Portuguese for Foreigners, level A2 (Self-study)

The A2 Portuguese for Foreigners Course (Self-study) is designed for adults (aged 18 or over) looking to improve their knowledge of the Portuguese language autonomously.

As a distance-learning course, it gives all foreign learners the chance to study Portuguese and learn about Portugal and its culture, particularly those who until now wouldn’t otherwise get such an opportunity.

The course adopts an intercultural approach based on teaching and learning as a way of examining students’ knowledge of themselves and others. Teaching and learning is a way of promoting the Portuguese language and culture and a means to gradually increasing multilingual awareness across different cultures.

Aims of the course

Ultimately, when the course is finished, students will be able to understand the main questions when interacting with someone speaking about familiar subjets in standard and clear Portuguese (work related matters, school or leisure). They will be able to deal with most situations encountered in places where Portuguese is widely spoken. They will be able to converse in a basic and consistent manner on their favourite subjects and discuss issues in which they have a personal interest. They will be capable of describing their experiences, events, dreams, hopes and ambitions, as well as giving reasons for their opinions.

Concerning language skills, the student will specifically be able to:

Oral comprehension

  • Understand phrases and frequently used vocabulary about issues of particular personal interest such as family, shopping, work and their immediate surroundings.

  • Understand the basic concept of an advertisement and short, clear messages.


  • Read short, basic texts;

  • Understand normal, day-to-day information in simple texts, such as advertisements, brochures, menus, opening hours, etc;

  • Understand short, simple letters of a personal nature.

Course structure and teaching methods

The course is divided into twelve weekly modules covering the following three skills:

  • Reading; 
  • Oral comprehension; 
  • Grammar; 

Students are expected to spend six hours per week working on the various course activities:

  • Self-study: Reading and listening to materials relating to the course modules; doing tasks and a variety of exercises, including grammar;.

Course duration

The course will be available for twelve weeks.

Tuition fee

 180 €


Assessment is continuous and based on the following criteria:

  • Regular access to the website/course segments;
  • Completing the online exercises;
  • Taking part in reading, speaking and grammar-based activities;

Course certificates

All students successfully completing the course will receive an official certificate.

Any student wishing to officially register their level proficiency in the Portuguese language may sit an exam for obtaining the Portuguese as a Foreign Language Elementary Diploma (DEPLE) at a Portuguese as a Foreign Language Assessment Center (CAPLE).

For more information, please visit http://caple.letras.ulisboa.pt