Portuguese 3 Language and Culture PORT3002

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will build on the work of the Level 2 Language class and develop in depth and breadth students' proficiency in spoken and written Portuguese as well as allowing students to gain a detailed understanding of certain texts and topics chosen from the available Honours Options.


3 x 1 hour classes weekly over both semesters as scheduled on MyCampus; weekly seminars for two Honours options as scheduled on MyCampus.


Teaching will take place in weeks 1-5 and 7-11. Week 6 will be dedicated to guided independent study. 

Requirements of Entry

Portuguese Language 2 (HISP2015 or PORT2002) and Portuguese Culture 2 (HISP2014 or PORT2001) at grade D or better

Excluded Courses

PORT3001, 30 credit Portuguese Language course




Assessed language exercises throughout semesters 1 and 2 - 12.5% Oral Examination (15 minutes) - 12.5% Written Examination (2 hours) - 25% The other assessment for this course will be calculated from the assessed work for the agreed Honours options taken as part of this course (50%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below.


Reassessment of in-class language tests and other regular assessed exercises is not possible as this coursework is corrected and returned promptly to students. The School does not have the resources to create multiple versions of these various tests each year.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ further expand students' existing knowledge of the target language already acquired at level 2; 

■ ensure students can understand, read, write and speak the target language at post-intermediate level, which is broadly equivalent to B2/C1 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages; 

■ ensure students can use the target language with ease in everyday situations and professional environments; 

■ allow students to gain a detailed understanding of topics chosen from the available Options; 

■ develop students' skills in presenting a formal analysis of the topics studied in the Options - refer to specifications of individual options for full course aims.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ read, comprehend, analyse and translate intermediate-level and some advanced level texts of a variety of styles in the target language; 

■ speak with confidence and present ideas effectively in the target language on a range of topics reflecting work done on the course, using appropriate register, intonation, and a wide range of structures and idioms; 

■ respond accurately and with confidence to questions posed both orally and in writing, using advanced grammatical structures of the target language accurately and appropriately; 

■ produce texts written in the target language that show an active command of vocabulary, grammar and idiom at an advanced level reflecting the work contained in the course materials;

■ fully satisfy the ILOs of their chosen Options - refer to specifications of individual options for full course ILOs.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment. Students must attempt the oral exam