Ponto de EncontroPortuguese as a World Language
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Contemporary Portuguese Language - The Way You Want To Teach It
Ponto de Encontro is the first Portuguese language textbook that allows the instructor to choose to teach either Brazilian or European Portuguese.
The Second Edition of this best-selling text is completely updated to reflect the 1990 Acordo Ortográfico (spelling reform), ensuring students learn how to accurately read and write in Portuguese today.
Teaching & Learning Experience
- Balanced, Communicative Approach — Students learn to communicate effectively in spoken and written Portuguese through a variety of guided and open ended activities. Ponto integrates cultural information and promotes exchange at every stage of instruction.
- Connect with Culture - Offers learners a rich variety of insights into cultural, social and political realities of the entire Portuguese-speaking world.
- Explore Grammar - Grammatical structures are presented as a means to effective communication.
- Build Vocabulary - Tight integration of vocabulary and grammar presentation and exercises reinforce the focus on usage and real-life situations.
- Develop Skills - Extensive culture-based sections create authentic and meaningful environments for skill-development in each area: listening, speaking, reading and writing.
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IN THIS SECTION:
1.) BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Lição preliminar: Primeiros passos
Lição 1: A universidade
Lição 2: Entre amigos
Lição 3: Horas de lazer
Lição 4: A família
Lição 5: A casa
Lição 6: A roupa e as compras
Lição 7: O tempo e os passatempos
Lição 8: Festas e tradições
Lição 9: O trabalho e os negócios
Lição 10: A comida
Lição 11: A saúde e os médicos
Lição 12: As férias e as viagens
Lição 13: O meio ambiente
Lição 14: A sociedade
Lição 15: A ciência e a tecnologia
2.) COMPREHENSIVE TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Talking about people: Subject pronouns
Talking about academic life and daily occurrences: Present tense of regular -ar verbs
Specifying gender and number: Articles and nouns
Contractions of a, de, and em with articles
Expressing location and states of being: Present tense of estar
Asking and answering questions: Interrogative words
Mais um passo: Some regular -er and -ir verbs
Describing people, places, and things: Adjectives
Identifying and describing; expressing origin, possession, location of events, and time: Present tense of ser
Expressing inherent qualities and changeable conditions: Ser and estar with adjectives
Expressing ownership: Possessive adjectives
Mais um passo: Some idiomatic expressions with estar
Talking about daily life: Present tense of regular -er and -ir verbs
Expressing movement [or habits? conferir como ficou resolvido]: Present tense of ir
Expressing future action: Ir + infinitive [and other structures? conferir como ficou na versão definitiva]
Expressing age, possession, and obligation: Ter and ter que + infinitive
Talking about quantity: Numbers above 100
Mais um passo: Some uses of por and para
Expressing opinions, plans, preferences, and feelings: Present tense of stem changing verbs
Expressing when, where, or how an action occurs: Adverbs
Talking about daily activities: Present tense of fazer, dizer, trazer, sair, and pôr
Expressing how long something has been going on: Faz/há with expressions of time
Mais um passo: The preterir tense of regular verbs and of ir
Expressing ongoing actions: Present progressive
Describing physical and emotional states: Expressions with ter, estar com, and ficar com
Pointing out and identifying people and things: Demonstrative adjectives and pronouns
Learning useful verbs: Present tense of dar, ler, ver, and vir
Stating what you know: Saber and conhecer
Mais um passo: Some reflexive verbs and pronouns
Talking about the past: Preterit tense of regular verbs
Talking about the past: Preterit of ir and ser
Indicating the object of an action: Direct object nouns and pronouns
Reinforcing inquiries: Tag questions
Mais um passo: Some more uses of por and para
Indicating for whom an action takes place: Indirect object nouns and pronouns
Talking about the past: Some irregular preterits
Expressing ongoing actions and descriptions in the past: The imperfect
Imperfect tense of regular and irregular verbs
Narrating in the past: The preterit and the imperfect
Mais um passo: Há/Faz meaning ago
Comparing people and things: Comparisons of inequality
Comparing people and things: Comparisons of equality
Comparing people and things: The superlative
Emphasizing or clarifying information: Pronouns after prepositions
Talking about daily routine: Reflexive verbs and pronouns
Stating impersonal information: Se as impersonal subject
Talking about the past: More on the preterit and the imperfect
Asking questions: More on interrogative pronouns
Giving instructions: Commands
Expressing subjective attitudes: Introduction to the present subjunctive
Talking about expectations: The subjunctive used to express wishes and hope
Expressing doubt and uncertainty: The subjunctive with verbs and expressions of doubt
Telling people what to do: More on commands
Expressing emotions, opinions, and attitudes: The subjunctive with expressions of emotion
Suggesting that someone and the speaker do something: The equivalents of the English let’s
Expressing movement, time, and action: Por and para (review)
Using prepositions to express a range of meanings: Additional uses of por and para
Referring to people and things: Relative pronouns
Expressing affirmation and negation: Affirmative and negative expressions
Talking about things that may not exist: The indicative and the subjunctive in adjective clauses
Making qualified statements: The subjunctive in adverbial clauses
Expressing wishes, recommendations, and conditions in the past: The past subjunctive
Planning the future: The future tense
Hypothesizing about the future: The future subjunctive
Hypothesizing about what might happen: The conditional
Expressing reciprocity: Reciprocal verbs and pronouns
Talking about results of actions: The past participle
Emphasizing facts resulting from actions: The passive voice
Talking about the recent past: The present perfect
Talking about the past from a past perspective: The past perfect
Expressing actions: Uses of the impersonal infinitive
Personalizing the expression of actions: The personal infinitive
Hypothesizing about the present and the future: Present and future if-clause sentences
Expressing subjective attitudes: Diminutives and augmentatives
More on direct object pronouns
Contractions of direct and indirect object pronouns
Object pronouns with future and conditional verb forms
The present perfect subjunctive
The conditional perfect and the pluperfect subjunctive
If-clause sentences with the perfect tenses
The future perfect and the future perfect subjunctive
CONTEMPORARY PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE - THE WAY YOU WANT TO TEACH IT
- The first Portuguese language textbook that allows the instructor to choose to teach either Brazilian or European Portuguese
A functional selection of language features, supported by a variety of visual stimuli, allows instructors to conduct classes in Portuguese from the very first day.
