Portuguese Grammar and Teaching


a) To acquire and deepen knowledge on Portuguese grammar, covering its various domains;
b) To develop skills enabling the analysis of phonological, morphological, syntactic and semantic phenomena of Portuguese;
c) To identify linguistic and discursive properties of different kinds of texts;
d) To be acquainted with the adequate theoretical and methodological instruments required for the use of diverse reference tools (textbooks, grammars and dictionaries, among others) in the context of Portuguese teaching practices.
e) To master techniques for the design and creation of didactic instruments.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria do Céu Sernache Caetano Mocho


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language





Brocardo, M. T. (2014) Tópicos de História da Língua Portuguesa. Lisboa:Colibri.

Duarte, I. (2000) Língua Portuguesa. Instrumentos de Análise. Lisboa: Universidade Aberta.

Kumaravadivelu, B. (2003) Beyond Methods: Macrostrategies for Language Teaching. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Martins, A. M. / Carrilho, E. (2016) Manual de Linguística Portuguesa. Berlin:De Gruyter.

Mateus, M. H. M. et al. (2003) Gramática da Língua Portuguesa. Lisboa:Caminho.

Peres, J. / Móia, T. (1996) Áreas Críticas da Língua Portuguesa. Lisboa:Caminho.

Raposo, E. B. P. et al. (2013) Gramática do Português. Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.

Wetzels, W. L./ Menuzzi, S. / Costa, J. (2016) The Handbook of Portuguese Linguistics. Malden / Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.

Teaching method

The curricular unit has a seminar format, therefore students will be encouraged to participate actively in all sessions, intending also to promote their progressive autonomy in the development of personal work (bibliographical research, production of critical analyses, formulation of problems and proposals for their resolution, etc.).
The topics proposed for study and discussion are scheduled at the beginning of each semester and students will be instructed to previously prepare their work for each seminar.
In tutorials, students will have a regular personalized monitoring.

Evaluation method

one written individual essay and its oral presentation(70%), participation in the seminars sessions, namely the presentation and discussion of papers and syllabus topics and the resolution of exercises(30%)

Subject matter

1. Teaching grammar: why study/teach grammar? Different types of grammars.
2. Oral and written language: transcribing the oral; criteria of Portuguese orthography.
3. The sound system of European Portuguese; phonological processes.
4. Specificities of nominal and verbal inflectional processes; word-formation processes (derivation and compounding).
5. Syntactic and semantic topics - word classes; clause elements and syntactic functions; simple and complex sentences; reference construction and nominal expressions; tense, aspect and modality markers in Portuguese.
6. Language, norm and variation: variation parameters; standardization issues.