Portuguese 1


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Newly revised! Explore the cultural richness of the Portuguese-speaking world with this beginning-level language class (A1.1). Master the basics of Portuguese with a proven communicative approach that combines conversation practice with your instructor with robust online resources to keep you learning between classes. This practical course will quickly have you introducing yourself, providing information about your job, talking about family and explaining daily routines. The same textbook is used for Portuguese 1, 2 and 3.

Course format:

You will practice speaking in weekly 30-minute online sessions led by an experienced instructor, with a maximum of 3-6 other participants. In order to get to know all of your classmates, your conversation time will vary between the first or second 30-minute time slot of the hour you registered for. You should be available for either.

The live online sessions begin one week after the scheduled course start date to allow time to work through the first unit of learning material in preparation for the live conversation practice.

Online course materials introduce new grammar and vocabulary and teach pronunciation, listening, and reading skills through videos, audio and interactive exercises. Budget 3-4 hours a week to work through the online asynchronous content.

Course materials become available online on the scheduled course start date and remain accessible for one month after the course ends.

Want to know more about learning a language online? Read Dr. Julie Dahl's blog post about our online course format.

The required textbook is sold by many online vendors. Make sure to look for ISBN number 9897520597.  It is generally available on Amazon and at MEP Education.

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Course Outline

Course outline:

Below are the major themes covered in each unit. In Portuguese 2 you will work through chapters 0-4 in the textbook, Nota 10.

Unidade 0:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Communicating in the classroom
  • Alphabet
  • Greetings
  • Classroom vocabulary

Unidade 1:

  • Country and nationality vocabulary
  • Numbers
  • Greet people
  • Introduce others
  • Question words
  • Present tense verbs (1)
  • Definite articles

Unidade 2: 

  • City vocabulary
  • Locate people, places, and things
  • Exchange information about places
  • Present tense verbs (2)
  • Ser/estar (1)
  • Prepositions of place

Unidade 3:

  • Family vocabulary
  • Talk about family and friends
  • Describe people
  • Express preferences
  • Ser/estar (2)
  • Adjective/noun agreement
  • Possessive adjectives

Unidade 4:

  • Daily routine vocabulary
  • Talk about daily routines
  • Ask and tell the time
  • Exchange information about schedules
  • Present tense verbs (3)
  • Reflexive verbs

Earn Continuing Education Hours

By participating in this class you will earn:

Instructional Hours 35
University of Wisconsin Continuing Education Units 3.5

Explanation of Continuing Education Hours

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Program Questions?

Contact Chris Moore at christopher.moore@wisc.edu or 608-262-7389

Registration Questions?

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