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About our school

The Beginning

Joana Paiva

In 2008, I, Prof. Joana Paiva (Studies Director), graduated in Portuguese and English Studies. After my graduation, I was having second thoughts about my future. I’d heard so many stories about the issues of being a teacher. Everyone was talking about “thousands of unemployed teachers”, “the government is shutting down schools around the country”, “it´s time to emigrate”, and so on. But I had a problem. I was deeply in love with my language and my country. Teaching my language to others was my dream. Therefore, I wasn’t ready to turn my back and give up.

Besides, how could I miss the ocean, the sunny days, the smell of fresh fish, the delicious and breath-taking Portuguese pastry, people smiling at each other and commenting on the weather in the metro, walking around the streets with that soft breeze on your face, leaving work and sitting in a café with my favourite newspaper and hearing people talking about the last football match or complaining about their rheumatoid arthritis. Small things actually matter.

So, after five years teaching Portuguese for Foreigners for different schools and companies in Porto, I decided to follow my dream and open my own Portuguese Language School in Lisbon.

This project is the result of a constant idea that I had in mind: to create a school focused on teaching Portuguese for Foreigners but with a new concept and a different approach. A student’s experience of a lifetime.

As Fernando Pessoa says Deus quer, o homem sonha, a obra nasce (God wills, the man dreams and the work is born).  And here it is: The Portuguese Connection Language School Project.

Our Facilities

Our Portuguese language school is equipped with wireless Internet, a small library, a coffee machine, a tea kettle, and Portuguese pastry as well! Our classrooms are modern, airy and full of natural light.

We are located in Principe Real Square, in the heart of Lisbon. You will find us in one of the beautiful historic buildings around the square. Inside, however, we put a lot of effort in creating a stimulating and dynamic atmosphere. We are a modern school and this is reflected in our facilities: our walls are painted with Portugal’s most artistic graffiti !!!!

Our Staff

Our teachers have a degree in Portuguese Language Teaching and are trained in Portuguese Connection Language School’s direct approach to language teaching. They are all student centered, communicative and focused professionals with a huge experience in Portuguese as a Foreign Language. We create our own teaching materials in order to be more appropriate and targeted to our students needs. The lessons are individually adapted and suited to different students’ levels and objectives, including specialist business and industry language needs.

Portuguese School Team

Do you want to meet our team? Have a look at the faces of those who work really hard at Portuguese Connection

Our Teaching Method

Our Portuguese language lessons focus on communication. We emphasize role-plays, learning activities in a real context (street, cafes, markets), debates, oral presentations, etc. Students are encouraged to interact with their classmates and their teachers. For us, all language skills are important (reading, writing, and listening). That’s why we are also able to provide you a teaching and learning atmosphere focused on specific content, such as: reading and analysing texts, understanding advertising images and text, in-depth grammar study, listening comprehension exercises using music, creative writing exercises, study of the cultural and linguistic variations of European and Brazilian Portuguese and other Lusophone countries, with emphasis on each country's unique history, contemporary society, politics, economics, religion, popular music, fado, proverbs, etc. Our main goal is to provide high quality and personalized Portuguese courses.

Portguese School Teaching Method

Our levels are based upon the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Click here to check your Portuguese level.