Course Overview 


Introduction to Portuguese is a Beginners Portuguese course for students who have never studied the Portuguese language before. This is a less intensive course than our 6-week Level 1 Portuguese course, allowing you to ease your way into the language at a slower and more relaxed pace. At the end of the 10-week Introduction course, students can then join the Level 2 class. If you’re unsure of your level, then check our levels chart. 


Our Portuguese language classes take place at our school in Covent Garden with a qualified, experienced teacher and fellow students. Evening language classes at IH London are dynamic and interactive as the emphasis is on spoken communication, which is achieved through lots of group work and role-plays. At the same time, there is systematic work on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, so that you can improve on all aspects of the language. Your teacher speaks in the target language throughout, so that you can refine your comprehension and listening skills. 


Course Content


Communicative Outcomes

– Greeting someone and responding to greetings  

– Presenting yourself / Saying hello and goodbye 

– Talking about where people are from 

– Talking about nationalities and languages 

– Asking questions to your teacher 

– Listening and following classroom instructions 

– Ordering drinks and coffee


Linguistic Outcomes

– Numbers 0 –100 

– Days of the week 

– Countries 

– Cities 

– Verb ser and chamar-se (singular and plural) 

– Personal pronouns 

– Definite articles singular (o and a) 

– How (como), who (quemand where (onde) 

– Verb ficar 

– Prepositions (de, em, no, na)

– Negative sentences  

– Colours 

– Numbers 101 – 1,000 

– Nationalities 

– Languages 

– Classroom objects 

– Regular verbs ending in –ar (present tense) 

– Verb estar  

– Difference between ser and estar 

– Drinks 


Cultural Aspects

– Types of coffees and most popular snacks in Portugal and Brazil 



Passaporte para Português Livro do Aluno 1 (A1/A2)*

Units 1-4

ISBN: 978-989-752-378-6


* Coursebooks are to be purchased after the first lesson and are required for the course. Books will be available to purchase from reception on the day of your second lesson.


Course Information 


  • Average class size: 8 (maximum 15) 


Class Schedule 


  • The classes are 1.5 hours per week 
  • The course runs for 10 weeks 
  • The course takes place on Friday evenings 18:00 – 19:30 
  • The possible study options for this course are as follow: 


6th October – 8th December 2023

12th January – 15th March 2024

12th April – 14th June 2024

5th July – 13th September 2024*

4th October – 6th December 2024


*There is a week’s break in the course from 29th July – 2nd August 2024 for the summer holiday. The course still consists of 10 lessons spread out over 11 weeks.


This language course includes: 


  • Access to our online platform to download lesson summaries, notes and resources 
  • Support and advice from Portuguese language teachers 
  • Portuguese language study tips 

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