PORTUGUESE – (10 weeks of Portuguese classes)*
Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, Brazil, and countries in Africa. This Indo-European language is related to Spanish. Our teachers love to bring the culture of the Portuguese and Brazilian people directly to you. Whether you are learning for travel, for pleasure or for work, or just because you have friends or family who speak it… So many different reasons, one beautiful language. The Atlanta International Language Institute is proud to be able to bring this beautiful language to you.
*Courses include 10 consecutive weekly classes (barring major holidays). Classes meet once a week for 2 hours at our location, or online. The curriculum of our language program is built for groups of three to nine students who complete the material in ten weeks. We also offer more immersive classes that are seven weeks for two students, and five weeks for private lessons.
Advanced Classes Available Upon Assessment
Please note that all classes are subject to a minimum enrollment.
Students will learn the basics of the Portuguese language, including the syllabic and pronunciation system, the alphabet, numbers, pronouns, greetings and personal introductions.
Nouns are covered (number and gender), articles, adjectives (definition and types).
Students will learn names of food, drinks, furniture and appliances, sports and activities, days of the week, months, seasons, family words, clothing and accessories, and questions words.
Verbs covered will be mainly in the present tense.
In this level, students will begin to learn about the structure of time while using Portuguese grammar: Past and present tenses.
Students will begin to discuss singular and plural nouns, posessives, feeling and body vocabulary, as well as transportation, animals, and plants.
Students will be introduced to adverbs and their usage in Portuguese.
At this level, students will be able to use prepositions and directions, and be able to get directions around times.
In this level, the past and future tenses will be used. Irregular verbs will be introduced.
Vocabulary will include holidays, entertainment, banking, hotels and airports.
Students will also learn how to give advice, discuss necessity, make requests and suggestions, make comparisons, and expressing ability.
Students will also be able to talk using the passive voice.
At this level, students will focus on reviewing and practicing verb tenses, and learn to create a short dialogue using subjunctive and indicative tenses, where needed and noticed in context.
Students will learn irregular verbs and gerunds using participles.
Adverbs and adjectives will be reviewed.
Students will continue to practice ordinal numbers.
Students will be introduced to oblique pronouns.
Students will be introduced to pronominal and reflexive verbs.
Conversations will include behavioral and social rules.
Focus will be on pronunciation and orthography.
Students will practice reading and writing formal and informal e-mails.
In addition, students will complete reading and writing exercises, and learn about Brazilian culture.
By the end of this level, students will learn to read various newspaper articles, listen to the radio, and discussing the news. Students will learn to make suggestions and opinions.
Students will be taught the indicative compound present, past and future tenses. Also covered will be a review of participles and gerunds, and conjunctions and prepositions.
Vocabulary covered in this level includes expressing personal and group feelings.
Pronunciation will focus on syllabic divisions.
Students will be able to speak in direct and passive voices.
Students will learn to watch television in Portuguese, and ask/answer questions what was watched.
Students will learn to read an article and hold a conversation on that article.
Students will focus on present perfect subjunctive; will review indicative compounds, pluperfect and relative pronouns.
Students will be able to express assumptions
Pronunciation rules will be covered, and focus will be made on listening.
Students will continue to work with adverbs and adjectives.
Cultural differences will be focused on between the student’s native culture and Brazilian culture.
At this level, students will be able to watch Youtube videos , and discuss and express their opinion of them. Students will also be able to translate music, and express agreement and disagreement to an opinion.
Grammar covered will include pronouns in formal conversations and writing, using pronouns in formal letters, reviews of verb tenses, reflexive verbs, and an introduction to expressions and regional slang.
Students continue practicing their writing and will be comfortable writing e-mail correspondence around various topics.
At this level, students will be able to watch part of a movie and will be able to discuss the central topic. Students will continue picking out key grammar points in articles and essays.
Grammar included in this class will be the use of the “Crase” rule, and a focus on prepositions. Students practice the use of nominal concordance and verbs.
Students will learn to hold conversations about poems and interpretation using denotation and connotation.
Students will continue to be exposed to regional expressions and slang.
At this level, students will work on preparation for the CELP-Bras exam, including grammar, essays, audio, reading and writing.
Grammar includes: pronouns, reviewing verb tenses, prepositions and conjunctions, and adverbs and adjectives.
Focus will be on reading essays used in the exam, and listening to audio examples given for the exam.
All classes are subject to a minimum enrollment.
Group classes cannot be rescheduled or canceled.
Classes are NON-REFUNDABLE after the registration deadline.
Only classes canceled or rescheduled by the Atlanta International Language Institute will allow for a refund in full.
Returned checks will be electronically processed along with associated fees.
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