Melissa Machit

Melissa M.

Roswell, GA
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Portuguese Lessons

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have taught Portuguese and Portuguese for Spanish speakers at the college level. I make my classes fun, which is easy to do since Portuguese is an exciting language to learn!

About Melissa M.

I have been teaching Spanish, Portuguese and English at both the high school and college levels since 2007. I have a PhD in Spanish and Portuguese (Romance Languages) from Harvard University, and I have taught everything from Spanish 1 through advanced literature courses, to Portuguese for Spanish Speakers.

I enjoy working with students one on one and helping them feel empowered to use the language right away. I put a lot of time and joy into planning classes for each student, based on their goals and interests. I keep my classes really light and fun, but I will also make sure that you are learning!

I have experience working with students with learning differences, and have worked with children and adults.

If you want to work with a real teacher who can design a class just for you, I am the teacher you are looking for!

Whatever your goals are with your language of interest, I can help you get there. Get in touch any time to tell me about your goals. Hasta pronto!

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  • Speaks Spanish, Portuguese
  • Teaching since 2007
  • Teaches students 9 and up

Reviews (10)

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Chris Aug 22, 2019
ESL · In studio

Melissa is a miracle worker! My mother-in-law moved to the United States 40 years ago unable to speak english and while she has done a good job at learning on her own, she had significant gaps in her ability to effectively communicate. For her 68th birthday, I bought her lessons with Melissa. My mother-in-law told me I was wasting my money because she couldn't learn anything new. Well, needless to say, she can learn and with Melissa's excellent tutelage has dramatically increased her ability to speak and comprehend english. This has enabled a new level of confidence and freedom that she did not previously have and is a game changer for her. I attribute her improvement directly to Melissa's ability to understand her student's needs and personalities and craft and deliver a quality, tailored curriculum. After our first round of classes, my mother-in-law is excited to continue the lessons and has a renewed curiosity and interest in learning. Great job and thank you Melissa!!!

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Kari Bardowell Jun 24, 2019
Portuguese · Online

Melissa has a lovely calming personality. She made us feel completely at ease while learning a foreign language. She was prepared and tailored the lesson for our specific goals and level.

She displayed an expert knowledge of the language, but was still able to teach beginners. Plus we could tell she really loved Portuguese.

The online format was great. Cant wait for the next lesson.

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Darci Jan 15, 2018
Spanish · In home

Melissa is the best! Extremely knowledgeable and patient with her students. I highly recommend her.

Daniel Deadwyler Jan 1, 2018
Spanish · In studio

Melissa is the most wonderful teacher in the world. Very patient with me and taylors my lessons to what I need at that time. I honestly couldn't ask for a better teacher!!! She has a wonderful grasp of Spanish and you cannot tell it's not her first language. Thanks you Melissa for the wonderful experience!!!!

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Meredith Dec 21, 2017
Portuguese · In home

Melissa has an in-depth knowledge of Portuguese and is able to effectively explain complicated grammatical concepts, helping me to finally grasp some of the trickier verb tenses. Her passion for the language and teaching makes working with her a pleasure.

Mark Dec 21, 2017
Spanish · In home

Melissa has helped my middle schooler tremendously. He is much more conversational with his Spanish and grades have improved dramatically.

Dabni Dec 21, 2017
Spanish · In studio

Melissa is amazing! She is a patient and talented teacher who has helped me so much. Very highly recommend.

Emily Dec 1, 2017
Spanish · In home

My 8 year old daughter loves working with Dr. Machit. She often sings her songs through out the week.
I appreciate Dr. Machit’s promptness and flexibility.
I would recommend her.

Michelle Dec 1, 2017
Spanish · In home

Melissa is an amazing tutor. She has helped my child so much in just a few weeks. She works with our schedule and is completely committed to helping my daughter succeed. She keeps up with her progress throughout the week, and we are so thankful we found her.

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Kate Belle Nov 30, 2017
Spanish · In home

Mellisa is great. She is really specific on what you need to work on. She is also really flexible on when you can meet.


High School Spanish Instructor
Aug 2013 - May 2017

High School

Instructed Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, 3 Honors, and AP Literature. Certified in AP Spanish Language teaching.

College Spanish Instructor
Aug 2008 - May 2012

Harvard University

Portuguese Instructor
Aug 2009 - May 2011

Harvard University

Instructed Portuguese 1 and 2, and accelerated Portuguese for Spanish Speakers.


Doctorate - Romance Languages and Literatures, Spanish and Portuguese
Aug 2008 - May 2013

Harvard University

Masters - Romance Languages and Literatures, Spanish and Portuguese
Aug 2006 - May 2008

Harvard University

Bachelor of Arts: Comparative Literature, Spanish, Portuguese, English
Aug 2000 - Jul 2005

UC Berkeley



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


AP Spanish Language and Culture
Jul 2014

Monterey Institute


Award of Excellence and Distinction in Teaching
May 2011

Harvard Derek Bok Center for Teaching


American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese
Jun 2014
The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese promotes the study and teaching of the Spanish and Portuguese languages and their corresponding Hispanic, Luso-Brazilian, and other related literatures and cultures at all levels of education.
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Sep 2013
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) is dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching and learning of all languages at all levels of instruction. ACTFL is an individual membership organization of more than 12,000 language educators, students, and administrators.
Modern Language Association, The
Feb 2009
Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. MLA members host an annual convention and other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustain one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities. For more than a century, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature.

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