Education objectives

The program aims at providing advanced training in language acquisition and language disorders in children and adults, contributing to the development of knowledge and skills that are necessary for those working in these areas, adapted to the reality of the 21st century.
It is expected that students develop:
- an understanding of the process of language acquisition and development from a monolingual and bilingual perspective;
- knowledge and skills in the area of language disorders;
- an understanding of the lesions that cause language disorders in children and adults;
- an understanding of the bases of deafness and of gestural modality as a linguistic modality in the human species;
- basic skills in searching and reading scientific bibliography, and developing a global framework for understanding language disorders, which will enable them to integrate new information in an area that is constantly evolving.

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Maria Fernandes Homem de Sousa Lobo Gonçalves

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1800 Euros/year


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Teaching language

Portuguese Language

Degree pre-requisites

Total credits: 30 ECTS (20 credits based in the compulsory curricular units and 10 credits to be chosen in a set of elective optionals).

(1 ECTS - European Credit Transfer System = a 28-hour workload).

The NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities (NOVA FCSH), through the protocol established with the Institute of Health Sciences (ICS), ensures the normal operation of the Specialization Course in Language Acquisition and Impairment: Challenges of Language Neuroscience in the 21st Century.

Conditions of admittance

Application and access conditions to the cycle of studies reflect the conditions established in the national legislation, namely: - To hold a degree (1st cycle), or legal equivalent; - To hold a foreign academic degree recognized by the Scientific Council (SC) of NOVA FCSH; - To hold an academic, scientific or professional curriculum vitae, recognized by the Scientific Council (SC) of NOVA FCSH. Applicants will be selected and ranked according to the criteria annually defined in the application edict.

Evaluation rules

The program follows the evaluation regulation from the host institution. Each course unit describes in detail the evaluation methods. 1) The frequency of previous course units is not required. 2) The evaluation of the student’s learning achievements is done individually and is completed at the end of the semester. Students’ evaluation may include final written and/or oral exams, essays, assignments or other evaluation elements undertaken by the students in each course unit as required by the lecturers. The grading is expressed on a scale from 0 to 20 points. 3) Any student who obtains a final grade equal to or above 10 points passes the course unit.


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