Camões, I.P., is a public institute, integrated in the indirect administration of the State, with administrative and financial autonomy and its own assets.
Learning Portuguese is one of Camões, I.P.’s main services. There are various Camões, I.P., initiatives for learning Portuguese, including the promotion and spreading of the language throughout the world to establish new interests and increase the number of students.
Camões, I.P., offers eLearning services for different language areas, with the use of an online platform for learning the Portuguese language anywhere in the world.
There are three Portuguese as a Foreign Language course options offering different types of tutoring:
With self-correction tools available, the Portuguese as a Foreign Language / Self-learning courses helps students develop their oral and written comprehension skills without any need for personal tutoring. Over twelve weeks, students can study at their own pace with full access to all the exercises and other course features.
The Portuguese as a Foreign Language / Basic course focuses on the four skills of oral and written comprehension, speaking and writing. Besides having access to the course exercises and auto-correction tool, students get six 30-minute personal tutoring sessions (via Skype) in small groups of up to three students throughout the 12-week duration of the course, as well as the tutor’s assessment of six pieces of written work.
The Portuguese as a Foreign Language / Premium courses are designed to help students improve the four language skills of oral and written comprehension, speaking and writing. In addition to the exercises and auto-correction tool, the course provides students with twelve 30-minute one-on-one tutoring sessions (via Skype), which take place once a week throughout the 12-week duration of the course, as well as the tutor’s assessment of twelve pieces of written work. This course is designed for students looking for a more intensive learning experience with the addition of personal tutoring.
Portuguese Business & Work
The Portuguese for the Workplace courses are aimed at people who want to develop their communication skills for professional reasons. These courses have a learning method based on real-life work scenarios with the use of company documents and business activities designed to help students become more familiar with the type of language used in different work situations.
Camões, I.P., also offers specialisation courses, in partnership with Portuguese and international universities, accredited with ECTS (European Credits Transfer System), in areas such as Portuguese culture, translation and development co-operation. These courses are mainly designed for graduates and undergraduate students living in Portugal or abroad. These courses require a proficient command of Portuguese.