Rita Schmith

Rita S.

Vienna, VA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Hi, there! My name is Rita S., I am a native speaker of Portuguese originally from Brazil. I have more than 15 years of experience teaching Portuguese language and culture to professional adults on some of the leading international institutions in the D.C. area, from beginner through advanced proficiency levels.

I am happy to tailor my lessons to meet my students' needs and style. I have a lot of experience as online instructor, using Skype, Webex, and FaceTime to deliver lessons to remote students who are unable to attend classes in person.

I am a great advocate of good pronunciation, no matter what is your native language. And if you are a Spanish speaker, I can help you to overcome the specific challenges that Spanish speakers face when learning Portuguese.

Culture provides the environment in which languages develop, so culture is an essential part of my lessons, including Brazilian music and history.

Let’s talk and see how I can help you to learn Portuguese in a fun, professional and efficient way.

About Rita S.

Hi, there! My name is Rita S., I am a native speaker of Portuguese originally from Brazil. I have more than 15 years of experience teaching Portuguese language and culture to professional adults on some of the leading international institutions in the D.C. area, from beginner through advanced proficiency levels.

I am happy to tailor my lessons to meet my student's needs and style. I have a lot of experience as an online instructor, using Skype, Webex, and FaceTime to deliver lessons to remote students who are unable to attend classes in person.

I am a great advocate of good pronunciation, no matter what is your native language. And if you are a Spanish speaker, I can help you to overcome the specific challenges that Spanish speakers face when learning Portuguese.

Culture provides the environment in which languages develop, so culture is an essential part of my lessons, including Brazilian music and history.

Let’s talk and see how I can help you to learn Portuguese in a fun, professional and efficient way.

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Experience

Portuguese Language and Cultural Instructor
Dec 2019 - Feb 2021

Foreigner Service Institute - State Department

• Provided individual and group Portuguese language training (speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing) and Brazilian cultural awareness to prepare foreign service officers and their spouses (classroom and online) on an intensive setting. • Used interpersonal communication skills successfully to provide direction, guidance, instruction and facilitate discussions among students. • Conducted progress evaluations and administered weekly quizzes and assessments to evaluate student progress and provided feedback. • Incorporated the use of instructional technology into language courses such as smartboard, SuitLearning, Padlet, Google Docs, Slido, Kahoot, Vocaroo, increasing student’s motivation and performance. • Developed and prepared course instructional materials that enhanced student’s pronunciation and fluency by 60%. • Worked cooperatively with teams on different department projects such as extra-curricular events and Project-based learning activities to increase language acquisition effectiveness. • Assisted with reviewing and editing in instructional materials.

Portuguese Language Instructor
Sep 2008 - Jul 2018

Inter-American Development Bank – LCSP - Washington, DC

• Taught individual and group Portuguese classes and Brazilian cultural awareness to working adults from beginner to advanced levels in groups and private sessions from Latin America, the Caribbean, United States, Canada, Europe and/or Asia. • Restructured existing curricula and course material according to the common European framework requirements for language programs. • Redesigned and executed course curricula tailored to the institution work, revolving around topics in Brazilian culture, attitudes, and values. • Design instructionally sound lessons in a variety of delivery methods catering to participants’ individual learning styles. • Developed language placement and assessment tests for all levels. • Assessed and placed participants into proficiency language levels. • Evaluated students’ achievements, gave face to face feedback and wrote progress report. • Trained new teacher to ensure adherence with curriculum, test evaluations, institution goals and practices; observed classes and provided feedback.

Portuguese Instructor
Jun 2016 - Apr 2018

Pan American Health Organization

• Developed and prepared curricula and up to date program-based syllabus. • Assessed and placed participants into appropriate language levels. • Taught individual and group Portuguese classes and Brazilian cultural awareness to working adults from beginner to advanced levels in groups and private sessions. • Developed and prepare language assessment tests. • Evaluated students’ achievements and wrote progress report.

Portuguese Instructor
Oct 2007 - Dec 2017

World Bank Group – Washington, D.C.

• Taught individual and group Portuguese classes and Brazilian cultural awareness to working adults from beginner to advanced levels in group and private classes. • Developed and executed course curricula tailored to the institution work, revolved around topics in Brazilian culture, attitudes, and values. • Worked closely with high ranking students in analyzing and writing documents in Portuguese. • Evaluated students’ achievements and wrote progress report.

Portuguese Teacher
Jan 2005 - Jun 2009

Fairfax County PS - Adult Continuing Education – Falls Church, VA

• Taught Portuguese and Brazilian cultural awareness to groups of varying levels. • Developed syllabus to address a variety of student’s interest. • Designed lessons with a variety of support materials such as music, movies and internet to explore cultural topics.

Education

M.A. Social History - Concentration: History of Power and Political Institutions
Jan 1997 - Jul 1999

Federal University Fluminense – Brazil

B.A. History (Licensed in History teaching)
Jan 1992 - Jun 1996

Federal University of Juiz de Fora – Brazil

Languages

English

Professional Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

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