Portugues Carioca is in a class by itself… I remember that first day, sitting there thinking “how is she getting me to say all of this when I don’t speak any Portuguese yet?!” But it’s just building block on building block – starting with the basics and adding on. The methodology focuses on teaching structures that are immediately useful and can be formulated into useful sentences throughout the day. In other language classes, the instructor would explain things (when to use certain verbs, for example) so the ‘work’ was to learn what those different scenarios were. In Marcia’s class, we learn how to use the correct verbs through speaking. Then, when I am on the street, on the phone or in a cab, the correct words come out because I have already said them many times in many different ways in the class. Here’s what the class is not: passive! We are very engaged for every second of the class; I really feel like I get my money’s worth. We spend the entire 75 minutes formulating sentences and questions and responses, all the while drilling the pronunciation…
Carioquinha Kids is a course for children from ages 6 through 11. Our main focus is teaching children to speak and communicate in Portuguese – which is our philosophy for all of our courses. Children learn much faster than adults because they can be easily engaged in activities directed by verbal cues. Children learn quickly, just by listening and doing, and that’s exactly what we do!
Though our focus is on speaking, when it comes to children’s classes we have an agreement with their parents. If the parents want their child to learn to write as well, we will accommodate writing into that child’s program. Otherwise, children do not write during our classes unless the teacher asks them to do so.
Parents may choose a program of either 2 or 3 times a week for their child. Each class lasts 75 minutes and is divided as follows: First, a 15 minute review of the previous class. Then, a 45 minute period of new language learning activities: games, music, repetition, and storytelling. Finally, a 15 minute review of what the children learned in class that day.