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Portuguese Teacher & Tutor: Marcelo Nobrega

Private lessons, classes in Sacramento, California, United States or online via video conferencing.

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 Profile of Marcelo Nobrega Date: January 22, 2018 
The Basics
Name: Marcelo Nobrega
Feedback rating: No student feedback
Self-study lessons: No online lessons
Language(s) to teach:
(N) Portuguese

(N) = Also native language of teacher.
City: Sacramento
State, province or region: California
Country: United States
Services:
  • Teaching
  • Tutoring
  • Lessons delivery:
  • Live in person
  • Video conferencing
  •  
    Program Summary
    Class sizes available:
  • Private Lessons
  • 2-3 students
  • 4-8 students
  • 9 or more students
  • Student proficiency levels:
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Facets available:
  • Grammar
  • Conversation
  • Business
  •  


    Teaching Approach


    Incredibly, scholars have found a way to teach an adult a second language without the time-consuming and tedious memorizing of grammar rules and vocabulary. My first contact with the method I use to teach was as a student in England, then later as an instructor.
    My course is one-on-one interactive, so you start speaking in the first
    minutes of your first lesson. The concept is simple; teach you to speak
    a second language the same way you learned to speak your native language e.g., first hear and understand, repeat (speak), read and eventually write. I would say that 2 hours per week is the minimum if you really want to be fluent. In some programs they use the word "fast track", but I don't like that word. It makes the huge task of learning another language sound like you should be able to do it quickly, and it's proven that if you try to learn too fast, you will just as quickly forget!
    Some of my students have me go to their place of business after hours or even during working hours. I also carry some lessons in coffee shops area . I provide the book, but there is no "out of class" study required unless you deem it necessary to follow the lessons. Most students only need to study outside of class if they will be missing a regularly scheduled lesson. Other than that, I will provide the structure and review during the class.

    4 Secrets for Success for your Portuguese class.
    Come to the class. Since all new vocabulary is introduced and practiced
    during the lesson, and for new vocabulary to take hold in your short-term memory, practice is essential.

    Speak as much as possible. Repeating, speaking, and using your vocabulary to create new phrases and sentences is the method used for adults to firmly establish vocabulary in your long-term memory.

    Use your book for reference only. As incredible as it sounds, reading directly from your book actually retards the learning process. Always try to repeat the word, sentence or phrase without reading. Reading should be reserved as a last resort.

    Practice. At every opportunity, regardless of how little or how much vocabulary you have.



    Program Description


    Dear Student,

    My course is one-on-one interactive,
    so you start speaking in the first minutes of your first lesson.
    The concept is simple; teach you to speak a second language the same
    way you learned to speak your native language e.g., first hear and understand, repeat (speak), read and eventually write. I would say that 2 hours per week is the minimum if you really want to be fluent. In some programs they use the word "fast track", but I don't like that word. It makes the huge task of learning another language sound like you should be able to do it quickly, and it's proven that if you try to learn too fast, you will just as quickly forget!


    Teaching Experience


    I earned my bachelors degree in São Paulo, Brazil in 1989 and began teaching in Brazil in 1990. In 1993 I went to London to learn English,
    so I have experience as an adult language student as well as an adult
    language instructor. I began teaching Portuguese in the U.S. in 1996
    and writing my own material in 1998.


    Frequently Asked Questions


    Here are the most frequently asked questions by new students or someone who is interested in learning Portuguese. Although I give some details here, remember that each person learns differently, at a different pace and has different strengths and weaknesses.

    What advantages do you offer over other Portuguese language programs?
    My students can take advantage of the expertise offered by large schools
    and 15 years of experience teaching Portuguese, but have the added
    flexibility of dealing with an independent contractor. Operating costs
    are lower for independent contractors, which means savings for you.
    As this is a fast track program, the student will see results faster,
    beginning to speak in the first lesson with no time spent outside the
    classroom "memorizing". The bottom line is cost savings and rapid results.

    How long is the class?
    The student decides the term of the class based on his own commitment
    level and goals. For someone who wants to learn "enough to get by" the
    class will be significantly shorter than for the student who wants
    to be fluent. I do not have any preset start or finish times or dates
    for classes; each one is tailored to the students requirements and goals.

    How long does it take?
    Again, it depends on the student's pace and the number of instruction
    hours per week. I recommend that the schedule-minded person set attainable
    goals for himself, for example, re-evaluate every 3 months and make
    appropriate schedule adjustments based on his goals.

    Where is the grammar?
    Some students are under the impression that this method does not teach
    grammar. The student learns all the grammar, but not through the use of
    grammar exercises, but rather through practical use. A thorough study of
    the books will show that all the grammar will be covered; subjunctive,
    reflexive pronouns, passive voice, etc.

    Why no homework?
    Students accustomed to studying a language in the traditional manner feel
    as though there is something missing if they are not given homework.
    However, homework is not necessary with this method. A language can best
    be learned through verbally practicing with the professor. If, however,
    the student wishes to do homework, I can recommend you an optional book
    of exercises.

    How is the division of classes done?
    Many schools divide their students into three or four levels, solely according to their knowledge of the language. This method depends on building a foundation, like building blocks, with each lesson building on the last. Each lesson repeats what has already been learned in previous classes for reinforcement as well as teaching new vocabulary, structures, etc. The level of the student is determined not solely on his knowledge of the language, but mostly on his ability to apply and use what he has already learned. A huge vocabulary does not help the student if he is not able to carry on a simple conversation.




    Cost of Lessons


    I charge 30 dollars in cash for one hour lesson plus travel. If students
    let me know what days/times they are considering, I will do my best to meet their desired schedule. I teach video conference and/or telephone lessons for students inside USA and Europe only. Also. There will be a charge of 4 lessons in advance that can be paid via Paypal. I use Skype. It's very important that the student have a net camera in order to have video conference lessons.


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    Profile Creation: January 12, 2018
    Profile Last Edit: January 22, 2018
    Last Login: January 23, 2018


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