Fall 2021

European Portuguese Adult Language Class

All our classes are virtual using Zoom

Portuguese is an elegant and beautiful language, and it is one of the top 10 most spoken languages in the world, with over 260 million speakers world-wide.

Do you or anyone you know want to learn or improve speaking, reading, and writing European Portuguese? It's difficult to find European Portuguese classes in the Bay Area that suit the schedules of working professionals, families, and those with a general interest in learning the language.

Photo | © Esther del Rosario

Join our 14-week VIRTUAL LANGUAGE COURSE. Our program is popular with families, world travelers, and business professionals. Their reasons for attending range from improving communication with Portuguese-speaking relatives, language skills for travels, and meeting Portuguese citizenship requirements.

Our students learn grammar, pronunciation, phrases, and vocabulary.  Classes are taught with a practical focus on basic, daily activities and also cover cultural and historic aspects of Portugal. 

Class Days / Times

We offer four VIRTUAL classes for Adults & Children 13 and older

  • Beginning Level 1: (For Absolute Beginners): Sunday 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Beginning Level 2: Sunday 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Intermediate: Sunday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Advanced: Sunday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Check out the language event page to see the complete schedule and class dates & times.

Falamos Português - Let's Speak Portuguese

Which level is right for you? 

Beginning 1 - Level A1.1

This class is designed mostly for absolute beginners, but also for students who have less than 20 hours of Portuguese language instruction. In A1 you will be able to:

  • Introduce yourself: where you are from, where do you live and work

  • Order at a cafe and restaurant

  • Tell time

  • Describe your daily routine

Overall, the goal is to get you familiar with simple interactions, basic vocabulary, and foundational grammatical structures.

This is a very dynamic class, and both the pace and content are adjusted to the groups’ needs. Come ready to interact and with questions.

Students have many different backgrounds and skill levels, and we take that into consideration when teaching, whether you are an absolute beginner, or someone who has been self-studying and scratching the surface of Portuguese language. Our goal is to challenge you in fun ways to learn Portuguese, to create connections, and to show you our beautiful culture.

The time spent in A1 varies, but you will need at least 20-40 hours of language instruction, and consistent study to move on. 


Beginning 2 - Level A1.2

This class is designed for students who have some familiarity with Portuguese language and wish to move beyond simple interactions, and expand their vocabulary. In order to take this class, you should have at least 30 hours of Portuguese lessons and/or have basic vocabulary and grammar structures.

By the end of A1.2 you will be able to:

  • Talk about yourself and your family

  • Discuss your daily routine and describe your house

  • Make plans for the future/ schedule meetings / make invitations

  • Purchase tickets and ask for help

  • Talk about the past

This is a very dynamic class, and both the pace and content are adjusted to the group's needs. Come ready to interact and with questions.

The time spent in A1.2 varies, but you will need at least 30 - 50 hours of language instruction, and consistent study to move on to A2. 


Intermediate - Level B2

This class is aimed at those whose goal is fluency in the Portuguese language, and who not only master the fundamentals of grammar, but are able to expand vocabulary autonomously. 

In this level you will:

  • Learn how to sustain a conversation on a specific topic: work, family matters, personal interests, and past experiences

  • Read and write a variety of texts: articles, ads, personal essays, short stories

  • Describe experiences and events in the past

  • Use the subjunctive to express dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans

Overall the goal is to reduce “friction” in your interactions with native speakers and help you read a level of fluency that is more spontaneous.


Advanced - Level C1

This class is aimed at those who are comfortable with Portuguese enough to carry a conversation with native users of the language (albeit with some mistakes and questions, but nothing that can’t be explained in Portuguese).

The class is mostly conversational, and students will study one topic every session.

Students may be asked to read and write for practice outside of class. You are also encouraged to practice on your own and to bring your questions to class.

At the C1 level you:

  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning

  • Can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions

  • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic, and professional purposes

  • Can produce clear, well-structured, and detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices

Not sure which class best suits your level? Enroll where you think you best fit, then attend class on the first day. You can change your registration by no later than the end of the second class.

Visit our language event page to see the complete schedule and class dates & times

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Fees & More

  • Non-Member: $250
  • Member: $225*

*An active IDESST membership is required to qualify for the discount. If you would like to submit a new member application, and further support IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center, click on the following link. Applications must be approved by our Board of Directors before you can be an active member and qualify for the member discount. Click here to go to our Membership page.

  • Class size limit. Each class level will be limited to 20 students. Register early!
  • Wait list. There will be a wait list for each class level. Students on the wait list will be notified of their status prior to the start of the first class
  • Minimum number of registered students per class. Please be aware that if a minimum number of registered students is not reached for any of the class levels, the class may be cancelled for the semester. 
  • Switching class levels. If a student thinks that a class is too easy or too difficult, they will be allowed to switch class levels through the 2nd class. 
  • Late registration. Late registration will be allowed only through the 3rd class. Registration will be closed after the third class. 
  • Make-up classes or credit are not available if a student joins class after the semester has started or if a student misses a class. In the event the instructor misses a class, a make-up class will be scheduled.

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Course Material

All course material will be provided by the instructors using Google Docs, an online collaboration tool. Students enrolled in a class will receive an invitation to join Google Docs which will give access to all course materials. Detailed instructions for using Google Docs will be given by the instructor during class.