NEW - Completely updated to reflect the 1990 Acordo Ortográfico (spelling reform), ensuring students learn how to accurately read and write in Portuguese today.
BALANCED, COMMUNICATIVE APPROACH
- Students learn to communicate effectively in spoken and written Portuguese through a variety of guided and open ended activities.
- Ponto integrates cultural information and promotes exchange at every stage of instruction.
CONNECT WITH CULTURE
- Offers learners a rich variety of insights into cultural, social and political realities of the entire Portuguese-speaking world.
NEW - All readings have been thoroughly reviewed and in many cases revised to reflect changes in society and the most recent cultural data available (for example, new census figures).
- À primeira vista, the opening section of each chapter, provides a richly contextualized, culture-based framework for learning and practicing new language.
- Vamos viajar segments, two per chapter intersperced throughout the Estruturas sections, integrate cultural understanding with structurally targeted language practice.
- The readings expand the thematic scope of the chapter by allowing for a more elaborate exploration of cultural, social and political realities.
- The activities emphasize comprehension and comparing the environments and experiences of US students with those discussed in the reading, while retaining as much as possible the focus on the grammar.
- Horizontes section focuses on exploring the geographic and cultural diversity of the Portuguese-speaking world through a combination of textual and visual elements.
- Following the principle of cultural contextualization, the essays of Horizontes are composed in the linguistic variant of the respective country (BP for Brazil and EP for Portugal, Lusophone Africa and East Timor).
- Topics are integrated into a geographically defined sequence in which students explore the Portuguese-speaking world step by step, beginning with cities and regions of Brazil, and continuing through Portugal, Angola, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe, East Timor, and Portuguese-language communities in the United States.
- Pararesponder segments test comprehension and invite students to explore the various aspects of the cultures studied.
- Para navegar segments use targeted Internet activities to encourage students to expand the scope of cultural information presented in the readings.
- Grammatical structures are presented as a means to effective communication.
- NEW Vamos analisar exercises in the “Estruturas” section precede each formal grammar explanation and introduce students to new grammar structures in a contextualized manner.
- Concise grammar explanations are focused on usage and presented in both the Brazilian and European Portuguese, immediately followed by practice of each new structural item within a contextualized framework.
- Student activities are uniform where possible and divided into two separate tracks where necessary.
- In their communicative practice, students are never required to acknowledge or negotiate the language variant they are not actively studying.
- Contextualized and personalized, the exercises focus students’ attention on a variety of useful tasks and provide practice for communicating effectively in pairs or small groups in a variety of real-life situations.
- Activities reinforce the vocabulary introduced in the À primeira vista section and in previous chapters.
- Tight integration of vocabulary and grammar presentation and exercises reinforce the focus on usage and real-life situations.
- NEW Projeto final section in each chapter allows for review and consolidation of the vocabulary and main grammatical structures introduced in each chapter while engaging students in meaningful task-oriented communication that takes them through a series of interconnected assignments (for example, various stages of planning a party).
- Comprehensible input is provided through a wide variety of language samples (dialogs, brief narratives, captions, advertisements, etc.).
- Within each thematic grouping, activities provide opportunities to practice new vocabulary and in some cases preview grammar points that are formally presented later in the chapter.
- Vocabulary is presented in both the Brazilian and European variants and while contextualized language samples feature the culturally appropriate variant, in most cases this variant is Brazilian Portuguese.
- Para escutar listening activities recycle vocabulary in an authentic conversational framework, while helping the students to build listening comprehension skills.
- Extensive culture-based Encontros sections, at the end of each chapter, create authentic and meaningful environments for skill-development in each area and bring together the chapter vocabulary, structures and cultural content
- Paraescutar develops students’ ability to understand spoken Portuguese in a variety of authentic contexts.
- Approximately 70% of the recordings are in Brazilian Portuguese and 30% in European Portuguese.
- Para conversar includes open-ended speaking activities based on authentic situations and written texts that help students learn to express and discuss their own needs and interests, providing many opportunities for personalized expression.
- Para ler helps students to become independent readers by introducing basic strategies for understanding meaning and extracting specific information.
- Pre-, during-, and post-reading activities develop student ability to read a variety of authentic texts in Portuguese (from simple documents such as advertisements to the extended discourse of brochures, newspaper and magazine articles, letters, literary texts, etc. ).
- While privileging Brazilian Portuguese, the Paraler section also exposes students to texts written in European Portuguese, with the aim of developing an interpretive competence matching the variety of real-life sources students are likely to encounter outside of classroom.
- Para escrever provides step-by-step activities in which students learn to compose messages and memos, postcards and letters, journals, simple expository paragraphs and brief essays.
- Pre- and post-writing activities guide students through critical steps in the writing process, including brainstorming (to develop ideas for topics); defining one’s purpose, means of communication, tone, and reader; making an outline; revising; and conferencing and peer editing.
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