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History

Margarida's School was founded in 1981 by Margarida Alberty, who has dedicated more than 30 years to making learning Portuguese an enjoyable experience for newcomers to Portugal. Margarida developed her own unique way of teaching Portuguese, which is only found in her school.

Everything started with her passion for mastering many languages; she is fluent in seven.  At age 17, influenced by her mother, a Latin and French teacher, Margarida started to give Portuguese lessons to foreigners.  She continued teaching while taking a licenciatura in Germanic Languages at the Faculdade de Letras in Lisbon.

Margarida initially found students using her contacts at the German School and Embassies: «When I was 20, I was teaching 60 Germans.  The then Norwegian Ambassador was one of my first students.  This led to an agreement with the Norwegian Embassy which lasted for years» she says.  The school grew as satisfied students spread the word about her fun, dynamic and innovative method.

Over three decades later, Margarida's School has around 600 students a year, and 20 teachers teaching 18 different languages.

Going beyond the textbook is what makes learning at Margarida’s School unique. Creative teaching tools, such as board games and flash cards are used to reinforce grammar and vocabulary. Fun activities are organised to help students learn about Portuguese history, poetry, music, customs and culture while having a great time.

 

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