Portuguese Language III


The main objective of the CU is to develop communicative and linguistic skills in Portuguese, and to work at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (Independent user).
By the end of the UC, students are expected to:
a) Show progress in the mastering of Portuguese grammar and vocabulary, which enable them to develop their oral and written production/comprehension skills;
b) Be able to understand the essential message in complex texts on current and abstract subjects, including technical discussions;
c)  Communicate spontaneously with portuguese native speakers;
d) Express themselves in a clear and detailed way about a wide variety of subjects;
e) Communicate their opinion on current matters, setting out the pros and cons of various possibilities.

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.

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

Coimbra, I. & O. Mata (2012) Gramática Ativa 2. Lisboa: Lidel (3ª edição).

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 (simples tenses of the Subjunctive, Conditional, Gerund, Personal and Impersonal Infinitives, Double Participles, Active and Passive Voice, Direct and Reported Speech, Pronominal Verbs, Relative pronouns and determiners, Prepositions, Idioms, Proverbs)


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