Portuguese

There are 200 million Brazilian Portuguese speakers today. Whether you’re interested in exploring beyond the Copa Cabana with locals other than the Girl from Ipanema, or connecting more deeply with your Brazilian friends right here in Sydney, Brazilian Portuguese is one of the most vibrant, sensual and musical languages to learn today.

Rio de Janeiro
  • 10 Weeks

  • All levels

  • AUD $395

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Feel at home anywhere with languages

We invite you to spend a few hours every week in Brazil with us, to learn the language of Neymar Junior, Paolo Coelho and Giselle Bünchen.

UNSW Global courses are designed to create opportunities for real-life communication practice and connect you with other people who share your interests.

Did you know?

  • Brazilians refer to the way they play football as ‘Joga bonito’ – the beautiful game.
  • Brazilian Portuguese accents have a lifting and strong cadence to foreign ears, making it easier to learn and understand than European Portuguese.

Why study Portuguese with us?

Our small class sizes allow for high levels of interaction between students and the teacher. This course will help you:

  • Learn to speak, read and write in Portuguese

  • Get an insight into Portuguese culture

  • Communicate confidently when travelling to Portuguese speaking countries

  • Understand and communicate better with Portuguese speaking friends or family

  • Improve your current or future employment opportunities

Levels and duration

There are six levels. Each level consists of either 20 weeks of study or 2 x 10-week terms.

Beginners (Level 1)

Module A

Who is this for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those with very little or no previous knowledge of the language.

What topics does it cover?

  • The alphabet
  • Greetings
  • Talking about yourself (names, nationality, profession, address)
  • Number up to 1000
  • Meeting other people
  • Leisure activities
  • Telling the time
  • Communication in the classroom

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Verb ser (to be)
  • Verbs in ‘AR’ (first conjugation)
  • Concept of gender and number of nouns
  • Definite and indefinite articles
  • Pronouns (personal, possessive and demonstratives)
  • Prepositions em + articles (in, on, at)
  • Prepositions de + articles (of, from)
  • Verb ir (to go)
  • Verb poder (to be able to)
  • Verb ter (to have)
  • Near future tense

What textbook do I need?

Novo Avenida Brasil 1 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) (Units 1 -2)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will have a basic understanding of the Portuguese language.


Module B

Who is this for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those with some basic knowledge of the language.

What topics does it cover?

  • At the bar and restaurant
  • Invitations
  • Food and objects on a dining table
  • Hotel reservations
  • Service delivery and complaints
  • Orientation in the city
  • Traffic signs
  • Numbers up to 1 billion
  • Houses and apartments
  • Real estate agencies

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Verb estar (to be)
  • Verb gostar de (to like)
  • Verb querer (to want)
  • Verbs in ER (second conjugation)
  • Verbs in IR ( third conjugation)
  • Irregular verbs fazer (to do), preferir (to prefer), ficar (to stay)
  • Possessive pronouns (dele, dela, deles, delas)
  • The imperative
  • Present continuous (progressive tense)
  • Comparison using more than

What textbook do I need?

Novo Avenida Brasil 1 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) (Units 3-4)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in a simple way with an increasing range of vocabulary and language functions.

Elementary (Level 2)

Module A

Who is this course for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basics.

What topics does it cover?

  • Define and identify objects
  • Comparison between places and things
  • Express position (objects and places)
  • Describe daily activities
  • Express actions that happened in the past

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Verbs in -ar, -er and ir in pretérito perfeito (past tense)
  • Verbs in the present continuous form
  • Comparison adjectives mais and menos (more and less)
  • Prepositions of place

What textbook do I need?

Novo Avenida Brasil 1 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) (Units 5-6)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will have awareness of grammatical structures and be able to use and understand them in simplified contexts.


Module B

Who is this course for?

This course (10 weeks) is for those who may have studied the language some years ago and are familiar with its basics.

What topics does it cover?

  • Body parts
  • Health and sports
  • People's characteristics
  • Brazilian art
  • Work: rights, timetables, professions, women’s rights at work

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Verbs ver (to see),
  • Verb ter que, de (have to)
  • Adjectives
  • Personal pronouns: lhe, lhes
  • Superlative (superlativo absoluto)
  • Nouns in plural form
  • Verbs preterito imperfeito (used to)
  • Regular verbs (1st/2nd/3rd conjugations)
  • Irregular verbs ser, ter, por, and vir
  • Verbs describing two actions in the past
  • Comparing preterito perfeito with preterito imperfeito
  • Futuro do presente (future tense)
  • Futuro do preterito (conditional tense)

What textbook do I need?

Novo Avenida Brasil 2 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) (Units 1-2)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate in and understand the language on practical everyday matters.

Lower Intermediate (Level 3)

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who have a good basic knowledge of the language.

Lower Intermediate 3A and 3B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics does it cover?

