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Part IB Portuguese

Below is an overview of the available options at Part IB (second year) for both language papers and scheduled (content) papers.

Portuguese Language Papers in Part IB

Option A (ex ab initio)

These are the papers for second year students who followed the ab initio (Option A) course in their first year. There are classes in the 'Use of' the language, Translation from the language, and language/oral supervisions. (Translation into Portuguese (PGB3) and Portuguese through Audiovisual Media (PGAV) are only taken by second-year students who started the course with an 'A'-level or equivalent in the language concerned.)

  • PGB1: Use of Portuguese
  • PGB2: Translation from Portuguese
  • PGBO: Portuguese Oral B

Option B

Part IB Option B is for those who took Portuguese as a post A-level language in their first year.

The Language papers available in the Part IB examination itself are as follows:

  • PGB3: Translation into Portuguese and Portuguese through Audiovisual Media

Portuguese Scheduled Papers in Part IB

All students

Please note that one of your Part IB Scheduled Papers are available for examination by Long Essay. Please refer to the Faculty's Part IB list of Scheduled Papers to see which ones will be available this year under the Assessment by Long Essay scheme.

Ex-Beginners of Portuguese (Part IB Option A students)

You must choose at least one of the Part IB Papers listed below (* †PLEASE SEE NOTES BELOW), but you may choose up to three, depending on the choices you make in regard to your other language (for example, if you choose to take a third scheduled paper instead of the Prose/Audiovisual (B3/AV) papers in your post-A-level language).

Post-A-level Portuguese but ab initio in another language (Part IB Option B Portuguese with Option A in another language)

You may take one or two of the Papers listed below (* †PLEASE SEE NOTES BELOW), depending on the choices you make in regard to your other language -- for example, in addition to the scheduled paper which you must take in your beginners' language, you may choose to take, say, one scheduled paper plus Prose/Audiovisual (B3/AV) in Portuguese, or two Portuguese scheduled papers and no Prose/Audiovisual (B3/AV).

Post A-level in both your languages (Part IB Option B students in both languages)

You may take any three scheduled papers from the full range available at Part IB (* †PLEASE SEE NOTES BELOW). Assuming you wish to take Portuguese Papers, you may choose up to three of the Papers listed below.

  • PG1: *Introduction to the Language, Literatures and Cultures of Portuguese-speaking Countries. [ONLY AVAILABLE TO PART IB OPTION A STUDENTS, i.e. those students who were ab initio in Part IA last year]
  • PG4: **Self, Family, Nation and Empire in Lusophone Culture [available for examination by Long Essay]
  • SP11: ** The Hispanic Languages.
  • CS1:** The Romance Languages.

*If you sat this paper at Part IA, you may not repeat the same paper at Part IB. It is recommended that PIB(A) students take this paper before or at the same time as PG4.

**If you choose any of these papers in Part IB you will not be able to take them again in Part II where they are available too. PG1 should be taken before or at the same time as PG4. Most PIB(A) students take PG1 in Part IB and PG4 in Part II.

† Please note that no candidate may offer more than one of Papers DU5, GR3, PG3, SP6, SL9 or SL13 in any one year..