Winter 2018 term enrollment is now open!
  • Multiple levels
  • Small class size – max. 9 students
  • Native-speaking & experienced instructors
  • Affordable tuition – $340 per level
  • 4 terms per year – each 10 weeks long
  • Convenient downtown location

The Portuguese Language Program at ILI consists of four 10-week terms throughout the year. We are offering 6 different levels from beginner to intermediate. Classes meet at the Institute once a week in the evenings or on Saturday mornings. Our teachers are all native-speaking and experienced. The Portuguese Language Program integrates speaking, listening, reading and writing. We maintain small class sizes to enable adequate time for conversation in every class. To find your level, please refer to the level description or use our self-evaluation guide. If you have further questions, please call Jonathan Selkin, ILI’s Foreign Language Coordinator, at 202-686-5610 extension 105. Enroll now!

Schedule              Register Now!

Winter 2018 term enrollment is now open!

2017 Term: Session Dates: Registration Deadline: Discount ends:
Fall Sep.18-Dec. 2, 2017 Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017 Aug. 14, 2017

2018 Term: Session Dates: Registration Deadline: Discount ends:
Winter Jan. 8-Mar. 17, 2018 Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 Dec. 4, 2017
Spring Apr. 2-Jun. 9, 2018 Wednesday, Mar. 28, 2018 Feb. 26, 2018
Summer Jun. 25-Sep. 1, 2018 Wednesday, Jun. 20, 2018 May 21, 2018
Fall Sep.17-Dec. 1, 2018 Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2018 Aug. 13, 2018

Portuguese Level Description

The emphasis of this beginner class is on pronunciation, vocabulary building, basic grammar and basic conversation. This course is for those students with little or no ability in the language. Introduction to basic listening, reading, speaking and writing skills will be addressed throughout the course. Previous Portuguese not required.

Offered on: Mondays: 6:15 - 8:45 pm; Saturdays: 10:00 am -12:30 pm. Enroll now!

Objective: To introduce the Portuguese language to students who never took Portuguese at school or had Portuguese in their lives at all. The students in this level will experience Portuguese for the first time and will enjoy learning word by word in a dynamic way.

Learning Outcome: Grammatical points covered in class will include the present of regular and irregular verbs; pronouns; articles; possessives; interrogatives; exposure to the phonetics of the language; expressions of time and quantity; family; friends; dining out; seasons; introductions; parts of the body; telling time; prepositions; cardinal numbers; months of the year.

Topics: Tones, initials and finals; names – surnames, full names; ordinal numbers; particles - “de” “ma” “ne” “ba”; nationalities; introductions; auxiliary nouns

Textbook: "Aquarela," 3rd edition, including audio CD, by Tarcicio Buriti $73

Lessons: Phonetics, introduction, and lessons 1- 3
This course is the continuation of the Basic 1 level and for students who have taken formal instruction a while ago, or have previous informal exposure to the language. Building of the basic foundation provided in the introductory level, students will learn to introduce themselves and conduct simple conversations on a range of everyday subjects. Listening, reading, speaking and writing skills will be addressed throughout the course.

Offered on: Tuesdays: 6:15 – 8:45 pm. Enroll now!

Objective: To continue the introduction of the Portuguese language to students who took Portuguese Basic 1 or students who took some introductory Portuguese previously. The students in this level will learn to express their ideas spoken and orally in simple present tense of the most common regular and irregular verbs. The basic past tense will be introduced.

Learning Outcome: After completing this level, students will be able to engage in conversation with greater ease while increasing their use of more complex grammar such as the past and future tenses with focuses on, imperative and indicative forms. They will be able to say or express their ideas, sentences and desires easily at a basic beginner’s level and will also continue to build on vocabulary and are able to read and write longer texts. They will learn enough vocabulary to continue with Portuguese Basic 3.

Topics: Students will be introduced to the basic future and past verb tenses and will learn how to conjugate the most common action verbs. Grammatical topics will include demonstrative pronouns; possessive pronouns; irregular verbs; prepositions; contractions; adverbs; ordinal numbers; present continuous tense; the restaurant; idiomatic expressions; colors.

Textbook: "Aquarela," 3rd edition, including audio CD, by Tarcicio Buriti $73

Lessons: 4-6
This level continues to build up necessary grammar skills that will enable students to understand, read, write and translate sentences and paragraphs. It continues to build on Basic 2 by adding vocabulary and more complex sentences. This course is well-suited for students that have completed at least one semester of college-level Portuguese or the equivalent in a language institute. Students will learn to correctly use present, past and future tenses, along with more complex vocabulary and grammar. Listening, reading, speaking and writing skills will continue to be addressed throughout the course.

