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?

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

This course is made up of three parts. If you’ve studied Portuguese for around a year or 60 hours, you should start with Part 1. For those who’ve studied more than this, 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

October start

You can book:

  • Part 2 for £250 (£280 after 22 November)
  • Parts 2 and 3 together for £440 (£500 after 22 November)

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

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

Terms and conditions

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Course structure

Our elementary 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 elementary level:

  • Part 1 is for you if you have studied Portuguese for around one year or 60 hours
  • Part 2 is for you if you have completed Part 1, or if you have studied Portuguese for about 80 hours
  • Part 3 is for you if you have completed Parts 1 and 2, or if you have studied Portuguese for about 100 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 Elementary course, you'll cover the following topics and grammar:

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • descriptions (physical traits, personality)
  • free time and leisure activities
  • likes, dislikes, preferences and justification
  • countries, inhabitants and stereotypes
  • personal and international celebrations (time and dates)
  • the weekend

Grammar

You will learn:

  • present simple regular verbs ending in -ar (adorar, detestar, pagar)
  • present simple irreg verbs in -er (ler, ver, fazer)
  • question tags (ela é… não é?)
  • past with ‘went to’ (ir a / para)
  • prepositions followed by adverbs of place (daqui, daí, dali), demonstratives (disto, disso, aquilo/nisto, nisso, naquilo)
  • past simple irregular verbs (ser, estar, ter, ir)

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

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • daily and weekly routines
  • eating habits and lifestyle
  • personal shopping preferences
  • holiday destinations

Grammar

You will learn:

  • present simple reflexive verbs ending in -ar (levantar-se, deitar-se)
  • reflexive pronouns (sing and plural)
  • adverbs of frequency (sempre, frequentemente, nunca)
  • present simple irregular verbs -er and -ôr (saber, poder, querer, pôr)
  • comparative and superlative of adjectives and adverbs (reg and irreg)
  • indefinite pronouns  (alguém, ninguém)
  • modal verbs (precisar de / ter de)

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

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • technology in daily life
  • types of houses and description
  • the ideal home
  • having and planning a party
  • invitations
  • orders and instructions

Grammar

You will learn:

  • present progressive (estar a + infinitivo)
  • adverb of degree (tão + adjective/adverb!) / (tanto + noun!)
  • present simple irregular verbs in -ir (subir) and -air (sair)
  • present simple verbs ending in -ear (planear)
  • imperative regular verbs (formal and informal)

Booking

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*

Part 1 of this course is now closed, but will be running again in autumn 2021.

Start date
Part
Day and time
Duration
Price
18
Jan
2021

Part

2

Day and time

Monday
6.30-8.30pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280 (£250*)

12
Apr
2021

Part

3

Day and time

Monday
6.30-8.30pm

Duration

10 weeks**

Price

£280

Coming soon

**No classes on Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2021 and Monday 31 May 2021.

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.