Portuguese (Pre-Intermediate) 

Key information

Start date: 10 January 2022

Attendance dates:

January 2022: 10, 17, 24, 31
February 2022: 07, 14, 21, 28

Time commitment: 12 hours


Distance learning

Contact details:


Our Portuguese (Pre-Intermediate) evening language classes are open to adult learners, aged 18 and over, and are taught by skilled and experienced tutors.

From October 2021 to June 2022 classes will be taught online via Zoom.

Classes are delivered over three terms and you can join at the beginning of each term:

  • Autumn term (October – December)
  • Winter term (January – March)
  • Spring term (April – June).

The winter and spring terms are a continuation of the autumn term. Please note that If you are a complete beginner, you should not join mid-way through the year, but instead wait and join in the autumn term when the complete beginner courses start. To complete a full level, you need to attend all three consecutive terms.

Nevertheless, you can join the class at the beginning of any term. To ensure that you enrol on the right course if joining us in January or April, please check your language level with our tutors at one of our open evenings.

The tutor is approachable and has a good sense of humour. She appreciates our main focus is European Portuguese and always explains differences between the varieties of Portuguese.

Steve Callaghan, Portuguese (Pre-intermediate)

Course details

Please note, the syllabus may vary according to class progress and availability of materials. Syllabus to be updated.

Topics include:

  • Talking about self and others (review)
  • Personal strengths and weaknesses
  • Leisure activities
  • Present and past habits
  • Physical descriptions
  • Services, adverts and publicity
  • Warnings, rules and instructions
  • TV, music, cinema and theatre
  • The weather and natural disasters
  • Horoscope, predictions and superstitions


  • Past pretérito perfeito: Eu trabalhei (I worked)
  • Past pretérito imperfeito: Eu trabalhava (I used to work)
  • Pluperfect indicative: Eu tinha comprado (I had bought)
  • Prefixes: desgostar; infeliz (dislike; unhappy)
  • Imperative (review): faça os exercícios (do the exercises!)
  • Personal and impersonal infinitive: vamos a loja para comprar roupas (we are going to the shop to buy clothes)
  • Future futuro do presente: Eu falarei (I will speak)

Topics include:

  • Food and eating habits
  • Tobacco and alcohol
  • Work and stress
  • Sports
  • Going to the doctor and alternative treatments
  • Short news articles and the press
  • Textual genres


  • Conditional tense: Eu compraria um carro (I would buy a car)
  • Indirect speech: Ele disse que viria (he said he would come)
  • Compound past perfect indicative: Tenho feito muitas coisas (I have been doing many things)
  • Relative pronouns (invariable): quem, onde, que (who, where, that)
  • Pronouns positions: não me ligue! (do not call me!)
  • Passive voice: a casa foi comprada (the house was bought)
  • Double participles: preso/ prendido (arrested)
  • Double negative: E não tenho nada (I have nothing)
  • Indefinite pronouns: alguém, ninguém, algo, todo (someone, nobody, something, every...)
  • Augmentative and diminutive: um carrinho (a small car); um carrão (a big/great car)

Topics include:

  • Shopping and expenditure
  • Portuguese language variations
  • Portuguese Africa
  • Main celebrations
  • Professions
  • City and problems
  • Types of packing: pacotes, potes, saquinhos, caixa...
  • Ecology and environment


  • Pronominal contraction: ele não mo deu (he did not give it to me)
  • Suffixes: sapataria, babeiro (shoe shop, barber)
  • Relative pronouns (variable): cujo/cuja; o qual/a qual (whose, which...)
  • Ir + gerund: vamos trabalhando até cansar (we keep working until we get tired)
  • Collective nouns: a tripulação do avião (the airplane crew)
  • Present subjunctive: e possível que eu compre uma casa (it is possible that I buy a house)

Reading list

Português em Foco 1 Livro do aluno, A1-A2, Lidel ISBN: 9789897523793.

We do not recommend you buy the course books before starting the course, in case the tutor changes the course books or you need to transfer to a different level. Our tutor will bring copies for the first class and will let you know which course books to purchase.


Classes run 7pm – 8:30pm on Monday evenings, with eight classes per term.

Class size

Approximately 12 students.


At the end of each term, we will issue you with a certificate of attendance if you have been to a minimum of 75% of your classes.

    Entry requirements

    All applicants should be aged 18 and over.

    TermRequired experience
    AutumnYou should have a basic knowledge of Portuguese or studied Portuguese up to GSCE level (or equivalent). You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the autumn, winter and spring terms of our Portuguese (Beginners) course.
    WinterYou should have a basic knowledge of Portuguese or studied Portuguese up to GSCE level (or equivalent). You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the autumn term of our Portuguese (Beginners) course.
    SpringYou should have a basic knowledge of Portuguese or studied Portuguese up to GSCE level (or equivalent). You will be expected to have knowledge of the topics and grammar covered in the autumn and winter terms of our Portuguese (Beginners) course.

    Fees and funding

    Price per person:

    £150 for one term


    £150 for one term

    Current Surrey degree student/staff

    £270 for two terms

    Public (10% discount)

    £255 for two terms

    Current Surrey degree student/staff (15% discount)

    £382 for three terms

    Public (15% discount)

    £360 for three terms

    Current Surrey degree student/staff (20% discount)

    Savings apply when you book multiple terms at the same time.

    Additional costs

    Books: approximately £25 - £40 (for three terms).

    How to apply

    Bookings are made via our online store. We advise early enrolment to secure a place.

    Apply now

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