Spring 2021 Adult + Children's

European Portuguese Language Class

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have temporarily suspended our onsite classes. 

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.

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Join our 15-week VIRTUAL LANGUAGE COURSE. Our program is popular with families, including children, 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. 

Be sure to check the events section of our website for more details about upcoming classes!

Join Our Classes - Falamos Português

  • Children (ages 7-12)
  • Beginning Adults Level 1 (for ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS)

This class if for students who have very little to no previous experience with the Portuguese language.

  • Beginning Adults Level 2
  • Intermediate Adults
  • Advanced Adults
  • Conversational Portuguese - FREE! 

This is a FREE class for language learners who want to practice speaking conversational Portuguese. All levels are encouraged to join. 

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


Complete enrollment in any of our classes and, as an added bonus, take a second class, during the same session, for only an additional $50 - see the fees section below for more details.

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

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Class Days / Times

We offer five VIRTUAL classes plus a FREE Conversational class

  • Children (ages 7 - 12; all levels):  Tuesday 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Beginning Adults Level 1 (For Absolute Beginners) (13+): Tuesday 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
  • Beginning Adults Level 2 (13+): Sunday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Intermediate Adults (13+)Sunday 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Advanced Adults (13+):  Sunday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Conversational Adults (13+): Monday 6:00 PM - 6:45 PM *FREE*

Check out the language event page for specific dates and times.


  • Children's Class: $135
  • Adult Class: $250 (Non-Member)
  • Adult Class: $225 (Member Discount)*

*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.  https://idesst.wildapricot.org/membership

  • Enroll in a 2nd Class: $50  Pay for one class, and in the same session, take a second class  for only $50 more.  Example:  A student can officially enroll in / pay for the Intermediate class, and they can take the Beginner class at the same time to reinforce the basics. Please note the second class for $50 does not apply to another, separate student, nor does it apply to any other semester(s).
  • Freebie!  If you are enrolled in any class and wish to silently audit an additional class during the same session,  you may do so for free. Students who audit a class must have microphones muted and video cameras turned off during virtual class, and they will not be allowed to participate.
  • 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 misses a class. In the event the instructor misses a class, a make-up class will be scheduled.

Course Material

All course material will be provided by the instructor using Canvas, an online learning portal. Students enrolled in a class will receive an invitation to create an account in Canvas which will give access to all course materials.

Participants in the *free* Conversation class will not be given a Canvas account.

    System Requirements

    All virtual classes will be conducted using Zoom, a video conferencing service that allows group video sessions and screen sharing. To maximize the security of each class, all virtual classes will require an entry link and a password, both will be provided by the instructor in an email prior to class.

    The Zoom desktop app is available for Windows and macOS, while the mobile app is available for Android and iOS. We recommend that you test your internet connection on your device before classes start by joining a Zoom test meeting.

    Click on the following link to initiate the Zoom test: https://zoom.us/test

    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.

    Our Instructor

    Margarida Castela is a native speaker from Castelo Branco, located in the central northern region of Portugal. She earned her degree in Literature, Arts and Culture at the Universidade de Lisboa, and in addition to teaching children's and adult Portuguese classes in the Bay Area since 2013, she also teaches humanities at San Francisco State University and Diablo Valley College.

    Margarida enjoys teaching the complexities of Portuguese grammar and exploring many aspects of Portugal’s rich heritage. Her travels throughout Europe and the United States have provided her with many cross-cultural experiences, thereby enabling her to relate with students from many walks of life and backgrounds.

    Need More information?

    If you can't find answers to your questions, send an inquiry and our Language Program Director will get back to you.

    Information /Inquiries

    Learn to Speak Portuguese!:

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    Contact our Program Director:


    SAUSALITO, CA 94965

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

    Rental Phone: 

    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.


    " 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


    SAUSALITO, CA 94965
    Main: 415.331.5925
    Fax: 415.842.0353

    General Email: info@idesst.org

    Rentals: 415.843.1761
    Rental Email: rental@idesst.org

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