31171 - Portuguese and Brazilian Language and Linguistics 2

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Academic Year 2020/2021

Learning outcomes

At the end of this module, students should be able to reach Level B2 of the Portuguese language proficiency levels described in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Course contents

The course intends to deepen some topics of sociolinguistics and some grammatical structures relevant to the study of Portuguese as a foreign language, such as the tenses of the indicative, the subjunctive and the respective connectives. The aim is to contribute to the practice of linguistic reflection through the study of real linguistic facts, as well as to reflect on the Portuguese language from the perspective of the foreign student, highlighting and discussing problems concerning the construction of the period and the text in Portuguese: coordination and subordination; cohesion and coherence.


Preparation for the exam includes the study of the handout prepared by the teacher available at the “Ecrire” copy shop (in front of the Faculty of Languages, via Cartoleria) and in the Didactic Resources on “Virtual”. The handout has been designed with the following reference texts:

ABREU, A. S. Curso de redação, Ática, São Paulo, 1991.

BAGNO, M. Nada na língua é por acaso: por uma pedagogia da variação linguística, Parábola Editorial, São Paulo, 2007.

CECILIO, L. A. O pretérito perfeito composto em português e sua interface com o italiano, in R. M. B. Meyer, A. F. de S. Albuquerque (eds.), Pretérito Perfeito Composto no Português para Estrangeiros: Fronteiras com Outras Línguas, Editora Livre Expressão, Rio de Janeiro, 2011, pp. 57-80.

_______ . Reflexos da Diversidade Cultural nos Atos de Fala de Brasileiros e Italianos:Contribuições para o Ensino de Português para Italófonos, in R. M. B. Meyer, A. F. de S. Albuquerque (a cura di), Português para estrangeiros: questões interculturais, Editora PUC-Rio, Rio de Janeiro, 2013, pp. 91-114.

__________ . Portoghese o Brasiliano? Appunti per una didattica consapevole, in F. Gatta (a cura di), Parlare insieme. Studi Per Daniela Zorzi, Bononia University Press, Bologna, 2016.

PERINI, M. A. Sofrendo a gramática. Ensaios sobre a linguagem, Ática, São Paulo, 2000.

POSSENTI, S. Mal comportadas línguas, Criar Edições Ltda, Curitiba, 2000.

VITRAL, L. Gramática inteligente do português do Brasil, São Paulo, Contexto, 2017.

Further materials will be suggested and provided during classes.


Teaching methods

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

Assessment methods

The final exam is organized in three parts. An oral exam with the coordinator of the course. 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 and multimedia resources

Links to further information


Office hours

See the website of Livia Assunçao Cecilio