French MA

Subsidiary Portuguese Language (Intermediate) PORT4011

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course aims to extend students' existing knowledge of Portuguese acquired at Level 1, allowing them to develop their skills in understanding, reading, writing and speaking the language at intermediate level.


Please see timetable information for Portuguese Language 2 PORT2002

Excluded Courses





Assessed language exercises throughout semesters 1 and 2 - 25%

Oral Examination (10 minutes) - 25%

Written Examination (2 hours) - 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

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.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ further consolidate students' existing knowledge of the target language already acquired at level 1; 

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

■ prepare students to use the target language with ease in everyday situations and professional environments.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ read, comprehend, analyse and translate intermediate-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, structures and idioms; 

■ respond with confidence to questions posed both orally and in writing, using the main and some 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 intermediate level reflecting the work contained in the course materials.

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.