TII Portuguese Language Program

TII Portuguese Language Program



Learning Portuguese opens the door to a new world of possibilities. With around 250 million speakers, Portuguese is one of the most spoken languages in the world and it has one of the highest growth rates in the Internet and in social networks. It is the official language of Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal and São Tomé and Príncipe, and one of the official languages in East Timor and Equatorial Guinea and Macau. Portuguese, or one of its many creoles, is also spoken in small pockets around the world: Goa, in India, Malacca, in Malaysia, and Macau, for instance.

Therefore, by knowing Portuguese you are able to engage in many different ancient and modern cultures and to appreciate very diverse and rich traditions. Reading celebrated literary masterpieces in Portuguese and understanding world famous enchanting songs becomes a reality as well. Speaking the language also opens new possibilities in some of the most important trade blocs in the world: Portuguese is actually an official language of the European Union, Mercosul and the African Union.

Would you like to embark on learning this fascinating language? Whether you are of Portuguese descent from Goa or your parents or grandparents came back to Lebanon from Brazil, or whether you just love Brazilian or Portuguese football, the language itself or the cultures associated to it, this is the right program for you.

In this Early Summer Semester, we offer you the opportunity to refresh and practice the Portuguese you have learned so far. In 20-hour courses, you consolidate your language skills by tackling a variety of topics within contextualized everyday settings. Depending on your level, you practice interacting in a restaurant, getting around town, giving advice or expressing an opinion, talking about different places and traditions, discussing environmental changes… You develop all four skills, but the focus is on speaking. In these special courses, we have a few surprises in store for you! Be prepared to interact with special guests and to engage in some other challenging activities!

If you are an absolute beginner who wishes to learn some Portuguese without engaging in a longer regular program, we have the right option for you: our Basic Portuguese course. In 20 hours only, this course provides you with enough linguistic competence to understand and use daily expressions common to any part of the Portuguese-speaking world. The emphasis is on listening and speaking.

Should you have any questions regarding your level/course, please contact Paula Carrajana, the Portuguese program coordinator, at tiiportuguese@hbku.edu.qa or +974 4454 8498.


Register now for Fall 2019 classes