Offered on: Wednesdays: 6:15 – 8:45 pm. Enroll now!

Objective: Students will continue with the Portuguese basic program with more difficult and much deeper structure for building sentences. To make students use Portuguese structures taught in the previous level by continuing to build and use more difficult and much deeper sentence structures. The students in this level will express their ideas by using a solid vocabulary foundation of adjectives and adverbs.

Learning Outcome: Building on the previous Basic levels, students at this level will rapidly expand their vocabulary and use expressions more precisely used in a wider range of situations. The students will be able to have a basic conversation based on daily activities. They will be able to say or express their ideas with a full command of adjectives and adverbs. The will be able to understand and be understood in three major tenses, present, past, and future. Students are now ready for the intermediate level courses.

Topics: The compound forms of all the regular and irregular verbs introduced so far, are introduced and practiced. Other grammatical topics will include the imperative mood; more idiomatic expressions; genders; comparatives and superlatives; conditional and imperfect verb tense; geography; immigration; history.

Textbook: "Aquarela," 3rd edition, including audio CD, by Tarcicio Buriti $73

Lessons: 7-10
This low intermediate level course starts with a conversational grammar review which presupposes a basic knowledge of Portuguese. Emphasis will be placed on using this grammar in conversation. This class is ideal for those who studied Portuguese a long time ago and need a refresher. This class is also meant for those students who have studied basic grammar but don't feel as though they can adequately use it in conversation. Listening, reading, speaking and writing skills will be addressed throughout the course. Students will review vocabulary, such as nouns, adjectives, adverbs and names.

Offered on: Mondays: 6:15 – 8:45 pm. Enroll now!

Objective: To introduce students to a variety of strategies for learning Portuguese at home or office and practice at the institute. They will use common expressions and will learn much more, altogether idiomatic expressions and phrasal verbs. Although this course stresses Brazilian Portuguese, we will attempt to make it accessible to as wide an audience as possible by including both Brazilian and continental Portuguese vocabulary, as well as relevant comments concerning the structural differences between these two major dialects of Portuguese.

Learning Outcome: Students will be able to have a normal conversation based on daily events and express their ideas in written and orally ways. This level will refresh the previous knowledge about simple present and past tenses and strengthen all grammatical structures learned. It will also master preterit and imperfect tenses and use them properly when explaining past events in conversation.

Topics: New verb conjugations of the preterit perfect, imperfect, irregular verbs in the present participle, the progressive forms, the use of adjectives, repeated events in the past, object pronouns, reflexive constructions, numbers, the impersonal infinitive, diminutives, nationalities, special verbs, dialogs on telephone conversations, hotels, banks, family, and several readings about everyday topics.

Textbook: Para a Frente! 2nd edition, $51

Lessons: Work Units 1-4 and varied supplementary material.
This course is for the student who is at a mid-intermediate level. Students at this level need to have a solid basic foundation of the language and are looking to expand their knowledge of the more complex forms of Portuguese. This level will teach students the difference between the future, subjunctive and conditional tenses and will complete study of the simple tenses. Listening, reading, speaking and writing skills will be addressed throughout the course.

Offered on: Wednesdays: 6:15 – 8:45 pm. Enroll now!

Objective: To master future, conditional and subjunctive tenses and differentiate one from another (will and going to). To become much more comfortable understanding and using the proper verb tenses as they relate to moods in Portuguese. Although this course stresses Brazilian Portuguese, we will attempt to make it accessible to as wide an audience as possible by including both Brazilian and continental Portuguese vocabulary, as well as relevant comments concerning the structural differences between these two major dialects of Portuguese.

Learning Outcome: Students will be able to comfortably explain past events in both past tenses during routine conversations and plan activities in both future tenses. Students will acquire a wider use of idiomatic expressions using phrasal verbs and will become comfortable navigating Portuguese internet sites.

Topics: Various uses of the subjunctive, future, conditional, personal infinitive, present and past participles, and infinitives as verbal objects, imperatives, giving and understanding directions, horoscopes, time and time expressions, restaurants and menus, post office, airport, several readings about everyday topics.

Textbook: Para a Frente! 2nd edition, $51

Lessons: Work Units 5-8 and varied supplementary material
This is the final conversational review grammar based course. This course is for students who are at a high intermediate level and don’t feel ready for the more advanced levels. Students at this level are able to handle everyday conversations with ease but are eager to expand their cultural and idiomatic knowledge of Portuguese, as well as wrap-up their learning of advanced grammar. Listening, reading, speaking and writing skills will be addressed throughout the course.

