86686 - Portuguese and Brazilian Language and Culture I - Forlì

Course Unit Page

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

Students are expected not only to learn the basic grammatical and lexical  structures of the Portuguese and Brazilian  language but also to acquire the beginning level of linguistic competence for both written and spoken portuguese in a limited number of communicative contexts.

Course contents

The 40-hour course in total consists of two integrated modules of 20 hours each, and has the mandatory attendance. It will have a final evaluation consisting of the first and second semester votes. The course will be divided into the following form:

- Brazilian Form (20 hours)

integrated to

- Portuguese Form (20 hours)

By reading selected passages and other related activities, the student will learn to know and will then be able to express himself on the following specific topics:


Brazilian Form

Through the written and oral practical exercises carried out in the classroom, the grammatical aspects to be studied will be the following:

- Phonetic and spelling of Brazilian Portuguese;

- The definite and indefinite articles;

- Personal subject pronouns;

- The number and gender of nouns and adjectives;

- The cardinal, ordinal and fractional numbers;

- Place adverbs;

- The forms of courtesy, greeting and farewell;

Verbal morphology:

- The present of the Indicative;

- Il Pretérito Perfeito Simples;

- Peripheral Forms.

The following cultural themes will be addressed, and not only:

- The Brazilian territory and its divisions: the regions, the states, the capitals;

- The political system;

- The food;

- Knowing how to present oneself, talk about oneself and say goodbye;

- Time division: The day, the days of the week, the months, the seasons of the year and the hours;

- Know how to describe daily actions; - The description of the house (differences between the Italian and Brazilian houses).

Portuguese form

- The composition of the family;

- Work: types and environments;

- Health: how to book a visit, and the symptoms of a disease;

- Transport: types and how to book a trip;

- Purchases in a store and payment methods;

- Typical expressions and symbols of Portuguese culture;

Through also written and oral practical exercises, the grammatical structures to be studied will be the following:

- Pronouns and interrogative adverbs;

- possessive pronouns;

- The personal pronoun direct and indirect object;

- The preposition of movement;

- The imperfect of the indicative;

- The simple future of the indicative;

- The past participle regular, irregular and double;

- The conditional;

- Impersonal verbs.





Obbligatory reading:

-Coimbra, Olga Matos e Leite, Isabel Coimbra, Gramática Ativa I - 3ªed., Lidel, Lisboa, last edition.

- small dictionary portuguese - italian (for instance: ed. Zanichelli, Bologna)

- portuguese dictionary (for instance: Dicionário Porto Editora)

Bibliography for individual study:

- AAVV, Dicionário escolar por imagens, Texto Editores Lda., Lisboa, 2010.

- AAVV, Dicionário Visual Bilingue Italiano-Português, ed. Dorling Kindersley, London, 2006

- Abreu, Maria Helena e Murteira, Rita Benamor, Grammatica del Portoghese Moderno, ed. Zanichelli, Bologna, 1994

- Ferreira, Anabela, De Portugal, em Português, ed. Clueb, Bologna, 2017, ISBN 978-88-491-5548-8

- Cunha, Celso e Cintra, Lindley, Gramática do Português Contemporâneo, ed. Sá da Costa, Lisboa, 1985

- Lanciani, Giulia e Tavani, Giuseppe, Grammatica Portoghese, ed. CEA, Milano, 1993

- Malcata, Hermínia, Guia Prático de Fonética, Acentuação e Pontuação, Lisboa, ed. Lidel, 2008, con cd.

- Matos, Maria Libéria, Dicionário Ilustrado de Português, ed. Lidel, Lisboa, 2014

- Ventura, Helena – Caseiro, Manuela, Guia prático de verbos com preposições, ed. Lidel, Lisboa, 2011

Teaching methods

Personal lessons, several exercises in class and as homework.

Class timetable: 15.00 - 17.00

Place: AULA 2 TH Viale Corridoni, 20 - Forlì


Brazilian Form

November: 9, 16, 23, 30

December: 7, 14, 21

February: 8, 15, 22

March: 1

Portuguese form

March: 8, 15, 22, 29

April: 5, 12, 26

May: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Assessment methods

The assessment of learning takes place through a final written test of 90 minutes, and a subsequent oral exam lasting on average 15 minutes, both subject to prior registration in the online lists prepared by the secretariat.

The written test aims to ascertain the skills acquired in the context of the topics covered during the course, and will consist of a piece with 4/5 comprehension questions, several grammar completion exercises, multiple choice or transformation on the topics covered during the course and which are indicated in the program, and a composition theme of your choice with a minimum of 70 words.

The use of books, notebooks, notes, dictionaries and / or computer media is not permitted.

Evaluation grid for the written test:

30-28: in-depth knowledge of grammar, accuracy and clarity in the answers. The attribution of the praise presupposes, in addition to the previous requirements, a completeness in the answers, a clear and elegant presentation of the task, the original re-elaboration in completing the answers, and the personal contribution in the theme with the exceeding of the minimum number of words.

27-26: in-depth but less precise knowledge of the grammar contents, precision and clarity in the answers. Less elegant presentation of the task, and less reworking in the completion of the answers and in the personal contribution in the topic.

25-24: good knowledge of grammar, accuracy and clarity in the answers. The overall language is correct even if characterized by some inaccuracy, distraction and error.

23-21: sufficient knowledge of grammar and language not entirely correct. Presence of different errors in the answers, answers left blank, little bigger than the minimum required.

20-18: knowledge a little more than sufficient, even if sometimes incomplete, of the grammatical content with an incorrect and incongruent language. Presentation of the unsatisfactory task, little certainty in the answers, not very original and / or personal theme.

proof not passed: Serious gaps in the preparation related to grammatical content, with linguistic interference, typos, some parts left unfinished, theme with too many errors and confusing, incorrect and inadequate language.

The written test is evaluated through a judgment that must be positive by at least 18 points, to allow access to the oral exam. This aims to verify the acquisition of the linguistic knowledge of the oral expression foreseen by the course program, and consists in taking into consideration the written task and checking the errors committed, and a brief interview with the teacher in which he is asked for his personal presentation for to evaluate the personal property of language. This test is assigned 0 to 2 points.

The final grade, expressed in thirtieths, is calculated from the overall assessment of the written test and oral exam.

The results of the written exam are made public on the School's website, before the scheduled date for the oral exam, while the oral and final grades are communicated immediately at the end of the oral examination to the student.

Students have a week to review their task to accept or reject the vote once.

Students can take the oral exam in one of three appeals provided for each session, ie, June, September and February.

During the first and last lesson all the information on the exam will be given, as well as during the last lesson a simulation of the exam will be carried out, besides the publication of copies of exams passed on the teacher's page.

Teaching tools

Portuguese books

Portuguese Grammar

Dictionnaries in portuguese and italian

Cd rom


Film video

Office hours

See the website of Rute Maria Paulo Cadete

See the website of Paola Giustina Baccin