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BEGINNER PLUS LEVEL - PROGRAMME

This programme is designed for both Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese, but these are two indepedent courses.
The two courses are run separately.
The course is organised in five functional areas, each one of which roughly corresponding to two sessions of two hours.

COURSE OUTLINE - Beginner Plus - Breakthrough


COMMUNICATIVE COMPETENCE - CAN DO OBJECTIVE VOCABULARY AND GRAMMAR
TRAVELLING / HAVING FUN
- Making plans
- Talking about pastimes and holidays
- Suggesting and discussing places to visit
- Talking about the weather
- Advising and comparing countries and local customs
Vocabulary:
Months and seasons of the year
Seasonal festivities
The weather
Clothes and colours
Holidays and leisure time

Grammar:
Irregular verbs (Present indicative): fazer (to do), dizer (to say), trazer (to bring), sair (to leave), dormir (to sleep), pôr (to put)
Prepositions of time
Preposition com + pronouns
Comparatives and superlatives
Possessives 2
SOLVING PRACTICAL PROBLEMS
- Renting a house or flat
- Advertising
- Going to the doctors
- Shopping
- Describing people
- Advising and giving instructions
Vocabulary:
Vocabulary for buying/renting a flat/house
In the post office, bank, pharmacy, store
Vocabulary at the surgery
The body and illness symptoms
The family
Physical and psychological descriptions

Grammar:
Irregular verbs (present indicative): dar (to give) and doer (to feel pain)
The imperative mode
Revision of demonstratives and possessives
DISCUSSING COMMON TOPICS
- Comparing vantages and disadvantages
- Expressing opinion
- Refuting a simple argument
- Recognising main current topics related with the country
Vocabulary:
Various themes: movies, music, cultural life, the economy, politics of the country

Grammar:
Revision of previous grammar topics
SOCIALISING II
- Asking and giving advice on places to visit
- Giving directions
- Recognising instructions
- Following a map
- Describing a city
Vocabulary:Instructions (public signs, leaflets, etc)
Maps
Advertisements

Grammar:
Irregular verbs (imperative mode)
Indefinite pronouns
Prepositions + pronouns
ARGUING/DEFENDING A POINT OF VIEW
- Talking about popular festivities and traditions
- Talking about past events
- Arguing and defending points of view
- Developing oral comprehension and expression
Vocabulary:
Topics include:
Festivities and traditions
Actions related with the past
Opinions in common discussions
Public opinion

Grammar:
Simple Past (P.P.S.)- Regular verbs
Simple Past (P.P.S.): ser (to be, permanent), ir (to go), estar (to be, non-permanent), ter (to have)
Imperfect Tense, regular and irregular verbs
Contrast PPS / Imperfect
Already () / Not yet (ainda não) / Never (nunca)
Haver de + infinitive


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