The Institute

The Instituto de Cultura e Língua Portuguesa (ICLP), “Institute of Portuguese Language and  Culture”, is a teaching and research division in the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon, the largest Portuguese university following the recent merge with the Classic University and the Technical University.


The Portuguese as a Foreign Language courses (PFL) have been organized by the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Lisbon since 1934. In the last few years, more than 40,000 students from the world over have attended these courses.


The project LeCIEPLE aims at building a Portuguese Learner Corpus (Portuguese as a foreign Language / Second Language - PFL/L2) which may provide support to research, teachers' training and didactics. This resource also intends to establish the linguistic profile of PFL/L2 learners, which can be used both in teaching and in assessing competences.


The ICLP offers a Portuguese as a Foreign Language course to foreign students in the Erasmus programme.


If you would like to work with us, please send to ICLP ( the documents indicated in the following file.


Director and Scientific Board

Anabela Gonçalves


Anabela Gonçalves is a Professor at the Departamento de Linguística Geral e Românica da Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa, where she has been teaching since 1988, and a researcher in the Centro de Linguística da Universidade de Lisboa (CLUL). She is also the director of the Program in Translation and Interpretation and associate editor of Journal of Portuguese Linguistics. She holds a Master’s and a PhD degree in Linguistics (specifically, syntax), granted by the University of Lisbon in 1992 (Faculdade de Letras) and 2000, respectively. In 2016, she got her Agregação (Habilitation) in Linguistics (Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa).

She conducts her research mainly in the area of comparative syntax. Over the last years, she has incorporated results of her research into the areas of syntax acquisition, clinical linguistics, educational linguistics and linguistics applied to translation. She has been collaborating with speech therapists, with the purpose of building language assessment instruments, and with high school teachers of Portuguese, with the aim of creating linguistic tools for teaching. She is author and co-author of several papers, book chapters and books.

She has supervised several Master’s dissertations and PhD theses in linguistics (more specifically, on syntax), and Master’s dissertations in translation.

Ana Lúcia Santos

Language Sciences representative

Ana Lúcia Santos is an Associate Professor at Departamento de Linguística Geral e Românica da Faculdade de Letras, Universidade de Lisboa, where she teaches since 2001. She is also a researcher at Centro de Linguística da Universidade de Lisboa (CLUL). She completed a PhD on the acquisition of VP ellipsis in Portuguese in 2006 (the dissertation was published by John Benjamins, in 2009). Since then, she has developed different research work in the field of acquisition, mostly on monolingual acquisition, but considering also bilingual and L2 acquisition. She has also developed work on impaired language development. She has published several papers and books, including textbooks.

Cristina Sobral

Literature, Art and Culture representative

Cristina Sobral, PhD in Portuguese Literature, specializes in Medieval Literature and Culture and Textual Criticism, areas in which has taught in undergraduate and postgraduate.

Director of Portuguese Studies course since 2011. Researcher at the Centre for Linguistics of UL, she prepares philologic editions of ancient texts and modern authors as Camilo Castelo Branco and Eça de Queirós. She coordinates the project Corpus hagiographic in Portuguese up to 1525 and has published several studies on the literary corpus in medieval Portuguese.
Books published:

Eça de Queirós, A Ilustre Casa de Ramires. Manuscrito Autógrafo, edição genética por C. Sobral, M.I. Rocheta e I. Fialho, Introdução por C. Sobral,  Lisboa, Esfera do Caos, 2016

Camilo Castelo Branco, O Demónio do Ouro, edição crítica por C. Sobral, Lisboa, INCM, 2014

C.Sobral, A. Askins e I. Almeida, Examinar os manuscritos das livrarias particulares, obra do Conde de Ericeira, Coimbra-Lisboa: Centro Interuniversitário de Estudos Camonianos – Centro de Linguística da Universidade de Lisboa, 2012.

Paulo de Portalegre, Novo Memorial do Estado Apostólico. Primeira Crónica dos Lóios, edição crítica e estudo por C.Sobral, Lisboa: Roma Editora, 2007.

Jorge Pinto

Course coordinator

Jorge Pinto is Assistant Professor at the Department of General and Romance Linguistics of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon, where he teaches since 2014, and researcher at CLUL (Centro de Linguística da Universidade de Lisboa), since 2011.

He completed a PhD on Education (Language Didactics) in 2010. His main research interests are on foreign languages didactics, on teacher training and on the acquisition of Portuguese as a second or a third language.

He’s also Co-coordinator of the Portuguese Foreign Language courses at the Faculty, since 2015, and Co-director of the Portuguese Language Centre at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, since 2014.

Letícia Almeida

Language Sciences representative

Letícia Almeida is Assistant Professor at Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa since 2020 and researcher at the Centro de Linguística da Universidade de Lisboa. She obtained a Ph.D in Portuguese Linguistics from Universidade de Lisboa in 2012 with a work on phonological acquisition in a bilingual context. She was a post-doctoral researcher at Université de Tours (2013-2015) where she focussed on bilingual children with Developmental Language Disorders. She was also a post-doctoral researcher at Dynamique Du Langage, UMR 5596, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (2016-2019) where she worked on the acquisition of French as a second language (L2). She has been working and supervising work on bilingual and L2 acquisition and on clinical linguistics. She has authored and co-authored several papers and book chapters on her research areas.

