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Brazilian Portuguese (Pre-Intermediate)

Course Overview

This course has been designed focusing on those who have learnt some basic concepts of Brazilian Portuguese and want to continue to learn the language and also the culture. 

In this course students are encouraged to speak more (addressing the whole class or working in pairs or small groups) in order to improve their conversation skills and work towards fluency. Students will also learn some Brazilian Portuguese grammar and vocabulary, as well as learning subtleties of the Brazilian culture. 

For those who haven’t formally studied Portuguese but do have some knowledge of the language, you’re also welcomed in this course.

Additional resources (e.g. music, videos, etc) might be used when relevant to a specific class.

Course Breakdown:

Week 1: Focus on basic conversation; including but not limited to greetings and introducing yourself. Review of some basic language elements, such as numbers and the alphabet in Portuguese. 

Week 2: The verb To bein Portuguese - SER & ESTAR. Days of the weeks and months of the year.

Week 3: Talking about routines: using verbs in the present tense to describe daily habits. Discovering some false friendsin Portuguese.

Week 4: The verb 'To Havein Portuguese - TER. Family members in Portuguese and possessive adjectives (my, your, his/hers, etc).

Week 5: Different means of transportation. Exploring the vocabulary of different places and their elements, e.g.: schools (teachers, students, desks, chairs, notebooks, etc), hospitals (patients, doctors, nurses, etc) and more.

Week 6: Prepositions (in, on, at, by, about, etc). Elements of a house - describing key items of different rooms in a house.

Term 2 Dates

Term 2 for Brazilian Portuguese Pre - Intermediate runs from Friday 10 May to Friday 14 June.

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About the tutor

lara Leão Ghadiminejad

Iara is originally from Belo Horizonte, the capital city of the state of Minas Gerais (known for its food and coffee) in Brazil. She began teaching Brazilian Portuguese in 2009 in the United States while she was doing her Master’s degree. Since then, Iara has had the opportunity to teach a wide range of students, always accomodating their needs and goals in learning the language.

In 2020, Iara published a book entitled ‘Doing Business in Brazil: a guide to the language and the culture’. In this book, she introduces the basic knowledge of the Brazilian Portuguese language and also presents facts about the Brazilian culture that should help readers to communicate and to understand Brazilians in verbal and non-verbal ways. Her approach to teaching is to get students to feel comfortable to speak the language. Students are encouraged to participate in class and are shown that it is perfectly normal to make a mistake while speaking a foreign language, and that that should never be a reason to make someone scared of learning. Iara believes in enjoying learning the language and having fun doing so!

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(02) 9922 2299
Monday to Friday - 10:00am to 6:00pm
220 Miller St, North Sydney - Back of Ted Mack Civic Park