|Section/Department:||Communication and Language Sciences|
Maria José Duarte Freire
Carlos Manuel Cardoso Gonçalves
Portuguese Sign Language.
This course aims to provide students on this course with effective communication skills in their working
language as future interpreters of Portuguese Sign Language.
At the end of this unit the students will be expected to demonstrate that they have assimilated the
underlying concepts of the course and that they can use LGP expression techniques adequately.
The students should be able both produce spontaneous utterances and utterances from topics or images
given to them , and should be able to analyze and correct inaccuracies when they become aware of them or
when are they are advised of them .
Deepening of the grammatical structures of LGP and understanding of its operation. Improving the
production and reception of complex utterances in LGP.
Lexical areas to work on : Astrology; Geography; Discoveries; Poetry; Religion; Exercises: Narrative /
The contact between two languages and two cultures: awareness of the differences and similarities within
the class and of the distinctive qualities of each student.
New themes studied in this curricular unit widen semantic and structural contexts, needed for good
linguistic development of the students, giving them the ability to increase their communicative
competencies in LGP, as well enabling them to acquiring some specific vocabulary in different thematic
The development of vocabulary and grammatical structures of Portuguese sign language will enable the
development of communication skills, both from the perspective of the issuer and as receiver 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
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 several
practical exercises held 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 short texts in LGP will contribute to the consolidation of the acquisition of vocabulary and
work on the grammatical structures of the language.
Video recording of these exercises and following analysis allow students to be aware of what they have
learned as well as addressing some difficulties in expression.
Evaluation will include the following:
Attendance and participation 20%
Intermediate LGP practical evaluation - 40%
Final LGP practical evaluation - 40%
Bibliografia de LGP I, II, III, IV, V e:
-Conferência “ Os Surdos Olhando o Futuro” Torre do Tombo – 1998
-Seminário “Dia Nacional do Surdo” -Instituto Jacob Rodrigues Pereira-2006