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Poppies Foundation Plus online

Poppies Foundation Plus online is for those who want to use our materials but prefer to go solo.

The current edition of Poppies Foundation Plus online is available until mid-July 2020 and can be started at any time if you do it on your own.

It includes videos with presentations and explanations, and activities so that those who want to prepare the whole exam or one part with Poppies can do it on their own or with a Coaching Pack. You can also use the fora to ask questions and doubts.

The number of places for the Coaching Pack is  10. This is to ensure we can provide appropriate feedback.

If you do it solo, the Poppies Foundation Plus online is available for a maximum of 100 students. This includes all students , not just those doing the online only option.

Materials in the POPPIES Foundation Plus online

The Poppies Foundation Plus online combines, in a seamless way, the preparation of the Practical Language Exam with the Topics and the Syllabus and Units.

The objective is that you practise and connect the three parts (topics, práctico, and syllabus) in a logical, fruitful fashion.

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Content organisation

The Materials are organised as follows, and you can choose to do just one, two, three or -as we recommend- the whole Poppies Foundation Plus:

1.      Introductory Course on How to Efficiently study, revise and draft your topics

 It lasts 1 week and it aims to:

  • Give you ideas and develop techniques to study the topics efficiently so that you really remember and understand;
  • Apply and analyse their contents for the practical exam and your syllabus and create your own topics.
  • Help you assess what you have learnt and what you need to learn in terms of contents and in terms of structuring.

 It consists of 2 Units:

a.   Getting to know the Resources. 

b.  Study & Writing Techniques.

As a novelty and regardless of whether you

  • are coming to the face-to-face classes,
  • have virtual coaching, or
  • are just preparing the exam on your own (online course only):

You will be asked to do 2 written assignments and will receive feedback.

This Course is free when you enrol in Option 2 or 4!!!!

2.      Exam Part 1B. Topic Preparation  

To help you improve your writing skills and control times when you draft your essays so that they are complete, read well and they are your own.


  • Structure & Development.  (3 topics).
  • Communicative Competence. (1 topic).
  • Linguistic Competences. (6 topics).
  • Pragmatic Competences. (8 topics).
  • Socio-linguistic (& Socio-cultural) Competence. (4 topics)
  • The 4+1 Skills. (3 topics)
  • Notional Competence. (6 topics)


In total, we work on 31 topics/1993 list plus videos and workbooks to help you study efficiently, master the topic contents and draft good topic essays. The topics selected are considered essential for any English teacher to be familiar with and master.

The Course includes not only the contents of the topics covered but also workbooks to help you implement the aspects dealt with in the Introductory Course. The aim is to help you remember, understand, apply, analyse, create and self-assess your topics.  In a few cases, you are expected to extract and personalise the contents from various topics to produce your own. Needless to say, to apply and analyse the contents you’ll need to relate them to the Práctico (Part 1A. of the Competitive Exam) and to your teaching practice and, therefore, your syllabus and units. It also includes videos with explanations and access to the Forum to ask possible doubts.

3.      Exam Part 1A. Practical Language Exam Issues

The aim is to help you prepare and distribute your time for the exam. Also, to improve your listening, summary and synthesis skills. Finally, to efficiently and accurately deal with the many different aspects of this part of the exam. 

This is why this part is closely linked to both the topics and the syllabus & unit design.


  • Structure. Connecting topics, practical exam and Syllabus.
  • Communicative Competence.
  • Linguistic Competence.  This part closes with a Mock Exam (Madrid 2014)
  • Pragmatic Competence. This part closes with a Mock Exam (Madrid 2012).
  • Socio-linguistic & Socio-cultural competences. Mock Exam (Galicia 2016).
  • The 4+1 Skills. (Madrid 2018)
  •  Notional Competence. Mock Exam (Madrid 2016).


This is the second of the fully comprehensive Poppies Foundation Plus, which gives you a sound foundation around the 31 topics dealt with in Exam Part 1.B. Topic Preparation.  It incorporates a variety of activities to include aspects covered in different Autonomous Regions (listenings, translation practice, text analysis of various types, summaries, essay writing, and teaching proposals). We rely mostly on you, students, former students, and readers of this website to keep us updated.

4Exam Part 2. Syllabus & Unit Design

One of the goals is to help you understand the syllabus  better (objectives, learning standards, key competences, assessment, etc.)  Another is to help you design the best outline for your units.  Other goals include understanding assessment better to improve this aspect in your syllabus and learning about the contents of current legislation. The contents are also intertwined with the topics and the language part.


  •  Structure. Students & Methods.
  • Documents & Competences.
  • Objectives & Linguistic Competence.
  • Pragmatic Competence. The Rationale Part 1
  • Socio-linguistic & Socio-cultural competences. Unit Planning. Assessment. The Rationale Part 2
  • The 4+1 Skills. Strategies, tools and K. Competences in Units & connection with Syllabus
  • Notional Competence. Recap on Objectives, ELO, contents, activities, tools, assessment and units. Presentation skills.

 How much does the Foundation Plus Cost? 

When you do the Foundation Plus online you can choose to do only one, two, three or the four courses combined:

  1. Introductory Course…………………..€27. Free when you enroll in 2. Exam Part 1B or in the Full Poppies Foundation Plus (Exam parts 1A&B & 2)
  2. Exam Part 1B Course………………. €127. You save €27  as you get the Introductory Course free
  3. Exam Part 1A Course………………. €127.
    • Exam Part 1A+Part 1B…….€197.  You save €84 as you also get the Introductory Course free
  4. Exam Part 2 Course……………….. €127.
    • Exam Parts 1A+ 2…………..€197. You save €57 
    • Exam Parts 1A+1B+2……..€297. You save €111 as you also get the Introductory Course free

Would you like to add a 5-hour-one-to-one coaching-pack?

How to book and pay for the Poppies Foundation Plus

To book these courses, please, fill in the form and tell us about the course or courses you want to book. We’ll send you instructions on how to may the payment and have access to the course or courses.