|Section/Department:||Communication and Language Sciences|
Maria José Duarte Freire
Luís Emanuel Mendes Vicente Barbeiro
Portuguese Sign Language.
This curricular unit, as well as the following ones (LGP V e LGP VI) intend to provide the students with an
effective communication capacity, within their main working language as future translators and
interpreters of Portuguese Sign Language.
By the end of this unit it is expected that students will have acquired and interiorized the knowledge of
Portuguese sign language which they have worked on up to this point. In this second year there is an
expansion in the semantic and structural contexts that will allow students to develop their signing
expression techniques which they will be using during their future professional performance.
Complex phrasal structures and connectors; the importance of pauses to produce and understand a text in
sign language; increase of the complexity and improvement of production and reception/ reading of LGP.
Portuguese Sign language in the classroom: different levels of teaching; different didactical purposes and
Lexicon: holydays and free time, domestic and wild animals, soccer world, geography,
cities/Portugal/Europe/ countries/world; sexuality
New themes studied in this curricular unit widen semantic and structural contexts, needed for a good
linguistic development of the students, giving them the ability to raise their communicative capacities in
LGP. Development of vocabulary and grammatical structures will contribute to the enhancement of
Expressive technique of description with the use of images, pictures or cartoons
Expressive technique of reporting an event from memory (daily event, script, etc)
Expressive technique of telling a story based in cartoons and storyboards without subtitles
Group conversation technique
Total immersion in an LGP communication environment (rule of silence, training visual observation, using
written Portuguese support for lexical items)
Use of video recording as an instrument of register, analysis, and self-analysis of signing productions
Simulation of daily life conversation situations
Participation in activities of social gatherings in the deaf community
Knowing and analysing the theoretical and practice bibliography available concerning the contents of this
Portuguese Sign Language (LGP) is a visual and spatial language. It is the language of the Portuguese deaf
community, and there are records reporting its use, from at least the 15th century. It has been recognized
as a language since the 4th constitutional revision, Law 1/97, September 20th, in article 74, 2, h), as an
instrument of access to education and equal opportunities for the Portuguese deaf. As with other sign
languages it is a natural language, with its own grammar and lexicon. It has linguistic characteristics
similar to any other natural language and characteristics specific to sign languages due to the fact that it is
a visual and spatial language.
Methodologies adopted in this curricular unit respect, promote and develop the characteristics specific of
a sign language.
Mastering the different aspects of signing space, facial and body expression is the result of various
practical exercises completed by the students and oriented by the teacher.
Expressive mode in sign language is manifested by the articulation of signs and the use of the signing
space, and the receptive mode, through visual training.
Students are led to explore their natural expressivity and their spontaneous signs which are used as a
bridge to achieve the signs of LGP lexicon.
Elaboration of small texts in LGP will contribute to consolidate the acquisition of vocabulary and work on the grammatical structures of the language.
Video recording of these exercises and their analysis allow students to be aware of what they learned as well as solving some difficulties.
Evaluation will include the following:
Attendance and participation 20%
Intermediate LGP practical evaluation - 40%
Final LGP practical evaluation - 40%
Amaral, M. A., (1995) “Porquê o interesse crescente pela língua gestual”, in Integrar, nº.6, Dez.94 a Mar.95, Lisboa: IEFP/SNR, pp. 26-30
Guia Europeu da Comunidade Surda, (1997) Bruxelas: European Union of the Deaf, Versão em Português