Over the last 15 to 20 years, changes in foreign language teaching policies in
Portuguese higher education institutions (HEIs) have been subject to little discussion and less
inter-institutional dialogue. Each institution has absorbed different European directives, and
more specifically adapted its context in response to the Bologna Process, according to its own
interpretation leading to widespread ‘distortion’ across foreign language teaching curricula. While
demand for foreign language courses remains high in Portuguese HEIs there has been little
formal research and scarce funding available for projects related to introducing innovative
practices and materials. This paper provides a critical reading of the current state of play in this
crucial sphere of higher education in Portugal.
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