EUROPEAN AND BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE

This course is designed for both the Brazilian and the European Portuguese courses, although some isolated expressions may be used differently in each variant. [e.g. “Chamo-me” (European PT); “O meu nome é” (Brazilian PT) = “My name is”]
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

 

GRAMMAR

CAN DO OBJECTIVE VOCABULARY  

REVISION OF PREVIOUS LEVEL
- Exchanging personal information
- Living in the city
   

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


Months and seasons of the year
Seasonal festivities
The weather
Clothes and colours
Holidays and leisure time


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 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



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




Various themes: movies, music, cultural life, the economy, politics of the country




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



Instructions (public signs, leaflets, etc)
Maps
Advertisements



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



Topics include:
Festivities and traditions
Actions related with the past
Opinions in common discussions
Public opinion




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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