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Undergraduate | ANU-PORT1001-2023

Introductory Portuguese I

Study method

100% online


100% online

Entry requirements

No ATAR needed

No prior study


14 weeks

Start dates

  • 20 Feb 2023

FEE-HELP available

About this subject

What you'll learn

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate a basic knowledge of Portuguese grammar and lexicon;
  2. ask questions and directions and discuss a variety of topics in Portuguese;
  3. read and understand short literary and non-literary texts;
  4. write brief texts; and
  5. recognise cultural and traditional practices specific to Portuguese societies in the world.

    • Introduction to Portuguese (pronunciation of consonants and vowels, greetings)
    • Numbers
    • Indefinite articles and pronouns, quantifiers, prepositions of space
    • Adjectives
    • Prepositions of time, irregular verbs (to go, to read, to see), contractions, adverbs of frequency, reflexive verbs and pronouns to express routine activities
    • Plural, expressing future plans (going to-like structures), expressing duties and needs
    • Gerund, irregular verbs
    • Different verbs to know
    • Demonstrative pronouns
    • Direct Object Pronouns
  • This course offers a practical introduction to the Portuguese language. It is designed to develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at the novice level through a communicative and culture-based approach. Students acquire the language largely through simulated real-life situations in the classroom and beyond. By immersing themselves in the language, they develop a knowledge and understanding of culture and traditions in Portuguese-speaking countries around the world.

  • In-Class Writing 1 (10%) Midterm Exam (20%) In-Class Writing 2 (15%) Oral Exam (15%) Final Exam (30%) Class Participation and Engagement (10%)

    • In-Class Writing 1 (10%)
    • Midterm Exam (20%)
    • Class Participation and Engagement (10%)
    • In-Class Writing 2 (15%)
    • Final Exam (30%)
    • Oral Exam (15%)
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Entry requirements

No entry requirements


This is a fast paced academic course at a University level. You might be required to undertake a placement test You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed any of the following courses: PORT1002, PORT2001, PORT2002, PORT6501, PORT6502, PORT6503 or PORT6504.

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