About Portuguese Language Lessons

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Olá!  Chamo-me Emma :)  I set up Portuguese Language Lessons 8 years ago, why?   I was hearing stories from other 'estrangeiros' - foreigners - living in Portugal who were struggling to learn the language, they were having painful learning experiences and learning, quite frankly, stuff that wasn't relevant and useful to them.  I was (and am now) always being asked - how did you learn to speak such good Portuguese?  I was looking for a change, so, I decided to put my skills and experience to good use and haven't looked back (apart from to see the progress!)

A lot has changed since then!  I now teach online as well as in the 'real' world, I have built up an enormous bank of great resources, I've learnt so much about why European Portugese is so particularly difficult to learn for many (tallking about pronunciation and hearing the language particularly)  I have learned what really works to  explain and practise key points.  And I've had a lot of fun and met some fantastic people!  (ah... and I have a four year old son who is also a great source of inspiration as I watch him learn!)

Another great change that is very exciting is that I have expanded and now have a fantastic team I work with - I am very lucky to know some talented teachers who are excited and enthusiastic about teaching Portuguese and I have fantastic help with all the back office stuff (yay!  Someone who likes admin!)  More about my team to come soon :)

A little more about me...

A few numbers - I’ve been teaching languages for 20 years now, have been living in Central Portugal near Tomar for nearly 18 years, and teaching Portuguese to foreigners for 8 years, over Skype for the last 3 years or so.

My training is in teaching foreign languages, I worked for over 8 years training young adults for Cambridge exams with great success, and I keep myself up to date on learning methods and material. What I find particularly interesting and is most useful to me is how we learn, the process, the difficulties we have in learning as an adult.

Over the last few years I’ve invested in a lot of text books and built up a bank of resources so I can offer a wide variety of lessons at different levels to suit my students.

I’m not a native speaker of Portuguese, I learnt Portuguese as an adult, attended classes and courses and did a huge amount of self-study to learn the language. I draw on my own (and my student’s) experiences of learning Portuguese as well as the similarities and differences between English and Portuguese to help others to enjoy learning and make the classes as relevant and efficient as possible.

What do students think?  Some comments!

can understand the many puzzlements that we or others may have and can explain them in ways that make sense

understands the problems students might have in learning the language and patiently helps everyone with their individual needs

explained things in an uncomplicated way, allowing us to have a go at speaking without feeling out of our depth

I speak two other languages and have had numerous teachers over the years. Emma is one of the best

I love Emma’s teaching, her calm and interested approach, ability to keep us on task (without being a dragon) and the obvious hard work and thought behind each well-constructed course and class.

managed to make both my husband and I feel that all the irregular verbs that had previously confused and mystified us, were becoming much more manageable and far less frightening than I at first thought

uses audio, visual and interactive methods to give you the confidence to progress. A million miles away from somebody just standing at a blackboard!

Emma’s classes are valuable, not only because she is a very good teacher, but because Portuguese is not her mother tongue. I’ve found this very important as she can understand the difficulties that English speakers have with pronunciation and a completely different grammar.

I can honestly say I enjoy the Portuguese lessons with Emma. She adapts the content to suit different learning styles and levels.