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INTRODUÇÃO

ENGLISH FOR FUTURE DIPLOMATS

How important is English for you to succeed in the diplomatic service


examination?

• In the first phase (which is qualifying), English represents 12.3% of the total
score. In 2017 you had to get at least 44.25 (that is 60%) to pass the TPS.
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• In the second phase (also qualifying), you have to score at least 50 points
out of 100 so that you continue in the process.

• Second and third phases together are worth 800 points. So, in the final
counting, English represents 12,5%. THAT’S A LOT! In 2016, you had to get
at least 77.4% out of 800 points to pass the exam.

How will our course help you succeed?

• My goal is to help you acquire the knowledge and the skills needed to pass
the examination. I am here not to teach you English, but to help you pass
the CACD test by using the English language skilfully.

• Our focus will be on the TPS, since this is where the majority of candidates
get stuck.

Let’s start from the basics!

1) The Candidate’s Handbook by Sara Burkitt Walker. Download for free on


http://funag.gov.br
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2) Print previous tests. Download them on http://www.cespe.unb.br/concursos/


3) Study guides. https://guiasirbr.wordpress.com/
4) Read books in English that are useful for other CACD subjects.
5) Try to read at least one article a day from one of these sources:

• https://www.economist.com/
• https://www.nytimes.com/
• https://www.theguardian.com/international
• https://www.newyorker.com/
• https://www.foreignaffairs.com/

6) Always have a good dictionary at hand.

• https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/
• https://www.merriam-webster.com/
• http://www.thefreedictionary.com/
• http://www.wordreference.com/

7) Grammar is an ally, not an enemy.


• Oxford English Grammar Course: Advanced, Michael Swan
• Understanding and Using English Grammar, Betty Azar
• Practical English Usage, Michael Swan
• The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation, Jane Straus
8) If it doesn’t stress you out, try to use English while you relax.
a) Watch movies with English subtitles.
b) Listen to podcasts in English. http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts
c) If you have time, read novels in English without bothering to check every
word you don’t know. Remember that you’re just relaxing.
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WARNING: When you are using English while relaxing, don’t stop every second
to search for words you don’t know the meaning. Do it when it’s study time.

On our next class...

• We’ll start “reverse engineering” TPS. Let’s understand what kind of texts
the examiners have been using and what are the types of questions they
usully ask.

• I recommed that, before you watch our next video class, try to read Chapter
1 of Sara Walker’s Handbook.

�Este material foi elaborado pela equipe pedagógica do Gran Cursos Online, de acordo com a
aula preparada e ministrada pelo professor Jônathas Silveira.
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