Hi! I'm Cátia and I was born and raised in Portugal! Actually I've never lived in any other country besides Portugal, not only because I started teaching the moment I graduated but also because I believe my country is one of the best countries in the world to live in (lucky me). I see myself as a lively and extrovert person capable of debating a variety of topics.
I graduated from Porto University as a Portuguese and English teacher. I've been teaching since 2006 and I've taught primary English (children), Business English (adults), Portuguese as a foreign language (adults) and all levels of Portuguese and English in Elementary and Secondary schools and language schools. I currently work in a private school in Portugal but my eagerness to evolve my career has pushed me to on-line teaching.
I strongly believe that foreign language lessons should be focused on students' speaking skills. Grammar and vocabulary items shouldn't be randomly presented to students but entangled in the right context. I use the role-playing strategy not only to engage students but also to create context to meaningful learning contents. If you want to learn English or Portuguese in order to visit a country, it's important you learn how to order food at a restaurant or ask for directions to a local place. So the "packs" of vocabulary and grammar you need to learn must be taught in a way the student will, after the lessons, be capable of engaging on real conversations as tourists.
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