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PORTUGUESE FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS

This programme is designed for both Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese as a fast-track course for Spanish spekers.
The course is organised in ten functional areas, of which the teacher will choose at least eight. The course doesn't make a clear distinction between Brazilian and European Portuguese. The differences between the two variants will be explained and practiced. But the course aims at quick-starting the knowledge of the Portuguese language in general, so the students can join the Elementary level, immediately after, by-passing the Beginner Plus level. For sudents doing this course the choice betweeen the exclusively European or the exclusively Brazilian variant will take place at the Elementary level.

COURSE OUTLINE - Portuguese for Spanish speakers


COMMUNICATIVE COMPETENCE - CAN DO OBJECTIVE VOCABULARY AND GRAMMAR
MEETING PEOPLE
- Introducing oneself
- Greeting people
- Saying goodbye
- Asking and giving personal information
- Introducing other people
Vocabulary:
Name
Address
Nationality
Countries/Cities
Professions
Numbers from 0 to 10
Enhanced personal information (I live/work in...)
Family relations

Grammar:
Personal pronouns
Basic verbs used for personal information
Definite and indefinite articles
Interrogatives
Possessives 1
Prepositions 1
LIVING IN THE CITY AND AT HOME
- Describing places in the city
- Asking / giving information about locations in the city and inside the house
- Describing the house, rooms and furniture
- Describing objects and their location in the room
- Counting
Vocabulary:
Places in the city
Parts of the house
Home and office furniture
Addresses
Numbers 11 to 100

Grammar:
Contrast verbs ser / estar (to be)
Regular verbs - Present (indicative)
Possessives 2
Demonstratives 1
Verbs haver, ficar (locations)
Adverbs of place
Prepositions 2
Adjectives
Contractions of prepositions with articles and demonstratives.
DEALING WITH EVERYDAY LIFE
- Ordering food /drinks in a café
- Expressing preferences
- Describing day to day life
- Asking and telling the time
- Expressing likes and dislikes
Vocabulary:
Small meals / café
Numbers from 101 to 1000.000
Parts of the day
Days of the week

Grammar:
Reflexive verbs
Prepositions for time
The use of sempre, nunca, às vezes
The expressions queria (...) / gostava (...)
Estar a + infinitive
GOING TO RESTAURANTS AND DEALING WITH PRACTICALITIES
- Booking a table, ordering food, paying at the restaurant
- Booking a room in a hotel, arriving at the hotel
- Arriving at the airport
- Taking a taxi
- Expressing dates
- Buying in shops
Vocabulary:
Lunch and dinner / restaurant
Food and drinks
Menu
Vocabulary for the airport, taxi, hotel
Shops / shopping and paying
Months and dates
Ordinal numbers

Grammar:
Irregular verbs - Present (indicative) tense: ir, poder, ver, ler, vir
Personal pronouns (indirect complement)
Expression ter de
The structure Ir + Infinitive
MOVING AROUND SOCIALISING
Topics include: using means of transport; going to the movies / concerts / exhibitions;
communicating by letter /email/ phone, using social media
- Inviting / accepting / refusing
- Agreeing / disagreeing
- Buying tickets for shows and transports
- Writing letters / postcards/ emails/ sms
- Using computers and the internet
- Speaking on the phone
Vocabulary:
Vocabulary for public venues, going to concerts, exhibitions, etc.
Means of transport
Initiating and ending letters / postcards/ emails/ sms
Vocabulary for the internet, email, computers and telephone

Grammar:
Irregular verbs - Present (indicative) tense: fazer, querer, saber, dizer, sair, trazer, pôr
Ir + Infinitive
The expressions and desde
Personal pronouns (direct complement)
Introduction to the use of the past tenses
Contrast Pretérito Perfeito Simple (PPS) / Imperfeito
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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