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Portuguese Language and Culture Level 1

This course aims to provide beginning students with a practical command of the vocabulary and grammar of the language. Topics include phonetics, expressions of time and quantity, subject pronouns, articles, possessives, interrogatives, and the present indicative of common verbs. Information about Brazilian culture is integrated to enhance student appreciation and use of the language. (Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language, second edition, Preliminary Lesson – Lesson 2)

 

Portuguese Language and Culture Level 2

Topics include prepositions, contractions, and irregular and stem changing verbs, demonstrative and reflexive pronouns, adverbs and the Preterit Perfect tense of regular verbs. The integration of Brazilian culture continues by identifying and comparing family members and structures. (Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language, second edition, Lessons 3-5)

 

Portuguese Language and Culture Level 3

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to use the preterit perfect tense of regular and irregular verbs, direct and indirect object nouns and pronouns; tag questions; prepositions “por” and “para”; use of the preterit imperfect. Topics will include clothing, shopping, consumer goods and markets. (Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language, second edition, Lessons 6-7)

 

Portuguese Language and Culture Level 4

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to compare people and things; pronouns after prepositions; reflexives verbs and pronouns; impersonal subject; use of the preterit perfect and imperfect; interrogative pronouns; imperative mood (commands); review and additional use of prepositions “por” and “para”. Introduction to personal infinitive. Students will also learn about popular holidays in Brazil and how to accept and decline invitations. (Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language, second edition, Lessons 8-9)

 

Portuguese Language and Culture Level 5

This course introduces more advanced topics such as the present, past and future subjunctive. Students will learn how to use certain verbs to express doubt and uncertainty, emotions, wishes and hopes. Topics will include discussing making travel arrangements and itineraries. (Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language, second edition, Lessons 10-12)

 

Portuguese Language and Culture Level 6

This level will introduce more advanced topics: the future tense of indicative, the conditional; reciprocal verbs and pronouns; past participle and passive voice; present and past perfect. Review of the subjunctive. (Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language, second edition, Lessons 13-15)

 

Conversational Portuguese

This program is designed for students who are already proficient in the skills taught in Levels 1-6 and who want to increase their conversational abilities. Conducted entirely in Portuguese, this course provides students with an opportunity to markedly improve their speaking and listening skills. Magazines, video and audio resources designed to provide practical opportunities for vocabulary and skill development are selected to match student interests. Grammatical topics are addressed as needed.

 

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Ponto De EncontroSince communication in a foreign language requires an understanding of the cultural context, our aim is to teach you the living language through carefully selected textbooks, newspaper and magazine articles and other relevant materials, rather than have you repeat and memorize tourist phrases.

Over the past thirty years, we have reviewed many university-level Portuguese textbooks and have selectedPonto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language, second edition (Pearson) as the one that best fulfill the objectives of our students in beginning and intermediate levels. Teachers provide suggestions for texts and supplementary materials at the higher levels. Books may be purchased at the Barnes and Noble Boston University Bookstore, 660 Beacon Street, Boston or on-line on Amazon.com.

 

Tuition

Tuition for the Portuguese program at all levels is $359. There is a non-refundable $35 registration fee for first-time students only.

In addition to our core program, we offer immersion programs which cover levels 1 to 5 of our core program in 6 weeks (4 weeks in summer). Tuition for the daytime immersion program is $1,795.

Please note that our immersion program hours may change depending on how many students register for the course. 
 

Immersion Courses

Hours

3 or more students

90

2 students

72

1 student

40

 
 

 

Schedule

 

Class Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Level 1

Mondays and Wednesdays

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Level 1

Mondays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 1

Saturdays

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Level 2

Tuesdays and Thursdays

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Level 2

Thursdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 2

Saturdays

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Level 3

Mondays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 3

Saturdays

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Level 4

Tuesdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 5

Thursdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Level 6

Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Conversation

Mondays

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 

Immersion Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

Summer Class Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Level 1

Tuesdays and Thursdays

9:30 am – 11:45 am

Level 1

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 1

Saturdays

9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Level 2

Mondays and Wednesdays

9:30 am – 11:45 am

Level 2

Mondays and Wednesdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 2

Saturdays

9:00 am – 1:30 pm

Level 3

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 4

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Level 5

Fridays

1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Conversation

Fridays

1:00 pm – 5:30 pm

 

Summer Immersion Schedules

Program

Day(s)

Time

Levels 1-5

M/Tu/W/Th/F

9:00 am – 1:30 pm

 

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You are invited to our next Open Houses on
Wednesday, November 16 from 5 - 7 p.m. at our
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Join our staff and teachers for refreshments and a helpful discussion of your needs.

Contact:

Jasmyne Raneri, Program Coordinator, Foreign Language Programs
617-262-3500 x229 jasmyne@bostonlanguage.com
Foreign Language Department Associate
617-262-3500 x224 language@bostonlanguage.com

Private
Programs

Private instruction offers students an opportunity to work one-on-one with an instructor at their own pace. The instructor carefully selects materials and plans lessons to effectively meet the student's goals and individual learning style.

Private programs offer a flexible schedule and a customized curriculum. A minimum of 20 hours of instruction with one or two classes (each 90 or 120 minutes) per week is the suggested module, but dates, times and content can be arranged according to your requirement.

Immersion
Programs

Immersion programs are designed to teach the equivalent of levels 1 to 5 of the Institute's regular core programs in one 6-week or 4-week, 90-hour sessions. Classes meet Monday through Friday, 3 hours a day in 6-week programs/4.5 hours a day in 4-week programs).

The main goal of these programs, which meet in small classes of 4 to 12, is to help students, from day one, to increase confidence in their ability to use their new language in a wide range of real-life situations and improve their oral skills as they progress from level to level.

Corporate
Programs

Since 1981, The Boston Language Institute has been serving the language needs of major international corporations, government agencies and leading professional firms.

Our training in over 140 languages, along with our cross cultural orientation seminars and executive coaching, have helped our clients succeed in the international arena. Whether on a one-on-one basis or in a group setting, we work closely with our clients, assisting them to choose a program that best fits their schedule and language needs.