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Please note that this course is a Zoom only course and there is no in-person component.

  • This course is offered in Term 4 (Oct -Dec) each year, pending sufficient student enrolment

Date & Time:

Begins Friday 20 October 2023

  • • Our 2023 Term 4 Portuguese 304 course meets on Friday mornings via Zoom from 8:00-9:30am beginning on Friday, 20 October (New Zealand time) and continues for eight consecutive weekly sessions. The last class of the Term is held on Friday 8 December 2023.

  • • If you live outside of New Zealand and wish to Zoom in to our live class sessions, check the nearest local Time Zone equivalent below:

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 within 1-2 days.

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Thu 19 Oct 2023, 9:00-10:30am

  • US Pacific: begins Thu 19 Oct 2023, 12:00-1:30pm

  • US Eastern: begins Thu 19 Oct 2023, 3:00-4:30pm

  • London, UK: begins Thu 19 Oct 2023, 8:00-9:30pm

  • Paris, France: begins Thu 19 Oct 2023, 9:00-10:30 pm

  • New Delhi, India: begins Fri 20 Oct 2023, 12:30-2:00am

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Fri 20 Oct 2023, 2:00-3:30am

  • Singapore & Shanghai: begins Fri 20 Oct 2023, 3:00-4:30am

  • Tokyo, Japan: begins Fri 20 Oct 2023, 4:00-5:30am

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Fri 20 Oct 2023, 6:00-7:30 am


Intermediate Portuguese 304, Part 8

  • • This is Part 8 of an eight-part Intermediate Portuguese course taught over 2 years, specifically designed for recent Portuguese learners to imporve their skills. Our language and culture courses focus on learning, and we do not expect you to study outside of class nor do we assign homework (unless you'd like some!). Come and spend 12 class hours per Term (eight 1.5 hour weekly classes) learning Portuguese and about Portuguese and Brazilian culture, and have some fun too! All of our language classes are designed for busy people.

  • • 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 Portuguese 304, Part 8, course 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, 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.

  • • Subsequent Term courses continue with Advanced Portuguese (i.e. Portuguese 401-404 courses) and continue to include additional reading and comprehension practice, more advanced grammar, vocabulary, and conversation, and will continue in the same time slot for the duration of the full course.

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. 20231020 T4.1 Portuguese 304 Aula 1 pronomes demonstartivos PDF

    2. 20231020 T4.1 Portuguese 304 video

    1. 20231027 T4.2 Portuguese 304 Aula 2 adverbios e pronomes demonstrativos e os porques PDF

    2. 20231027 T4.2 Portuguese 304 Aula 2 preposicoes resumo e traducao PDF

    3. 20231027 T4.2 Portuguese 304 video

    1. 20231103 T4.3 Portuguese 304 PDF

    2. O sotaque do carioca é considerado o sotaque oficial do Brasil video

    3. SUPER Explica_ Sotaques do Brasil video

    4. Paratodos (clipe oficial) - Chico Buarque video

    5. 20231103 T4.3 Portuguese 304 class video recording

    1. 20231110 T4.3 Portuguese 304 pronomes pessoais PDF

    2. 20231110 T4.4 Portuguese 304 video

    1. New 20231117 T4.5 Portuguese 304 pronomes pessoais obliquos e de tratamento PDF

    2. Jorge Ben Jor - Bom dia, boa tarde, boa noite audio file

    3. Pronomes Pessoais video file

    4. 20231117 T4.5 Portuguese 304 video

Additional course info:

  • Videos and PDF content of class presentations or whiteboard notes are uploaded weekly after each live session
  • Begins on Fri 20 Oct 2023
  • NZ time: Fridays 8:00-9:30am

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, or if this is a Zoom-only class. Students have two options for attending this course once they have registered:

  • 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:

Live Zoom sessions and Video-Recordings

  • 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.


Those who cannot make the class meeting day and time via live Zoom sessions may consider accessing this course through the weekly recorded video sessions. Class videos are usually posted within 1-2 days of each live class session and are available for your own personal learning on a day and time of your choosing.

  • • This course has no assignments, quizzes, tests or exams.

  • • You will not need to purchase any reading materials.

  • • All classes encourage questions and group discussion.

  • • PDFs of class presentations and video recordings of each session will be posted 1-2 days after each session for the duration of the course. You are most welcome to come, sit back, relax, take part in and enjoy the discussions!

  • • There are no refunds for missed classes.

  • • Guests of registered participants are welcome to attend a single session without registering.

  • • If, however, this course is cancelled due to insufficient enrolments please note that your registration fee will either be refunded in full or you may select to receive a course credit. Your choice!


All materials are included in the course fees. These are developed by our instructors and distributed as PDF files on the course webpage.

  • • You will only require a pen or pencil, a notebook for taking your own class notes, and a loose-leaf binder. Any notes that our instructor writes on a digital whiteboard are posted to the class webpage on your dashboard as a PDF file so that you can print these out at home and add them to your own notebook.

  • • 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


A keen desire to continue your Portuguese language learning!

  • Completion of Introductory Portuguese classes 101-104 and Intermediate Portuguese courses 201-204 and 301-303, or equivalent.

  • 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.