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Module Title LC Portuguese Core I – Beginners: The expansion of Portuguese as a World-Language
SchoolLan, Cult, Art Hist & Music
Department Modern Languages
Module Code 09 31624
Module Lead Paulo Pepe
Level Certificate Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Co-requisites LC Portuguese Core II – Beginners: Modernities in Portuguese - (09 31625)
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-10 hours
Seminar-70 hours
Guided independent study-120 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description This module presents a fusion of linguistic competencies and content analysis to allow students to begin developing a depth and breadth of subject expertise within Portuguese and Lusophone studies and to begin explaining the significance and relevance of that knowledge. In place of the traditional separation between language and content in Modern Languages curricula, and through the interrelation of comprehension, speaking, and writing, students on the module will develop their understanding and expertise within Portuguese language in conjunction with a consistent focus on cultural awareness and analysis. The module will cover key cultural concerns; social, political, and historical phenomena; and linguistic skills relating to the Portuguese-speaking world within and across global contexts and disciplines. Students will also develop skills sets in critical thinking and research that will allow them to engage with and interrogate pressing socio-political issues and cultural phenomena from local and global perspectives. Students will have regular opportunities to use technology to understand language and culture, derived where possible from teaching and research projects based in the Department of Modern Languages.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Evaluate key cultural movements, historical periods and socio-political events of the Portuguese and Lusophone world and their significance within and across global contexts.
  • Make appropriate use of up-to-date technology - derived from research and pedagogy that are current in Portuguese - to analyse and understand key aspects of Portuguese language and culture from a variety of critical perspectives.
  • Begin to make use of academic methods and concepts fundamental to the advanced understanding of languages and cultures across different multiple periods and disciplines, and begin to apply this understanding to connections and conflicts between peoples in history and the contemporary period.
  • Show evidence of independent learning, reflective learning, critical thinking and the ability to perform appropriate research tasks in order critically to examine diverse local and global phenomena relating to languages and cultures.
  • Show evidence of working towards use of the Portuguese language to A1 level of the CEFR for languages
Assessment 31624-01 : Critical Essay in English (1800 words) : Coursework (40%)
31624-02 : Project in Portuguese (300 words) : Coursework (15%)
31624-03 : Language Test (1 hour) : Class Test (15%)
31624-04 : Oral- Aural Exercise : Class Test (30%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:
1800-word critical essay in English (40%) to be submitted at the end of semester 1

Project in Portuguese involving digital humanities: 300 words (or equivalent) (15%) to be submitted at the end of semester 1

1-hr language test in class time (15%)

Oral-aural exercise (30%)
Re-submission of failed component
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