Portuguese Language I


The main objective of the CU is to develop communicative and linguistic skills in Portuguese, and to work at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (Independent user).
By the end of the CU, students are expected to:
a) Further develop knowledge of Portuguese grammar and vocabulary, which enable them to develop their oral and written production/comprehension skills;
b) Be able to express themselves spontaneously in a range of everyday and academic situations;
c) Increase intercultural awareness and further develop knowledge of the culture and language relationships;
d) ) Be able to write and orally produce simple and coherent texts, such as texts relating to personal interests and current matters;?
e) Express their opinion in a simple and concise way;
f) Describe experiences and events.    

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Maria Alexandra Moreira de Jesus Fiéis e Melo


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Teaching language



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Arruda, L. (2012) Gramática de português língua não materna. Porto: Porto Editora.

Coimbra, I. & O. Mata (2011) Gramática Ativa 1. Lisboa: Lidel (3ª edição).

Freitas, F. & T.S. Henriques (2011) Qual é a dúvida? (Níveis B1, B2 e C1). Lisboa: Lidel.

Porto Editora (2011) Dicionário ilustrado de português língua não materna – Iniciação, intermédio e avançado. Porto: Porto Editora.

Teaching method

The CU will have a strong practical component. It seeks at promoting communicative methods in portuguese language learning/teaching, with the purpose of stimulating interaction and promote increasingly autonomous learning. By doing so, we should be able to assess the students’ communicative competence, their strategies, sociocultural aspects, formal and discourse adequacy. Tasks set require both linguistic and extra-linguistic competences. Use of audio-visual means and information technologies.

Evaluation method

Continuous assessment: participation in classes (spoken interaction, attendance) - 10%; two written assignments (one of which done in class) - 60% (30% each); two spoken and listening assignments - 30%.

Subject matter

1. Oral and written texts covering a wide range of themes (news, interviews, articles of opinion, poems, songs)
2. Aspects of Portuguese Culture (geography, society, music, cinema)
3. Simulation of real communication settings related with everyday life (dialogues, opinion making, perceptions, experiences, feelings and convictions)
4. Production of written texts with different communicative purposes (dialogues, personal experiences, informal letters)
5. Everyday vocabulary for communicative use
6. Linguistic forms and structures for communicative use (gender and number of nouns, adjectives, adverbs, definite and indefinite articles, pronouns and determiners (interrogatives, possessives, demonstratives), pronominal verbs, prepositions, simple and compound tenses of the Indicative, Past Participle, Imperative, Conditional, Personal and Impersonal Infinitives).


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