Portuguese with a focus on Writing

Focus-On-Writing

This course is recommended for those who are planning to attend a Brazilian university or professionals who need to write in Portuguese.

The program is recommended for intermediate and advanced speakers of Portuguese. Please see full description below.

Choose from two payment options:

Flex Pay Option

Choose how many hours you would like to purchase and book your lessons at your pace.

Single Session: $60.00 per hour
6 Hours of Sessions: $55.00 per hour
10 Hours of Sessions: $50 per hour
16 Hours of Sessions: $47.00 per hour

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Product Description

This course is recommended for those who are planning to attend a Brazilian university or professionals who need to write in Portuguese.

The program is recommended for intermediate and advanced speakers of Portuguese.

Goals

  • Learn to employ the structures and vocabulary appropriate to formal writing
  • Express ideas using a controlled range of structures
  • Improve your grammar to express yourself correctly in writing

Methodology

You will have writing assignments after each session. You can choose to work on your assignments as homework or do them during sessions with your instructor.

Writing assignments are corrected during sessions. Your instructor will not simply correct your mistakes, as that would not allow for great learning. Instead, she will tell you what needs to be changed. It is your job to rethink your grammar and spelling. This is how learning happens.

Assignments will be based on

  • Reading comprehension
    • Reading is an essential practice to develop vocabulary and improve grammar. We use articles from current media. This way you learn relevant vocabulary that is up to date and become comfortable discussing current topics in Portuguese.
  • Listening comprehension
    • We create class materials with audios and videos about current topics to ensure you also develop your ability to understand spoken Portuguese.

Sessions will include

  • Grammar: To write effectively you need good grammar.
  • Conversation: Vocabulary and listening comprehension are also developed through conversation.

When you take one-on-one lessons with us, we guarantee that we will customize our program to match your proficiency level and attend to your goals.

You are not purchasing a program that will be delivered “as is”. We choose the route according to your pace, needs, and goals.

Lessons are conveniently offered via Skype or Google Hangouts. This is not your typical eLearning course in which you learn on your own. Our webcam lessons are face to face. You will be completely engaged with your instructor.

 

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  • Class material
  • Easy booking: book your lessons online
  • Flexible scheduling: book your lessons with any of our instructors. We offer lessons virtually any day, any time because we have instructors in different time zones.
  • Program customization to attend to your goals and needs
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  • Trained instructors who can teach you perfect Portuguese in a practical way
  • Communicative approach to get you functioning in the language as soon as possible
  • Focus on real-life situations to develop your ability to live and do business in Portuguese
  • Cultural content throughout the program to help you achieve language and cultural proficiency
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Are your instructors native speakers of Brazilian Portuguese?
Yes, absolutely! All of Street Smart Brazil’s language instructors are native speakers of Brazilian Portuguese, born and raised in Brazil. Additionally, our instructors are fluent in English and college educated. They have professional experience in Brazil and abroad, and are trained with the Street Smart Brazil approach to deliver an excellent learning experience. They are also very friendly and passionate about sharing our language and culture. Meet our instructors here. 
I don’t like to study or read online. Can I really learn Portuguese via webcam? How does it work?
Our webcam lessons are as effective as lessons in person. You meet with your instructor real-time, face to face, in a video-conference. You will be totally engaged with your instructor. We use Skype or Google Hangouts with video. Both are free. You can see and hear your instructor just as if she were sitting across from you. You will receive your class materials ahead of time via email. You can print them or have them on your screen during your lesson. And we use the chat screen as our white board. We invite you to book a trial session to see for yourself how well it works.
I am very busy. How often do I need to have classes?

You can take classes whenever you have time to fit them in your schedule. When you choose one-on-one lessons, you can set your pace. With that said, consistency and practice are key to learning and developing fluency. We recommend starting with at least 1 hour per week. Practicing regularly between meetings will speed up the learning process.

If you are getting ready to take the Celpe-Bras exam, how often you take classes will depend on how soon your test is and how advanced your Portuguese is.

Is Portuguese difficult to learn?
Learning a language is challenging, but Portuguese is not particularly difficult. The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the US Department of State says Portuguese is among the easiest languages to learn, side by side with Spanish. Their scale of difficulty is based on the length of time it typically takes to achieve General Professional Proficiency in speaking and reading. You can learn more about this here.

Other articles that share this point of view that Portuguese is a very learnable language:

We encourage you to try for yourself!

Do I have to pay a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee and no charge for class materials. You just pay for your lessons.
Do I need to purchase class material and books?

The quality and variety of class materials that we use cannot be found in any other Portuguese language course. We use our exclusive original content workbook in combination with materials from textbooks, the web, and other resources. There is no additional charge for the materials. We believe that you will learn better by using a variety of learning tools.

With that said, if you are interested in buying a book, we have a review of the best books to learn Portuguese on our website. You will also find a list of additional materials including books, movies, and CDs at our Amazon Store.

Will I have homework and material to study between sessions?
Yes, you will always have study materials and homework. The more you practice between sessions, the faster your Portuguese will advance. With that said, we understand that many of our clients are very busy. How much homework you will do between sessions is a personal decision. We are here to help. If you cannot do any homework, your instructor will work with you through the exercises during your sessions. That is perfectly fine too.
What is the difference between Brazilian Portuguese and Portuguese from Portugal?

There are differences in pronunciation and grammar between Brazilian Portuguese and Continental Portuguese. The main difference is in pronunciation. Imagine a foreigner learning English in the US and then traveling to England or Australia. This person will need to adjust to how the language sounds in the new country. The same is true for Brazilian and European Portuguese.

For additional insight into this issue, we recommend reading the blog posts below. They were written by an American who learned Brazilian Portuguese and then moved to Portugal:

The best way to choose which language you should learn is by considering who you will be communicating with when using the language. If you will be communicating with Brazilians, then Brazilian Portuguese would be the best option.

What is your lesson cancellation policy?

For one-on-one lessons, you need to inform us of any cancelations or changes in schedule at least 48 hours before your class. This is because last-minute notices do not allow us to fill the time slot saved for you. Please call or send a text message directly to your instructor if you need to cancel or change a class. More advance notice is appreciated. Our business hours are Monday-Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm Pacific.

Lessons canceled without a 48-hour advance notice will be charged. No-shows will be charged.

When you cancel a lesson with 48-hour notice you have a nonrefundable credit for a makeup class. Credits are valid for 45 days from the original date of the cancelled lesson. After 45 days credits will be forfeited. This applies to all payment plans.

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