Get a Certificate of Portuguese Language!
Did you know that you can have an internationally recognised Certificate of Portuguese as a Foreign Language soon after you finish your Basic Level Course (A1/A2) at Portuguese on Demand?
Having a Portuguese Language Certificate is a way to stand out from the crowd in the job market, as more people are studying Portuguese today as a consequence of the growing importance of emerging Portuguese language countries such as Brazil and Angola. In these countries, it is essencial to have a good command of the language if you want to make the most of their business opportunities, culture, diversity etc.
However, sitting an exam to test your skills in Portuguese is not only for those who seek opportunities in Brazil or Angola; it is also appealling to learners who want to challenge themselves and have a hard proof of their language skills.
Vikki is a hard-working, mother-of-two student who accepted the challenge and decided to sit the CIPLE examination provided by the University of Lisbon through Instituto Camões. She is sitting the exam in November this year (2014) and she has spoken a little bit about her experience in getting prepared for this important challenge.
What are your main objectives in taking this examination, Vikki?
I wanted to have a formal qualification that I could put on my CV. This would allow me to see how much I know and understand of Portuguese. It would also give me a starting point to see how much I improve over time.
And how are you preparing for the exam? Any special study routine?
Most of my revision is based on using old exam papers and then concentrating on the four elements: reading, writing, speaking and listening. I allocated four 20 minute-sessions a week, one per element to start with (reading, writing, listening). Later, once you gain more confidence, you can identify where your weak points are and concentrate on these.
And how do you plan your revision?
Most of my revision is based on using old exam papers, and then concentrating on the four elements:
Reading - reading various texts from story books, study books, e-mails/facebook (use a dictionary for new /unfamiliar words)
Writing - copy writing to practice spellings and punctuation with accents. Writing e-mails and post cards in Portuguese.
Speaking - using apps like Duo Lingo to repeat phrases to practice pronunciation and having conversations with Portuguese speaking people to practice understanding and comprehension
Listening - using radio/TV-films/audio books and having ordinary conversations - even if you are only talking to yourself!
So you have a study routine?
I have set days for each task, and try and connect it to the homework that has been allocated. I have a vocabulary book where I write down new words and their meaning with an example of how that word could be used. I note down my homework in a different book, so I can track what exercises I have been given and what I have completed.
If I have not understood something, then I make a note in my homework book to discuss it at the next lesson
Are there any aspect of the exam that you consider to be more challenging? Why?
The listening part for me is the hardest.
You need to be able to understand the whole conversation to answer the questions, it is not just a case of listening and repeating.
Any suggestion to give to our fellow students who might be considering to sit this exam in the future?
I would recommend this exam path to enable you to test your new language abilities.
Make sure you can commit to the homework Be open to new methods of learning to be able to pass