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PGC2: Portuguese: Text and culture

This paper offers you the opportunity to engage with advanced use of the foreign language in stimulating and intellectually challenging ways, through the analysis of texts of various types and genres under the topic of Identity. Students will be expected to engage critically with relevant texts, placing them in their cultural contexts and analysing their formal features and content through written work in the foreign language. 

Aims and objectives: 

This course aims to develop advanced use of Portuguese through the analysis of a range of texts and audiovisual material (articles from the press, academic papers, blogs, film, TV series). Students taking this paper are expected to produce a written text in accurate and stylistically appropriate Portuguese, formulate a clear argument, comment cultural aspects and formal features of complex texts, establish relevant connections between ideas and social/historical/cultural events connected to the topics studied in the paper. In class, you will have an opportunity to share your ideas with others through guided discussion. Grammatical accuracy, fluency and idiomatic use of the Portuguese language will be expected at this level.

Course materials: 

All the course materials - including course schedule, suggested reading, class handouts, tasks and submission dates, as well as links to extension material - are made available by the relevant teacher through Moodle.

Teaching and learning: 

This paper is taught in a one-hour fortnightly class throughout the year. This means you will have a total of 10 sessions. In addition, you will be offered up to four supervisions by your college. In the course of the year you will be asked to produce and submit various assignments to your class teacher and your supervisor, who will provide individual feedback on your work.


This paper is assessed in a two-hour exam. In the exam, candidates are asked to write a critical commentary of a passage to be selected by them out of a choice of two passages. The subject matter of the passages will be related to the subtopics discussed in class. You can access the marking criteria for this paper here.   Past papers and examiners’ reports are available from the MML Moodle website. Please note this was a new paper from Tripos 2013 and therefore there are no past papers or examiners’ reports available prior to that year.

The PGC2 paper is one of three language papers you are required to take in your final year. Together, papers C1 (which you can take in Portuguese or in another language), C2 and the Part II Oral make up the equivalent weighting of two full papers. The weight distribution is as follows:

C1: 70% of a whole paper

C2: 70% of a whole paper

C Oral: 60% of a whole paper

You can take C2 and C1 in the same or in different languages. You must take the C Oral in the same language as either paper C1 or C2.

Course Contacts: 
Mr Felipe Schuery