Could I start to learn a new language in another country
I don't speak a word of that language now?
Our program is effective
because we offer abundant opportunities for you to practice
what you've learned in real situations: whether you’re
socializing, dancing, doing yoga, etc, you are always
talking to people and improving your Portuguese. However,
we offer no miracles. For those who know nothing and
are anxious to learn as quickly as possible, we suggest
buying a basic grammar book prior to arrival and getting
a head start. For everyone else, the experience offers
plenty of practice and the chance to become accustomed
to being spoken to in Portuguese.
Do we speak in Portuguese 100% of the time?
We speak in Portuguese the majority of time. Keeping
in mind many of you don't yet have conversational ability,
we make sure that everyone follows all that's being
done or said, while picking up new vocabulary, phrases
and grammar every step of the way. From complete novices
to those already fluent, everyone should be prepared
to challenge themselves within our fun and supportive
environment. You set the limits.
How long will it take me to learn Portuguese?
This is different for every person. It depends, of course,
on your previous knowledge and language learning experience.
For instance, if you have studied one or two other languages
in addition to your native language, learning another
one will be easier. As a guideline we say that somebody
with no knowledge at all needs approximately 4-6 months
How will you know my language level?
The first day in school all students take a diagnostic
placement test, which will test your reading and listening
comprehension as well as grammar and vocabulary. During
the course students’ progress is closely monitored
by the teacher.
Can a student at a very advanced level of the language
take a Step1 course?
Of course! If you are at an advanced level your course
will focus on fine tuning your language abilities to
gain the subtleties and nuances of your study language.
What qualifications do my teachers have?
All teachers are native speakers, have college degrees,
and have experience teaching their language to foreigners.
In addition to their professional credentials, they
are selected for their ability to keep students entertained
and interested during their classes.
I want to learn Portuguese but do not have much time
to spend in Brazil. Which course is best for me?
For motivated students with limited time, we recommend
our intensive course. This one-on-one all day program
will propel you to a higher language proficiency level
much more quickly than any other course, and gives you
the specialized attention you require to focus on your
personal learning needs.
Who studies at Step1?
People like you! Our students are interested in seeing
the world, learning a language and experiencing new
cultures. Possible barriers such as age, race, native
language and different backgrounds are all transcended
by the camaraderie between our students sharing this
wonderful new experience with each other! The majority
of our students come from North America and Europe.
What types of optional activities are available?
There are all sorts of optional activities available
(from sports to special tours) both during the week
as well as on the weekend. All optional activities (such
as visits to Campeche Island, surfing, yoga, etc.) can
be arranged once you're here.
Will my host family live near my school?
We try to find families that live close to our schools.
Usually our students do not have to walk more than 15-25
minutes to get to school.
What if I want to come to Florianópolis
before the course begins?
For participants planning on arriving in Florianópolis
before the course starts we can book up to 2 extra days at your
accommodation of choice. For instance, extra days at
home stays (students' preferred accommodation) cost
USD30 each. Please let us know the dates and number
of nights necessary in order to make a booking. This bookings will be made if there's availability in our home stays.
If I have my own accommodation, can I just pay for classes?
Absolutely, you can arrange your own accommodation and
pay for classes only.
How early should I register?
To guarantee a spot in our school, you should enroll
at least four weeks in advance. For registrations less
than four weeks before the start date, we cannot guarantee
a place in a group class or in a home stay.
How should I pay for my courses?
We require an initial deposit of USD100 to secure
your enrollment. This deposit is deducted from your course price once you complete your payment. Payment can be completed before your travel to Florianopolis, through Paypal. Or on your first day of classes. However, it should be done
on this first day, right after the commencement of your
course. Click here
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When can I start my classes?
New private students may start any Monday of the year. For group instruction, we usually offer two starting dates per month.
What should I bring?
Please pack the same clothes and items you would normally
bring on a vacation, keeping in mind seasonal temperature
differences (December-March: 25-35 degrees Celsius;
April- June: 20-30 Celsius; July-August: 10-25 Celsius;
September-November: 20-30 Celsius). In addition, we
strongly recommend a Portuguese dictionary. Any other
study materials (grammar books, vocabulary lists) are
also very helpful for independent study.
Where can I find discount airfares?
We recommend using www.affordabletravel.org
Will I need a visa, or will a passport be sufficient?
Students of most nationalities will need a visa to come
to Brazil. Visas are issued for 90 days and can be renewed
for another 90 days. After that, the student would need
to leave the country in order to obtain another visa.
You should contact the Brazilian embassy in your country
in order to get a visa.
Can I speak with someone personally about your schools?
Yes! Please feel free to contact us at XX 55
48 3233 6605, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
, or adding us on Skype under the name or our coordinator "Miguel Kieling"
with any other questions you may have about Step1 courses!