Methodology

Main elements

The Language Club adopts a communicative methodology. The courses are very interactive and grammar and vocabulary are learned in context. Class dynamics make use of simulation activities encouraging students’ language practice.

In general, the courses cover the four language skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Aspects of Brazilian culture are also included in the course syllabus.

Customization

The Language Club usually customizes its course programs to the specific needs and characteristics of students and groups. We believe it has a strong positive effect on students’ motivation and on the language acquisition process.

History

In the last 15 years, The Language Club has been teaching Portuguese to English, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German, Swedish, Danish, French speaking people and many other nationalities in elementary, intermediate and advanced levels;

Courses may be in groups or private, that can start at any convenient time for the student.

Material Used

The school has developed its own material for most basic levels of its Learn Portuguese courses. As students enroll in basic levels, they receive a booklet (a handout pack) for the courses. Besides the main booklet, there is an extensive amount of supplementary material from newspapers, magazines and books. We also use plenty of audio and visual resources in class. In intermediate and advanced levels, we sometimes suggest that the student acquires a specific title, depending on his language objectives and learning style.

At TLC, there is a rich library with portuguese coursebooks, novels and reference books. We have some portuguese coursebooks edited abroad and most of the updated existent material edited in Brazil, such as Bem-Vindo,Novo Avenida Brasil, Fala Brasil, Panorama Brasil, Estação Brasil, Falar… Ler… Escrever and many others.

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