Marcia Reis

Marcia R.

Albuquerque, NM
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Marcia delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+

Teaching since:
March 1990

Hi,there! My name is Marcia and I am really excited to meet you. I've been teaching ESL since 1990, Brazilian Portuguese since 2001 and TOEIC preparation since 2006. I have loved helping my students master English as a Second Language grammar, vocabulary, and conversation. It is thrilling to see my students accomplish their goals when they are able to converse, read, and write in their target language,and when they improve their comprehension and pronunciation skills. My academic background is one hundred percent language oriented. I am a translator for Brazilian Portuguese but have worked as a teacher since I graduated because teaching is my passion and learning is my passion.

I am a very enthusiastic teacher and I have been voted the best teacher of the year virtually every year. I use a communicative approach and my goal is to keep the teacher-student talk time respectively at a 30% and 70% ratio.

I can't wait for the opportunity to help you reach your linguistic goal.

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Experience

Instructor of ESL, TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication)
Oct 2001 - Jun 2016
Language Systems International, Los Angeles, CA

At L.S.I I worked as a full-time ESL teacher (grammar, reading and conversation). I taught all levels, from beginner to advanced. I also gave test preparation classes for the TOEIC test. My students were from many different backgrounds and cultures.
I also worked as a Portuguese teacher for Pasadena Language Center from 2012 to June 2016. There I worked primarily with business people who traveled to Brazil on a regular basis. At Pasadena Language Center, I also designed courses to meet the students needs.

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Education

Translator and Interpreter (English-Portuguese/ Portuguese-English)
Feb 1990 - Dec 1994
Faculdade Ibero Americana / Objetivo

Languages

Portuguese (Brazilian), English,
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Translator and Interpreter (English-Portuguese/ Portuguese-English)
Feb 1990
Colégio Objetivo, São Paulo, Brazil

Awards

Best teacher, Teacher of the year
Jun 2016
Berlitz (São Paulo, 1994), Berlitz (Los Angeles, 1996), Language Systems International (Outstanding teacher)

Affiliations

American Translators Association
Jan 1996

ATA is a professional association founded to advance the translation and interpreting professions and foster the professional development of individual translators and interpreters. Its 11,000 members in more than 90 countries include translators, interpreters, teachers, project managers, web and software developers, language company owners, hospitals, universities, and government agencies.

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55 Reviews

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Shannon Jul 11, 2018
Portuguese · Online

Wonderful lesson! Obrigada Marcia!

Mike McCollum Jul 9, 2018
Portuguese · Online

Marcia is amazing.

Nicholas Jul 9, 2018
Portuguese · Online

Marcia é ótimo!

Nicholas Jul 9, 2018
Portuguese · Online

Rodolfo T. Jul 2, 2018
Portuguese · Online

Umashree Jun 26, 2018
Portuguese · Online

Marcia was super easy to talk to and patient. I'm excited to be learning the language from her.

Hillary K. Jun 17, 2018
Portuguese · In studio

great teacher! native brazilian which is so great! :)

Joleen L. Jun 4, 2018
Portuguese · Online

Great!

Joleen L. Jun 2, 2018
Portuguese · Online

I really enjoy our conversation.

Randy May 29, 2018
Portuguese · Online

Marcia is a great teacher, obviously very experienced.

Nick May 25, 2018
Portuguese · Online

Marcia is the real deal! She is a great teacher, and comes overly prepared. Completely different than trying to learn Portuguese with my Brazilian friends. I needed an actual language expert teacher, and I’m glad I found Marcia. Also extremely kind and patient.

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Kristin F. May 24, 2018
Portuguese · Online

If you are looking for an AMAZING, fun, smart, intuitive, genuine, kind, experienced teacher... Marcia is the one for you! She is so much more to me than a weekly lesson... she's also my friend. :)

Joleen L. May 19, 2018
Portuguese · Online

Marcia is very personable and knowledegable, and in my first lesson, I really felt like she would cater the class to my needs, which was my main concern. I really feel I will improve greatly working with her.

Sherar May 14, 2018
Portuguese · Online

excellent instructor

Thomas W. May 10, 2018
Portuguese · In studio

Wonderful!!

Sherar May 3, 2018
Portuguese · Online

Excellent instructor!

Troy Apr 11, 2018
Portuguese · Online

Have been studying with Marcia for a couple of months now. She is amazing and truly look forward to my lessons with her!

joyce Apr 9, 2018
Portuguese · Online

Whitney Apr 2, 2018
Portuguese · Online

Marcia is great! Very patient, knowledgeable and gives great feedback to keep you engaged and wanting to learn more! Thank you Marcia!

Janai H. Mar 9, 2018
Portuguese · Online

Marcia was really patient and helped me with my pronunciation. She was also really encouraging. I enjoyed my first class.

Tara Feb 26, 2018
Portuguese · Online

After a ~6 months of Portuguese classes in university, I took a year of lessons with Márcia. I was preparing for a post-graduate study abroad program, so was looking to maintain and improve my Portuguese relatively intensively. Working with Márcia was an absolute delight - she was always punctual, willing to work with my schedule, and adopted the textbooks I was used to. Depending on my schedule, she was happy to assign me homework or come to class prepared with activities if I didn't have time outside of class to study that week. Our lessons were mostly conversations, with Marcia actively pointing out new vocabulary words, grammar usage points, or tidbits of Brazilian culture throughout. Unlike my university classes, Marcia taught me Portuguese for professional AND casual situations. She even invested time in my learning outside of my lesson by reviewing and providing thorough feedback on my assignments before we even got to the lesson.

