Intermediate B1

This intensive course is for language learners striving toward the B1 level.

CEFR Scale

My suggestion* for these two weeks is to focus on:

  • perfeito vs. imperfeito / subjunctive mood intro
  • reading and listening comprehension
  • conversation

*There's always room to adjust the course according to the group's preferences:

After this course, you'll have come closer to the B1 level and have the tools and strategies to get there and beyond.

Not sure if you should enroll in the A2 or B1 course?

Clean Slate A0

Geared toward Absolute Beginners, this course gives you a solid start and foundation to build upon.

CEFR Scale

This is an introductory course to the Portuguese language as spoken in Portugal. Throughout the course, we will focus on the Portuguese sound system and basic Portuguese grammar.

You will also learn how to introduce yourself and day-to-day, useful phrases. Finally, we will discuss learning resources and strategies to support your learning journey.

After the course, you will have a basic understanding of European Portuguese pronunciation and grammar. You will also be capable of engaging in simple, short oral interactions. Last but not least, you will be aware of a variety of learning resources and strategies to help you succeed at learning the language.

Portuguese short story for beginners - de maos dadas - Portuguesepedia
Easy Reads for Portuguese Lanugage Learners - Entre a Felicidade e a Tristeza - by Portuguesepedia

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Self-assessment
Where are you at? (1 Beginner–10 Fluent)

Beginners A2

This intensive course is for language learners striving toward the A2 level.

CEFR Scale

My suggestion* for these two weeks is to focus on:

  • prepositions
  • past tense: perfeito vs. imperfeito
  • listening comprehension and conversation

*There's always room to adjust the course according to the group's preferences:

After this course, you'll have come closer to the A2 level and have the tools and strategies to get there and beyond.

Not sure if you should enroll in the A2 or B1 course?

Beginners A1

This intensive course is for language learners striving toward the A1 level.

If you have just started your learning journey, you may find this course too challenging. Consider enrolling for the Clean Slate A0 instead (if available).

CEFR Scale

This is an all-round course, meaning that we’ll work on all aspects of language learning (at the A1 level):

  • pronunciation
  • listening comprehension
  • reading comprehension
  • conversation
  • grammar

After this course, you'll have come closer to the A1 level and have the tools and strategies to get there and beyond.

Not sure if you should enroll in the A1 or A2 course?

There are plenty of interesting options for our accommodation. It will most likely be a countryside house near Tavira.

I haven't booked it yet because I want to get a better idea of the group's composition (how many couples/singles) and your preferences before I do so. That will for instance help me understand how big a house we might need.

I look forward to soon talking to you about this and much more. Até breve, p

Self-assessment
Where are you at? (1 Beginner–10 Fluent)

INTENSIVE COURSES FALL '23 (Algarve) » Applications are open!

Placement Test A1/A2

Read this before you start

This placement test will help you decide whether to apply for the A1 or A2 beginners course.

Keep in mind that the A1 level is the first milestone along your learning journey. At the outset, you are not at the A1 level yet but striving toward it (and it will take some time and effort to attain it).

! If you are an absolute beginner, you may find the A1 course too challenging. In that case, consider enrolling in the Absolute Beginners A0 course instead (if available).

Absolute Beginner »» A1 »» A2 »» B1 »» B2 »» C1 »» C2

Language proficiency levels according to CEFR Scale. Learn more about CEFR


Consider taking this test on a laptop/desktop so that you can comfortably type in your answers (when typing is requested). Also, make sure to turn on the sound.

You don’t need to bother with typing in the circumflex and tilde accent marks (^ ~) nor the cedilla (ç). However, you need to type the acute and grave accent marks (´`) when required. This test is not case-sensitive – it doesn’t matter if you don’t capitalize letters even when you are supposed to.

You’ll be tested for listening and reading comprehension skills as well as acquaintance with Portuguese grammar. There will be 3 types of questions:

  • Drag and drop
  • Fill in the gaps
  • Multiple choice

Having a pen and a piece of paper by your side is always a good idea to take notes, especially for questions assessing listening comprehension skills. Concerning multiple choice, it is good practice to glance at all the possible answers before reading or listening to the actual audio/text.

There are 27 questions in total and you have 60 minutes to answer them. That leaves you with a little over 2 minutes per question on average to complete the test.

Note that the questions are not sequenced in order of their level of difficulty. Thus, don’t get caught up too long in any question – skip to the next one if it feels far beyond your current skills. The most important is to make it to the end.

You can always go back if you have time left (you’ll see a navigation table at the top tat makes it easy for you to go back to any unanswered questions).

Here’s what your final score might be telling you.

0-12%

The A1 course might be too challenging. Consider enrolling in Clean Slate A0 (if available).

13-45%

The A1 course is most likely adequate for you.

46-55%

You could apply for either A1 or A2. If you like challenges, go for A2.

56-85%

The A2 course is most likely adequate for you.

86-100%

You could apply for either A2 or B1. If you like challenges, go for B1 (if available). Consider taking the A2/B1 placement test for further evaluation.

You shouldn’t use external help of any kind to assist with your answers (textbooks, phone apps, etc.) It is after all in your best interest that you get a measure of your current language proficiency that is as accurate as possible.