XPO0001 Portuguese 1 (4 cr)

Study level:
Other studies
Grading scale:
English, Portuguese
Responsible organisation:
Centre for Multilingual Academic Communication
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



This course is for beginners in Portuguese, whether Finnish or exchange students, and it focuses on Brazilian Portuguese. In this course, learners will develop their language skills while also exploring Brazilian culture – with all its eccentricity and interesting pecularities.
Each class session is a mixture of large-class lectures, in class discussions, and in class individual and group participation. When in class, learners are expected to actively participate and engage in coursework. In addition, students are also expected to complete simple, small homework assignments outside of class as part of their coursework. It is important to note that while this course focuses on developing the four language skills (speaking, listening, writing, and reading), grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and culture are integrated into the course syllabus in a natural and meaningful way.

Completion methods

Learners are expected to complete a simple, graded written assignment during the course. In addition, at the end of the course, an exam is held (skill-areas: speaking, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary). The grade that the students receive is based on performance in the different components of the exam.

Assessment details

Written assignment (20%)
Oral exam (40%)
Written exam (40%)

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, learners are expected to:

be able to ask and answer simple questions about self, their immediate needs, and very familiar topics;
be able to introduce themselves, including information about who they are and where they live, as well as information about their interests and feelings;
be able to use simple chunks to ask for clarification, repetition, or help;
understand and follow simple instructions associated with everyday situations;
understand the main idea and some details of short written texts;
be able to fill out written forms and write simple texts about themselves and their interests;
feel comfortable in an environment where Portuguese is spoken;
understand a little about Brazilian culture and manners;

Overall, this course aims at reaching A1 level, as outlined by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Study materials

The course material used is a learning package developed to meet the needs of beginner-level learners. The package will be available on Moodle for printing and consultation.

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (4 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
English, Portuguese