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General Proficiency

Portuguese Courses

Course Description

The series of short courses in Portuguese for International Communication is designed in a unique format that will help participants achieve maximum results in the least amount of time. Upon succesful completion of each level, the participant receives a certificate awared by the CSL. 

Participants do not require any prior knowledge of Portuguese to start. All the skills and knowledge will be acquired from the basic level throuth the advanced level at international standards.

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Study Options

  • 32 contact hours per module / eight weeks per module
  • 32 guided independent study hours per module
    • Mondays and Wednesdays OR Tuesday and Thursday from 5:15 pm to 7:15 pm 
  • Total duration for modules 1 to 13: approx. two years and six months 
  • 32 contact hours per module / eight weeks per module
  • 32 guided independent study hours per level
    • Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Total duration for modules 1 to 13: approx. three (3) years.
  • Flexible schedule
  • Choose from 1 to 32 classes per week 
  • Tailor-made classes designed to meet your individual needs
  • Learn at your own pace and in your time

These private classes have been carefully designed for students who want to learn a language at their own pace, based on their abilities. They are looking to maximize the time spent with the professor to get the most out of each class, with the added bonus of choosing the schedule of their choice.

Programme Details

  • For computers using Windows (minimum system requirement: Windows 10)
  • For computers using Mac (minimum system requirement: OSX 10)
  • For iPad tablets (iOS) (minimum system requirement: iOS 9)
  • For Android tablets (minimum system requirement: Android 5)
  • The use of headphones with working speakers and a microphone is advised.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download the Acrobat Reader.

Upon successful completion of the Portuguese General Proficiency programme, modules 1 to 13, the participant will be able to:

  • Speak fluently, accurately and efficiently about a wide range of general, academic and professional topics and hobbies, clearly stating the relationship among ideas;
  • Communicate spontaneously using the level of formality appropriate to the relevant situation;
  • Understand the main ideas of conferences, talks and reports, and other forms of academic and professional presentations that are linguistically complex;
  • Write clear and detailed descriptions of facts and real or imaginary experiences in clear and well-structured text, stating the relationship among ideas and respecting the established standards of the chosen genre;
  • Write the story of a film, a book or a play;
  • Understand any type of audio, whether face-to-face conversations or re-broadcasted speech on habitual topics or others, related to the personal, social, academic or professional life;
  • Have the linguistic capacity to negotiate the resolution of conflict, such as complaints, asking for financial liability for damages, etc. using persuasive language;
  • Function well in most transactions that may arise while travelling, organising the trip or accommodation, or dealing with the competent authorities for travelling abroad;
  • Take the initiative in an interview and express ideas, obtaining help from the interviewer where necessary.
CSL ModulesCEFR Levels
Level 1 & 2A1
Levels 3, 4 & 5A2
Levels 6, 7, 8 & 9B1
Levels 10, 11, 12 & 13B2
  • All our courses covers the contents of the Common European Framework of Reference of Languages (CEFR) of the Council of Europe.
  • The communicative approach is applied in all language for international communication courses.

Participants will develop the four language skills, i.e. listening, reading, writing and speaking simultaneously while learning grammatical structures and vocabulary related to the module as well as an appreciation of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.

Some of the evaluation components include group projects, assignments, oral presentations and tests in the four language skills: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

On successful completion of each level (A1, A2, B1 & B2), participants will receive a Certificate of Completion awarded by the CSL. On partial completion of a module (CSL level 1) participants obtain a Transcript. In order to get a Pass, students must obtain at least 60% of the overall grade.

International certification is obtained by way of external examinations.

  • High School diploma and transcript with a minimum GPA of 2.00 OR
  • Passes in any two-2-unit CAPE or GCE A-level subjects, OR
  • Minimum of four (4) CSEC (CXC)/GCE O’Level subjects, inclusive of English A and mathematics, Grades 1,2,3* or A,B,C.

    *Grade 3 accepted if attained in June 1998 or beyond

Prerequisite Courses

  • For admission of our modules 2 – 13, along with the requirements above, successful completion of the previous level in the CSL programme or having been placed at the specific level via a CSL placement test.

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General Fees

  • Registration fee (non-refundable): US$ 32 / TT$ 220
  • Late registration fee (if applicable): US$ 16 / TT$ 110
  • Instructional materials: TBA

Tuition Fees

Level A1Level A2 

Module 1: US$ 380 / TT$ 2500

Module 2: US$ 380 / TT$ 2500

Module 3: US$ 430 / TT$ 2800

Module 4: US$ 430 / TT$ 2800

Module 5: US$ 430 / TT$ 2800

 
Level B1Level B2 

Module 6: US$ 530 / TT$ 3500

Module 7: US$ 530 / TT$ 3500

Module 8: US$ 530 / TT$ 3500

Module 6: US$ 530 / TT$ 3500

Module 7: US$ 530 / TT$ 3500

Module 8: US$ 530 / TT$ 3500

 

What happens next?

We aim to make a decision on your application as quickly as we can. If we need any more information about your qualifications, we will be in touch.

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