Portuguese Courses

Although our Portuguese lessons have the same 6 levels as the English, German and French courses, they are structured differently. This is because our students who study Portuguese have very different expectations compared to our Portuguese students learning a foreign language.

The foreign students who study Portuguese can be divided into 2 distinct groups:

  • those who live in Portugal (full-time or part-time) and want to learn Portuguese to integrate fully into the community,
  • or business people who normally need specialised courses relating to their professions.

Except in the case of beginners, all students are interviewed to assesss their levels. Students can choose to have private lessons or study in a group (4-8 students).  Our most popular group course is the 30-lesson one for beginners.  It is really enjoyable and the aim is to have students speaking Portuguese as quickly as possible.

Portuguese Lesson Structure

Our Portuguese Courses are structured as detailed below. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Beginners

Our beginners course (30 lessons) has proved to be extremely popular. It gives students a really good grounding in Portuguese. Our aim is to have students speaking Portuguese as quickly as possible.

Pre-Intermediate

This course (30 lessons) is ideal for students who have already taken our beginners course or who have a basic knowledge of Portuguese. The teachers are very happy to chat to anyone who is not sure about their level.

Intermediate

This course (30 lessons) is ideal for students who have already taken our pre-intermediate course or who have a good basic knowledge of Portuguese. The teachers are very happy to chat to anyone who is not sure about their level.

Advanced

This course (30 lessons) is for students who have completed Português XXI, book 1 and we move onto book 2, at the A2 level. Usually, the advanced course is split into two courses to ensure we cover all the material in book 2.

Types of Courses

The different types of courses for learning Portuguese are provided below.

Group Courses

Our 30 module lessons are particularly popular with beginners.

Private Lessons

Note that although these are for individuals, if you are a couple or there is another friend wanting to learn Portuguese at the same time as yourself, we do a 2 for 1 discount.

Portuguese Language Certifications

For non-EU nationals, in order to acquire Portuguese nationality, there is a language proficiency requirement. Currently, you will need proof that you are proficient in Portuguese at the A2 level or higher.

Therefore, we support and tutor students wishing to prepare for the official Portuguese as a foreign language exams that are provided by Centro de Avaliação de Português Língua Estrangeira (CAPLE). These follow the CEFR framework and the most frequently achieved certifications (worldwide) that CAPLE issue are listed below.

CIPLE (A2)

The Certificado Inicial de Português Língua Estrangeira (CIPLE) corresponds to the minimum level of language proficiency needed to apply for Portuguese citizenship.

DEPLE (B1)

The Diploma Elementar de Português Língua Estrangeira (DEPLE) certifies that an individual can interact in everyday situations, at work and study where the context and predictability of language is known.

DIPLE (B2)

The Diploma Intermédio de Português Língua Estrangeira (DIPLE) certifies that an individual has an understanding of both oral and written Portuguese that is not limited to understanding only factual information.

At present, we have no group courses that prepare you for the Portuguese as a foreign language exams.

Instead, we offer private Portuguese lesson tuition. This enables us to maximise the tuition support given to you and allows us to fit in with your timetable. Please see our private lessons section for more details.

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