Jill GuerraCanada.June 2015.
I came to Santa Catarina to conduct interviews with farmers regarding sustainable agriculture and agrarian reform for my Masters thesis. I arrived with an upper-intermediate level of Portuguese, but came to Lagoa to kick start my listening and speaking skills within the local accent and vocabulary. Not only did my teacher effectively organized classes to work on these skills, she picked material that was directly related to my research. We watched videos, listened to music and discussed issues related to sustainable agriculture and agrarian reform. What a treat to be able to combine my Portuguese lessons with my research interests!
In addition to the wonderful classes, the whole TLC staff was warm, welcoming and always attentive to my needs. I would definitely recommend TLC to anyone looking to improve their Portuguese skills while in Florianópolis.
I was a student of The Language Club school, TLC, for three months year 2005. I am very satisfied with the school and their pedagogic skills. I have studied Portuguese in four different schools, both in Sweden, Portugal and Brazil, and this was by far the best one. During my time I got to learn the Portuguese language through matters that interested me. I got to read very good literature by Portuguese and Brazilian authors, I listened to music, read advanced news paper articles and had interesting conversations with my teacher. The fact that all texts, conversations, music or television programs always interested me much, made me want to know what words and grammatical structures lied behind. While I was doing my Portuguese course I also studied at the university in Florianopolis (Universidade de Santa Catarina) where I often had to write papers to hand in. TLC was always a helping hand before deadline where we used to sit down and analyse what I had written. This mixture of academia, literature and more common knowledge gave me a broad base to continue my future activities in Brazil. I am now working as an intern at the Swedish embassy in Brasilia where and feel secure whenever I interact in the Portuguese language.
I write to express strong support for the work of The Language Club, Florianopolis, Brazil. I have recently returned to New York after about one month of intensive Portuguese language study, and was singularly impressed by the quality of their teachers, the strength of their teaching methods, and the efficiency of their administration.
I came to The Language School after about 10 years of dabbling in Portuguese. Their rigorous didactic methods helped me to focus on the areas in which I needed the most work- combining Spanish grammatical and vocabulary structures with Portuguese- a common yet difficult problem with Spanish language speakers. I came away feeling that I would be able to do more than communicate with Portuguese language speakers, I could understand the traps and linguistic constructs that would separate a foreigner from a native speaker.
The Language School helped me to find excellent accommodations, and created opportunities for interaction in the local community and with other students. While I took private lessons 16 hours a week, the school provided ample opportunities to interface with other students and other native speakers. The vivacious and comprehensive way that they mixed grammar, with Brazilian history and culture, current events, literature, verbal comprehensive and practical vocabulary, kept the lessons fluid and exciting. Again, I highly recommend their methodologies.
I enrolled in a 2 week private course (3 hours/day) with Ana at The Language Club (TLC). I learned more than I thought was possible in this brief period (I am an intermediate level speaker of Portuguese). Ana was professional, kind, and exceptionally patient in her teaching of the language. Furthermore, the entire staff was attentive to my educational needs. Lastly, I had a most enjoyable and culturally enriching experience staying with a host family arranged by TLC (I recommend a home stay for any student studying at TLC). I recommend studying at TLC to anyone who is looking for an intensive Portuguese language learning experience in an idyllic setting in the south of Brazil.
See below a bit more of what our students have to say about us
I learned of Florianópolis while I was reading about the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, which is one of the finest universities in South America. My principal motive for learning Portuguese was to advance my work on a project that deals with the language of the law. The Language Club provided an instructor, Camila, who has a background in law to complement her experience as a language instructor. She structured the classes in an efficient and flexible manner that made it possible for us to achieve my objective.
My progress was facilitated by the family that hosted me during my stay. I enjoyed discussing and debating a variety of topics with them in Portuguese, and they made sure that I got to school while the bus drivers were on strike. I also enjoyed the community of Lagoa da Conceição. It is a casual, hospitable community in which to wander around and converse with the local people, and the area around the lake is a fun place to explore on foot.
The Language Club, the instructor, the host family, and the community made my experience a success. When I return, I look forward to exploring more of the island – and to learning more Portuguese!
TLC is ideally located in the center of Lagoa, which is the relaxed and chilled area of the island. Beaches are close and there are plenty of nice restaurants, bars, boutiques, supermarkets all around. Teachers are all extremely professionals and very friendly. I have spent an amazing 2.5 months at tlc and would recommend anyone to study there with absolutely no hesitation. This is also a great place to meet with colleagues from all over the world. Definitely the best address for studying in Floripa!