The Brazilian Portuguese Program (BPP) at Casa Thomas Jefferson offers a unique, state-of-the-art, culturally enriching Portuguese language learning experience in Brazil. The program is designed to meet the needs of college students and professionals from the United States and other countries, as well as those of non-native Portuguese speakers living in Brasilia.
The BPP’s adopted approach to teaching the Portuguese language embraces the same principles that guide the CTJ way of teaching English. As its primary goal is the development of communicative competence, instruction places a high value on social interaction and integration of the curriculum with the world outside the classroom.
At CTJ, speaking, listening, reading, and writing are not categorized or taught as separate skills. The curriculum always emphasizes the interplay of those four areas, so that they can support each other, just as occurs in real-life language use. Classroom activities are designed to foster communicative processes such as interaction, information sharing, and negotiation of meaning, through a range of tasks and exercises that engage learners in communication from the very beginning.