Portuguese (Pre-Intermediate) 

Key information

Start date:

This class takes place on Mondays via Zoom

Attendance dates:

October 2020: 12, 19, 26
November 2020: 02, 09, 16, 23, 30

Time commitment: 12 hours

Venue:

Distance learning

Contact details:

Start date:

This class takes place on Mondays via Zoom

Attendance dates:

January 2021: 11, 18, 25
February 2021: 01, 08, 15, 22
March 2021: 01

Time commitment: 12 hours

Venue:

Distance learning

Contact details:

Start date:

This class takes place on Mondays via Zoom

Attendance dates:

April 2021: 19, 26
May 2021: 03, 10, 17, 24
June 2021: 07, 14

Time commitment: 12 hours

Venue:

Distance learning

Contact details:

Overview

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

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. To complete a full level, you would normally attend all three consecutive terms.

Course details

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

    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

    Grammar

    • 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

    Grammar

    • 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

    Grammar

    • 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

    Portugues XXI - Nova Edicao: Pack - livro aluno + CD + caderno exercicio 2, LIDEL, ISBN: 978-9727579921.

    Portugues XXI - Nova Edicao: Caderno de exercicios 2, Ana Tavares, ISBN: 978-9727579914.

    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.

    Timetable

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

    Class size

    Approximately 12 students.

    Certificates

    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.

    Facilities and software

    You will get access to our library including our language study area, home to language software, satellite TV, a large foreign film collection and books, CDs and DVDs.

    If you are one of the first 100 people that sign up to two terms of our evening language classes, you will receive a free code for uTalk, the language-learning app. With this, you will be able to access resources for a language of your choice. If you are eligible, you will receive a unique code from us by email.

      Entry requirements

      All applicants should be aged 18 and over.

      Term Required experience
      Autumn You 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.
      Winter You 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.
      Spring You 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

      Public

      £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

      Terms and conditions

      When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations and our terms and conditions. You are also confirming you have read and understood the University's prospective student privacy notice.

      • The course is open to adult learners over 18 years of age.
      • Payment of fees in full is required before attending the course.
      • Discounts are only applied if you book two or three terms for the same class in advance.
      • Your email address will be our primary point of contact during your course and important information will be sent to the email address you provided on your booking form.
      • Refunds cannot be given for classes you are not able to attend (e.g. due to illness or changes in your work or personal circumstances).
      • The availability of classes is subject to demand. If a course has to be cancelled before the start of classes due to low numbers or circumstances beyond our control, you will receive an offer to an alternative course or a full refund.
      • If a class has to be cancelled during the term due to unforeseen circumstances, we will endeavour to reschedule it (where possible). Please note, this might not be on the day or at the time of your usual class.
      • If part of a course has to be cancelled you will receive a proportionate refund.
      • There will be no refund if part of a course has to be cancelled for reasons outside our control (force majeure).
      • Where access to the online delivery of services is not possible as a result of technical failure on your part or the parts of third-parties commissioned by you to provide access to our services, such as your internet service provider, computer equipment etc., we shall not be deemed liable for the loss of any access to our services.

      Cancellation policy

      You will have 14 days, starting with the day after your booking has been received, during which you may cancel and withdraw. You will receive a full refund of course fees paid. To do so, please email eveninglanguagecourses@surrey.ac.uk

      All refund applications must be made 14 days before the start date of the course you booked.

      If you book 14 days or less before the start of the course, no refund will be payable.

      Outside of this cooling off period, the following applies:

      If you enrol in the autumn term for one, two or three terms

      Cancellations received by 30 August 2020 23:59 GMT by email are eligible for a refund but incur an admin fee of £29.50. Beyond this time limit no refunds will be granted.

      If you enrol in the winter term for one or two terms

      Cancellations received by 29 November 2020 23:59 GMT by email are eligible for a refund but incur an admin fee of £29.50. Beyond this time limit no refunds will be granted.

      If you enrol for the spring term

      Cancellations received by 7 March 2021 23:59 GMT by email are eligible for a refund but incur an admin fee of £29.50. Beyond this time limit no refunds will be granted.

      Disclaimer

      This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the commencement of the course. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.