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Our lessons are personalised, focusing on what the student needs and prefers.
We will have an initial conversation to establish your level, reason for learning and learning style.
Then we will design a flexible and interesting learning plan together.
Each session is a mix of listening, speaking, reading and writing activities, on topics you find most interesting.
Some students will ask to prepare them for tests, so we can use Cambridge and Celpe material for that.
We also have weekly group conversation sessions in Oxford.
Teaching since 1997, I love what I do and have great rapport with my students.
I have taught from children to more mature students, always with effective results and with some of them becoming great friends.
My main background is in Science and Environment, and I have a particular interest in Bilingualism.
Also available for interpreting/ translations.
Business Portuguese or Portuguese for groups may be charged at a different rate. Please give us a call to discuss your requirements.
Graduate in Biological Sciences
Postgraduate in Environmental Management
Advanced Diploma in Environmental Conservation by Oxford University
Most recent professional development:
Theory of bilingual brain - University of Houston (ongoing)
Theories of Second Language Acquisition - University of Texas
Pluralities of Brazilian Portuguese - University of Campinas
Lusofonia Oxford — Co-founder and director
2008 - ongoing
Currently teaching Brazilian Portuguese at the Ministry of Defence
Currently teaching Portuguese at Oxford University Press
Running the Portuguese after school club at Europa School - Culham
Co-founder of Lusofonia Oxford for Portuguese and Brazilian cultural events
Private tutor for adults in Oxford
Tutor for Oxfordshire County Council - Adult learning sector
Interpreting 2 years experience for private clients and agencies in a variety of assignments including, but not limited to, housing, medical appointments, interviews and police.
Simultaneous interpreting 1 year experience.
Translating for 7 years.
Translations for films in Environmental issues for ITOPF
Translations of academic articles and material for exams - various organisations
Examiner for A-levels in portuguese
Secretary of Education, Brazil — Head of Biology
1997 - 2007
Planning and delivery of Sciences and Biological Sciences for Primary and Secondary Schools.
Curriculum design and organisation.
POLITEUO - NGO, Brazil — Environmental outdoors activities guide and facilitator
2001 - 2003
Planning and delivery of outdoors activities for children and adults alike on Ecological Reserves
Delivering classes for prospective entrepreneurs, considering and instigating discussions about environmental aspects of their business and guiding them towards consultancy.
Adriana is a great teacher, always engaging and bringing something new and interesting to the class for us. She is organised and communicates well, and she has also been a fun teacher, which has helped me to learn!
Drika is a great teacher in my opinion; she makes learning fun! Drika sees positivity in everything, she is encouraging and makes you feel she believes in you. I have had lessons with Drika for about 2 years and my Portuguese has improved a lot. Drika is interested in knowing how her students learn best, so if they are more visual learners, for example, she would tailor her tuitions according to that and other needs, level...she is great at that.
An interesting thing about Drika is that she would not be afraid to take her students to learn while walking in a park, or in a café, at home, in a library, or somewhere new, she picks an adequate location that makes you remember certain topics.
So to summarise, I recommend Drika as a reliable, friendly, fun, interesting teacher and most of all she cares about her students' progress, her lessons are motivating and never intimidating.
I had Brazilian Portuguese lessons with Adriana for just over a year. She always tailored the lesson to my needs (conversation, grammar, vocab). She is a fun and patient tutor! I strongly recommended her.
Drika takes care to cover the fundamentals and she also gives interesting exercises using media from various sources so that you are able to use Portuguese beyond the textbook context. She is an engaging and fun teacher!
I can't recommend her highly enough! I've been learning with Drika for about 8 months now. I had high ambitions with the pace I wanted to learn and Drika has been supportive every step of the way. She makes her lessons fun and engaging, with the skill of putting you at you're ease whilst being encouraging but thoroughly honest about your progress. However much of an apetite you have for learning she will support you, as her enthusiasm is genuine.
I was a student of Adriana’s for over a year throughout which she was a great teacher.
She was always highly professional, appropriately demanding, energetic and also great fun!
As such I have no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending Adriana to anyone who needs to learn Brazilian Portuguese - she was really excellent for me!
I wanted to learn a new language so I searched for a local teacher online.
I have not been doing it for long but I feel her teaching is on a professional level, her structure of teaching is fun, and I feel there is always progress made.
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