Maria Helena Antunes

Course coordinator

Maria Helena Marques Antunes has been a French lecturer at the Department of General and Romance Linguistics at Lisbon University’s School of Arts and Humanities since 2016, as well as being a researcher at the Centre for Comparative Studies. She completed her PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies, in the field of Comparative Studies, with a thesis entitled Modalidades de interlocução na poesia peninsular e francesa do século XV (Dialogue Modalities in 15th century Peninsular and French poetry) (ULisboa, 2017). She is particularly interested in French and Iberian medieval literature and has continued her research into 15th century poetry. Maria Helena is part of the project ECHO: Poetry and Poets of the Cancioneiro Geral, regularly presenting results of her work, both at international congresses and in specialized publications. Recently, she has been working on issues related to the use of medieval literary texts in foreign language classes. This line of research has led her to assess how the adaptation and rewriting processes of these works may influence how young readers receive them.

Nelson Pinheiro Gomes

Literature, Art and Culture representative

Nelson Pinheiro Gomes is an assistant professor in the Culture and Communication Program and the English Studies Department at the School of Arts and Humanities – University of Lisbon. He holds a PhD and an MA in the area of Culture and Communication, and also an MBA-Master in Business Administration. Currently, he is the director of the Culture and Communication Studies BA and the co-director of the PhD in Culture Studies.

In addition to teaching activities, he has developed research in the field of Cultural Management and Strategy, specifically at the level of Trend Studies, coordinating the Trends and Culture Management Lab/Project. His research is focused on cultural analysis methods and their impact in business and social strategic projects and activities. He is an integrated researcher at CEAUL.

Pedro Calafate

Philosophy representative

Full professor at the University of Lisbon (Philosophy Department) and a researcher at the Center for Philosophy at the University of Lisbon. Main fields of action: History of modern age philosophy (Renaissance, Baroque and Enlightenment) in Portugal, Spain and the Ibero-American world. More recently (2012-2019): ethical, legal and political thought of the “second scholastic” at the Universities of Coimbra and Évora (16th and 17th centuries), in dialogue with the “School of Salamanca”. The most relevant Books are: A ideia de Natureza no Século XVIII em Portugal (Imprensa Nacional-CM, Lisboa, 1994); Historia do Pensamento Filosófico Português (Caminho, Lisboa, 1999-2004, 5 vols.); Portugal como Problema (Fundação Luso-Americana, Lisboa 2006, 4 vols.); A Escola Ibérica da Paz nas Universidades de Coimbra e Évora (Almedina, Coimbra, 2015-2020, 3 vols.); Portugal, um perfil histórico (Fundação Francisco Manuel dos Santos, Lisboa, 2016); Poder e Resistência. Doutrinas Políticas no século XVII em Portugal (Esfera do Caos, Lisboa, 2012);  Obra Completa do Padre António Vieira, 30 volumes, Pedro Calafate e José Eduardo Franco, (Eds) (Círculo de Leitores/Loyola, Lisboa/São Paulo, 2023-2017).

Key words: Political Philosophy, Natural Law, Jus Gentium, Jus Cogens, Justice, Nature, Human Rights, Portugal, Spain, Iberoamerica.


Sérgio Campos Matos

History representative

Sérgio Campos Matos is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Lisbon, where he teaches since 1985. His main areas of research are: social memory, historiographies, nationalisms and the relationships between Portugal and Spain within wider contexts, from cultural, social and political history perspectives. He has authored or co-authored papers in these areas for international reviews, for the Diccionario político y social del mundo iberoamericano, ed. by J. Fernández Sebastián (Madrid, 2009) and The Contested Nation, ed. by S. Berger and C. Lorenz (London: 2008). He is author of Historiografia e memória nacional no Portugal do século XIX (1846-1898) (Lisbon, 1998) and Consciência histórica e nacionalismo. Portugal (séculos XIX e XX) (Lisbon: 2008). Recently he has been working on the Dicionário de Historiadores Portugueses (1779-1974). He is co-editor of Historiografia e memórias (séculos XIX a XXI) (Lisbon, 2012) and A Universidade de Lisboa nos séculos XIX e XX (Lisbon, 2013). He collaborated with several foreign universities such as the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and the Universities of São Paulo, Valencia and Pisa. He was part of the editorial board of the Revista da Faculdade de Letras de Lisboa (1997-2004) and Clio, II série (2002-2009). He is consultant of História da Historiografia 2011, História – Revista da Faculdade de Letras do Porto and e- Journal os Portuguese Studies.

The ICLP courses are held in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon. Classroom courses may only be taught remotely if the situation demands it.


  • Mondays & Thursdays: 11 am - 1 pm
  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 2 pm - 4 pm
  • Fridays to Sundays: closes

WORKING DAYS - SUMMER (July 1st to September 27th):

  • Mondays to Thursdays:  10 am - 12 pm (noon)
  • Fridays to Sundays: Closed




Instituto de Cultura e Língua Portuguesa
Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa
Alameda da Universidade
1600-214 Lisboa


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