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Course Outline Beginner Standard

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 - 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