Practical Portuguese 1


First semester Register

(1) OT: date of placement test

(2) Where? In the "Where?" column you will find the name of the room or auditorium where the course takes place. You will find detailed info in the "Where to find us?" section.

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Content information

Starting level:
No prior knowledge of Portuguese is required.


  • Listening skills: both class dialogues and language laboratory lessons contain a lot of listening materials that will familiarize you with Portuguese.
  • Speaking skills: communication is essential in this course. By the end of this course, you will have acquired the skills and the confidence to have short everyday conversations.
  • Reading skills: in every lesson, participants listen to and read a number of dialogues. These dialogues and other texts are used to introduce structures, grammar and vocabulary.
  • Writing skills: by the end of this course you can complete forms with personal information.
  • Specific grammatical items: conjugation of the regular and irregular verbs in the present tense (presente) and of the regular verbs in the past tense (pretérito perfeito simples), the imperative, declension of the nouns and adjectives, pronouns (also enclitic), prepositions, adverbs and adverbials of time and place, etc.

Placement test: No

Administrative data

Course abbreviation: PP1

Programme: VTO

Course fees

Price category: B

Useful info

Special information:
Course emphasis will be on continental Portuguese, by which we mean that the teacher will instruct the grammar as used in Portugal. However, he / she will pay attention to the (small) distinctions from Brazilian Portuguese and African Portuguese (Angola, Mozambique, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau). After all, continental Portuguese grammar is the perfect foundation to acquire the other variants.

Recommended books:

  • Paiva Raposo E., Graça Vicenta (2013): Gramática do português, Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

  • Prisma Woordenboek Nederlands - Portugees, Utrecht: Het Spectrum
  • Prisma Woordenboek Portugees-Nederlands, Utrecht: Het Spectrum

Recommended books extra information:
If you buy one or more of these books at Standaard Boekhandel, Kouter 31, 9000 Gent you receive a discount of 10% on the official price. Just mention that you are a UCT student.



Number of tuition hours: 30

Period: 1st sem.

Nr. of hours per week: 1 x 2,5

Course book available at: UCT

For who?: All