We offer group, private and semi-private Brazilian and European Portuguese Language classes for adults, for all levels during our annual programme. Our courses are divided into five terms per year, each of which runs for 8 weeks. The group courses hold a maximum of 10 students per class and the students receive all material for the course. Private (1-to-1) or semi-private (2 or 3 students) classes are flexibly arranged to attend to the needs of students unable to attend group classes or with specific interests e.g. studying to take an exam, travelling to a Portuguese speaking country in the near future or studying for a job position. In parallel we organise cultural events, activities and workshops so that our students get to know about cultural aspects of the language and the countries where Portuguese is spoken as part of the learning experience. Please review our level structure below and see what groups are scheduled for next term here:

Our Levels explained

Beginners Level 1

You are a complete beginner who does not have any Portuguese or might know some words or a few expressions.

 

By the end of the course:

you are expected to be able to understand the basic structure of the language; be aware of the feminine, masculine and plural basic forms; be aware of the fundamentals of Portuguese pronunciation; be able to express yourself in the present tense using the most common verbs; have basic vocabulary and be able to talk about yourself and others.



Beginners Level 2

You will have successfully completed Beginners level 1 or be able to communicate at that level.

 

By the end of the course:

you are expected to be able to understand and make simple sentences and reply using regular verbs in the present tense and present continuous tense; to be able to locate people and objects; to talk about emotions and moods and about the weather using adequate vocabulary for each situation.



Beginners Level 3

You will have successfully completed Beginners level 2 or be able to communicate at that level.

 

By the end of the course:

you are expected to be able to understand and make simple sentences and reply with regular and irregular verbs in the present tense; to be able to ask and answer questions in the present tense; to talk about daily routines, likes and dislikes and be able to order food and drink.

Beginners Level
In the Portuguese Language Centre our classes are divided into the following levels: Beginners, Elementary, Pre-intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-intermediate and Advanced.
 
Each level is further divided into 3 sub-levels, so for example, the Beginners level goes from 'Beginners level 1' to 'Beginners level 2' to 'Beginners level 3'. 
See below for the course objectives for each sub-level. If you are interested in learning Portuguese but are unsure of your level then please feel free to contact us to arrange a free level test.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pre-Intermediate Level
 
 

Pre-intermediate Level 1

You will have successfully completed Elementary level 3 or be able to communicate at that level.

 

By the end of the course:

you are expected to be able to use the Future, the Conditional and the Future Perfect of regular and irregular verbs and talk about predictions and plans; to be able to talk about health, parts of the body, illness and remedies and to use associated vocabulary and verbs.

 

Pre-intermediate Level 2

You will have successfully completed Pre-intermediate level 1 or be able to communicate at that level.

 

By the end of the course:

you are expected to understand and talk about the general rules related to 'must and mustn't' using the infinitivo pessoal (personal infinitive); to use the vocabulary and common verbs related to house appliances and functionalities; to be able to apply the grammar points and acquired vocabulary in conversations about travelling and working duties.

 

Pre-intermediate Level 3

You will have successfully completed Pre-intermediate level 2 or be able to communicate at that level.

 

By the end of the course:

you are expected to understand and talk about actions which started in the past and are still progressing in the present using the pretérito perfeito composto (present perfect continuous) and related vocabulary; to be able to present more complex arguments and engage in debates showing good control of tenses used and chosen vocabulary.

Upper-Intermediate Level

Upper-intermediate Level 1

You will have successfully completed Intermediate level 3 or be able to communicate at that level.

 

By the end of the course:

you are expected to understand and talk about hypothetical situations that may be wished or considered advisable, using the present subjunctive and the adequate conjuctions or 'links'; you should be able to engage in more argumentative discussion about requests and suggestions and gain more naturality in speech construction and language intonation.

 

Upper-intermediate Level 2

You will have successfully completed Upper-intermediate level 1 or be able to communicate at that level.

 

By the end of the course:

you are expected to understand and talk about situation which are unlikely or impossible to happen using the past subjunctive and the adequate conjuctions or 'links'; you should be able to talk about imaginary situations and ask and answer hypothetical questions.

 

Upper-intermediate Level 3

You will have successfully completed Upper-intermediate level 2 or be able to communicate at that level.

 

By the end of the course:

you are expected to understand and talk about hypothetical situations in the future which are more likely to happen, using the future subjunctive and the adequate conjuctions or 'links'; you should be able to engage in longer and more natural debates and write argumentative compositions about imaginary situations and hypothetical questions in the future.

Elementary Level

Elementary Level 1

You will have successfully completed the Beginners level 3 or be able to communicate at that level.

 

By the end of the course:

you are expected to be able to understand and make more structured sentences; pose questions and reply in the future tense with the verb To Go and have adequate vocabulary for this; to be able to talk about plans and objectives; to start using the simple past of regular verbs making simple phrases and related vocabulary to talk about the past.



Elementary Level 2

You will have successfully completed Elementary level 1 or be able to communicate at that level.

 

By the end of the course:

you are expected to be able to understand and make sentences in the simple past with regular and irregular verbs; to be able to hold a conversation, posing questions and replying using common verbs in the simple past; understand simple texts and write using tenses and structures from the previous levels.

 

Elementary Level 3

You will have successfully completed Elementary level 2 or be able to communicate at that level.

 

By the end of the course:

you are expected to be able to understand and talk about your memories using the pretérito imperfeito (past continuous or 'used to'), with regular and irregular verbs and related vocabulary; to be able to identify the difference between the simple and imperfect past tenses and to adapt your speech accordingly.

Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level 1

You will have successfully completed Pre-intermediate level 3 or be able to communicate at that level.

By the end of the course:

you are expected to understand and talk about facts which happened before a previous action in the past using the pretérito mais-que-perfeito composto (past perfect); to be able to discuss previous personal experiences and related consequences; you are expected to manage the four types of past tenses studied with minimum hesitation.

Intermediate Level 2

You will have successfully completed Intermediate level 1 or be able to communicate at that level.

By the end of the course:

you are expected to understand and talk about ways to give recommendations, advice, directions and orders using the Imperative Mode regular and irregular; to be able to discuss situations when you need advice; to be able to use grammatical links between sentences which make communication more natural.

Intermediate Level 3

You will have successfully completed Intermediate level 2 or be able to communicate at that level.

By the end of the course:

you are expected to understand and report on facts which happened to others, that you were told about or you knew through the News; you should be able to retell stories and facts and to give opinions about them using previous vocabulary and grammar topics.

Advanced Level

Advanced

You will have successfully completed Upper-intermediate level 3 or be able to communicate at that level.

By the end of the course:

you are expected to have a great understanding of the language and to hold discussions with confidence; to have good pronunciation and use a more natural intonation; to make good use of the language structure, tenses and grammar points and make only minor mistakes; to be able to go further in grammar points and acquire idiomatic expressions to bring your oral and written speech towards fluency.

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