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Português para iniciantes

Teacher: Fernando Machado Silva (Lisbon)

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1 student: EUR €15.00
2 students: EUR €10.00
3+ students: EUR €7.00
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Português para iniciantes

(Portuguese for beginners)

Course description:

Este é um curso indicado para iniciantes na língua portuguesa, maioritariamente estudantes de Erasmus ou emigrantes. Desenvolvimento das capacidades orais e escritas.

This is a course regarding beginners in the portuguese language, mostly erasmus students and immigrants. Focus on the development of oral and writing skills.

Teaching approach:

As I mentioned on my presentation, my teaching approach is ground to earth in a very respectful and responsible fashion. Keen to details, the only possible way for someone to fall in love with a language.

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1 student:EUR €15.00*
2 students:EUR €10.00 per student*
3+ students:EUR €7.00 per student*

* Plus EUR €3.00 administration fee per class (per student)
* Single-class purchase fee: EUR €3.00 (per student)

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Online: 60, 90, 120 minutes

In person: 60, 90, 120, 180 minutes

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Fernando Machado Silva

City / Country of origin: Lisbon, Portugal

Mother language: Portuguese

Spoken languages: English, French, Spanish


Hi, I'm Fernando Machado Silva, born in Lisbon, and for me teaching is a part of human development, an encounter of two minds. It is not just providing some knowledge, but instigating a dialogue, as long as both, teacher and student, are willing to exchange thoughts concerning the matter at hand. Hence, it is the intensification of responsability (acting as an answeraribility) and respect. My personal interests concern literature (poetry and prose from all centuries), philosophy, performative arts (such as theater, dance, performance, etc.), cinema and most of the music genders. Other interest is translation, as a hobby but also professionally. And writing, for my blog, newspapers, specialized magazines and for my own carreer as writer and poet.

Olá, chamo-me Fernando Machado Silva, nasci em Lisboa e, para mim, ensinar trata-se de um acto de desenvolvimento humano, um encontro de duas mentes. Não é só um caso de providenciar um conhecimento, mas fomentar um diálogo, desde que ambos, professor e estudante, estejam abertos para a troca de pensamentos em torno de certas questões. Assim, é a intensificação da responsabilidade (enquanto dar resposta a alguma coisa) e do respeito. Os meus interesses pessoais são a literatura (poesia e prosa de todos os séculos), filosofia, artes performativas (teatro, dança, performance, etc,), cinema e a maior parte dos géneros musicais. Outro interesses é a tradução, como hobby mas também profissionalmente. E a escrita, para o meu blog, em jornais, revistas especializadas e para a minha carreira enquanto escritor e poeta.


Licenciatura em Estudos Teatrais (Theater Studies, Études Théatrales - Diploma, Diplome pre-Bologne), Universidade de Évora (Évora University, University d'Évora) 2004.

Mestrado em Literaturas e Poéticas Comparadas (Master in Literature and Compared Poetics, Maîtrise en Litérature et Poetiques Comparées), Universidade de Évora 2007.

Doutoramento em Filosofia Contemporânea (PhD in Contemporary Philosophy, Doctorat en Philosophie Contemporaine), Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa (Humanities Faculty of Lisbon University, Faculté des Letres de la Université de Lisbonne) 2009 em curso (on going, en courant).


I have mainly taught actor training (Évora) and culture theory (Lisbon), to various people and different ages, but due to my continuous research as a PhD student and researcher in philosophy, as well as keeping a practice as a translator and writer, and a passion for languages I want to develop my teaching experience in this field.

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Proficiency level

Your Portuguese proficiency level will be evaluated by the teacher according to this framework:

A1 - Beginner:

  • Understands familiar Portuguese expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of concrete needs.
  • Can introduce him/herself and answer questions about personal details such as the place of residence and belongings.
  • Can hold a simple conversation in Portuguese if the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 - Elementary:

  • Understands frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance like personal and family information.
  • Can communicate in routine situations requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and immediate needs.

B1 - Intermediate:

  • Understands the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in everyday situations.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where Portuguese is spoken.
  • Can produce simple, connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 - Independent:

  • Understands the main ideas of complex Portuguese text on both concrete and abstract topics.
  • Interaction with native Portuguese speakers can happen with fluency and spontaineity and without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear text on a wide variety of subjects and expose a point of view given the various options.

C1 - Advanced:

  • Understands a wide range of demanding, longer Portuguese texts, and recognizes implicit meaning.
  • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use Portuguese flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce detailed, well-structured text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns and connectors.

C2 - Proficient:

  • Easily understands virtually everything heard or read in Portuguese.
  • Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources and reconstruct arguments in a coherent presentation.
  • Expresses him/herself spontaneously, fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in complex situations.

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