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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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· Portuguese · Online Excellent first lesson! Very excited about learning this language and looking forward to talking with Marcia again!!
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· 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!
· Portuguese · Online She was excellent and I had an excellent class and I loved it
· 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!
· 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.
· 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!!
· Portuguese · Online Excelente!
· Portuguese · Online Wonderful Instructor!!! :) Muito obrigado Marcia!!!
· 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!