Portuguese 1


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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 talking about family, daily routines, preferences and food. The same textbook is used for Portuguese 1, 2 and 3.

Course format:

Instructional videos and interactive online materials in the Canvas course platform introduce new grammar and vocabulary and teach pronunciation, listening and reading skills. Participants should budget 3-4 hours a week to work through the online asynchronous materials in preparation for the live online conversation groups. Participants practice speaking live with the instructor in small groups of 3-6 students in 30-minute weekly sessions. Groups will vary weekly, so participants should be available for the entire one-hour time slot. Online course materials are available one week before the first live conversation class 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 9782011558107.  It is generally available on Amazon and at MEP Education

Sections anticipated  (See Upcoming Dates for open sections and more detail):


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

Registration Questions?

Email registrations@pyle.wisc.edu or call 608-262-2451.

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