Intermediate Portuguese

Port 201 (Spring, Summer), Port 202 (Autumn), Port 203 (Winter) - Intermediate Portuguese


The Portuguese 201, 202, 203 sequence is aimed at those students who wish to attain a working knowledge of Portuguese. In these courses students will:

  • continue to develop their communicative skills.
  • understand simple ideas expressed by other speakers.
  • use Portuguese to communicate ideas about self, family, study, work, daily routines, leisure activities, houses, furniture, chores, health, food, shopping, vacations and festivals, traveling, relationships, arts and entertainment.
  • interact with authentic Portuguese texts on a variety of 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 the Seattle area.

By the end of PORT 203 students are expected to achieve an Intemediate-Mid level of proficiency in Portuguese, which is desbribed by the 2012 ACTFL Guidelines as:

Intermediate Mid

Speakers at the Intermediate Mid sublevel are able to handle successfully a variety of uncomplicated communicative tasks in straightforward social situations. Conversation is generally limited to those predictable and concrete exchanges necessary for survival in the target culture. These include personal information related to self, family, home, daily activities, interests and personal preferences, as well as physical and social needs, such as food, shopping, travel, and lodging. Intermediate Mid speakers tend to function reactively, for example, by responding to direct questions or requests for information. However, they are capable of asking a variety of questions when necessary to obtain simple information to satisfy basic needs, such as directions, prices, and services. When called on to perform functions or handle topics at the Advanced level, they provide some information but have difficulty linking ideas, manipulating time and aspect, and using communicative strategies, such as circumlocution.

Overall, Intermediate Mid speakers are at ease when performing Intermediate-level tasks and do so with significant quantity and quality of Intermediate-level language.