Brazilian Portuguese Language Classes | 8-week progressive programs

In-person classes with optional Remote Hybrid real classroom experience

Portuguese classes meet once per week for a 2-hour lesson*. At each level, the program length is 8 weeks. We offer levels 1 to 6 and beyond.

HIGHLIGHTS: Experienced and qualified teachers, structured teaching, communicative approach, and measurable results.

TEXTBOOK: Ponto de Encontro: Portuguese as a World Language, second edition (Pearson). The textbook is not included in the price.

While we use the prescribed textbook throughout the course, the lesson plans exhibit teacher’s experience and the adaptability skills in view of the classroom's changing needs.  We believe that using a textbook yields the best results for beginner and intermediate students. Therefore, it’s advisable to buy the prescribed textbook(s). They also provide explanatory information that may be useful for a questioning adult student and for homework.

For further details/course descriptions, contact: portuguese@merrimacklanguage.com

Portuguese Level 1:
- Greetings
- Introduce yourself and others
- Spelling words
- Use numbers
- Express time and dates
- Identify, describe, and locate people and objects
- Make simple sentences
- Ask for and provide basic information
- Express needs, likes, and dislikes
- Talk about routine activities and daily life
- Basic cultural understanding of Portuguese-speaking world

Portuguese Level 2:
- Talk about events
- Describe food, clothes, and shopping
- Express preferences and feelings
- Engage in small conversations
- Express possession, obligation, and condition
- Describe ongoing actions
- Talk about past experiences
- Make future plans
- Intermediate cultural understanding of Portuguese-speaking world

Portuguese Level 3:
- Mastery sentences in present, past, and future
- Express opinions and ideas
- Make comparisons
- Discuses interpersonal relationships
- Express hope and wishes
- Talk about work place and professions
- Discuss job skills and abilities
- Describe the body, health, and medical treatments
- Give order and instructions
- State goals and purposes
- Advanced cultural understanding of Portuguese-speaking world

Rodrigues-Freitas, C. (Instructor)
Ms. Rodrigues, is a native speaker of Brazilian Portuguese with a post-doctorate in Latin American Studies from Boston University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology of Culture from University of Brasilia. She has also a Doctor of Philosophy in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies from Brown University. She has taught English and Portuguese for several years. She has held such positions as Assistant professor at Federal University of Moto Grosso, Adjunct Professor in Unialfa University Center. With many research and academic papers and talks she brings a gamut of experiences of language and teaching to the students at Merrimack Language School.

Merrimack Language School offers English and foreign language programs in a classroom setting where you can benefit from focused, real-time interaction with a teacher and students. A hybrid remote option for select classes is also available. Study as private (one-to-one ) or semi-private (1 to 2 students) or in a group (usually 3 to 5 students) in our school or offsite (businesses and corporations only). Start as a beginner, intermediate or an advanced student. Programs are offered throughout the year in six 8-week sessions. Private lessons can start at any time. (Learn more about foreign language programs.) Classes are held in downtown Lowell in the evenings -- one evening a week. With a communicative, integrated approach, teaching at all levels is progressive, structured with measurable results.


  •  Session 4 - July-August– begins week of July 8, ends week of August 26
  •   Registration deadline:  June 20
  • Other sessions

[In-person classes with a hybrid option to join remotely when attendance in person is not possible.]

Level 1 - Thursdays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Level 2 - Mondays, 6 pm to 8 pm
[Other levels TBD]


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