Official Title: Associate Professor

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities


Short Bio

Custódio Martins holds a B.A. in Modern Languages and Literature (University of Lisbon), a Masters in Portuguese Applied Linguistics (University of Macau), a PhD in Portuguese Linguistics in Second Language Acquisition (University of Macau), an Advanced Diploma in Education, in Curriculum Design and Development, Teaching of English, Educational Management (University of London).


Custódio Martins has taught Portuguese as a Second and Foreign Language, as well as Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition in Macau for the past 26 years. His research interests focus on Applied Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, Bilingualism, and Second Language Processing. He is Senior Associate Editor of the Asian EFL Journal and Chief Editor of the TESOL International Journal.



Martins, C. (2012). A Aprendizagem do Português em Macau: Uma Pedagogia Crítica. Fragmentum, N. 35, parte II. Laboratório Corpus: UFSM, Out./Dez., pp. 33-41. (Learning Portuguese in Macau: A Critical PedagogyFragmentum, N. 35, parte II. Laboratório Corpus: UFSM, Out./Dez., pp. 33-41.

Martins C., Pinharanda Nunes, Mário (in press). The Lexical Aspect Hypothesis – Off-line Evidence from Chinese Learners of Portuguese as L2. Karina Molsing, Cristina Lopes, Ana Ibaños (Eds.) Linguistic Approaches to Portuguese as an Additional Language. John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Nunes, Ana Magarida Belém, Martins, Custódio (2013). Perception of European Portuguese minimal pairs by Chinese Speakers – first approaches, Linguistic Studies of Human Language Book, Chapter III, 157-148, ISBN: 978-960-9549-45-5, ATINER.

Martins, Pinharanda Nunes, Mário (2015). Inflectional Morphology in Interlanguages: Evidence from Decreolization and Second Language Acquisition. Heli Paulasto, Lea Meriläinen, Helka Riionheimo, Maria Kok (Eds.) Language Contacts at the Crossroads of Disciplines, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 59-88.

Salaberry, R., & Martins, C. (2015). Differential distribution of Spanish Preterite and Imperfect with iterated eventualities. Labeau, E. & Zhang, Q. (Eds) Taming the TAME systems. Amsterdam / Philadelphia: Rodopi (Cahiers Chronos 27), pp. 211-233.

Salaberry, Rafael & Martins (2014). Cross-linguistic transfer of core aspectual conceptualizations in in Portuguese and Spanish: Theoretical and Methodological factors. Patrícia Amaral & Ana Carvalho (Eds.) Portuguese/Spanish Interfaces – Diachrony, synchrony, and contact, John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 335-355.

Teixeira e Silva & Martins (2011). Intercultural interaction: Teacher and Student Roles in the Classroom of Portuguese as a Foreign Language in Macau, China. Bent Preisler, Anne Fabricius and Ida Klitgård (eds.Language and Learning in the International University:  Practicing Diversity in the Face of English Language Uniformity, Multilingual Matters.



Martins, C. (2011). A Hipótese do Discurso na Marcação da Morfologia de Tempo e Aspecto no Processo de Aquisição de Português L2 (The Discourse Hypothesis in the Marking of Tense and Aspect in the Process of Acquisition of Portuguese as L2), Vera Dantas de Souza Motta (Ed.), Linguagens: Identidade, Diversidade, Tabuleiro de Letras,, (article by invitation, published by Tabuleiro de Letras, Universidade Estadual da Bahia, Brazil)

Moutinho, Ricardo; Martins,, Pinharanda Nunes, Mário (2010). O Ensino do Português para Fins Jurídicos em Macau, SIPLE, Sociedade Internacional de Português Língua Estrangeira (Teaching Portuguese for Law in Macau), Edição 2, online edition


Conference papers


 Martins, C. (2013) Processing Constraints in Reading Comprehension Tasks – Evidence from Chinese learners of Portuguese as L2. Abstract accepted for a poster presentation – International Congress of Linguists, July 22-27, Geneva, Switzerland.

Martins, C. (2012) Cognition, Mathematics and Sentence Processing, paper accepted for presentation at the international conference EUROSLA, “Expanding Discipline Boundaries”, 5-8 September, Poznán, Poland.

Martins, C. (2012) Socio-psychological Factors in Identity Interpretation and Construction in SLA – A Dialogic Narrative Account, “Insights into applied linguistics: languaging, agency, and ecologies” conference, 4-7 June, Jyväskylä, Finland.

