Anna's Fun Facts

Teaching Experience
19 Years
Anna has been teaching Portuguese as a second language since 1998.
Languages Spoken
4 Languages
In addition to being a native Portuguese speaker they also speak: English (Advanced), Spanish (Advanced), French (Advanced)
Travels
5 Countries
She is an avid world traveler. She has visited or lived in the following countries: France, Belgium, England, Ireland, Italy, Argentina and the list goes on...

ANNA'S INTRODUCTION

Anna is a native Brazilian foreign language educator, born in Rio de Janeiro. She possesses a bachelor's degree in Humanities, Philosophy, and Science from the University of São Paulo (USP).

Currently living in Chicago, she works with individuals and corporate training programs. She has more than 16 years of experience teaching Brazilian Portuguese in France and in the United States. Before moving to Chicago, she lived and worked in Paris for 6 years, prior to that in the New York City area for 10 years. During this time she traveled to many other countries for business and pleasure. In addition to Portuguese, she speaks English, Spanish, and French.

Due to the fact that Anna has spent several years living, working and traveling abroad, she feels capable of helping her students overcome cultural differences they might encounter during their learning experience, as well as while doing business with Brazil or simply traveling and living in this emerging multicultural country.

She is originally from Brazil and currently resides in USA.

Her Current Time Zone is:
(GMT -6:00) America/Chicago

She Can Teach The Following Age Groups:
College, Adults, Seniors

I utilize a method called “Effective Total Immersion”; this means the student is immersed directly and immediately into the target language from the opening day of class. I start speaking Portuguese slowly and clearly and use easily understandable cognates.

My method concentrates on speaking only in Portuguese, while I use hand movements or signals as well as visual images to convey the language in a proper manner. Grammar, reading, and writing are also part of the method, without being tedious or repetitive. I use textbooks especially formulated for teaching Brazilian Portuguese for foreigners. Students learn the language without analyzing or trying to translate into their native language. I believe the key to learning a new language relies mostly on verbal communication.

I strongly encourage my students to work on assignments at home, which we correct together during the following class. It is also important to devote time to reading, writing, and personal research. This outside the classroom work is a crucial part of any language learning process.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced speaker, I am highly trained to help build your confidence and keep you motivated to achieve your goals!

Photography, research, reading, independent movies, taking her dog for a stroll.


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