Professional English Language Skills for Employability in Portugal


  • Ana Cunha Lusófona University of Humanities and Technologies, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Anabela Mateus Lusófona University of Humanities and Technologies, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Amanda Bruscato University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal
  • Inês Renda University Institute of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal



adult education, employability, English skills


This paper reports on the research carried out by a Portuguese university in the scope of PESE – Professional English Language Skills for Employability Across EU project, which highlights the importance of appropriate English skills for the workplace. The present study focuses on the Portuguese labor market and identifies the English skills employers currently require from their employees based on the review of a job search website and the application of questionnaires to 22 Portuguese companies, as well as 6 experienced English trainers. The data collection is part of the project’s Handbook on the current Professional English requirements throughout partner countries, from which a framework for a curriculum can be established. The curriculum will then form the basis of an e-course on professional English skills targeted toward unemployed citizens in Europe.


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How to Cite

Cunha, A. ., Mateus, A., Bruscato, A., & Renda, I. (2023). Professional English Language Skills for Employability in Portugal. SAGA: Journal of English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics, 4(1), 1–14.



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