Beginner Portuguese

Port 110 Accelerated Elementary Portuguese (Autumn), Port 103 (Winter)


Portuguese 110 and Port 103 are taken in a sequence, which corresponds to the first-year of Portuguese courses at UW. Portuguese 110 is an accelerated course that combines the content of Port 101 and Port 102. The sequential class after Port 110 is Port 103. These courses are aimed at those students who wish to attain a working knowledge of Portuguese. In these beginning Portuguese courses students will:

  • develop some basic communicative skills.
  • start to understand simple ideas expressed by other speakers.
  • use Portuguese to communicate simple ideas about self, family, study, work, daily routines, leisure activities, houses, furniture, chores, and health.
  • interact with authentic Portuguese texts on a variety of simple subjects.
  • attain an increased awareness of and cultural sensitivity to the Portuguese language.
  • gain knowledge of some social and historical aspects of the Portuguese-speaking world.
  • learn more about the Portuguese-speaking communities in Seattle.

By the end of Port 103 students are expected to achieve an Novice-High level of Proficiency in Portuguese, whis is described bty the 2012 ACTFL Guidelines as:

Novice High

Speakers at the Novice High sublevel are able to handle a variety of tasks pertaining to the Intermediate level, but are unable to sustain performance at that level. They are able to manage successfully a number of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations. Conversation is restricted to a few of the predictable topics necessary for survival in the target language culture, such as basic personal information, basic objects, and a limited number of activities, preferences, and immediate needs. Novice High speakers respond to simple, direct questions or requests for information. They are also able to ask a few formulaic questions.