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Second Semester of 2017

DEPLE

DIPLOMA ELEMENTAR DE PORTUGUÊS LÍNGUA ESTRANGEIRA

The DEPLE corresponds to level B1 of the Common European Framework of the Council of Europe.
The level B1 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 grammatical and lexical structures expected to be used at this level are the ones which are necessary for successful production and comprehension of written and oral texts described below.
Language users are expected to deal with a number of situations in everyday life, in the workplace and while studying which require mostly predictable use of the language.  
This examination consists of four components: Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking. 

Reading
In everyday communicative situations, language users can:
identify dishes and parts of the menu; 
understand information/instructions given in application forms, adverts, leaflets and brochures in hotels or other types of accommodation; 
understand information/instructions given on food and medical product labels; 
understand a letter containing information about people/places, reports on events or expressions of opinions/ideas; 
understand the gist of news and newspaper articles about current affairs; 
understand texts in advertising leaflets and brochures, e. g. in banks. 
In communicative situations in the workplace, language users can:
understand letters or reports which fall within their own work area, on a likely topic providing they are given enough time. 
In communicative situations encountered during the activity of studying, language users can:
understand the gist of a text that falls within their area of study, although reading speed is still slow. 

Format of the component:
Understanding the gist of texts like adverts, newspapers/magazine articles and news, brochures, instructions
For the use of medicines and other products, letters, reports, etc.,
The following task types are used: multiple choice, true/false, matching.
Detailed understanding of a newspaper/magazine article. 
The following task types are used: multiple choice, true/false, matching.
Duration: 30 mins 
Weight: This component accounts for 25% of the total marks. Both parts are weighted equally.

Writing
In everyday communicative situations, language users can:
write notes, postcards and personal letters which may include descriptions of people/places or reports on events; 
write a message (e-mail or paper) to an institution, e.g. to confirm booking of accommodation or to ask for information about a course; 
fill in questionnaires that require describing situations or events, e.g. a report on an accident; 
In communicative situations in the workplace, they can:
write routine letters within their own area of expertise, although they still need to be checked 
(electronic or paper);
write a brief report on a work meeting, 
In communicative situations encountered during the activity of studying, they can:
take notes during a meeting/lecture/conference for their own private use, although they are likely to resort also to their native language, 
take notes from written sources, although these may well contain inaccuracies, 
write a brief summary of a lecture. 

Format of the component:
Part I: Writing a letter (personal or formal) or a text that is supposed to describe events, situations, express opinions or ask for/give information.
Part II: Production of a message/ postcard
Duration:1 hr 
Weight: This component accounts for 25% of the total marks. 

Listening
In everyday communicative situations, language users can:
understand communicative interactions with social context, like greeting, giving thanks, asking for/giving information about someone, congratulating, giving opinions, etc.; 
understand information related to personal identification and description (family relations, occupation, studies, spending leisure time, interests); 
understand information/instructions related to directions and getting around as well as information given on a guided tour; 
understand information/instructions related to timetables and dates; 
understand information/explanations/instructions related to the following transactional areas: accommodation, food, shopping, health and public services (post offices, banks, etc.); 
understand information/opinions on current affairs or on various aspects of the private and social life of an interlocutor they interact with; 
In communicative situations encountered during the activity of studying, the language user can:
understand the topics of a lecture/seminar/meeting; 
understand instructions for assignments given in class; 
In communicative situations in the workplace, language users can:
understand routine information/instructions, 
understand statements evaluating the execution of a task. 

Format of the component:
Listening to dialogues.
Listening to factual radio texts (news, weather forecasts, cultural information, etc.) or other kinds of texts that ask for/give instructions, information or evaluate tasks.
The following task types are used: multiple choice, true/false, matching.
Duration:40 mins 
Weight: This component accounts for 25% of the total marks. 

Speaking
In everyday communicative situations, language users can:
participate in communicative interactions with social context, like greeting, giving thanks, asking for someone, reacting if asked to do so, congratulating, giving opinions, etc.; 
give information related to personal identification and description (family relations, occupation, studies, spending leisure time, interests); 
ask for information/instructions related to directions and getting around (on foot or by public transport); 
book accommodation over the phone and deal with most situations likely to arise while staying in a hotel; 
buy goods in shops as well as negotiate the price of a product; 
order a meal in a restaurant, ask for information about dishes on the menu and the method of payment as well as express simple opinions and make simple complaints; 
deal with routine situations in banks and post offices; 
ask for basic information in a tourist information centre or on a guided tour; 
make a doctor’s appointment over the phone and give simple explanation of a health problem; 
in emergencies give general information about the nature of an accident; 
as tourists, they are able to ask for information about a place, monument, etc.; 
participate and express opinions and feelings in an informal conversation about personal experiences, interests, current affairs, etc., 
In communicative situations in the workplace, language users can:
ask for information and make requests; 
give information about routine subject matters; 
exchange informal information with colleagues on likely topics; 
In communicative situations encountered during the activity of studying, they can:
ask for simple information related to organizational subject matters or their own area of study   

Format of the component:
If possible, this component is 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 with an examiner on the basis of a stimulus given before the interview.
Duration: 20 minutes with every pair of candidates.
Weight: This component accounts for 25% of the total marks. All three parts are weighted equally.

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 (30 mins)  
Writing (1 hr)
Listening (40mins)
Speaking (20 mins)