PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE COURSES IN LISBON
Learning to Speak Portuguese in Portugal
The Lisbon language school is located in the central Saldanha district, close to the beautiful Parque Eduardo VII park, Lisbon's largest. It offers excellent study facilities for students, with 20 classrooms and a language laboratory. The school's own materials are used to place emphasis on the development of the practical side of students' language skills, and the teachers also sit regular refresher courses to update them in techniques and materials. In most cases, the maximum class size is 6 students, so attantion is always personal and lessons interactive - a true formula for success when it comes to effective language learning.
Students can enjoy a monthly programme of activities which includes visits to museums, monuments, outings to live music concerts, bars, and half-day visits
on Saturday to sights of interest. All activities are included in the course fee,
but may depend on a minimum number of students.
At an extra cost, full-day Sunday excursions and dinners are available - these
are paid locally and the school should be consulted for
availability. Students are accompanied by tutors who turn all these activities into pleasant experiences of Portuguese culture.
The following courses are available in Lisbon:
General Course (15 classes per week)This is a group course which runs all year round and is available for all levels; beginners to advanced. It is the most popular group course, focussing on the four main language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, combined with aspects of local culture. The course attracts students of all ages and backgrounds and is recommended for those who wish to learn the language at a steady pace. Lessons usually take place Monday to Friday in the morning, although in high season they make take place in the afternoon.
Intensive Course (30 classes per week)Similar to the general course above, because it is available throughout the year and at all levels from beginners to advanced. This course should be taken by those who may have less time to study or prefer more intensive language tuition each week. On this course the average age is usually higher than that of the general course and the motivation of the students is strong. Again, lessons focus on the four main language skills; speaking, listening, reading and writing, and take place Monday to Friday both in the morning and the afternoon.
Combined Course (15 group + 5 individual classes per week)An ideal option for those who wish to combine the experience of language learning in a group while at the same time receiving individual lessons. In the morning student interaction is encouraged in group classes, which help you improve your practical communication skills. The individual lessons in the afternoon allow you to focus on areas of particular interest to you, or which you may feel need extra practice. This type of course is usally taken by highly motivated who wish to learn as much as they can in the shortest time possible. Lessons take place Monday to Friday.
Individual Course (10 classes per week)This is a personalised course and is designed to adapt to the specific requirements of the student. It will progress at just the right speed for you, since it is tailor-made to your individual needs and interests. To start, teacher and student sit down together to discuss your requirements and goals. Teachers may alternate to provide exposure to different accents and to learn vocabulary specific to your business. Unlike group courses, it is sometimes possible for these individual courses to start on a day other than a Monday. Private lessons for two people can also be arranged from 5 to 50 hours per week.
City & Beach Package (2 weeks Lisbon, 2 weeks Faro)This language course offers you the best of both worlds with 2 weeks of Portuguese classes and host family accommodation in the beautiful and historic city of Lisbon, together with 2 weeks of lessons and family accommodation in the wonderful seaside town of Faro, in the Algarve. This is the perfect opportunity to experience the history and culture of Portugal's capital city and then immerse yourself in the relaxing atmosphere that Faro is renowned for. The course consists of 15 classes per week like the General course above, whilst acommodation is based on a single room plus breakfast with a host family. Students should note that the course price does not include travel between the two cities, but there are regular buses and trains connecting Lisbon with Faro and the journey time is about 3 hours (297 km). The school will be able to help with any travel arrangements that you need to make.
Easter & Summer Courses (15 classes per week)These courses are seasonal and have been developed for students looking for a economical option. The class size is 12 (instead of the usual 6) and the focus will be on communication and conversation, with 3 hours of class per day for 2 weeks.