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!!!
The course is intended for those whose number one goal is to speak Portuguese. The other skills will come later, as a result of the speaking skills. At Português Carioca students will be able to communicate in different situations.
Our methodology is based on automation, meaning that the students automatize the use of lexical items and sentence patterns and structures, especially lexicalized grammar, so that they can then concentrate their effort where it is needed most, in comprehending and communicating clearly. During the process of learning at our Portuguese school for foreigners students will have 90% of guided drills in class plus 10% of written/extra exercises, which can be assigned or not as homework, and corrected on the following class orally. Our students work in an environment that inspires confidence through in-class activities, including role-play and group work. We encourage students to become little cariocas by making them speak a lot!