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Unit information: Brazilian Portuguese Level 2 Grade 2 in 2015/16

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Unit name Brazilian Portuguese Level 2 Grade 2
Unit code LANG20003
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Mrs. Ramos-Alvaro
Open unit status Open

LANG 10005



School/department Department of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit is designed to follow on from the Brazilian Portuguese Level 1 Grade 1 unit (ab-initio entry level)

The unit aims to consolidate and develop general language structures and functions, and to introduce basic specialist concepts and terminology. This will enable students to develop their existing knowledge of the language into areas related to professional life, with particular emphasis on the skills necessary for working in an international environment. The unit includes: practice in the four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing), grammar and vocabulary development, cultural and social aspects of the language, presentation skills and academic writing.

The unit will include:

• General communication skills • Academic listening and note-taking skills • Academic and sub-technical language • Academic reading and writing skills • Subject specific language • Oral presentation skills • Cultural and social aspects of the language • E-learning opportunities

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student will:

1. be able to communicate effectively on a variety of general and specific topics, having achieved a confident level of communicative competence in everyday situations and in a foreign academic environment. 2. have developed specific academic skills (note taking, giving oral presentations and academic writing) necessary for studying in an academic environment in Brazil 3. be able to apply their language skills into areas related to their specific field of study (i.e. language for special purposes) 4. have acquired knowledge and awareness of the general social and cultural background of the target language 5. have made full use of e-learning opportunities at the University, for example blogs and wikis in Blackboard, , etc.)

Teaching Information

The communicative approach will be used; learners will be involved in a variety of interactive and stimulating activities with maximum use of the target language. This will be supported by e-learning opportunities; a Blackboard site, wikis, blogs and use of self-study facilities.

Assessment Information

The four skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing – are assigned equal weighting for the purposes of assessment (25% each).

For reading and writing there is a formal mid-sessional examination at the end of TB1and a formal examination in the summer examination period.

• The mid-sessional reading examination comprises 12.5% of the overall mark. The summer reading examination comprises 12.5% of the mark. Both assess ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

• The mid-sessional writing examination comprises 12.5% of the overall mark. The summer writing examination comprises 12.5% of the mark. Both assess ILOs 1, 2, 3 and 5

• Listening is assessed by both continuous assessment, consisting of a listening assignment which comprises 12.5% of the total mark, and by a final class test, which comprises 12.5% of the total mark. Both assess ILOs 1 and 2.

• Speaking is tested by continuous assessment, consisting of marked coursework (oral presentation, which comprises 12.5% of the total mark - assessing ILOs 1, 2 and 3) and an oral exam which comprises 12.5% of the total mark (assessing ILOs 1, 2 and 3).

The overall pass mark for language courses is 40%.

Reading and References

Reading and reference material will be provided on Blackboard.