- 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.
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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Marcia was really patient and helped me with my pronunciation. She was also really encouraging. I enjoyed my first class.
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! :)
First lesson was great! Exactly the instruction I was looking for!!!
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.+ Read More
First class and Marcia beats any program I've ever used. I know working with her is going to be a great experience.
Amazing instructor. Very patient in answering all my questions while staying on point with the lesson. Definitely worth it!
Marcia is both enthusiastic and engaging. I am greatly looking forward to working with her for many months to come to improve my Portuguese.
Marcia is wonderful! Very friendly and thoughtful. I am loving my classes.
Marcia is so sweet and very talented in regarding of explaining her points.
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!+ Read More
Great 1st class. I look forward to more.
Always AMAZING! I am learning so much every class. She is the best teacher ever... and now my friend as well. xo xo xo :)
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.+ Read More
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.+ Read More
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!!
She is top of the line. Friendly, unassuming, approachable.
She is a natural, she is very perceptive and adapts to student's needs automatically.
Excellent first lesson! Very excited about learning this language and looking forward to talking with Marcia again!!
What a fabulous teacher! I could not have been more pleased, and I hope she does not quit teaching online lessons anytime soon!
She was excellent and I had an excellent class and I loved it
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!
Wow. Marcia is an amazing teacher. Energetic, endearing, genuine & articulate to name only a few. I'm so excited to be her student.
Marcia, is very patient and kind. She presents the information in a way that it is to follow and understand! I really like her!!
Wonderful Instructor!!! :) Muito obrigado Marcia!!!
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!+ Read More
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.