before, you may be able to join Part 2 or Part 3 directly – contact us if you're unsure of your level by using the details at the bottom of the page.

Discounts and offers

January start

We are now offering a 15% discount on our January start Evening Language Beginner Course fees to University of Westminster alumni, students and University of Westminster staff. Sign up now to start your new journey with us.

You can book:

  • Part 1 for £250 (£280 after 22 November)*
  • Parts 1, 2 and 3 together for £565 (£625 after 22 November)*

To book Parts 1, 2 and 3 together please proceed with booking Part 1 and add Parts 2 and 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process.

The early bird discount prices for our January-start courses are available if booked by 22 November 2020*

Terms and conditions

Download our:

Course structure

Our beginner's course is made up of three parts, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Each part builds on what you've learnt previously.

At the beginner level:

  • Part 1 is for you if you have no or little previous knowledge of Portuguese
  • Part 2 is for you if you have completed Part 1, or if you have studied Portuguese for about 20 hours
  • Part 3 is for you if you have completed Parts 1 and 2, or if you have studied Portuguese for about 40 hours

You can skip Part 1 and proceed straight to joining Part 2 or 3 if you have prior experience. If you’re not sure of your level, email us via the contact details at the bottom of this page.

If you can't see the part you need in the booking table, please check back, as we add more dates throughout the year.

Teaching

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.

Please note that the distribution of course content across terms may vary from year to year. This is due to the variable length of terms in different academic years. There may also 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 A1/A2 (Pack - Livro aluno/Audio/Caderno Exercícios) throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

You can join Part 1, 2 or 3 of the course depending on your prior experience.

In Part 1 of the Portuguese Beginners course, you'll cover the following topics and grammar:

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • introductions and greetings
  • numbers 0 - 100
  • days of the week and months
  • at the café (snacks and drinks)
  • likes and dislikes
  • countries, nationalities and languages
  • personal information and professions

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)
  • verbs in the present simple (ser, estar, ter, chamar-se, gostar, falar, comer, beber, fazer, poder)

Part 2 builds on what you learnt in Part 1, covering the following topics and grammar:

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • counting 101-1000
  • family and close relationships
  • public places and immediate environment
  • talking about where you live and work
  • future plans
  • directions (distance and location)
  • telling the time and 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, viver, abrir, ir, haver)
  • future with ‘going to’ (ir a/para)

Part 3 is the final level of the Portuguese Beginners course, and covers the following topics and grammar:

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • shopping for basics
  • describing and commenting on goods (quantities and qualities)
  • holidays (accommodation choices and preferences)
  • travelling (means of transport and enquiries)
  • at ‘the restaurant’ (ordering meals, commenting, complaining)

Grammar

You will learn:

  • opposite adjectives (caro, barato, grande, pequeno, rápido, lento)
  • preposition + indefinite article (em+um/uma)
  • conjunctions (e, ou, também, mas, porque)
  • verbs in the present simple (desejar, reservar, telefonar, chegar, querer, partir, preferir)
  • past simple of regular verbs ending in -ar,-er -ir

Booking

If you have any questions about these courses, please get in touch with us via the details at the bottom of this page.

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 10 January 2021 so book early to make sure you don’t miss out.

The early bird discount price is available if the course is booked by 22 November 2020*

Start date
Part
Day and time
Duration
Price
19
Jan
2021

Part

1

Day and time

Tuesdays
6.30-8.30pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280 (£250*)

13
Apr
2021

Part

2

Day and time

Tuesdays
6.30-8.30pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280

Coming soon

22
Jun
2021

Part

3

Day and time

Tuesdays and Thursdays
6.30-8.30pm

Duration

5 weeks

Price

£280

Coming soon

Course dates

October intake

  • Part 1: 05 October – 11 December 2020
  • Part 2: 18 January – 26 March 2021
  • Part 3: 12 April – 28 June 2021*
  • Part 3: 12 April – 18 June 2021 **

* For courses running on Mondays only (No classes on Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2021 and Monday 31 May 2021)

**For courses running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only

January intake

Part 1: 18 January – 26 March 2021
Part 2: 12 April – 18 June 2021
Part 3: 21 June – 23 July 2021*

*Classes in Part 3 run twice a week

January start is for selected languages only.