  • Clothing
  • Dress code
  • Invitations
  • Cross-cultural differences
  • Family
  • Celebrations
  • Japanese immigration in Brazil
  • Literal prose

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Regular and irregular verbs using the pluperfect tense
  • Regular and irregulars verbs using the subjunctive
  • Indefinite pronouns
  • Tenses with double negative
  • Future simple
  • Future in conditional clauses

What textbook do I need for this level?

Novo Avenida Brasil 2 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) (Units 3-4)


Module B

What topics does it cover?

  • Leisure activities
  • Holidays and travelling
  • The environment and ecology
  • Urban living
  • Brazilian geography, culture, people and cuisine

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Perfect Tense
  • Passive Voice
  • Modal constructions
  • Impersonal use of certain verbs
  • Inflected future tense
  • Modal constructions
  • Familiar and formal imperative
  • Regular and irregular past participles
  • Adverbs, pronouns, prepositions, conjunction

What textbook do I need for this level?

Novo Avenida Brasil 2 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) (Units 5-6)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will develop a deeper cultural awareness and be able to converse reasonably fluently with native speakers and discuss personal, social and current issues using appropriate structures.

Intermediate (Level 4)

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who have a good command of the language and its main grammatical structures.

Intermediate 4A and 4B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics are covered?

  • Jobs and careers
  • The world of work
  • Education in Brazil
  • Learning other languages
  • The weather
  • Natural disasters
  • The internet
  • Virtual lives

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Present subjunctive
  • Present tense used to express request
  • Modal constructions
  • Impersonal constructions
  • Adverbs, pronouns
  • Revision of various verb tense

What textbook do I need?

Novo Avenida Brasil 3 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) (Units 1-3)


Module B

What topics are covered?

  • Brazilian politics and economy
  • Managing money
  • Brazilian society
  • Superstitions
  • Alternative lifestyles
  • Religion in Brazil
  • Brazilian folklore

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This module covers:

  • Pronouns, conjunctions
  • Present subjunctive
  • Imperfect subjunctive
  • Idiomatic uses of the subjunctive
  • Various verb tenses
  • Word formation

What textbook do I need?

Novo Avenida Brasil 3 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) (Units 3- 4)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will be able to converse with native speakers and follow debates and discuss current issues using more complex and linguistically accurate structures

Upper Intermediate (Level 5)

Module A

Who is this for?

This level (20 weeks) is for those who are able to use the language with a high degree of fluency and accuracy.

Upper Intermediate 5A and 5B are 10 weeks each and may be taken in any order.

What topics are covered?

  • Jobs
  • Business
  • Consumer rights
  • Law and order
  • Getting around in Brazil
  • Accidents and insurances
  • Emergencies
  • Cities of the word

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Future subjunctive
  • Conjunctions
  • Relative clauses
  • Compound tenses of the subjunctive
  • Uses of the infinitive
  • Impersonal infinitive
  • Hedging
  • Word order
  • The imperative

What textbook do I need?

Novo Avenida Brasil 3 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) (Units 5-6)


Module B

What topics are covered?

  • Having fun
  • Brazilian music and TV
  • Famous Brazilians
  • Internet etiquette
  • Lusophone (Portuguese-speaking) countries and people
  • Brazilian vs. European Portuguese
  • The future of languages

I love grammar. Tell me more.

This course covers:

  • Relative clauses
  • Conditional clauses
  • Formal vs colloquial register
  • Direct and Indirect speech
  • Use of tenses and mood in reported speech
  • Main differences in syntax across Brazilian and European Portuguese
  • Revision of various verb tenses

What textbook do I need?

Novo Avenida Brasil 3 - Curso Basico de Portugues para Estrangeiros (Emma Eberlein O-F Lima et al.) (Units 7-8)

What’s the end goal?

By the end of this level, students will be able to use most forms of the language in a social or professional environment.

Advanced (Level 6)

Who is this for?

This level is for those who have an advanced level of language proficiency.

What topics are covered?

This course will be tailored to meet the needs of students. To find out more, contact enquiries@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au.

What’s the end goal?

This course will help students achieve a proficient (or native-like) use of the language. The main emphasis will be on conversation and group discussions with the extensive use of authentic materials.

 

Evening courses (6:30pm - 8:30pm)

UNSW Institute of Languages 223 Anzac Parade, level 2/3 (West Tower, L5 building), Kensington.
Length: 10 sessions, 20 hours (one class per week)

Questions? We have answers.

  • How do I work out which level to enroll in?

  • What is the average class size?

  • Do I receive a certificate?

Important Information

  • This course outline is a guide only. Content may be adjusted by the teacher to meet the needs of the students in the class.
  • This is a non-CRICOS registered course. International Student Visa holders are not eligible to enrol in non-CRICOS registered courses, including Modern Languages and Part-time English / Exam Preparation classes at this time.

    However, international students who are not on a student visa can enrol in these courses. Temporary Residents who want to enrol in Modern Languages or Part-time English / Exam Preparation classes can do so by contacting admissions@unswglobal.unsw.edu.au.

  • Please note that Commonwealth financial support is not available for Non-Award programs including Global’s Foundation programs and all language courses