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Course Overview

Stage 6

Portuguese Continuers (Preliminary Course)

The Portuguese Continuers Course is a course written and produced by the Open High School. Students study the language gaining a wide exposure to it as well as to the diverse cultures and ways of life of Portuguese-speaking communities.

Both the Preliminary and HSC courses consist of 4 modules each containing 5 parts. The course is very comprehensive and aims to develop all 4 skill areas: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Upon enrolment, students become members of the virtual Portuguese Continuers class on the Open High School e-learning site: http://openhs.moodle.com.au. Students will then be able to access all learning and other relevant materials for this course on-line.

Phone lessons are organised on a weekly basis with the aim of developing the students’ conversational skills.

Stage 6 Syllabuses (From BOSTES)

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Portuguese National Anthem

Portuguese Coat of Arms

Portuguese Map

Country Overview

Portugal lies on the western side of the Iberian Peninsula and includes the Madeira Islands and the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean. Portugal is bordered by Spain in the east and north, and by the Atlantic Ocean in the west and south. The capital and by far the largest city is Lisbon.

Following its heyday as a global maritime power during the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence of its wealthiest colony of Brazil in 1822. A 1910 revolution deposed the monarchy; for most of the next six decades, repressive governments ran the country. In 1974, a left-wing military coup installed broad democratic reforms. The following year, Portugal granted independence to all of its African colonies. Portugal is a founding member of NATO and entered the EC (now the EU) in 1986.

Official Language Of

Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tomé and Príncipe islands.

Total Number of Speakers

Between 170 and 210 million

Language Family

Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Italo-Western, Western, Gallo-Iberian, Ibero-Romance, West Iberian, Portuguese-Galician

Writing System

Latin script

Language Overview

The Portuguese language, which evolved from spoken Latin, developed on the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula (now Portugal and the Spanish province of Galicia), the province the Romans called Lusitania.

When the Romans invaded the peninsula in 218 B.C., the people living in the region adopted Latin, the Roman’s language. From then until the 9th century, all spoke Romance, a language representing an intermediate stage between vulgar or common Latin and modern Latin languages.

From 409 AD to 711, the Portuguese vocabulary adopted many new words used by invading Germanic tribes. The effects of the Germanic migrations on the spoken language was not uniform and broke the linguistic uniformity of the peninsula.

Beginning in 711, when the Moors conquered the Iberian Peninsula, Arabic became the official language, although the vast majority of the population continued to speak Romance.

When Christians started to re-conquer the peninsula in the 11th century, the Arabs were expelled to the South. Galician-Portuguese became the spoken and written language of Lusitania. The separation between the Galician and Portuguese languages, which began with Portugal’s independence in 1185, was consolidated after the Moors were expelled in 1249.

Between the 14th and 16th centuries, when Portugal established an overseas empire, the Portuguese language was heard in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.

Portuguese entered its modern phase in the 16th century when early lexicologists defined Portuguese morphology and syntax. When Luis de Camões wrote Os Lusíadas, in 1572, the language was already close to its current structure of phrases and morphology. From then on, linguistic changes have been minor.

French influence during the 18th century changed the Portuguese spoken in the homeland, making it different from the Portuguese spoken in the colonies. In the 19th and 20th centuries, the Portuguese vocabulary absorbed new contributions reflecting technological advances.

Open High School Contact Names


Principal Ms Suzan Dickson

Deputy Principal
Ms Catherine Whitty

Head Teacher Enrolment Ms Frances Selby

Admin Manager Mr Glenn Lake

Open High School Contact Numbers


School Switch
+61 2 9381 4800

School Fax +61 2 9381 4950

Head Teacher Enrolment +61 2 9381 4807

Admin Manager +61 2 9381 4890