Languages and Cultures

Language and Portuguese Culture

Module 1

Portuguese as a foreign language

180 h

This module will be based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching and Assessment (CEFR), 2001, which assumes a progression in six reference levels.

Levels A1 (beginner), A2 (basic) and B1.1 (intermediate I) will be considered.

  • A1: Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details. Can communicate in a simple way provided the interlocutor speaks slowly and clearly and cooperates.
  • A2: Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate priority. Can communicate simple tasks and routines requiring a simple exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms the environment around him/her, and also mention matters related to immediate needs.
  • B1.1: Can understand the main points and use clear, standard language on familiar matters. Can write about experiences and events and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Note: Adaptation to students’ levels may be necessary depending on their proficiency in English.

 

 

Module 2

Portuguese Culture

60h

This course aims to introduce you to the culture, history and geography of Portugal in a practical and experiential way, identifying some Portuguese cultural experiences and visiting some emblematic places of the Portuguese culture and heritage.

Content

  • Portugal: Geography and Nature: the ocean and its importance in culture and economy
    Portuguese world heritage
  • Portuguese history and heritage: our main heritage symbols (from the Romans to contemporary times)
  • Portuguese literature – the famous novelists
  • Portuguese painters and architects
  • Portuguese traditions (handicrafts and popular culture)
  • Portuguese cinema
  • Portuguese music (tradition and modernity)
  • Portuguese gastronomy and wines – diversity (visit to Porto and Douro)
  • The main cities and the countryside (historical villages)
  • The city of Porto and the novelists (city tour)
  • History, art and architecture of Porto (city tour)

Sightseeing:

Aveiro and Costa Nova: a place of fishermen and the Atlantic Ocean)
Braga: The Romans and the Christian Reconquest (D. Diogo de Sousa Museum)
Guimarães: Portugal cradle (visit to Paço dos Duques and the Castle)
Amarante and Amadeo de Souza Cardoso Museum)
Barcelos and the Museum of Handicrafts as an example of a visit

 

English Language and European Culture

Module 1

English as a foreign language

180 h

This module will be based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching and Assessment (CEFR), 2001, which assumes a progression in six reference levels. Levels A1 (beginner), A2 (basic) and B1.1 (intermediate I) will be considered.

  • A1: Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details. Can communicate in a simple way provided the interlocutor speaks slowly and clearly and cooperates.
  • A2: Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate priority. Can communicate simple tasks and routines requiring a simple exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms the environment around him/her, and also mention matters related to immediate needs.
  • B1.1: Can understand the main points and use clear, standard language on familiar matters. Can write about experiences and events and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Note: Adaptation to students’ levels may be necessary depending on their proficiency in English.

Module 2

European Culture

60 h

Content

  • Europe: Geography and nature – the national parks and the fauna and flora
  • European History (Construction of Europe, before the Romans, the Roman and Greek empires, classical culture, medieval Europe, modern times and modern-day Europe)
  • Heritage and Art: From the earliest settlements to Contemporary Art. The artistic currents and the main heritage symbols
  • European literature – the famous novelists of history
  • European painters and architects
  • European craft traditions and popular culture
  • Diversity of gastronomy and wine
  • Europe’s major cities
  • Europe’s World Heritage Sites
  • European cinema
  • Music in Europe from classical to folk music

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