Intensive Portuguese for beginners

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Objectives and content

By making use of vocabulary, listening and grammar exercises, you will acquire the basic vocabulary and grammar that you need to understand very simple, clearly pronounced words and short sentences and you will be able to make short sentences in the present tense yourself. At the end of this course, you will be able to present yourself understandably in Portuguese both when speaking and writing and to talk about your hobbies.

  • Listening skills: Both class dialogues and language laboratory lessons contain a lot of listening materials that will familiarize you with Portuguese.
  • Speaking skills: Communication is essential in this course. By the end of this course, you will have acquired the skills and the confidence to have short everyday conversations.
  • Reading skills: In every lesson, participants listen to and read a number of dialogues. These dialogues and other texts are used to introduce structures, grammar and vocabulary.
  • Writing skills: By the end of this course, you can write a short and simple letter. You can also complete forms with personal information.
  • Specific grammatical items: conjugation of the regular and irregular verbs in the present tense (presente) and the past tense (pretérito perfeito simples), the imperative, declension of the nouns and adjectives, pronouns (also enclitic), prepositions, adverbs and adverbials of time and place, etc.

Required prior knowledge

No prior knowledge of Portuguese is required.


There is a final test.

Course materials

Important information:The course will emphasise continental Portuguese, by which we mean that the teacher will instruct the grammar as used in Portugal. However, we will pay attention to the (small) distinctions from Brazilian Portuguese and African Portuguese (Angola, Mozambique, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau). After all, continental Portuguese grammar is the perfect foundation to acquire the other variants.

Recommended books:

  • Paiva Raposo E., Graça Vicenta (2013): Gramática do português, Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
  • Prisma Woordenboek Nederlands - Portugees, Utrecht: Het Spectrum
  • Prisma Woordenboek Portugees-Nederlands, Utrecht: Het Spectrum

If you buy one of these books at Standaard Boekhandel Shopping Zuid, Woodrow Wilsonplein 4, 9000 Gent (in the campus shop next to the shop), you will receive a discount of 10% on the official price. Make sure to mention that you take a language course at the UCT.

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05/08/2024 - 26/08/2024

Time 09:00 - 12:00
Days Mon->Fri
Location Tech 2.11