European and Brazilian Portuguese

can NOT be taught together in the same classes.

The differences between the two Portuguese variants are incomparably greater than those between American and British English, or Spanish from Spain and Spanish from Latin America, for example.

All the other language schools in London are either non-Portuguese-specialised (offering mixed classes of European and Brazilian Portuguese) or focus on one of the variants only. This is also the case in most schools elsewhere, including Portugal and Brazil. At Portuguese Global, we offer both variants in separate courses of European and Brazilian Portuguese, taught by native speaker professional teachers from Portugal or Brazil.

Mixed classes simply can't work effectively. Portuguese teaching of quality requires separate courses, as we do. The temptation of organising mixed classes has just a financial justification. It's difficult to group students in sufficient numbers to make the classes economically viable. The fact that we specialise in Portuguese, investing all our resources in Portuguese teaching services, allows us to form groups in both variants for all levels. And that's the only way to be serious about teaching Portuguese. No clever arrangements can bypass this reality.

Mixed classes of the European and Brazilian variants don't work. They are an ineffective, and at times painful, exercise for teachers and students. Portuguese Global is the UK's largest school of Portuguese. Dealing with large numbers of learners allows us to offer European and Brazilian Portuguese in separate classes, at all levels, taught by native speaker teachers.

Although we don't do "cheap courses", our courses are not expensive either. Considering that we offer 26 hours of training with each course (20-hour course + 6 hours of revising & catching up workshops) for £225.00 or £249.40 (£8.65 or £9.20 per hour) these are possibly the most cost-effective Portuguese courses on offer among the major providers in London. Going a bit back to the Portuguese variants, the CPLP (Community of countries of Portuguese language) is formed of nine countries from four continents. The two main variants are the Brazilian (exclusive of Brazil) and the European (shared by Portugal and the other Portuguese speaking countries, like Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, and others) If the learner's objective is to speak and be understood in Brazil, as opposed to, say, in Portugal or Mozambique, then s/he must be taught by a native speaker of Brazil, using learning materials from Brazil, in dedicated classes of Brazilian Portuguese. Conversely, if the learner aims to use Portuguese in Portugal, Angola, or Mozambique, then s/he must be taught by a native speaker of European Portuguese, in dedicated classes, and with dedicated learning materials of European Portuguese.

Learning the proper variant separately is necessary to "sound right", understand, and be understood by the native speaker of that variant. We help students interested in learning seriously and effectively, to do so in the only way possible: in separate classes. Have a look at our schedule of separate classes of European and Brazilian Portuguese, at all levels, in 17 different courses.