UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Portuguese Level 2+

Prerequisite for entry

Successful completion of Portuguese syllabus 1 and syllabus 2 (part 1) at UCL Language Centre or a low GCSE grade (or equivalent).

Term duration

10 x 2-hour classes.

Aims and objectives

The aim of the course is to enable students with a good knowledge of basic Portuguese to reach an intermediate level and to communicate in and understand Portuguese on many practical, everyday matters related to various aspects of Portuguese/Brazilian culture. Language learning skills, including autonomous learning and how to approach authentic material, will be enhanced.


  • Describing, defining family; wishing happiness/luck
  • Expressing likes/preferences/routines/experiences; expressing certainty/uncertainty/possibility/hope/worries/necessity; giving advice
  • Characterizing, describing something; comparing, expressing sympathy and dislike

Course content

Main topics/themes to be covered: 

  • The family; celebrations; the immigration to Brazil
  • Tourism/the tourists; the pollution; ecology/nature
  • The regions of Brazil and Portugal; stereotypes; Influences in the Brazilian/Portuguese
  • cultures; traditions


Revision of basic rules of the pronunciation of spoken Portuguese

Grammar and linguistic structures

  • Verbs: to take, to bring + to take, to know, to say; pretérito mais-que-perfeito composto and simples (plus perfect);  conditional future (futuro do pretérito); pretérito compost do indicative; adverbs ending in “mente” + other adverbs; Indefinite pronouns (alguma, algum, nada, etc…); double negation
  • Passive voice;  passive voice with “se”; participles; indefinite pronouns: todo, tudo, cada, etc...

Learning resources


  • Main textbook: Novo Avenida Brasil 2 Curso Básico de Português para Estrangeiros
  • The tutor will be using different books and handouts for extra exercises.