Practical Portuguese 2


Second 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:

You have already followed a course of Portuguese, but your knowledge is limited to basic structures (elementary knowledge):

  • Speaking Portuguese is very difficult: you can only formulate short sentences and your vocabulary is limited to general topics.
  • You understand simple Portuguese expressions when articulated slowly and clearly.
  • When you read general texts in Portuguese, many words and constructions still seem unfamiliar to you.
  • When you write Portuguese, you only formulate short and simple sentences.
  • When you speak Portuguese, you already use the “indicativo presente” and the “pretérito perfeito simples”.

You take a placement test in the first session.


  • Listening skills: at the end of the course you can understand sentences related to everyday life such as family, work, etc, in short, topics that have a direct and personal impact on you.
  • Speaking skills: at the end of the course you can talk about simple and everyday topics, using simple sentences.
  • Reading skills: at the end of the course you are able to read short and simple texts. You can find information in simple, everyday texts such as advertisements, menus and timetables.
  • Writing skills: the structures which are acquired, are practised by writing short and simple texts or letters (e.g.: how did I spend the weekend?, or how to write a short note in order to thank someone).
  • Specific grammatical topics: the difference between the “pretérito perfeito simples”, “composto” and “imperfeito”, the “futuro indicativo”, personal pronouns (different forms and their place in a sentence), the use of prepositions.

Placement test: Yes

Administrative data

Course abbreviation: PP2

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.

Course book: UCT course book. You will receive this book from your language teacher in class.

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: 2nd sem.

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

Course book available at: UCT

For who?: All