Porto Alegre, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brasil
I was born in South Brazil and moved to England in February 2000 to learn English and ended up getting married. I used to live in Newport, Shropshire with my husband and our 2 children. In July 2014 I have moved to Brazil with my family. I speak Portuguese, English, Italian and Spanish and can teach them too. I have a Physical Education teaching degree from ESEF - UFRGS - a federal university in south Brazil.
I learned Spanish when I started traveling to Argentina to play Faustball when I was a teenager and I always liked talking to the Argentinians that used to come to visit south Brazil.
Before moving to England, I spent 3 years learning Italian up to Advanced level. I always wanted to learn Italian because one of my great-grandmothers was Italian. When I arrived in England I did not speak much English and wanted to talk Italian to everybody I came across. My first real opportunity to really speak Italian properly was when I spent two weeks traveling by car in Italy, which was great.
While teaching PE and working as a cover teacher in a secondary school in London, I was invited to help some Portuguese students to gain GCSEs and A Levels in Portuguese. After that, they discovered that I could also speak Spanish and Italian, so I was asked to help the South American and Italian students to gain GCSEs and A levels in both languages respectively. I did this for 5 years. It was great to be able to help the students to gain a good mark, especially for those who could not do well in other subjects.
With my knowledge of languages I was invited to run beginners' classes for languages and also to run and to be a facilitator for the "Cambridge Latin Course". It was intended that I use a DVD created by the Classics department at Cambridge University to facilitate the lessons, but as it was the first year the DVD was not completely ready, so I had to learn Latin too to be able to teach them. I ran the course for 4 years.
When I moved to Shropshire I started teaching Latin and Italian at Shrewsbury College and Portuguese at University College, Birmingham. I also started teaching lessons one to one at my house.
Now back in Brazil I am still teaching all the languages. If people are interested in learning, please contact me.