Academic year
2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
CT0424 (AF:247665 AR:157978)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
Course year
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Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
The course of Portuguese and Brazilian language 1 is common to all the paths of the degree in Languages, Civilizations and Language Sciences.
The course consists of a semester module held by the lecturer in the second semester and annual language exercises (first and second semesters) held by native speakers.
Expected learning outcomes
The general objectives of the course are to: achieve linguistic competence at a level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR); Develop basic metalinguistics competence in comparison with the Portuguese and Brazilian language. The achievement of expected learning outcomes is verified through a structured examination.

1. Knowledge and understanding
Knowledge of the phonological and morphological structures of the Portuguese and Brazilian language; Portuguese and Brazilian language competence equal to B1 level of CEFR.
2. Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
To know how to recognize and describe the phonetic-phonological, graphic and morphological units of the Portuguese and Brazilian language; to be able to represent sounds and phonemes through phonetic-phonological transcription systems; to know how to operate syllabic and morphological segmentation; to know how to use derivative schemes for word formation; to be able to interact in communication situations corresponding to a level B1 of the CEFR; to understand and produce written and oral texts that correspond to a B1 level of the CEFR.
3. Autonomy of judgment
To be able to issue correction and grammatical judgments based on linguistic reflections; to be able to find the bibliographic sources suggested by the teacher; to be able to use electronic resources for the study of phonological and morphological structures at the initial level (electronic resources such as those made available, for example, by Infopedia, Priberam); to bee able to implement communication strategies corresponding to a B1 level of CEFR.
4. Communicative skills
To be able to interact in Portuguese and Brazilian language in communicative situations provided by B1 level of CEFR; to be able to implement the B1 language skills in presenting the main issues addressed in the teaching module.
To be able to explain the contrastive differences of the phonological and morphological structures between the Italian language and the Portuguese and Brazilian language; to be able to explain the main contrastive differences between the European and Brazilian varieties of the Portuguese language; to be able to apply the terminology of linguistics to describe the phonological and morphological phenomena of the Portuguese and Brazilian language.
5. Learning Skills
Initial self-evaluation skills in terms of their competence in Portuguese and Brazilian language and in relation to the acquisition of metallurgical content; to be able to apply the acquired knowledge to undertake the study of the next course (Portuguese and Brazilian Language 2).
None specifically for the Portuguese language. Familiarity with grammatical and metalinguistic terminology is required.
Semester Module:
In a comparative and contrastive perspective in the broader context of Romance languages and more specifically of Italian, the specifics of the Portuguese language, in its European and Brazilian varieties, will be addressed:
1. Phonology and phonetics: general concepts; vowels and diphthongs; consonants; the syllable; prosody: accent and intonation.
2. Morphology: structure of words; Flexible morphology and lexical morphology.
3. Lexicology: origin, formation processes and semantics of the Portuguese and Brazilian basic vocabulary.

Grammatical, phonetic-graphic, lexical, textual and communicative contents of the Portuguese and Brazilian language (up to B1 level of CEFR)
Referral texts
Semester module:

Castagna V., I VERBI PORTOGHESI, Milano, Hoepli, 2015.
Duarte I., “A língua portuguesa e a sua variedade europeia”, in AS LÍNGUAS DA PENÍNSULA IBÉRICA (coord. Mira Mateus M.H.), Lisboa, Colibri, 2002, pp. 101-115.
Teyssier P., “Especificidade do português”, in ACTAS DO CONGRESSO INTERNACIONAL SOBRE O PORTUGUÊS (ed. Duarte I. e Leiria I.), Lisboa, Associação Portuguesa de Linguística – Colibri, 1996, pp. 191-207.

For consultation:
Bechara E. MODERNA GRAMÁTICA PORTUGUESA, Rio de Janeiro, Nova Fronteira, 2009.
Cunha C. – Cintra L., NOVA GRAMÁTICA DO PORTUGUÊS CONTEMPORÂNEO, Lisboa, Sá da Costa, última ed..

Exercices with Ms Teixeira:

Coimbra, Isabel; Coimbra, Olga Mata. GRAMÁTICA ATIVA 1. Lisboa: Lidel, 2011.
Tavares, Ana. PORTUGUÊS XXI, NÍVEL A1. Lisboa: Lidel, 2014.

Exercices with Ms Horn:

Coimbra, Isabel; Coimbra, Olga Mata; Oberg, Lamartine Bião. GRAMÁTICA ATIVA 1 VERSÃO BRASILEIRA. Lisboa: Lidel, 2012.
Dias, Ana e Frota, Silvia. NOTA 10. PORTUGUÊS DO BRASIL. Lisboa: Lidel, 2015.
Assessment methods
Examination of expected learning outcomes is done through a structured examination, consisting of a written test and an oral exam.
In order to verify the achievement of the linguistic competence (level B1 of the CEFR), the written test is composed of two parts whose average results are evaluated on a 30/30 basis:
1) dictation of about 10 lines (30 points)
2) grammatical test (26 points) and a brief composition (4 points). Duration: 90 minutes.
The oral test consists of two parts: the first, verifying the achievement of oral communication competence (level B1 of the CEFR), consists of a conversational language interaction on a selection of short narrative texts by contemporary authors (duration: about 15 minutes); the second is to verify the achievement of the metalinguistic competence on the contents of the teaching module and is held in Portuguese or in Italian, at the choice of the student (duration: 15-20 minutes).
The two parts of the oral examination are evaluated globally, resulting in a 30/30 basis evaluation that will average with the grade obtained in the written test, thus resulting in a total examination.
The written test is preliminary to the oral test, which should be done in a single sitting and within the same exam session in which the written test is passed.
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons; exercises.
The semester module is held in Italian; exercises are held in Portuguese.
Tutoring activities.
Teaching language
Further information
The theoretical module of the course will be held in the second semester. Exercises begin with the academic year.
Non-attending students are invited to contact the teacher at the beginning of the academic year and at the beginning of the second semester.
Type of exam
written and oral
Definitive programme.
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