Surrey University Stag


Module code: POR2003

Module Overview

This module is taught in semester 2 of FHEQ Level 5.

Module provider

School of Literature and Languages

Module Leader

MARLEY Dawn (Lit & Langs)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: Q910

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 117

Seminar Hours: 33

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of POR2002 Introduction to Portuguese I.

Module content

Indicative content includes:


  • Analysis of different written and spoken texts

  • Structuring spoken and written texts

  • Taking notes and summarising information from spoken and written texts

  • Expressing opinions in written and spoken contexts

  • The grammar of spoken and written Portuguese

  • Listening and reading comprehension on a range of topics

  • Strategies for effective listening and reading in Portuguese

  • Effective use of reference materials (e.g. grammar books, dictionaries, other reference works)

  • Translation of authentic texts from Portuguese to English

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework Reading and writing assessment 30
Oral exam or presentation ORAL TEST 20

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate


  • Knowledge and understanding of the use of the target language;

  • Ability to analyse and interpret texts;

  • Ability to select and synthesise information from written and oral texts;

  • Ability to use IT skills to find and present relevant information;

  • Subject-specific knowledge of Portuguese history and culture.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • A 1-hour writing assessment during the semester (30%)

  • An oral test that will assess listening and speaking skills (20%)

  • A 2-hour written examination at the end of the semester (50%)


    Formative assessment and feedback

    •           Formative assessment will focus on student participation and class discussions throughout the module.

    •           Students will be provided with detailed written feedback following coursework assignments.

    •           Verbal feedback will also occur in class and individual appointments if required.

Module aims

  • Build on the linguistic skills developed in POR2002;
  • Enable students to participate and communicate confidently at a basic level in a range of contexts;
  • Provide information about Portuguese language resources which the students can consult independently;
  • Equip students with the basis for the autonomous development of their language skills in Portuguese.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Interact in Portuguese in a range of familiar situations KCT
002 Understand and interpret spoken and written Portuguese in a range of situations and topics KCP
003 Paraphrase and summarize spoken and written information at a basic level KCPT
004 Organise and present ideas in predictable topics PT
005 Understand and use the grammatical terminology relating to the topics covered KC
006 Demonstrate a degree of grammatical accuracy in their use of Portuguese KC
007 Pronounce individual sounds of Portuguese with a degree of accuracy KC
008 Use language reference materials such as grammars and dictionaries PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:


  • Enable students to acquire explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers through attending classes and reading in the target language;

  • Encourage student participation and learner autonomy, through small group classes, reading outside contact hours and participating in seminars;

  • Develop ability to use linguists’ tools, such as dictionaries and IT resources;

  • Enable students to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking, to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, through attending classes and engaging in individual study.

  • Develop communication skills through interactions in class.


The learning and teaching methods include:


  • Three contact hours per week over Semester 2:

  • Two hour seminar focusing on reading and translation skills, one hour seminar on oral skills;

  • Students are expected to read extensively outside classes in order to participate in seminars and make good progress.

  • Seminars with exercises building on explanations and illustrations, including some group as well as whole-class work.

  • Further exercises, including translation, will be set on a regular basis for homework.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.