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Conversational Portuguese, Brazilian

  • Travel to Brazil as a tourist or conduct business there with greater confidence and goodwill.
  • Connect with family members if you are of Brazilian descent or have married into a family that speaks the language.

More than half the population of South America speaks Portuguese. So whether you are a traveller, a heritage student, a music lover, a business person or have married into a Portuguese-speaking family, this program will help you improve your conversational skills. Brazilian Portuguese for Beginners: Part I is delivered at the School of Continuing Studies and Part II is taught at the Centro de Língua Portuguesa Camões in Toronto. See the Centro's website for details: www.camoestoronto.com. By the program's end, you'll have reached A2 in the grid used by the Council of Europe's Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Some material from B1 will also be introduced.

What You'll Learn

  • Develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in Brazilian Portuguese.
  • Be able to exchange simple information on work and other topics.
  • Understand what people say to you about life, work and family in simple conversation.
  • Follow the gist of the news, other media, public announcements and messages.
  • Understand plain advertisements, menus, timetables and personal letters.

Certificate Requirement(s)

You must complete Brazilian Portuguese: Part I and Part II within three years of the date you register, earning an overall average grade of A (80-100 per cent) and attending at least 80 per cent of classes at each level. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is not available for this certificate.

Important: Upon completion of your certificate requirements, you must request your certificate by submitting a Certificate Request Form.

Required Course(s)


In-class courses are offered when enrolment numbers permit. Some courses or sections may be available only in alternate years or by private instruction.