PBBI-Notional Competence
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PBBI-Notional Competence

For those who have finished POPPIES' Foundation Plus.

PBBI-Notional Competence consists of 2 interrelated Parts: Exam Part 1B (topics) & Exam Part 1A (Text Analysis & Language Practice).  They are totally intertwined, and you will move from one stage in the preparation of the topic to some activity in the language part. We are covering 4 topics related to Notional Competence and we’ll be working on 2 more. 

3 Units, each consisting of the two interrelated parts mentioned above, which makes up a total of 6:The first part of each unit covers one or two topics and their corresponding videos, workbooks, and contents. The second part includes one or two listenings, text analysis, language practice,, and translations. Some of the activities included in this second part cover issues related to the topics. Unit 3 covers the exam from Madrid 2016, including one of the topics which came out then.

Picking up from the Quizzes on Rhetorical & Stylistic Devices in the Poppies Foundation Plus-Exam Part 1 (Included in this course for revision) each of the 3 main Units in this course also has one quiz where we revise and expand on our knowledge of rhetorical and stylistic devices.

Being a short course, you should be able to do it in no more than three months: either on your own or as part of our coaching sessions depending on availability.

Price: €87 

-Free if you enrolled in and paid for the POPPIES Foundation Plus in 2019-20

PBB II-The Verb Group +
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PBB II-The Verb Group +

POPPIES' Building Block II consists of 2 Interrelated Parts: Exam Part 1B (topics) & Exam Part 1A (language practice). We also include some ideas to teach and design activities, lessons or units related to some of the topics covered here.

In this Building Block, however, the parts are not so closely intertwined, particularly with the 3 topics on The Verb Phrase which make up Unit 1. There are some questions on issues pertaining to the Verb Phrase in the Language Practice which makes up Units 2-6, but the focus of these 5 units is laid on the other two topics covered and on the language practice itself together with a couple of activities on Unit design and content.

POPPIES Building Block II includes the topic contents, workbooks, and videos plus Language Activities to practise listening, text analysis, language practice, and translations. Some of the activities cover issues related to the topics, others deal with phonetics, lexicography, semantics, text cohesion, stylistic features, etc. There are 6 units in total, 1 for the topics and 6 for the Practical Language Exam + Revision of Rhetorical & Stylistic devices practised in POPPIES Foundation+ & Building Block I. 

The course is designed to be done entirely online or as a Blended Course, i.e. accessing the materials on the platform, working on them and clarifying doubts, or performing some of the activities in classes via Zoom while the COVID remains a pandemic.   

Price €87

Free for 3rd-Year students

PBB III-The USA
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PBB III-The USA

POPPIES Building Block III- The USA deals mainly, though not exclusively, with various aspects pertaining to the United States.

The main focus of this PBBIII is on the Language Part of the exam, but we also cover three topics and some ideas on Unit content, particularly related to literature, culture, society, etc.

We star with some revision of Rhetorical & Stylistic Devices from the previous Building Blocks and then you are provided with 2 topics (no workbook as they are on Culture and Literature). The topics are 60 & 61 of the current 1993 list.  You are also given a "term" assignment.

In units 1 -5, we practise with various Language Issues (listenings, translations, text analysis, questions on text, rephrasing, collocations, etc.) and we connect some of them to current issues and, broadly, to Topic 64 on American Institutions. This is the topic we are working on through videos and summaries. We’ll be contrasting and comparing your production and our suggestions. Two of the units include Mock exam from Castilla La Mancha 2018 and from Galicia 2017. There are also activities to expand your vocabulary and knowledge of rhetorical and stylistic devices.

Price €87


PBB IV. Miscellaneous
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PBB IV. Miscellaneous

POPPIES Building Block IV is called "Miscellaneous" because it contains a mixed bag of texts, listenings and translations.

Candidates on this course have already completed POPPIES Foundation Plus and POPPIES Building Blocks I-III.

Even though we may cover one or two topics —or three or four, depending on time and content-related texts— what we mainly do in this course is practise text analysis of various types, including a few oldish and mostly new texts, with a with variety of questions.

We are also doing exams from different Autonomous Regions such as Murcia, Valencia, Castilla León, …, (some from Secundarias exams, others from Escuelas). Plus a variety of questions to help you revise what we have done so far, and cover other possible questions you may be asked. We’ll also take into account the events taking place during the current academic year 2020-21.

There will certainly be listenings and translations, too. Also rephrasing/structural conversion; collocations, and other language activities to help you be better prepared for the exam.

Price: €87