Martins, C. (2012) Language Teacher Beliefs in Higher Education in Macau – Action or Reaction? CALPIU conference, 1-4 April, Roskilde University, Denmark.

Martins, (2011) Linguistics Does not Apply – Socio-cultural Factors in SLA Contexts, paper presented at the 2nd Conference Topics in Applied Linguistics (TAL), 14-16 November, Opole, Poland.

Martins, (2011) Teacher and Learner Beliefs in Asia – Cultural Dynamics - ‘New Dynamics of Language Learning: Spaces and Places – Intentions and Opportunities’, 6-9 June, Jyväskylä, Finland.

Martins,   (2009)   The Importance of Verb Semantics for the Acquisition of the ‘Pretérito Perfeito’ and ‘Pretérito Imperfeito’ by Chinese Learners of  European Portuguese as L2, European Association of Second Language Acquisition, EUROSLA 17, 2-5 September 2009, Cork, Ireland.

Martins, (2009)  Portuguese as L2 in Macau: Culture and Teaching /Learning Cultures, First International Interdisciplinary Conference on Macau Studies – Intercultural Exchanges Between East and West, 25-27 May 2009, University of Macau.

Martins, (2008) Interaction in the Tertiary Classroom of Portuguese as Foreign Language in Macau, China: student types and learning strategies, CALPIU, Roskilde University (December), Denmark.

Martins, (2006) Dialogic Constructions in the Teaching and Learning of Portuguese as L2, AATSP, Salamanca.

Martins, (1999) Tonecas’ Lectures – A Teacher Training Paradigm, Cabo Verde.

Martins, (1996) Learning the Dramatic Way, RELC, Singapore.


Pinharanda Nunes, Mario and Martins, C. C. (2018) On-line Representations of Aspectual Contrasts – Evidence from Chinese Learners of Portuguese as L2 in a Self-Paced Reading Task. Abstract accepted for presentation at the conference TAML2, Leiden University, April 20 – 21st, The Netherlands.

Martins, C. and Silva, Ana Margarida (2018) Between Perception and Production – An On-lina Account of Portuguese L2 Phonology. Abstract accepted for presentation at the conference: Current Approaches to Spanish and Portuguese Second Language Phonology, University of Indiana, 23-24 February, Bloomington, Indianapolis, United States of America.

Martins, C. and Silva, Ana Margarida (2016) L3 Portuguese Phonology Acquisition by Chinese Learners – Any Traces of Dynamicity? Paper presented at the conference: Tense, Aspect and Modality in L2, University of York, York, 20-21 June, United Kingdom.

Martins, and Pinharanda Nunes, Mário (2013) L2 to L3 Transfer – Learner Corpora Analyses – the International Symposium Learner Corpus Studies in Asia and the World, organized by ICNALE (The International Corpus Network of Asian Learners of English), 23-24 March, Kobe, Japan.

Martins, and Pinharanda Nunes, Mário (2013) Inflectional Morphology in Interlanguages – A Cross-Linguistic Perspective – CROSSLING symposium: Language contacts at the crossroads of disciplines, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, 28 February to 1 March, Finland.

Nunes, Ana and Martins (2011) Do you hear [p,t,k] or [b,d,g]? The difficulties on differentiating European Portuguese minimal pairs by Cantonese learners of Portuguese as L2, the International Conference on Language and Linguistics, 10-12 October, University of Évora, Évora, Portugal.

Nunes, Ana and Martins (2011) Perception of European Portuguese minimal pairs by Chinese Speakers – first approaches, 4th Annual International Conference on Literature, Languages & Linguistics, 11-14 July 2011, Athens, Greece.

Salaberry, Rafael and Martins, (2011) Non-accidental generalizations of both the Preterite and Imperfect in Spanish, CHRONOS, Aston University, 18-20 April 2011, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Sam Chao, Fai Wong, Custódio Martins (2010) Data Mining Model in Analyzing Portuguese Studies in Second Language Acquisition, ICMLC / ICWAPR, 11-14 July, Qingdao, China.

Martins, and Natasha Fellini (2010) The Culture of Autonomy in a Chinese Learning Context, 5-7 May, The 3rd International ELT Conference, Famagusta, North Cyprus (joint presentation with Masters student Natasha Fellini)




Year 1 Doctorate
Year 1 PGDE
Year 1 Bachelor
6.00 credits
Year 2 Bachelor
3.00 credits
3.00 credits
8.00 credits
Year 3 Bachelor