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Foundations of Portuguese for Global Communication

Build a foundation in Portuguese with this introduction to the language and open up your career possibilities.

Foundations of Portuguese for Global Communication

Master the basics of Portuguese

Learning a new language can open up so many doors. Not only will it help you when travelling the world, but it’s also an extremely useful skill in any professional setting.

On this two-week introductory course from King’s College London, you’ll learn the basics of the Portuguese language, allowing you to strike up simple conversations in a social environment.

Explore Portuguese grammar and how to talk about yourself

To lay the foundation of the Portuguese language, you’ll start by engaging in basic conversations to introduce yourself and ask for basic information. You’ll cover how to pronounce Portuguese letters and combinations of letters as well as how to identify Portuguese grammar.

As the language is spoken across multiple continents, it has developed cultural characteristics and deviations between countries. You’ll delve into the basic differences between European Portuguese and Brazilian Portuguese, from addressing people formally to cultural colloquialisms.

Demonstrate your new skills to speak, read, listen, and write in Portuguese

Each stage of this course will allow you to use your new skills practically by producing short written and oral texts about yourself. You’ll also collect information from simple texts and audio documents to showcase the reading and listening aspects of your learning.

Learn from the experts at the Modern Language Centre

On this course, you’ll be guided by teaching staff and lecturers from the Modern Language Centre at King’s College London, all of whom are native Portuguese speakers.

The course has been mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) standard, ensuring that it’s designed to meet your language needs and will help you lay the foundation for you to continue learning Portuguese effectively.

What topics will you cover?

You’ll practise the language engaging in interactive activities, and participating in online group work according to a syllabus based on a systematic grammatical progression.

Covering various topics such as personal information, occupations, and key grammatical facts, by the end of the two-week course you’ll be able to introduce yourself and meet other people in Portuguese, as well as to read, understand and produce simple texts.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Present themselves and introduce a friend
  • Explain likes and dislikes for three leisure activities
  • Engage with others and exchange contact details
  • Describe family relationships and introduce family members
  • Discuss possessions
  • Present a short personal profile

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in learning Portuguese. As it is an introductory language course, you don’t need any previous experience in Portuguese.

It may be especially useful if you’re planning to visit Portugal or any Portuguese-speaking countries either on holiday or for business.

Who will you learn with?

Born in Brazil, with an MA in Modern Foreign Language Education - King’s College London, I have a special interest in the variables and technologies that can potentially accelerate language learning.

Born in Portugal, with an MA in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from King’s College London. I am passionate about teaching languages, with a focus on literature, drama and culture in general.

Who developed the course?

King's College London

King’s College London, established in 1829 and a founding college of the University of London, is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, based in the very heart of London.

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Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

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  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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