New measures have been introduced for the teaching of Portuguese to foreign students in Portugal. Published in the state's official gazette, they regulate teaching conditions for learners within the national school network.
The measures include the possibility for students to study a partially reduced curriculum, leaving more time for them to complete an initial period of language learning. Schools will be able to adapt Portuguese language teaching to the reality of each student, for example with more intense immersion periods, allowing them to have language reinforcement classes before attending the other courses of the curriculum.
João Costa, Assistant Secretary of State for Education, highlighted the importance of ensuring that everyone has as much opportunity to learn the language as possible, allowing them to better communicate and thereby facilitating their integration: “nowadays it is normal to find [children speaking] more than 30 mother tongues in the same school [in Portugal]. Students come with very different sociolinguistic profiles, bilingual, speakers of languages from very distant Indo-European families, without a language of communication”.
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