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…
Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate and Advanced
The Elementary course – It will introduce students to listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. On this level students will master essential grammar structures, pronunciation, basic vocabulary and phrases. Conversation will emphasize the development of vocabulary and Portuguese grammar skills necessary for basic conversation (including telephone calls, shopping, daily routine, family, job, etc.). Already on this level our students learn how to ask and answer questions using 4 verbal tenses in the indicative mood of verbs ended in -AR simultaneously in one lesson! Here are they: simple present, simple past, present continuous and going to – future. After finishing this course students can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases and interact in a simple way.
The Pre-Intermediate course – It will further develop vocabulary, and introduce students to more complex sentence structure and higher level grammatical skills focusing on speaking. The main objective of this course is to enhance the students’ abilities to converse on a variety of topics such as restaurant, parts of the body, transportation, directions, city, weather, etc. On this level, students will learn again 4 verbal tenses also in the indicative mood simultaneously in one lesson as on the previous level, but with verbs end in -ER and -IR. Besides that, they will learn prepositions and prepositional phrases. At the end of this level students will be able to converse in daily situations out of the class by using the structures learned in class.
The Intermediate course – The main objective of this course is to enhance the students’ abilities to converse freely on a variety of topics such as work, travelling, study, leisure time, etc. Students will concentrate on speaking freely, reading and listening. This is the most difficult level at Português Carioca due to the amount of grammar structures involving different verbal tenses, such as the imperfect and the subjunctive mood(the most difficult verbal tense for students to understand). Students also learn parts of a sentence, connectives, etc. At the end of this course students will be able to hold a conversation in various situations outside the classroom as well as construct long sentences using more complex words and grammar.
The Advanced course – On this level it’s assumed that students have achieved all the basic as well as the more complex grammatical skills, and are able to use language in a wider cultural context. Advanced students can understand the main ideas of complex texts on different topics and can communicate on a variety of more complex topics such as personality, communication and media, culture, etc. They learn passive voice, direct and indirect speech, etc. After finishing this course students will be able to speak Portuguese fluently in all kinds of situations. We encourage students to practice Portuguese as much as they can in order to improve the learned language skills, as for the process of learning a language be complete, it is necessary to practise it continuously.
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!!!
Our kids classes”CARIOQUINHA KIDS” are extremely fun!!! Children learn by doing in our methodology like the adults but with different tools!!!! From Kennedy family!s leo.
“Donna and Elaine are studens at our school. They take group classes. Their kids also have classes with us at home. They are 9 and 11.”
I cannot rate this Language school highly enough!
We moved to Rio De Janeiro just three months ago, none of us had any Portuguese at all, we discovered very quickly that its absolutely essential here in Rio as there is very little English spoken. We want to get the most out of our Brazilian experience so, of course we wanted to meet local people and be able to talk to them in their language.
I was introduced to Portugues Carioca by a friend who is also a student of the school. We arranged a friendly and informal meeting and within a matter of days my family and I were happy and confident that the unique teaching methodology used by all the Teachers here would be the best way for us to learn Portuguese.Marcia and her team were extremely flexible, they were able to arrange classes to fit round me at their beautiful school in Leblon. They also organised for a teacher to go to my husbands work early in the morning so that he could have his lessons to fit round his busy schedule. The jewel in the crown for me was that they also arranged for my daughter and her friend who are both beginners and at the same learning stage to meet once a week and have a “fun” learning session with a teacher who comes to our house, they play games, talk about animals, music, loads of fun stuff, the children absolutely love this and honestly cannot wait for their Thursdays sessions.
We are all seeing huge improvements with our Portuguese already and feel so much more confident, this is all thanks to Portugues Carioca! I urge you all to contact Marcia and her fantastic team – you will not regret it!.Many Thanks,
The Kennedy Family
Photo was allowed by both families: Elaine’s and Donna’s. Teacher Isabelle is with them in the picture.
I notice I am able to understand people as I walk down the street, my pronunciation and grammar are much better and I have more confidence. I don’t have to stop and think about each word then fit together like a puzzle. I am now thinking in phrases and putting the phrases together. This method of learning is working for me, and I plan to continue taking classes at Portugues Carioca until I finish all the levels.” I enjoy going to class each day.You have a great program with Portugues Carioca!
I am an expat and I attended a two-weeks Survival course as soon as I arrived in Rio because I wanted to feel myself more confident on my daily activities around the city. After the first week I realised that I was able to ask for medications at the local pharmacy, ordering simple food at the restaurant, giving correct indications at the taxi driver: that’s was exactly what I was looking for!!
Lessons are focused on speaking (and speaking and speaking!!) and let me say that this is really funny, involving and effective! You do learn with a very good pace accelerating day by day. The enthusiasm of our teacher Roberta is contagious and genuine Carioca, Marcia and Mari welcome you with their smile every day and they all speak English too: this is essential when you approach the school for the first time.
I will definitely undertake the Elementary course too!!
A big “thank you” to all the staff!!