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Portuguese Courses

These courses are perfect for students who take Portuguese as part of the IEB curriculum, or for those who are Portuguese and would like to learn the language, or for those just wanting to learn! 

Just like our other courses, you can choose to do the Portuguese proficiency test, CIPLE. For those wanting to immigrate to Portugal and not of Portuguese descent, you will need to pass the A2 exam.

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Portuguese Courses 

(Private or Group)

Information on CIPLE

We welcome anyone who would like to learn to our beginner class. There are more advanced classes that you can take too. We offer both Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese. 

If you would like to take more than 1 class a week, please kindly book the Private lessons so that we are able to move at a pace you are comfortable with and fast track your learning experience!

Finally, we are happy to welcome all kids to join our Kids class and start their language learning journey early!

Our classes are centred around taking the CIPLE test at the Embassy of Portugal. This is an extrnal exam, that will need to be applied for externally. However, by passing our course, it gives a good indication that you could pass the CIPLE test should you wish to take it. 


The CIPLE corresponds to level A2 of the Common European Framework of the Council of Europe (See Italian Courses for more information on the CEFR) 

The A2 Reference Level description presents social contexts of communication, communicative situations, types of written and oral texts, communicative strategies, speech acts, topics and both specific and general concepts expected to be necessary for the use of the language in the communicative activities described below. 

The CIPLE tests general basic capacity to deal with a limited number of predictable everyday communicative situations. Whether in the workplace or studying, holders of the CIPLE are expected to deal with communicative situations requiring very limited use of Portuguese which is no different from the general use of the language.

This examination consists of three components: Reading and Writing, Listening and Speaking. 

Reading And Writing
Language users can
•understand simple information/instructions on display on street and road signs as well as in public places, like shops, supermarkets, banks, post offices, hospitals, etc.; 
•understand timetables, e. g. train timetables, opening and closing hours of public services, etc.; 
•understand simple information related to directions and getting around; 
•understand basic information/instructions related to accommodation; 
•identify the main parts of a menu; 
•understand simple instructions for the use of medicines, namely what kind of ailment they cure (headache, sore throat) and how and when they should be taken (after meals); 
•understand information about goods on display; 
•understand messages on postcards, notes and memos; 
•identify the main sections of a newspaper/magazine, like sport, adverts, etc.; 
•get the general meaning of newspaper/magazine news, adverts and very simple articles; 
•fill in forms and personal questionnaires, e. g. to register at a hotel, open a bank account or to register with an institution; 
•write a postcard or letter containing simple personal information, 
•write a brief note or a request to a colleague on routine subject matters. 

Format of the component:

Part I:
Reading public notices and brief texts.
The following task types are used: multiple choice, true/false, matching.

Part II:
Writing a brief note/postcard to a friend.
Writing a letter.
Duration:1 hr 15 mins
Weight: This component accounts for 45% of the total marks. Both parts are weighted equally.


Language users can:
•understand simple communicative interactions with social context, like greeting, giving thanks, asking for/giving information about someone, congratulating , giving opinion, etc., 
•understand general information related to personal identification and description (family relations, occupation, studies, spending leisure time) 
•understand routine instructions/questions asked at Immigration, 
•understand simple instructions about directions and getting around, 
•understand simple instructions about timetables and dates, 
•understand simple standard information about a tourist destination, 
•understand simple instructions about house/room rental (price, general conditions) and the functioning of a house (mealtimes, use of the kitchen, etc.), 
•understand simple information related to food, 
•understand information related to prices in shops and method of payment, 
•understand questions and simple instructions related to health, 
•understand information/instructions in banks and post offices, 
•understand very simple invitations, 
•understand simple information and opinions on current affairs, 
•understand simple phone messages. 

Format of the component:
Listening to brief informal dialogues used in public, professional or educational communicative situations.
The following task types are used: multiple choice, true/false, matching.
Duration:30 mins
Weight: This component accounts for 30% of the total marks. Both parts are weighted equally.

Language users can:
•participate in simple communicative interactions with social context, like greeting, giving thanks, asking for/giving information about someone, answering questions, congratulating, toasting, giving opinion, etc.; 
•give information related to personal identification and description: family relations, occupation, studies, spending leisure time, interests; 
•answer routine instructions/questions asked at Immigration, giving the requested information; 
•ask for information/instructions about directions and getting around (on foot or by public transport); 
•book a hotel room (face to face) or another kind of accommodation, ask simple factual questions about accommodation as well as make remarks/complaints about customer service; 
•ask for goods in shops where goods are on display and ask for information about them; 
•call a waiter appropriately, order a meal in a restaurant as long as the dishes are either displayed or illustrated on the menu and ask simple questions about the menu; 
•make simple remarks/complaints about food, accommodation, etc.; 
•ask for information and make simple requests in post offices and banks; 
•give basic information about a health problem; 
•ask for help in emergency cases; 
•as tourist, ask for basic information related to a location, a monument, etc., 
•participate in a simple informal conversation (e. g. on personal experiences, interests, current affairs, etc.,) expressing opinions and feelings. 

Format of the component:
If possible, this component should be examined with two candidates at the same time.
Part I: Interaction with an examiner during which candidates are able to answer questions about themselves.
Part II: Role playing focused on transactional subject matters.
Part III: Interaction between the examiner and the candidates on current affairs.
Duration: 10 to 15 minutes with every pair of candidates.
Weight: This component accounts for 25% of the total marks.

Final Grading
Muito Bom (Very Good) is awarded to candidates who achieved 85 to 100%.
Bom (Good) is awarded to candidates who achieved 70 to 84%.
Suficiente (Pass) is awarded to candidates who achieved 55 to 69%.
Component and Duration  
Reading and Writing (1 hr 15 mins)
Listening (30 mins)
Speaking (10 to 15 mins)

Information courtesy of [Accessed: 2020/07/15]

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