70382 - Basics of Portuguese

Course Unit Page

  • Teacher Anabela Cristina Costa Da Silva Ferreira

  • Credits 6

  • SSD L-LIN/09

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Portuguese

  • Campus of Forli

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Intercultural and Linguistic Mediation (cod. 8059)

  • Course Timetable from Feb 24, 2022 to May 13, 2022


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Students are expected not only to learn the basic grammar and lexicon of the target 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

This course will be done only in the second semester.

Using some useful texts the student will learn and study to know how to use it, in some of this specific themes:

- personal presentation;

- how to introduce someone;

- personal day life description, own family and town;

- expressions of joy, sadness, opinions, critics;

- several kind of commerce (caracteristics, what to buy and how to pay).

Also with some several exercises written and verbal, the gramatical structures to study are the following ones:

- names and adjectives number and type;

- the feminine form;

- thle plural form;

- the articles;

- the adverbs;

- the interrogative pronouns;

- the possessive pronouns;

- the personal pronouns;

- the numbers;

- the verbal forms: Presente and Pretérito Perfeito Simples;

- the Past Participle regular, irregular and double form;

- the phrasel verbs;

- the prepositions;

- the interrogative form;

- the negative form.


Obbligatory reading:

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

- 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

- Coimbra, Olga Matos e Leite, Isabel Coimbra, Novo Português Sem Fronteiras 1, ed. Lidel, Lisboa, 2011

- 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.

- Massoni, Maria do Carmo, À primeira vista - Grammatica Portoghese, Modena, Logos, 2013

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

- Moreira, Augusto, Dicionário Técnico Ilustrado de máquinas e ferramentas, Alcochete, ed. Algibeira de Alfarroba, 2014

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

Teaching methods

Lectures or in online or mixed mode due to the health emergency due to the COVID19 pandemic.

Various exercises in the classroom and at home.

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 Anabela Cristina Costa Da Silva Ferreira