About Us

OUR HISTORY

LinguaDireta, UK's largest school of Portuguese is based in London and has offices in London and Lisbon. LinguaDireta® is a registered trade mark of Portuguese language teaching, owned by Cognissima Global Training Limited.
We started off in 2007. Ten years on we became the biggest provider of Portuguese teaching in the UK and the only one that fully specialises in all the variants of the language, training hundreds of adult learners each year, either under our brand name or in partnership with Cognissima Corporate Training Limited, for individual services and corporate training.
At LinguaDireta, we pride ourselves on offering a dedicated and personalised service provided by highly qualified teachers, first-class course materials and up-to-date methods and techniques.
All our teachers are professional native speakers with a relevant academic degree, and specific training in "Portuguese as a second language".

We are proud of our strong portfolio of clients which includes major corporations and institutions operating in Portugal, Angola, Brazil, as well as individuals learning Brazilian or European Portuguese for personal reasons, and school and university students.
Our clients include the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, BNP Paribas, Hogan Lovells, Ernest & Young, and Exxon Mobil, among others. Individuals learning Portuguese for personal reasons constitute another important group of our clients.


WHY CHOOSE LinguaDireta®
  • Swift and Competent Solutions:
    Our exclusive focus on Portuguese allows us to be highly specialised and to fulfil any requirement promptly, however complex or specific. It also enables us to offer culturally informed teaching, cross-variant resources optimisation and high overall quality control for competent solutions
  • Personalised Service:
    Your particular needs will be discussed with one of our expert linguists in person or over the phone or in person. The Director of Studies closely monitors progress, liaising whenever necessary with the student and teacher.
  • Complete Satisfaction or Your Money Back:
    Prior to allocating a teacher, we will send you a proposal containing the teacher's profile for your approval. You may change your mind after the first lesson, however, in which case you can suspend the course, ask for a different teacher or simply have your money back.(*)
  • Quality Services at Fair Prices:
    Our strategy of resource optimisation allows us to provide high quality services at normal market prices.
    • (*) Applies to one-to-one services only.


LOCATION

The group courses are held at our school in 46 Bloomsbury Sq, London WC1A 2RA, a 2 min walk from the Holborn tube station. One-to-one lessons take normally place at the client's company or home. We also deliver online courses via Skype or our dedicated online teaching platform, as well as full immersion courses in Lisbon, Porto, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
We have offices in Lisbon and Lodon. Our offices in London are located in 88 Wood St. EC2V 7RS (near the St Paul's Cathedral) and in 1-2 Hatfields, London SE1 9PG (Southbank).



WHAT SETS US APART

We only teach Portuguese. LinguaDireta® offers a team of high-calibre professional teachers, comprising Portuguese and Brazilian native speakers with outstanding CVs and extensive experience.
Our classes are selectively designed for those wishing to learn in individual lessons or group courses, in London and Lisbon, at our centres, offices and homes, and worldwide through partners in Brazil or online training.
Focusing exclusively on the Portuguese language makes the learning experience unparalleled; paying maximum attention to detail, optimising methodologies and resources across the different variants of the Portuguese language and deepening the cultural dimension involved in using them. It also enables us to provide specialised services like Portuguese for Spanish Speakers.
In the highly competitive market of language teaching, nothing but excellence will keep us in business. We are a solidly results-driven, dynamic and modern organisation, where teachers go through a rigorous selection process, new technologies are fully applied to education, methodologies are cutting-edge and considerable investment is placed in teachers’ in-house training.

All our classrooms are equipped with up-to-date teaching technology, including interactive electronic whiteboards allowing the use in class of audio-visual and digital media which provides a powerful boost to the learning process.



METHODOLOGY

Learning a new language is much more than getting to grips with different grammar and vocabulary. Most people need to use the language to interact: speaking and communicating with other Portuguese speakers. Our teachers therefore follow a communicative methodology. The method prioritises communicative oral performance, but the written aspect is not neglected. Of course, sometimes we have special requirements which require some focus on writing or reading skills - students preparing for their GCSEs, A Levels or university assignments, or corporate students who need to learn how to produce a report. Every course is always tailor-made according to the specific requirements of each student. Our attention also provides an understanding of the wider cultural context within which the language is being used and the particular issues that arise from that particular linguistic environment. We can equip you with the right tools to learn the language fast and in a culturally-sensitive way.



OUR FIELD OF EXPERTISE

We provide teaching services focused on the Portuguese language and Portuguese-speaking cultures. We are always seeking to enrich our knowledge bases so we can respond to any demands about the languages and cultures we teach at any level. This includes teaching adults for personal or business reasons, teaching children, GCSE or A Level exams, special courses of Portuguese for Spanish speakers, or indeed any request in the domain of our target languages and cultures.


Here's a list of cases that kept us busy recently:

  • >> Chris is an American who wants to be able to converse with his Portuguese fiancée's family and friends. He lives in London but actually took Skype lessons for convenience!
  • >> Anna has a house in the Algarve. She wants to be able to talk to the locals in Portuguese.
  • >> Alistair is a director at a multinational with business relations with Spain. He travels there once a week for meetings and needs to be able to socialise and also to participate in business meetings.
  • >> David is a partner in one of the Big Four. He travels frequently to Angola and wants to be able to converse socially and participate in meetings using Portuguese.
  • >> Mert works for a Bank located in Canary Wharf and wants to relocate do São Paulo, Brazil. Having a good grasp of the Portuguese language will give him a competitive edge to get the job.
  • >> Kate is starting Spanish and Portuguese studies at Cambridge this year. With some knowledge of Spanish but no previous knowledge of Portuguese, she is following the university advice and taking an intensive Portuguese course with us, prior to the start of the academic year.
  • >> Marco is preparing a GCSE exam in Portuguese.
  • >> Angelo and Hugo are two brothers of 7 and 12 respectively, the sons of a Portuguese father, both born in London. They speak little Portuguese. Their parents want to go back to their native Madeira later this year, and want to minimise the impact of them joining the Portuguese educational system.