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June 6, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - August 1, 2022 @ 8:00 pm

For students who completed the Intermediate 2 course, or have previous knowledge of composed verb forms (composed subjunctive, passive voice; and ready for more structured writing and discussions).

New Students: An application and Assessment form is required for this level (the assessment link is at the end of the Application form). Click here to apply:


(It takes about 15-20 minutes to complete the Assessment)

Continuing students from Intermediate 2: contact your instructor to get the registration link and skip the application form


Português Avançado 1 is an advanced intermediate class with a focus on deepening listening, speaking, writing, and developing better communication in Portuguese in a conversational style (without translating into one’s native language).

Avançado 1 will help you enlarge your vocabulary, put composed verbal structures to use, practice writing and deep listening skills in practical ways, and more elaborate conversations with Portuguese native speakers.

We will work with readings, films and recordings focusing on Brazilian and other Portuguese-based revolutionary thinkers and writers, such as Paulo Freire, Djamila Ribeiro, Florestan Fernandes, and others.

This course has an advanced approach for people who already speak Intermediate Portuguese

We will also look at some differences between Brazilian, African, South Asian and European/Continental Portuguese.

We will engage with the history of Brazilian people, its revolutionary struggles, and other means of resistance. You will continue to learn about historical and contemporary contexts of the working classes and social movements in Brazil, and other Portuguese-speaking countries.


  • Course runs on Mondays on Zoom every week (for 8 weeks) from June 6 – August 1 (no class on July 4)
  • 6pm – 8pm EST (with 1 extra hour of self-study recommended per week )
  • $160 – $320 sliding scale cost for students*
  • An option for in-person classes may be possible, if all students are in New York City, to be discussed in class.

Click here to apply and fill out an assessment form



 More information: 

Portuguese is a language with roots in Portugal and also the official language spoken today in 10 countries: Brazil, Mozambique, Angola, Portugal, Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Macau, Cape Verde, and São Tomé and Príncipe. Portuguese is arguably among the 9 or 10 most spoken languages in the world, but only 5 percent of its speakers live in its original home Portugal. It is estimated that 270 million people speak Portuguese today, amongst which nearly 254 million are native speakers. It is the second most spoken Romance language, after Spanish. Brazil’s 211 million people is the largest Portuguese-speaking population in the world.

As a colonial language, it suffered many transformations, particular to each locale. It is nowadays also a result of cultural resistance of the indigenous and enslaved people during colonialism. It is spoken in the U.S particularly in the Northeast, in California and in Florida, where native Portuguese speakers, who are immigrants from Africa, South Asia, Europe and Brazil have concentrated historically. In nearby regions, it is more widely spoken in areas of Newark, New Jersey; Astoria, Queens; in the coastal regions of Connecticut, and Massachusetts.



Since the 16th century Brazilians started to incorporate dialects, words and sounds into Portuguese, particularly from the Tupi and Guarani indigenous linguistic branches that make up the majority of the pre-Columbian indigenous languages of Brazil’s current territory. With enslaved workers brought from Africa, more heavily during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, many different languages and backgrounds were also influential.

Brazilian Portuguese continued to evolve as the common language amongst all living in Brazil, and the one permitted to be spoken by the colonizers. However, new words referring to foods, materials and relationships with no correlations in Europe, started to influence Continental Portuguese, even though the grammar and syntax structures remained the same.

Revolutionary literacy methods created for adults, by the influential educator Paulo Freire in the 1960s, author of the Pedagogy of the Oppressed, finally started to prioritize local people’s needs and generate wider political consciousness about the role of language in political emancipation to the elite oppressors. It is still used to combat illiteracy and poverty, and to help achieve freedom, much beyond Brazil’s borders.



  • Natalia de Campos
    Natalia de Campos, born in São Paulo, Brazil, is a performance and theater artist, producer, writer, educator, translator, and activist. Natalia has taught English and Portuguese to non-native speakers since she was 19 years-old in various settings. She moved to New York in 1998, founded the multidisciplinary arts collaborative Syncretic … Read More ›


June 6, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
August 1, 2022 @ 8:00 pm
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