The language offer in Portuguese covers courses at beginner and advanced level and is primarily aimed at double-degree students, but generally open to all students and members of the TU.
All courses take both, the European and the Brazilian, variant into account and are divided into two levels:
1. Courses at UNIcert® level I
The basic courses build on each other systematically and are aimed at beginners or students with little previous knowledge. Course participants can acquire the UNIcert® 1 certificate within 10 semesters (4 hours per week).
Taking part in the basic courses, you will learn to communicate in the most important situations, concerning you and your immediate living environment of everyday life, with simple linguistic means.
In addition, you will get to know about the most important customs relating to social and family area and cultural characteristics. Towards the end of the basic level, the focus is primarily on topics that are of particular relevance to students and should help them to survive in the university environment.
As you learn to deal with the language autonomously in a relatively short time, the progression in the basic courses is quite steep. The four skills listening, reading, speaking and writing are trained in all courses. In addition, the courses cover large part of the grammar and acquaint you with the basic vocabulary. Therefore, you should allow enough time for practicing and repeating.
Level completion is the UNIcert® I certificate.
2. Courses at UNIcert® level II
Courses at this level are aimed at students who have successfully completed level I or students with good basic knowledge (e.g. 4-5 years of Portuguese at school).
The courses at this level have a modular structure and various focuses, such as grammar and vocabulary, practicing the four skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing), cultural or university and career-oriented themes.
In addition to focusing on grammar, the courses aim at a familiarization with a wider range of regional, cultural, social or political aspects and content in order to allow students to successfully communicate in these areas, including in professional and student-relevant situations.
Level completion is the UNIcert® II certificate.