    Zoom

    All virtual classes will be conducted using Zoom, a video conferencing software that allows group video sessions and screen sharing using a computer's built-in video camera and microphone. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that their equipment meets the system requirements to attend a virtual class using Zoom, including compatible hardware, software, telecommunications equipment and internet service.

    The Zoom desktop app is available for Windows and macOS and the mobile app is available for Android and iOS, but we recommend using a computer for class instead of a mobile phone.

    GET ZOOM

    Go to the Zoom website to sign up for a Free Zoom Account and download the desktop software.

    TEST ZOOM

    You can test your internet connection by joining a Zoom test meeting.

    LEARN ZOOM

    Never used Zoom? Check out their support page to learn more about Joining a meeting

    To maximize the security of the virtual classroom, all classes will require an entry link and a password, both will be provided in an email prior to class. A Waiting Room will also be utilized where the instructor will admit you to the class.


    Virtual Classroom Guidelines

    Arrive on time - Please be ready to start class on time. Late arrivals can be distracting to a class in progress. If you arrive late be sure you are on mute.

    Participate - This is a collaborative class and participation is expected. Be prepared to be on camera and make sure your name appears with your image.

    Position your camera properly - If possible position your camera at eye level and have good lighting coming from in front of your face, not from behind you.

    Master the mute button - Mute yourself except when you are speaking or if your instructor asks you to unmute.

    Be aware of your background - Avoid distracting backgrounds or activities in the background. If changing your physical background is not possible, consider using a virtual background or blur your background. Remember, nothing is private online!

    Raise your hand - Please respect your classmates. One person speaks at a time.

    Use chat - Ask questions on chat. Answer questions on chat. Share thoughts on chat. But try not to abuse chat and avoid using all caps - no need to shout. 


    Our Instructors

    Margarida Castela 

    Margarida is a native speaker from Castelo Branco, a small town in the centre north of Portugal. She studied Languages, Arts, and Cultures at the Universidade de Lisboa. She has been living in the U.S since 2011 and moved to the Bay area to pursue a Masters in Humanities. She has always loved studying  languages and cultures, and in that process, became fascinated with her own language, Portuguese! She has been teaching Portuguese since 2014, and she hasn't stopped since then.

    Margarida joined IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center in 2017, where she has been teaching all levels of Portuguese to both children and adults. She understands how difficult and frustrating it is to learn a language, and she is here to both support and challenge you. With Margarida as your instructor, you can expect to be encouraged to speak from the very beginning, and to have fun exploring Portuguese culture.

    We are honored that Margarida continues to teach Portuguese for IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center.

    Rita Melo-Nazareno

    Rita is a native Portuguese speaker from Lisbon, the beautiful capital of Portugal. She is a pharmacist by training and earned two Doctorates: a PharmD at the College of Pharmacy in Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal and a PhD in Immunology at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, in the US. In addition to Science, Rita is passionate about helping the community, sponsoring children in need and teaching Portuguese.

    Rita works for the Pharmaceutical Industry and, when she is off work, she likes to be involved with the Portuguese community in the U.S. Rita has been teaching Portuguese since 2011 and has helped many students since then. Some of them successfully moved to Portugal for work or happily retired there, while others are now able to speak fluent Portuguese with their friends and family,  and others successfully expanded their businesses to Portugal and have thrived. With a proven record of successful stories, Rita likes to give back to the community and is well positioned to help you achieve your learning goals and immerse you in this friendly and fun culture!

    We are excited to welcome Rita to the IDESST Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center as a new instructor this semester. 

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    If you can't find answers to your questions, send any inquiries to our Language Program Administrators.


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    Contact the Language Program:

    IDESST SAUSALITO 
    PORTUGUESE CULTURAL CENTER

    511 CALEDONIA STREET
    SAUSALITO, CA 94965

    Main Phone: 415.331.5925
    Fax: 415.842.0353
    General Email: info@idesst.org
    Language Class: portuguese@idesst.org 

    Rental Phone: 415.843.1761

    Rental Email: rental@idesst.orgING SESSIONS:

    Student Testimonials:

    " This class was really great and allowed me to connect to my Portuguese heritage. The teacher was very helpful and created a fun learning environment. I will definitely continue my Portuguese language journey at IDESST.

    — K. ANDERS

    "We tried an “immersion” class in the city where the instructor only spoke Portuguese and we floundered the entire time. So glad we found the Zoom class offered by IDESST. We loved our instructor Margarida who made learning fun and practical. After 15 weeks I had already learned a ton but was left wanting more! Looking forward to the fall session.

    — L. GEOFFROY

    " As many others have done, I had to cancel my summer trip to Portugal. Margarida’s ZOOM class enabled me to have a "Portuguese Experience” and learn some language skills that will help when travel opens. It’s a great time to learn a language and Margarida does an excellent job teaching and making it a fun experience. It’s also very hard to find a European Portuguese teacher, so no matter where you live you can participate. Can’t wait for Fall semester!

    — S. SIMAS


    " I have yet to encounter a classroom environment in which I can learn a foreign language as quickly and as excitedly as I do in the classes at IDESST.

    — A. SCHUT


    "The class is connecting me to my childhood, where Portuguese was spoken and how different generations of our family were able to gather and communicate.

    — J. BOCK


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