INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE: Teaching and Learning Portuguese as a Foreign Language, University of Macau, April 8th and 9th, 2016

Last updated:31 Mar 2016




Teaching and Learning Portuguese as a Foreign Language

University of Macau, April 8th and 9th, 2016

I. Teaching and Learning Portuguese as a Foreign Language: a history in China

In the last decade, Portuguese has become an attractive language to be learned due to the strong commercial relationship between China and the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP). Many Chinese universities have invested in Portuguese language by offering courses either as a Major program or just as a Minor frame. Besides, this expansion of institutions teaching Portuguese brought out a remarkable group of young teachers that underline a necessity of discussing the new roles of the Portuguese language in China and in Asia. Despite that fact, the study of the process of teaching/learning Portuguese language has not gained yet a significant dimension in the Chinese academia either through the organization of scientific meetings or through scientific dialogue among Chinese scholars by specialized journals or books. In this arena, however, among teachers who teach/taught Portuguese in China, in Asia, and particularly in Macau, there have been an intensive growing interest in changing this situation.

Examples of this interest are the different seminars and meetings held in Macao: for instance, over the last decades seminars were held such as the International Seminar on Portuguese as a Foreign Language, in 1991; a Conference on Portuguese as Culture Language hosted by IPOR, in 1995; and, in 1997, a joint organization by the University of Macau, the Education Services, the Macau Foundation, and the Portuguese Oriental Institute (IPOR). Confirming this tendency, more recently, the University of Macau held III SIMELP – World Symposium  on Portuguese Language Studies (2011), and the IV International Congress of AILP: The Portuguese in Asia Under the Perspective of Super-diversity: Teaching, Research and Promotion (2014).

The Conference we are proposing now, to be held together with the University of Lisbon (Portugal) and the Beijing Foreign Studies University (China), will be organized in order to discuss all these aspects and analyze this new scenario where Portuguese language plays a main role.


II. The Conference: general overview and objectives

In this context, the University of Macau, as one the most important Asian institutions in teaching and researching Portuguese language, is trying to widen the scope of discussion related to its teaching and learning.  The objective of this Conference is to put side by side scientific investigations and professional experiences in the area of teaching/learning Portuguese in Asia. Therefore, it aims to promote an encounter among Chinese and other Asian Scholars in order to reinforce the recognition of this area in Asian universities.


Thematic lines:

The Organizing Committee accepts works from the following themes such as (but not limited to):

  1. Interaction in the Classroom;
  2. Profile of the Chinese Learner;
  3. Grammar and Communication;
  4. Methodologies for Teaching Portuguese as a Foreign Language;
  5. Teaching Portuguese by Contents;
  6. Didactic Materials Analysis and Production: Written and Oral Production and Comprehension;
  7. Portuguese for Specific Purposes;
  8. Proficiency and Assessment;
  9. The Language Teaching and Language Policy in China;
  10. Translation as a Teaching Instrument of Portuguese Foreign Language
    Portuguese as a Transnational Language;
  11. New Technologies in Teaching and Learning;
  12. Curriculum Design for Foreign Language Teaching;
  13. Teacher Training in Asian Contexts;
  14. Teaching Portuguese as a Transnational Language;
  15. Literature and Culture in Second Language Teaching


Honors Committee:

Hong Gang Jin (University of Macau)

Ana Paula Cleto (Fundação Oriente, Macao)

João Malaca Casteleiro (University of Lisbon)

João Laurentino Neves (IPOR, Macao)

Lei Heong Iok (Macao Polytechnic Institute)

Maria Antónia Espadinha (University of Saint Joseph, Macao)

Paulo Alberto Farmhouse (University of Lisbon)

Rui Rocha (City University of Macau)


Academic Scientific Board:

Carlos A. M. Gouveia (University of Lisbon)

Carlos Ascenso André (Macao Polytechnic Institute)

Fernanda Gil Costa (University of Macau)

Ikunori Sumida (Kyoto University of Foreign Studies)

John Corbett (University of Macau)

Lee Sung Young (Hankuk University of Foreign Studies)

Maria Antónia Mota (University of Lisbon)

Min Xuefei (PKU – Beijing University)

Rita Ray (Jadavpur University of Kolkata)

Yang Jing (Guangdong University of Foreign Studies)

Ye Zhiliang (BFSU – Beijing Foreign Studies University)

Xu Yixing (SISU – Shanghai International Studies University)


Organizing Committee:

Inocência Mata (University of Macau)

Ana Margarida Nunes (University of Macau)

Jorge Pinto (University of Lisbon)

Júlio Jatobá (University of Macau)

Maria José Grosso (University of Macau)

Roberval Teixeira e Silva (University of Macau)

Yao Jing Ming (University of Macau)

Zhang Jianbo (BFSU – Beijing Foreign Studies University)

Zhang Jing (University of Macau)


Secretarial Committee:

Nuno Antunes, FAH-DP

Florence Ho, FAH-DP

Manuel Pires (TA)


III. Call for Presentation and Papers

The Organizing Committee accepts proposals from scholars (professionals, professors, teachers and researchers) in any of the above mentioned editorial lines. Presentations must be compliant with the thematic guidelines provided above.

Guidelines for the abstract submission:

  1. Send your proposals in word format, written in Portuguese or Chinese, up to 250 words (title; author; affiliation; abstract; keywords-up to 5) to
  • Abstracts should be sent not later than February 29th2016
  • Acceptance letters will be sent by March 16th, 2016
  • Registration Form


IV. Publication:

The Organizing Committee will comply with the publication of the outputs of the Conference according to the decision of a peer review committee.

Procedures for acceptance of manuscripts to be published

  1. The Conference Organization will submit a book proposal for an outstanding publisher;
  2. Those who want to submit a proposal for a chapter should send the full manuscript (up to 9,000 words) not later than August 30th, 2016;
  3. All manuscripts will be blind peer-reviewed.


V. Portuguese Language Studies Association of Asia (PSAA):  

In the frame of this Conference we are also meaning to launch the Portuguese Language Studies Association of Asia (PSAA), the first in Asia, following the example of other associations of scholars, teachers and academics of Portuguese Studies in the world, such as the APSA in America. The PSAA will have its first head Office at the University of Macau for two years (after that period it may be transferred to another host institution to stay for a period of two years). Its statutes and the first executive committee will be approved by all the participants of the TLPSL conference.  The main goal of PSAA will be to give support and institutional relevance to all its members (individuals as well as institutions) in all kinds of activities concerning professional development and research in the area of Portuguese Studies. The university of Macau will also host the first international meeting of PSAA, on November 2017. An international meeting will be  prepared by one of the founding institutions of the  PSAA Web every two years.


VI. Conference Program (for detailed version of the program please refer to Portuguese and Chinese versions)

09:00 – 09:30Opening Session09:00 – 10:30 Round Table: Curriculum Design for Foreign Language Teaching.
09:30 – 10:30

Opening Conference


10:30 – 10:45Coffee Break
10:30 – 10:45Coffee Break10:45 – 11:45Papers Presentations
10:45 – 12:30Round Table: Methodologies for Teaching Portuguese as a Second Language12:00 – 01.00AMClosing Conference
12:00 – 02:00AMLunch01:00 Closing Session / Launching Session of the Association
02:00 – 03:30Papers Presentations Free Afternoon
03:30 – 05:00Papers Presentations
05:00 – 06:30Round Table: Perspectives for Portuguese Teaching Management in Macau/China