Linguistics and Language Teaching


a) Develop in-depth knowledge of current fundamental and applied research in the area of educational linguistics.
b) Critically examine relevant topics in the interface areas among linguistics, language acquisition and language teaching.
c) Develop critical skills and the ability to evaluate theoretical proposals in the area of educational linguistics.
d) Develop the ability to identify and formulate relevant research questions in this scientific area.
e) Develop the ability to conduct an independent research project on a particular topic in the area.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Ana Maria Lavadinho Madeira


Weekly - 2

Total - 280

Teaching language



Available soon


Hinkel, E. (ed.) (2017) Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning, Volume III. Routledge.
Hinkel, E. & S. Fotos (eds.) (2002) New Perspectives on Grammar Teaching in Second Language Classrooms. Routledge.
Kaplan, R. (2002) Oxford Handbook of Applied Linguistics. Oxford University Press.
Long, M. & C. J. Doughty (eds.) (2009) The Handbook of Language Teaching. Blackwell.
Rebuschat, P. (ed.) (2015) Implicit and Explicit Learning of Languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Spolsky, B. & F.M. Hult (orgs.) (2010) The Handbook of Educational Linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell.
VanPatten, B. & J. Williams (eds.) (2015) Theories in second language acquisition, 2nd ed. Routledge.

Teaching method

Teaching methods:
The course is taught through seminar classes, in which more theoretical-expository sessions alternate with sessions marked by the active participation of students through the presentation and discussion of course readings and of the topics covered in the syllabus.

Evaluation method

Participation in the seminar sessions, with presentation of readings and discussion of the topics considered in the syllabus, which will be the basis for a learning portfolio(70%), Presentation of a research project(30%)

Subject matter

1. Characterisation of the object of study of educational linguistics: the interfaces among linguistics, language acquisition and language teaching.
2. Implicit knowledge, language awareness and explicit knowledge in language teaching and learning.
3. Knowledge of language and the development of reading, writing and oral skills.
4. Contributions of research in linguistics towards the definition of objectives, contents and methodological strategies in the teaching of native and non-native languages.
The specific topics which will be explored in the course are defined each year in accordance with the research interests of the students.


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