Program and Levels
TLC levels its courses with reference to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFRL): Learning, Teaching, Assessment and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). These scales are a set of descriptions of abilities to communicate in a language. It is the standard grading scale for language proficiency, being the first adopted in Europe and the latter in US and Canada.
A placement test help us decide the level, material and syllabus to be used with single students and groups. The exact duration of each level will vary according to students individual characteristics, such as mother tongue, personality, learning strategies, motivation and so on.
Common European Framework of Reference: Learning, Teaching, AssessmentDeveloped through a process of scientific research and wide consultation, this document provides a practical tool for setting clear standards to be attained at successive stages of learning and for evaluating outcomes in an internationally comparable manner. It is the result of extensive research and ongoing work on communicative objectives. The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) provides a basis for the mutual recognition of language qualifications, thus facilitating educational and occupational mobility. It is increasingly used in the reform of national curricula and by international consortia for the comparison of language certificates.
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign LanguagesThe ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines were created by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in order to provide a means of assessing the proficiency of a foreign language speaker. The guidelines are broken up into different proficiency levels: novice, intermediate, advanced, superior, and distinguished. Additionally, each of these (except superior and distinguished) is further subdivided into low, mid and high. These proficiency levels are defined separately for ability to listen, speak, read and write. Thus, in those American programs that emphasize written language over spoken, students may reach the advanced level in reading and writing while remaining at a lower level in listening and speaking.
Several tools are applied to guarantee service quality in our Portuguese courses:
- Teacher pre and in-training sessions.
- Class observation
- Individual meetings with teachers
- Course evaluation form
- Students testimonials.
The coordinator also follows teachers’ class plans and student production.
For Spanish speakers we keep the same structure of the course, but we have developed specific material, more complex and challenging for written, reading and oral tasks.
For tourists longing to acquire introductory language skills for traveling, we offer a specific module. It consists of real life situations a tourist usually faces, such as ordering food in a restaurant, asking for information and directions, introducing themselves, buying tickets or souvenirs and using transportation and other services.
TLC also offers preparatory courses for the CELPE-Bras, the only official and recognized diploma of Brazilian Portuguese as a foreign language.
Upon request we also offer business courses or group courses for specific purposes.