Masters in Portuguese as a Foreign Language and Second Language

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

Qualification Awarded



2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits



Advanced specialization second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

Cristina Santos Pereira Martins (crismar@fl.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
This course is intended to actively contribute to the advanced and specialized training of professionals in Portuguese as a Second and Foreign Language (PSL/PFL). The Portuguese educational system currently lacks teachers with training in PSL in order to meet the specific needs of the growing numbers and importance of “foreign students and Portuguese students whose ancestors belong to specific ‘cultural groups / nationalities’” (designation found in official Portuguese Ministry of Education documents). The course is also a tool for the candidates applying to Portuguese lectureships abroad, as well as for those who seek teaching positions in the educational systems of foreign countries (especially the countries of CPLP- Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries) with the aim to teach PSL/PFL in the elementary and secondary level.

At the end of the course, students are expected to:
a) have specific knowledge regarding the structural organization of the Portuguese language and the relationship between different synchronic uses and their conditioning extra linguistic variables (geographic and social distribution of speakers, production and reception settings of oral and written language);
b) understand the specificity of second and foreign language acquisition and learning processes;
c) be capable of planning and elaborating teaching materials to teach PSL/PFL, using different media, adapted to learners of different ages, cultural and linguistic backgrounds;
d) be capable of using cultural artifacts and manifestations in the dissemination of the Portuguese language and culture.
Mode of Study
This course is also delivered at the Guangzhou Foreign Studies University (GDUFS). The 1st year will be taught at GDUFS and the 2nd year at the UC.
Access to Further Studies
Access to PhD degree courses (3rd cycle).
Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master’s degree is granted to holders of a Bachelor’s degree or teachers who have an adequate training or curriculum vitae that is recognized as adequate by the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Humanities.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Recognition of Prior Learning
To be assessed upon request.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
The legal framework for the qualification is established by Decree Law no. 74/2006, 24th March, amended and republished by DL no. 107/2008, 25th June; Ordinance no. 782/2009, 23rd July.
Professional Goals
• Long-life training for teachers of Portuguese and other professionals in the Portuguese elementary and secondary school system;
• Specialized training for candidates applying to Portuguese lectureships in international universities, as well as for those who seek teaching positions in the educational systems of foreign countries (especially the countries of CPLP- Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries2) at the elementary and secondary levels.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.
Graduation Requirements

• The Masters degree is obtained after the accomplishment of a total of 120 ECTS, 50 of which correspond to the dissertation (including its public defense);
• Attendance with a final successful assessment of the first year of this cycle endows the student with diploma in “Specialization in Portuguese as a Foreign and Second Language” (60 ECTS).

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2017
End date: 21-12-2017
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2018
End date: 30-05-2018
- A3ES
Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
  • 2017-01-16 a 2023-01-15
R/A-Ef 1667/2011 - DGES
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior
  • 2011-03-18