LGE105 - Introductory Portuguese Level 1

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Subject Title
Introductory Portuguese Level 1

Subject Description
This is an introductory course appropriate for students with minimal or no previous exposure to the Portuguese language. Participation in interactive classroom activities will enable students to acquire the basic skills of fluency to communicate in Portuguese. Cultural awareness will be expanded by investigating the unique customs and characteristics of various Portuguese-speaking countries of the world.

Credit Status
One General Education Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. use Portuguese for a variety of purposes and in a variety of contexts;
2. use Portuguese to think and learn in a variety of settings;
3. understand and share one's experiences with others in Portuguese;
4. apply the conventions of Portuguese appropriately for the purpose, audience, and context;
5. develop independent and collaborative learning strategies to create practical and imaginative works in a variety of media, in Portuguese.


Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.


Topic Outline

The skills listed below represent the result of an integrated and balanced language course. As the student progresses, the Portuguese language skills will be developed gradually and naturally through communicative interactions, each at various levels of competence.

Listening Skills
Students will be able to:

  • recognize sound patterns in Portuguese (e.g. phonemes, nasal diphtongs,intonation, stress and /or tone);
  • demonstrate understanding of basic Portuguese vocabulary and language structures;
  • use verbal cues (e.g. intonation), to understand simple oral messages in dialogues;
  • identify subtle differences in the pronunciation and vocabulary in different Portuguese-speaking regions;
  • identify the use of formal and familiar forms of address (e.g. tu, você, o senhor / a senhora).

Speaking Skills
Students will be able to:
  • use standard pronunciation in Portuguese according to the spelling reform
  • use basic vocabulary and language structures to ask and answer short questions and to make brief statements;
  • express likes and dislikes in brief, rehearsed conversations and dialogues;
  • use oral language conventions appropriately (e.g. forms of greeting);
  • use Portuguese to work collaboratively with peers and the instructor.

Reading Skills
Students will be able to:
  • read a variety of simple Portuguese texts (e.g. menus, schedules, dialogues) for comprehension, consolidation of oral skills and expansion of vocabulary (Reforma Ortogrática);
  • read simple materials aloud to develop standard pronunciation;
  • use visual cues (e.g. illustrations) and some verbal cues (e.g. context) to determine the meaning of messages in print and other media;
  • respond to materials read by answering short questions.

Writing Skills
Students will be able to:
  • write complete, simple sentences using basic vocabulary and language structures (e.g. identify and describe favourite foods);
  • write answers to simple questions;
  • write for practical purposes, applying proper accentuation;
  • use resources to communicate more effectively in writing (e.g. bilingual dictionaries).

Cultural Understanding
Students will be able to:
  • identify specific regions and / or countries where Portuguese is spoken;
  • demonstrate some knowledge of the culture of countries where Portuguese is spoken (e.g. identify famous people, places, typical foods, celebrations);
  • identify cultural aspects of the Portuguese language (e.g. use of greetings, introductions);
  • recognize and explain the contributions of the Portuguese culture to Canada and the world.

  • express greeting and leave-taking using expressions of courtesy
  • learn numbers, dates, time and classroom expressions
  • request and provide personal and factual information
  • discuss daily activities, routines and locations
  • describe and identify persons (including family members), animals, places, and things
  • express nationalities, places of origin, ethnic and cultural diversity
  • communicate location and time of events, and express possession
  • discuss activities and make future plans (subjunctive futrure included)
  • order food in a restaurant
  • talk about arts and entertainment
  • express preferences and feelings, needs, likes and dislikes

Mode of Instruction
Instructors develop the listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills of their students by using a wide range of teaching strategies (teacher-centred, student-centred, paired, and grouped activities) to meet the different learning styles of their students.

Students will be expected to prepare on a weekly basis for the upcoming class by reading and studying assigned text material.  In addition to the weekly classes, students should spend a minimum of three hours per week on independent study to further cement their learning.

Prescribed Texts
Clémence M. C. Jouët-Pastré. et al., Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language, Books a la carte edition, 2nd ed, Pearson/Prentice Hall. ISBN# 9780205998494.

Reference Material
 Collins-Robert Portuguese/English - English/Portuguese dictionary.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
To be successful in this subject, you must complete all course work as specified, and achieve an overall grade of 50% or more. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see the Academic Policy at http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy
Term Work:
The term work will constitute 85% of the final grade.  The instructor’s class schedule will indicate the nature of the weekly activities and assignments, their due dates, and their value.
All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly.  Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date. If an assignment is missed due to class absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted to the faculty member on or before the next scheduled class. Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Final Examination:
The final in-class examination will constitute 15% of the final grade.

Grading Scheme:

Culture / Oral/Aural / Written


Final Exam


Student Success:
Attending classes, fully participating in course activities, ensuring you are prepared for class by completing assigned readings and activities, completing and handing in all required course work prior to the final exam will increase your chances of success in the course.

Students must keep all assignments (including drafts and outlines) and exercises until they receive their final grade.

Students may appeal any final grade in a subject or any decision by the College, following the recommendation of a Promotion Committee, with respect to the student's academic standing, continuation or status in a program, School, Faculty or the College.  It is the policy of the College that a student who invokes this appeal process will be given a fair hearing.  For further information on appeals, please see Section 12 of the Academic Policy Handbook.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood