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Second Semester of 2017

DAPLE

DIPLOMA AVANÇADO DE PORTUGUÊS LÍNGUA ESTRANGEIRA 

Corresponding to level C1 of the Common European Framework of the Council of Europe, the DAPLE recognises an advanced level of knowledge of Portuguese.
Language users should be able to produce and identify with confidence and ease lexical-syntactic and syntactic-semantic structures used in oral and written texts at this level. They are aware of the existence of an intrinsic relationship between language and culture, namely, through idiomatic expressions describing people and events/situations, titles, speech acts with cultural references and the necessity to communicate in a culturally accepted way. They are able to use the language in a creative and flexible way with the ability to respond appropriately in both predictable and unforeseen situations.
This level allows users to work in contexts in which Portuguese is the language of communication as well as in contexts in which it is only the language of work. This level also allows users to follow academic courses.

Reading 
In everyday communicative situations, language users are able to:
understand most texts likely to occur in these kinds of situations; 
understand newspaper/magazine articles; 
understand all kinds of texts as long as they do not require familiarity with any specialist vocabulary (e.g. legal terms), although difficulties are likely when dealing with concepts that are very complex or require familiarity with linguistic-cultural areas referring to social and cultural history of a community or period of time. 
In communicative situations in the workplace, language users are able to:
understand letters, instructions, articles and reports as long as they fall within their own work area and do not involve any complex concepts or unforeseen vocabulary. 
In communicative situations encountered during the activity of studying, language users are able to:
understand texts within their area of study, although  they may have problems when dealing with very abstract/metaphorical language and cultural allusions frequent enough to prevent users from overcoming the difficulties they encounter 

Format of the component:
Part I: General understanding of two texts.
Part II: Detailed understanding of two texts.
The following task types are used: multiple choice, true/false, matching.
Duration: 1 hr 

Writing
In everyday communicative situations, language users are able to write most texts necessary to deal with these kinds of situation.
In communicative situations in the workplace, language users are able to:
reply in writing to texts such as enquiries and requests, although some help may be needed 
take dictation and notes as long as the texts do not involve any unfamiliar or complex matters, 
write many types of letters, e.g. enquiries, complaints, job applications, etc. 
In communicative situations encountered during the activity of studying, they are able to:
take notes during a lecture/conference/seminar which will be useful for later writing, 
take notes from written sources and write an essay or a fairly long text, although grammar and/or vocabulary errors or inadequacies of style may occur. 
write a research report, although occasional errors may occur. 

Format of the component:
Part I: Writing a text related to a transactional area of communication.
Part II: Writing one or more texts related to a given topic or a set of texts. Responses should be 200-230 words in length. 
Duration: 1 hr 30 mins 

Structural Competence
Language users should prove that they are able to react appropriately to items, which test:
the use of moods, noun forms and tenses, equivalence between gerund/infinitive/participle and conjunctive clauses with the same meaning, compound constructions (with opposition, negation, ellipsis and emphatic processes), complex constructions (complement clauses – verbal, adjectival and noun complements; complex clauses – conditional, concessive, result, time, comparative and purpose clauses) as well as verbal, noun and adjectival agreement, 
idiomatic expressions which describe people or events/situations by quantifying or comparing. 


Format of the component:
Completing texts and sentence transformation. 
Organisation, revising, reducing or expanding a text.
Duration: 1 hr 


Listening
In everyday communicative situations, language users are able to:
understand informal conversations/discussions on unpredictable topics, 
understand most TV and radio programmes, namely debates, interviews, entertainment, social, political and cultural current affairs and possibly programmes on abstract subject matters as long as they are predictable, but they may not understand complex/detailed issues related to social or cultural history of a community or period of time, 
understand films and theatre plays, but difficulties resulting from the rhythm of speech, pronunciation, vocabulary and social-cultural references are likely. 
In communicative situations encountered in the workplace or during the activity of studying, they are able to:
understand the information content of a seminar/conference/lecture/meeting, although less common pronunciation, cultural allusions, jokes or unfamiliar or very complex subject matters may cause difficulties. 

Format of the component:
Part I: Understanding one long or several short radio texts.
Part II: Understanding one long or several short dialogues.
Part III: Understanding a text taken from a conference or summary of a meeting.  
The following task types are used: multiple choice, true/false, matching.
Duration: 40 mins 

Speaking
In everyday communicative situations, language users are able to:
participate effectively and with ease in informal communicative interactions on any subject, with the ability to use an affective or humorous register in accordance with the situation and express themselves with appropriate rhythm of speech and intonation. Any possible gaps in vocabulary are easily overcome by means of compensation strategies; 
understand nuances of meaning and opinion, but difficulties are likely when dealing with subject matters with strong cultural references, cultural allusions, idioms or less common rhythms of speech and pronunciation. 
 In communicative situations in the workplace, language users are able to:
argue a point persuasively and ask questions which go beyond their own area of responsibility or specialisation; 
participate effectively in seminars/meetings within their own area of work and give a presentation/demonstration; 
interact over the phone in most situations likely to occur in the workplace. 
In communicative situations encountered during the activity of studying, language users are able to:
give a clear presentation on a familiar topic, although they may have difficulties developing or explaining complex subject matters or answering unpredictable questions, 
ask for information/explanations, present and justify their opinions during a seminar or a briefing, although some difficulties are likely. 

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 expected to answer questions about themselves.
Part II: A collaborative task based on stimuli, during which candidates are expected to plan an activity or solve a problem.
Part III: Presenting a point of view related to a stimulus received by candidates before the beginning of this component.
Duration: 20 minutes with every pair of candidates.
Weight: Every component accounts for 20% 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%.  

Schedule
Component and Duration 
Reading (1 hr)
Writing (1 hr 30 mins)
Structural Competence (1 hr)
Listening (40mins)
Speaking (20 mins)