LVB – Portuguese


This method conference is mostly intended for foreign students in their second compulsory year of study abroad, but also for foreign students who were directly admitted in fourth year. Its main linguistic objectives are: Identifying points of view; producing complex syntactic structures; identifying and acquiring a good command of the different discourse levels; producing abstract argumentations; being able to synthesize verbal (oral and written) information. The class involves activities around specific themes: work on current political events and on specific linguistic skills, in relation with the specializations of the various Master's courses. In preparation for the students’ entry in the labor market, these method conferences include professional language modules (writing/responding to an e-mail, practice professional interviews via Skype, telephone, role-playing, writing summary notes, etc.).

Recommended Prerequisite(s)

Level B2+/C1. A good command of the basic linguistic components: verb conjugation, main syntax and grammatical rules, the main linking words used to structure ideas. Knowledge of the key events in the history of Portuguese-speaking countries.


  • Cartas, correspondance en portugais, Anido Freire N., éditions Ellipses, 2008.
  • Moura M., O que é que os portugueses têm na cabeça ?, editora A esfera dos livros, Lisbonne, 2014.
  • Portuguese newspapers : Diário de Notícias, Público
  • Brazilian newspapers : O Globo, Folha de São Paulo
  • TV show : O mecanismo

Educational formula

Method conferences are not language classes in the classical sense.  They are based on the preparation and active participation of students. The objective is to develop the students’ understanding of specific fundamental knowledge and methodology skills in both oral and written communication.  Thus, linguistic learning is always combined with thematic work based on comparative analysis of various types of document: texts or audio/audio-visual documents, etc.  During the sessions, the emphasis is on oral communication but preparation prior to the class is mandatory and must be done in writing. Efforts to address possible grammatical deficiencies are part of students’ individual work.

In brief

Year Fourth year

Teaching languagePortuguese

Teaching term Annual

ECTS credits 5.0

Number of hours 36.0

Teaching activityMethod seminar

ValidationContinuous assessment

Mandatory teaching



Educational manager :
Zimmermann Patrick [+]