• Class Number 3756
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Elisabeth Mayer
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
    • Ana Luiza Machado
SELT Survey Results

This course is a practical introduction to the Portuguese language. It is designed to develop basic listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at the novice level through a communicative and culture-based approach. Students acquire the language largely through simulated real-life situations in the classroom as well as in the language-learning centre. Throughout the semester, students are introduced to grammatical structures and training in learning strategies is provided. By immersing themselves in the language, they develop a knowledge and understanding of culture and traditions in Portuguese-speaking countries around the world.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a basic knowledge of Portuguese grammar and lexicon;
  2. Demonstrate communicative skills that allow them to ask questions, directions and discuss a variety of topics confidently in Portuguese;
  3. read, comprehend and understand short literary and non-literary texts;
  4. write short texts and descriptions; and
  5. recognise cultural and traditional practises specific to Portuguese societies in the world. 

Research-Led Teaching

Course Convenor: https://researchers.anu.edu.au/researchers/mayer-e

Tutor: MA Linguistics (Federal University of Rio), PhD Linguistics 2016 - Psycholinguistics and implications for Second Language Teaching

Required Resources

see Wattle page

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • as part of their daily practice in class
  • as part of their daily homework, in particular thanks to the textbook’s online platform (homework) 
  • during office hours and by email 
  • as indications and/or corrections on assignments

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Generic skills

This course will contribute to develop and enhance students’ abilities in:

1. critical thinking and problem-solving

2. application of analytical processes to written and oral communication

3. team work

4. cultural awareness and insight that enhances global understanding

5. identification of language learning strategies

6. basic understanding of language structures generally applicable to language learning

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction and Unit 1
2 Unit 1 Oral pronunciation exercise 1
3 Unit 2 Quiz 1
4 Unit 3 Written Assignment 1
5 Units 3-4 ?Quiz 2; Oral pronunciation exercise 2
6 Unit 4 ?Written Assignment 2
7 Units 4-5 ?Oral pronunciation exercise 3
8 Unit 5 Quiz 3
9 Units 5-6 Written Assignment 3; Oral pronunciation exercise 4
10 Unit 6 Quiz 4
11 Units 6-7 Quiz 5
12 Unit 7 ?Oral exam; Written Assignment 4

Tutorial Registration


Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Quizzes - 40% (8% each) 40 % 12/03/2019 21/05/2019 1, 2, 3, 5
Written Assignments - 20% (4 at 5% each) 20 % 21/03/2019 03/06/2019 1, 3, 4, 5
Oral pronunciation exercises - 20% (4 at 5% each) 20 % 07/03/2019 16/05/2019 1, 3, 4, 5
Oral Exam - 15% 15 % 30/05/2019 03/06/2019 1, 2, 3, 5
Tutorial Participation - 5% 5 % 05/03/2019 24/05/2019 1, 2, 3, 5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 12/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 21/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5

Quizzes - 40% (8% each)

Continuous assessment, 5 short (10 minutes) online tests; (multiple choice selection and primary production), reading and listening comprehension, grammar and lexicon, weekly feedback about personal learning process 

Assessment Task 2

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 21/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 03/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4, 5

Written Assignments - 20% (4 at 5% each)

150-500 words, short in-class essay about topics that have been treated in class.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 07/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 16/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4, 5

Oral pronunciation exercises - 20% (4 at 5% each)

4 short recordings of texts, submitted on Wattle.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 30/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 03/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5

Oral Exam - 15%

A prepared 10 minutes dialogue between two students.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 05/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 24/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5

Tutorial Participation - 5%

Attend all 3 weekly classes, prepare for every class and participate actively during the whole semester

  • Attendance required for all classes A,B and tutorials
  • Excuses are permitted by presenting a medical certificate (in case of sickness) and relevant documentation for other reasons, see extensions and penalties below
  • The online exams can only be taken during the tutorials in the classroom

In addition to that, the lecturer evaluates students on the performance component. The average performance mark will be weighted according to an index constructed from attendance. The descriptors for class performance are as follows:

10 - 8

Thorough preparation of weekly written exercises, oral activities and readings specified in the Calendário; excellent participation in the interactive group exercises; excellent contribution to and participation in class discussion; full involvement in structured tutorial activities; shows sensitivity to classroom dynamics.

7 - 5

Good preparation of weekly written exercises, oral activities and readings specified in the Calendário; alert and interested in the interactive group exercises; good contribution to and participation in class discussion, regular involvement in structured tutorial activities.

4 - 2

Some preparation of weekly written exercises, oral activities and readings specified in the Calendário; shows some interest in the interactive group exercises; little contribution to and participation in class discussion; performance and participation are limited.

1 - 0

Rare or very little preparation of weekly written exercises, oral activities and readings specified in the Calendário for every class; shows no interest in the interactive group exercises; no contribution to or participation in class discussion. 

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Students seeking an extension must discuss the request with the Course Convener before the due date. Extensions will be granted only on medical grounds or other reasonable grounds. This applies to all assessable items but specifically to the Quizzes due to their online nature.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

see Wattle page

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Elisabeth Mayer

Wednesday 15:00 16:00
Ana Luiza Machado

Research Interests

Ana Luiza Machado

Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration / Page Contact: Website Administrator / Frequently Asked Questions