I would highly recommend taking lessons with Márcia no matter your level - she's patient, funny, energetic, and professional, not to mention a great teacher. Muito muito obrigada, Márcia. Foi um prazer! :)

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Erin J. Feb 19, 2018
Portuguese · Online

First lesson was great! Exactly the instruction I was looking for!!!

Kim J. Feb 19, 2018
Portuguese · Online

Thomas Jan 26, 2018
Portuguese · Online

Marcia is a perfect teacher. She makes you feel comfortable from the beginning, takes time to explain you and can always adapt to every way of learning you may prefer. Her lessons are dynamic and really interesting! No hesitation, she is the one to recommend for any Portuguese lesson you want to take.

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James B. Dec 7, 2017
Portuguese · Online

First class and Marcia beats any program I've ever used. I know working with her is going to be a great experience.

Sara M. Nov 22, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Steven Oct 28, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Amazing instructor. Very patient in answering all my questions while staying on point with the lesson. Definitely worth it!

Bob S. Oct 16, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Marcia is both enthusiastic and engaging. I am greatly looking forward to working with her for many months to come to improve my Portuguese.

Bob S. Oct 16, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Excellent teacher!!

Adriana Oct 15, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Marcia is wonderful! Very friendly and thoughtful. I am loving my classes.

Sarah Oct 3, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Marcia is so sweet and very talented in regarding of explaining her points.

Michelle Oct 1, 2017
Portuguese · Online

I just had my first lesson with Marcia and I loved it. She was very encouraging, positive, and clearly cares about her students. She also listened to my specific interest in learning portuguese so that she could create a unique lesson just for me that will allow me to reach my personal goals. I look forward to our next lesson!

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Adriana Sep 29, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Fabiane Sep 14, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Sara Aug 21, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Great 1st class. I look forward to more.

Isabel V. Aug 12, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Kristin F. Jul 27, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Always AMAZING! I am learning so much every class. She is the best teacher ever... and now my friend as well. xo xo xo :)

Everett Jul 19, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Dinardo Rodríguez Jul 14, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Márcia is a clear expert when it comes to Portuguese culture and language. I have been a student of Marcia for a few months and I honestly look forward to our classes every time. She is very funny, comfortable, and familiar. Her classes are a mixture of academics and fun! She is very flexible and a lovely person to speak with-- I highly recommend.

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Rachael Z. Jul 11, 2017
Portuguese · Online

I thoroughly enjoyed my first lesson with Márcia! Her warm and encouraging personality sets one at ease, an important quality in a teacher. Márcia clearly has solid conversational and grammatical knowledge of Portuguese, and she, even more importantly, possesses the skills required to assess students' strengths/weaknesses and tailor lessons to her students' needs.

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Mark Jul 6, 2017
Portuguese · Online

I had a wonderful first class. Marcia, my instructor, was very pleasant and a great teacher. I look forward to out next class and feel she will really make the process of learning a new language much easier. Thank you so much!!

Derek Jun 21, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Ismar Jun 19, 2017
Portuguese · Online

She is top of the line. Friendly, unassuming, approachable.

Ismar Estrella May 29, 2017
Portuguese · Online

She is a natural, she is very perceptive and adapts to student's needs automatically.

Jessica Fields May 1, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Excellent first lesson! Very excited about learning this language and looking forward to talking with Marcia again!!

Jessica Fields May 1, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Arianna Apr 28, 2017
Portuguese · Online

What a fabulous teacher! I could not have been more pleased, and I hope she does not quit teaching online lessons anytime soon!

Melissa A. Apr 20, 2017
Portuguese · Online

She was excellent and I had an excellent class and I loved it

Cloe M. Feb 24, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Cloe could not be happier with Marcia's teaching style and warmth. She is fantastic and focused - teaching exactly what Cloe needs at her pace. Thanks for your influence on Cloe's life and learning!

Kristin F. Jan 23, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Wow. Marcia is an amazing teacher. Energetic, endearing, genuine & articulate to name only a few. I'm so excited to be her student.

Kathryn L. Jan 22, 2017
Portuguese · Online

Marcia, is very patient and kind. She presents the information in a way that it is to follow and understand! I really like her!!

Todd Dec 5, 2016
Portuguese · Online

Excelente!

Dinardo Rodríguez Oct 29, 2016
Portuguese · Online

Wonderful Instructor!!! :) Muito obrigado Marcia!!!

Rosie Oct 5, 2016
Portuguese · In studio

Marcia is a great choice if you are serious about learning Portuguese and having fun in the process. She tailors to her student needs, creates fun activities, and gives you plenty of speaking practice. I have studied other languages in the past without actually feeling I was learning the language. Studying with Marcia allowed me to quickly progress and learn. Today, I still do practice lessons, watch videos in Brazilian Portuguese, and try to listen to the radio in Portuguese as much as possible because my lessons with Marcia keep me motivated to keep learning. She is a great instructor!

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Frank Sep 29, 2016
Portuguese · In studio

I cannot say enough about Prof. Marcia. I studied with her for two year and what
struck me as perfect was her ability to structure the class exactly to your needs and do this for each student. The classes were a perfect mix of different media and a blend of both grammar and practice. It was a big loss for the school and for me when Prof. Marcia left Los Angeles. Anyone looking to learn portuguese on any level needs to look no further.

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