Learn Portuguese at the CCLS Brazilian Portuguese Language school of Houston
The goal of CCLS Portuguese Language School Houston is for each student to develop fluency in Portuguese. Through the interactive approach of CCLS Portuguese Language School Houston, graduates confidently represent their business with a natural form of speech which will build relationships with business associates and clients.
All classes utilize an interactive approach to enhance fluency in Portuguese in each student. Teacher interaction incorporates proven techniques to reinforce classroom and multimedia instructions, such as role play, storytelling, information transfer, games, reports, problem solving, interviews and discussions. Learning materials provided by CCLS include workbook and culture-related texts.
CCLS Language School Houston teaches the Brazilian Portuguese. Portuguese is the predominant language of South America. Upon completion of the 7 levels of instruction at CCLS Language School Houston, basic to advanced, students are tested for competency to communicate accurately and effectively in Brazilian Portuguese to ensure the best results in social and business interactions.
APPROACH: Communicative. Grammar is used to aid in the development of communication skills.
PLANNING: The planning of the course is based in the “Bem Vindo” book, the cultural aspects (interpersonal interaction, politics, economy, music, arts, etc.) involved in learning Portuguese from Brazil and the students’ needs and interests. The main objective of the course is to enable students to communicate appropriately in social and general business situations with correct pronunciation and grammar. Listening, speaking, reading and writing are part of the integrative program. Phonetic training and self monitoring play an important role in the course.
TECHNIQUES: For small classes: interaction between teacher-student(s) and pair-work for student-student interaction. Tasks and activities in the classroom can range from highly guided exercises (ex: answering questions from a text) to very communicative in their nature (ex: saying why one liked or disliked something). Some techniques used are role-play, brainstorming, storytelling, information transfer, games, reports, problem solving, interviews and discussions.
MATERIALS: “Bem-Vindo” activity book, CDs and culture related texts. These materials are authentic, provided by CCLS.
TEACHING STAFF: All CCLS instructors are qualified and experienced teachers certified by CCLS.
EVALUATION: Students’ and teachers’ performances are periodically evaluated. Students take oral and written evaluations throughout the course in the form of exercises. The evaluations are mainly diagnostic and indicate strengths and weaknesses. They also identify areas in need of improvement.
COURSE DURATION: TThere are 7 levels of instruction, basic to advanced. Each level takes approximately 30 hours for English speakers and speakers of Romance languages could be faster. For optimal results, we strongly recommend classes be at least twice a week and 100 minutes long.
COMMUNICATIVE COMPETENCE: At the end of the course, the students are expected to be able to communicate effectively and accurately in Portuguese. They will have learned enough language functions to be able to participate in social and business interactions with Portuguese speakers.