I highly recommend the language program of Português Carioca because the focus is on speaking. Most of us expatriates are only here in Rio for a couple of years and what we really want and need is to be able to communicate verbally with the locals. Professora Marcia teaches you to sound like a Carioca. She has a very energetic teaching style that encourages her students to learn the language. No English is spoken in her class, but she is able to communicate in very creative and entertaining methods. The book is extremely helpful for the little time spent reading and writing. In the 2nd week of class we did four tenses at once (present, past, present continuous, future) and it made complete sense! I have lived in Rio for 1 year. Initially I studied Portuguese with a private tutor. Without a doubt I have learned more in the first 3 weeks of her course than I did in the 3 months of private lessons. Now I am more comfortable talking with the Porteiros and vegetable market vendors…and they understand me. Thank you Marcia!!!
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.