• This course is offered in Term 2 (May-June) and Term 4 (October-December) each year, pending sufficient student enrollment

Date & Time:

  • Our 2023 Term 2 class meets on Friday mornings from 8:00-9:30am, beginning 5 May 2023. 8 consecutive weekly sessions per Term.

Time Zone equivalents:

for live-streaming Zoom Sessions from New Zealand. If your Time Zone doesn't suit our live-streamed class, you can also access our courses by watching the live-recorded sessions that are posted to the course webpage each week, usually the next day.

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Thu 4 May 2023, 10:00-11:30am

  • US Pacific: begins Thu 4 May 2023, 1:00-2:30pm

  • US Eastern: begins Thu 4 May 2023, 4:00-5:30pm

  • London, UK: begins Thu 4 May 2023, 9:00-10:30pm

  • Paris, France: begins Thu 5 May 2023, 10:00-11:30pm

  • New Delhi, India: begins Fri 5 May 2023, 1:30-3:00am

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Fri 5 May 2023, 3:00-4:30am

  • Singapore: begins Fri 5 May 2023, 4:00-5:30am

  • Tokyo, Japan: begins 5 May Feb 2023, 5:00-6:30am

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Fri 5 May 2023, 6:00-7:30am


  • Portuguese is spoken by approximately 250 million people around the world; it provides direct access to the Portuguese, Brazilian, Angolan and Mozambican cultures, to name the most prominent ones. As a “gateway language,” it allows you to understand countless words in Italian, French and Romanian, and right from the start you will be able to grasp much of written Spanish.

  • In our Intermediate 300-level series, knowledge about the Portuguese language’s main verbal structures and tenses is further deepened. More complex structures are addressed, focusing on their practical application in daily conversations. Learners are exposed to more detailed vocabulary compared with our 200-level courses, and the conversation practice is less structured, enabling learners’ to use and consolidation the communicative skills they have already acquired in the previous Intermediate series of 200-level courses.

Meet our Instructor:

Portuguese & Italian Instructor Mônica Salerno, PhD

Hello! My name is Mônica Senna Salerno and I’m a Brazilian scientist born in Rio de Janeiro. I hold a MSc from Brazil and a PhD from Australia. I’m a native Portuguese speaker, and fluent in English and Italian, having lived and worked in Brazil, Australia, Italy, and NZ. The experience of working effectively as part of teams with very diverse cultural backgrounds (scientific labs are real Babel Towers in miniature) have allowed me to develop a broad understanding and proficiency in working on multicultural environments. However, Aotearoa is the place I call home. Besides the biological sciences I have a special interest in mythology, and I enjoy literature, cinema, pottery and football (the real one) and cheese making (I had an award winning boutique goat cheese company). Language is culture, and I am hoping to be able to help students enjoy themselves while attaining new knowledge.


This course is offered as a Zoom-only course and is available via the live-streamed sessions or the posted video-recordings of each live session posted 1-2 days after each class session. There is no in-person component.

All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse Centre located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station) (entrance is located on the side of the building, see map). Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front of Anglesea Street.

Distance Learning:

This course has distance-learning options for those unable to attend the live class sessions in Hamilton. Students have three options for attending our courses once they have registered:

  • Attend in-person classes in our Hamilton classrooms at the regularly scheduled day and time.

  • Attend our live on-line classroom sessions via Zoom at the regular scheduled day and time.

  • Watch the live-recorded class sessions at your leisure, at a time, day and place more suited to your schedule.

Distance-Learning options:

  • In addition to our in-person classes in Hamilton, our courses offer distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed Hamilton classes are available via free Zoom software for those living outside the Waikato. Live-streaming allows you to participate fully in your own learning, ask questions of the instructor and participate fully in the same way as if you were in the physical classroom.

  • Those unable to attend the scheduled date and time of the actual class sessions, or those who need to miss a class or two due to previous engagements or unexpected illness, can watch any or all of the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace and in their own time.

  • Detailed instructions on how to access our distance learning components will be sent after completing your registration. There are no additional fees for this service. However, distance learners will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good quality web-camera (tablet devices and mobile phones can also access our live-streamed classes), a built-in microphone (most modern laptops have built-in microphones) or a headset with a microphone. You will also need to download and install the free Zoom software on your computer or device. Those accessing the video recordings will be able to do so with a simple web browser on any device.

Pricing options:

All prices in New Zealand dollars. Unwaged includes students, seniors and retirees.

Course curriculum:

Week by week new material will be posted throughout the duration of the course. Video recordings of each weekly session will be posted here after 1-2 days after each class.

    1. EarthDiverse Course Information

    2. EarthDiverse Zoom instructions

    1. 20230505 T2.1 Portuguese 302 video

    1. 20230512 T2.2 Portuguese 302 video

    1. 20230519 T2.3 Portuguese 302 video

    1. 20230526 T2.4 Portuguese 302 video

    1. 20230602 T2.5 Portuguese 302 video

Additional course info:

  • Videos and PDF content of class presentations or whiteboard notes are uploaded weekly after each live session
  • Begins on Fri 5 May 2023
  • NZ time: Fridays 8:00-9:30am


  • Those who cannot make the class meeting day and time either in-person or via live Zoom sessions may consider accessing this course through the weekly recorded video sessions. Class videos are posted within 24 hours of each live class session and are available for your own personal learning session on a day and time of your choosing.


  • An Introductory Brazilian Portuguese textbook, written by the Course Instructor, Cristina Schumacher, will be used throughout the course and is included in the course fees. These will be posted as weekly PDFs to the course webpage, which you can print at home and add to your own loose-leaf notebook. This will be supplemented by additional materials containing a collage of exercises. You will require a pen or pencil, a notebook for taking notes, and perhaps a recording app on your phone to record yourself and your spoken progress. Any notes that your instructor writes on the class whiteboard will also be posted to the course webpage as a digital PDF file so that you can print these out at home and add them to your own notebook. Video recordings of each weekly session will be posted to the course webpage, usually within 1-2 days of each class.

  • Other resources you may wish to consider are:

  • Portuguese. One Minute An Hour (Em Portuguese do Brasil) (Portuguese Brazilian), paperback by Cristina Schumacher

  • Português na Prática Para Falantes de Inglês (Portuguese Brazilian), paperback by Francisco Araujo da Costa

  • Falar… Ler… Escrever… Português – Um Curso para Estrangeiros, Emma Eberlein and Samira Iunes

  • Novo Avenida Brasil 1, Emma Lima, Lutz Rohrmann, Tokiko Ishihara, Samira Iunes and Cristián Bergweiler


Prerequisites for this course are:

  • Completion of Introductory Portuguese classes 101-104 and Intermediate Portuguese courses 201-204, OR

  • Placement in this class by the instructor

  • Please contact us if you think that you are are eligible to take this course without first enrolling in the Introductory and Intermediate Portuguese courses. You can do this by clicking on the Contact link in the Footer at the bottom of this page.