Portuguese Language Enrolment Module, Stages 4-5

Develop your language skills in Portuguese. You will discover the different varieties of Portuguese and the diversity of cultures in the Portuguese-speaking world. You can take this module as a short course, or as part of the Certificate of Higher Education in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (Spanish or Portuguese) or a BA degree.

We offer Portuguese language courses at advanced levels only.

Portuguese Language Enrolment Module, Stages 4-5 is the general enrolment course for all students wishing to study Portuguese at stages 4 to 5. You will be asked to take a placement test and you may need to attend an interview, to enable us to assess your current level of knowledge and place you on an appropriate course. Below is some information about what is studied at each stage and practical details about the location, days and times of the classes.

After enrolling online, you will receive an email with a link to the placement test and instructions about how to submit it. You can also enrol in person at the Student Advice Service or by phone on +44 (0)20 7631 6316. You should then call the Cultures and Languages Office on +44 (0)20 7631 6113/6170 and they will send you a placement test. 

Portuguese 4

This 29-week course, leading to CEFR C1 (Advanced/post-A-level)*, is aimed at developing your language skills in Portuguese (listening, speaking, reading and writing) to an advanced level of ability and helping you gain further insight into aspects of the culture and society of the Portuguese-speaking countries. You will learn to use more complex sentences and structures, such as the passive voice and compound sentences, and will further expand your vocabulary. You will be expected to understand a variety of texts from a range of media, including short literary texts, TV programmes and films.

This course uses Português via Brasil: um curso avançado para estrangeiros as a textbook.

Classes are offered on a Wednesday, 6pm-9pm, in central London, commencing on Wednesday 4 October 2017. 

Portuguese 5

This 24-week course, leading to CEFR C1 (Advanced)/C2 (degree level)*, aims to consolidate your fluency and accuracy of language use, both in speaking and writing. The minimum exit language level for this module is CEFR C1 but students who perform at the higher levels of achievement can be taken to have reached CEFR C2 level. It introduces basic translation skills for which journalistic and academic texts are employed. You will study literary texts, from Romanticism up to present day, from the different Portuguese-speaking countries. It takes you up to a degree level of ability. You will consolidate your academic writing in the language by producing a range of essays and/or a short research project based on films and/or literary texts. You will improve your oral-aural skills through the use of authentic texts, films, TV and radio programmes and discussions and debates in class.

Classes are offered on a Tuesday, 6pm-9pm, in central London, commencing on Tuesday 3 October 2017. 

*Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Please note: this is only an approximate equivalence.

This Short Course can be taken as a stand-alone course or it may be available as part of a Certificate of Higher Education.

30 credits at level TBC

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students. You may have to fulfil specific prerequisites for some intermediate-level or advanced-level courses, but these will be specified where relevant.

    Visa requirements

    If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

    The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

    • Courses of more than six months’ duration.
    • Courses of less than six months’ duration.
    • Pre-sessional English language courses.

    International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our three-year evening study BA/BSc/LLB degrees, as these are classified as full-time study and qualify for student visa status. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck’s part-time evening study degrees.

    For full information, read our visa information for international students page.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You enrol directly onto the classes you would like to take, using the Enrol Now link below. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis – so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then enrol onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.

First class: TBC

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