Offered on: Thursdays: 6:15 – 8:45 pm. Enroll now!

Objective: This level will end covering all the grammatical structures needed to send the student into real-life situations speaking Portuguese and to get them ready for the more advanced courses. To have full command of the language most important verb tenses. Although this course stresses Brazilian Portuguese, we will attempt to make it accessible to as wide an audience as possible by including both Brazilian and continental Portuguese vocabulary, as well as relevant comments concerning the structural differences between these two major dialects of Portuguese.

Learning Outcome: Students will be able have a conversation with native speakers about different subjects using the right conjugation and right words when talking or expressing specific points of view. They will become familiar and comfortable using the more compound verb tenses. We will expand their knowledge of idiomatic expressions and phrasal verbs together with the use of the passive voice.

Topics: Introduction to compound verb tenses such as, the past subjunctive, indicative vs. subjunctive, dependent clause vs. personal infinitive, popular proverbs, comparatives, pastimes, the subjunctive in adjective and adverb clauses, impersonal expressions, -ear & -iar verbs, points of view, automobiles, modern life, pastimes, and several readings about everyday life topics.

Textbook: Para a Frente! 2nd edition, $51

Lessons: Work Units 9-12 and varied supplementary material.

Program Details

$340 for a 10-week one level class per student, $680 for a 10-week accelerated class per student. Early Bird discount is $20. Au-Pairs can receive a 10% discount on tuition with proof of their status. Only one discount applies. Enroll now!
May be purchased at the time of registration or at the Institute before or on the first day of class. Prices are subject to change at any time. Once received by the student, books and other materials are the property of the student and are non-refundable. Tax exempt organizations or individuals need to provide proof of sales tax exemption before being charged. No retro-active refunds of sales tax.
Regular group classes meet once weekly (or twice for the accelerated class) in the evening (6:15-8:45 pm) or on Saturday mornings (10 am-12:30 pm) for 10 weeks. Each session is 2.5 hours.
All classes are held at Rhode Island Ave NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20036. We are within walking distance from the Metro's Dupont Circle (South exit) and Farragut North stations. Parking garages are close by and parking on the street is available after 6:30 pm.
Minimum 3, maximum 9 students. We recommend signing up as early as possible so we can adequately plan for all classes. If the minimum enrollment of at least 3 students per class is not met, we will have to cancel that class after the registration deadline has passed. In case of a cancellation, students will be given the opportunity to change classes, postpone their enrollment or request a full refund.
Our program requires each student to participate in weekly quizzes, which will be graded, based on a “Pass” or “Fail” system. There will be a final quiz that will measure the sum of the instructional objectives for the course. Grades are verbally communicated to students at the end of each class/course, and are marked on the attendance/performance sheet. Students must have completed and passed at least 70% of the quizzes to move to the next level.
It is important for students to attend every class meeting. It is also important that they arrive on time for class. We cover a lot of material in each class. The instructor cannot repeat material for students who are absent or come late. Students will be marked absent when they do not come to class. Students who arrive 15 minutes after the advertised starting time will be marked late. For every 3 times that the student is marked as late, it will count as a missed hour. If we notice that a student’s attendance is in danger of falling below 70%, we will issue an attendance report to the student.
We issue certificates at the end of the semester and they can be ordered at the front desk. In order to be eligible to receive a certificate or pass to the next level, you are required to attend a minimum of 70% of the classes and have a “Passing” grade. We will need a couple of days in order to verify your attendance and passing grade before issuing the certificate.
ILI’s foreign language group programs are accredited by ACCET (Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training), and we also offer 2.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) per every successfully completed course, 5.0 for the accelerated courses. Upon request, our Certificates of Completion can include the CEU’s earned per semester.
The International Language Institute reserves the right to cancel any class if deemed necessary. Prior to commencement of class, students will be given a full refund. In the event of cancellation after the commencement of class, the pro-rata portion of the unexpended tuition will be refunded. The prorated amount of refundable monies will be determined by the ratio of classes completed to the total number of classes in the scheduled program. The International Language Institute reserves the right to assign substitute instructors whenever necessary.
No refunds are issued for any reason after the registration deadline for the term (see Schedule above).
Classes are cancelled in accordance with federal government closings (not school closings!) due to inclement weather. Please check public announcements on radio, TV and the Web; or call ILI at (202) 362-2505. Closure are also posted on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ILIinDC.
Please contact our Foreign Language Coordinator, Jonathan Selkin, at (202) 686-5610 ext. 105 or at jselkin@ilidc.com.