Portuguese Advanced 2 (MLT915)
Based on 36 hours of small group interactive seminars and tutorials predominantly delivered in Portuguese, the unit also comprises 64 hours of monitored private study.
- University credits: 10
- University levels: 1-4
- Pre-requisite: MLT921, A Level grade A, CEF B2-
- Co-requisite: N/A.
- Availability: Students, members of staff, members of the public
- Teaching period: Spring semester (Semester dates)
- Contact times: 3 hours per week over 12 weeks, starting in Week 1 of the semester, and including a two-hour class and a one-hour lab session.
- Group size: Maximum of 23 students per class-group and 10-15 per lab-group.
- Language Co-ordinator: Diana Mesa Torres
- Module Leader: Diva Fleming
- Pathway: MLT911
Assuming successful completion of the unit below (MLT921 Portuguese Advanced 1), an A level grade A in the language, or equivalent learning experience at level B1+/B2- of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), this unit aims to consolidate an initial preparation for a prolonged professional, academic or recreational stay in a country where the language is spoken and introduces the full range of linguistic and cultural skills required to engage in authentic and spontaneous interaction with native speakers.
Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:
- perform at Level B2 of the CEFR
- understand the majority of TV news, current affairs programmes, and films, and extended speech and lectures with a complex/advanced line of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar
- understand articles and reports concerned with contemporary problems in which the writer adopts particular attitudes or viewpoints, as well as contemporary literary prose
- interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that make regular interaction with native speakers quite possible, taking an active part in discussion of familiar topics, and deliver a structured spoken presentation on a simple controversial subject related to their field of interest, giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options and defending their own viewpoint
- write advanced, argumentative texts (e.g. essay, report or letter) on a wide range of subjects related to their interests, passing on information, giving reasons in support of or against a particular point of view, or highlighting the personal significance of events and experiences
- demonstrate an enhanced understanding of current cultural and social trends and associated behaviours in areas where the language is spoken so as to engage fairly easily with native speakers in most communicative situations
- demonstrate a strategic ability to study the language by themselves for specific purposes, assessing their longer-term language needs and cultural interests, setting themselves goals in relation to these, and using specialist tools as well as experimenting with a range of resources and techniques to achieve these goals
- demonstrate competence in a number of transferable skills such as IT skills, researching, presenting and analysing information, defending an argument and negotiating, intercultural and language awareness, autonomous learning, social media communication, etc.
* 'Set' texbooks are provided at no additional cost to students taking the course for credits, as part of the Languages-for-All Fee-Waiver scheme, or as part of the Doctoral Development Programme.
- Virtual Learning Environment (Blackboard):
- Weekly scheme of work
- Summary of activities done in class, with slides and corrections
- Follow-up and preparatory homework
- Additonal resources, inc. free-view film selection and grammar exercises
- Validation - This module can be validated as part of the following schemes:
- Undergraduate degree
- MLTC Certificate of Attendance or Completion
- Higher Education Achievement Record
- Doctoral Development Programme & Research Training Programme
- Oral Assessment: 50%
- Written Examination (in the examination period): 50%
- Feedback: In addition to on-going individual and collective feedback during class-activities, learners will receive individual written feedback on the three pieces of assessment above.
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Information last updated: 11 January 2023