Portuguese for Foreigners, level 1, 2007/2008, 1S

PFFN1   Portuguese for Foreigners, level 1
Coordinator: Fernanda Barrocas
Tutors: Joana Castaño and Lúcia Mascarenhas

The Institute Camões is launching an online course entitled Portuguese for Foreigners, level 1. This course is coordinated by Fernanda Barrocas, Instituto Camões. The course will be totally delivered online, using a course management system as well as other useful software (see 6. below).



1 - Objectives

The main objective of this course is to give an opportunity to all those who want to learn Portuguese to do it online. In terms of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language Learning, it is expected that those taking part in it will achieve the A2 level.

2 - Participants

The course is aimed at those who want to learn Portuguese and have no prior knowledge of this language.

3 - Number of participants


4 - Duration

The course will last for four months, beginning October 13. 2008 and ending February 21. 2009. There will be a break between Dezember 22. 2008 and January 2. 2009.

5 - Details

The online course is structured around weekly blocks; learners will spend 8 hours a week on it, as follows:

1. Autonomous work:
- Reading and listening to material related to a certain unit;
- Doing exercises, both those included in the textbook and those placed online.

2. Work with the tutor:
- Participation in chats;
- 30-minute weekly oral interaction with the tutor;
- Posts to forums about difficulties felt or specific points of interest to all participants.

Materials and instructions for their use will be will be placed weekly on the learning platform. Oral interaction sessions will be scheduled on a weekly basis. Every other week there will be formative mini-tests to solve, allowing the learners to identify their difficulties and the tutor to better cater for learners' needs. English will be used initially as communication language.

6 - Requirements

Candidates must have:
- broadband Internet;
- a multimedia computer;
- headphones and a microphone or a headset;
- Skype installed on their computers (free download at www.skype.com);
- Português XXI, level 1, Student Book (textbook);
- the respective exercise book and audio CD;
- optionally, Gramática Activa 1, a grammar book.

Participants will have a 20% discount when buying the above learning materials (textbook, exercise book, audio CD and grammar book) directly from the publisher. For further information please contact the publisher at Este endereço de email está protegido contra piratas. Necessita ativar o JavaScript para o visualizar. . The Instituto Camões itself will not establish these contacts.

7- Fee

There will be a 320 EUR fee. Payment will be made by bank transfer. We will send our bank account details to the selected participants.

8 - Selection

The Instituto Camões will be fully responsible for the selection of the candidates.

9 - Certification

Participants in the course who want to get a certificate can submit to the DEPLE examination (Elementary Diploma of Portuguese as a Foreign Language). For further information please visit http://www.fl.ul.pt/unidades/centros/caple/principal_en.htm

10 - Application

Candidates must fill in an application form (http://www.instituto-camoes.pt/cvc/portuguese-for-foreigners-level-1-application-form.html) until September 30. 2008.