30965 - Portuguese and Brazilian Language and Linguistics 1

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At  the end of  this module, students should be able to reach Level B1 of the language proficiency levels described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Course contents

This course is designed as an introduction to contemporary Portuguese linguistics. It begins with an updated overview of the varieties of Portuguese spoken in the Lusophone world and then it focuses particularly on the key aspects of the Portuguese linguistic system (phonology, morphology, lexicon, syntax) in a general way. Nonetheless, distinctions between European and Brazilian Portuguese will also be highlighted.

The practical language classes, which go on all year, are based on the theoretical and methodological principles described by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR) and aim at bringing the students to a B1 level.





- Roberto Mulinacci, Introduzione alla fonetica e fonologia del portoghese, Canterano (Roma), Aracne Editrice, 2018;

- Alina Villalva, Morfologia do Português, Lisboa, Universidade Aberta, 2008;

- Maria Helena Mira Mateus et alii (orgs.), Gramática da Língua Portuguesa, Lisboa, Caminho, 2006.

A booklet with some chapters of the portuguese above-mentioned books will be available at the beginning of the course.

Slides of the course will be available through "Insegnamenti on line".

Further bibliographical references will be provided during the lessons.

Teaching methods

The course consists of a series of lectures (30 hours) which will be integrated with Portuguese language classes.

Assessment methods

The final exam is organized in three parts. An oral exam in Italian with the coordinator of the course. Questions will focus on contemporary Portuguese, its geography, phonology, morphology and syntax. Evaluation of this part will take into consideration students' knowledge and their communicative skills. The remaining two parts will focus on language skills. They are made up of a written and an oral exam. Students must pass the written part before taking the oral. The written part tests grammar, reading comprehension and writing abilities. The oral exam is  a conversation with the language teacher to test students' communicative skills. The final mark is an average of the mark of these three components.


Teaching tools

Computer based presentations (Power Point) and multimedia resources.

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Roberto Mulinacci