PORTUGUESE BEGINNER

This programme is designed for both Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese. These are two indepedent courses and 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 - Breakthrough


COMMUNICATIVE COMPETENCE

 

GRAMMAR

CAN DO OBJECTIVE VOCABULARY  

INTRODUCTION
- Knowing some basic information about the Portuguese language
- Elements of the history of the language
- Elements of the geography of the language
- Basic relevant grammar features
   

MEETING PEOPLE
- Introducing oneself
- Greeting people
- Saying goodbye
- Asking and giving personal information
- Introducing other people


Name
Address
Nationality
Countries/Cities
Professions
Numbers from 0 to 10
Enhanced personal information (I live/work in...)
Family relations


Personal pronouns: eu, tu, você, etc.
Verbs ser (to be), ter (to have), chamar-se (expressing name), morar (to live in)
Definite and indefinite articles: o, a, um, uma, etc.
Afirmative and negative sentences
Interrogatives: o que (what), como (how), quem (who)
Possessives 1: meu, minha (my), etc.
Prepositions: de and em

LIVING IN THE CITY AND AT HOME
- Describing places in the city
- Asking about / expressing locations in the city
- Describing a room and its furniture
- Asking about / expressing locations in the room
- Describing objects and their location in the room


Places in the city
Parts of the house
Home and office furniture
Addresses
Numbers 11 to 100


Verb estar (to be) and contrast ser / estar
Regular verbs - Present (indicative) tense
Possessives 2
Demonstratives 1: isto, isto, aquilo / este, esse, aquele, etc.
Verbs haver, ficar (locations)
Adverbs of place: aqui, , ali
Prepositions com, por and a
Adjectives
Prepositions: a, para, por
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


Small meals / café
Numbers from 101 to 1000.000
Parts of the day
Days of the week


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



Lunch and dinner / restaurant
Food and drinks
Menu
Vocabulary for the airport, taxi, hotel
Shops / shopping and paying
Months and dates
Ordinal numbers



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 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


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
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