Raising bilingual children and maintaining their heritage language is a combined work between family, community and school (Moroni & Gomes, 2018).
Raízes Brasileiras gives seminars to parents and teachers of heritage languages, educating them on ways to raise bilingual children in a monolingual system. The coordinator also organises regular meeting with parents to involve them in pedagogical decisions.
Raízes Brasileiras together with ABRASSO work to involve students in the Brazilian community to offer activities, performances, and services exclusively in Portuguese. Students practice language in context, whereas the community enjoy quality moments of immersion in Portuguese.
Raízes Brasileiras develops and implements a learning pathway that complements children's education in Portuguese language. The program focus on culture, school subjects, literature, and creativity to improve communication skills.
Raízes' Learning Pathway
Not offered in 2020
Groups, lessons, workshops
Universo do Brincar develops language skills through through games, music, story, arts, and playful environment.
Universo do Escrever develops language skills through projects, incorporating reading and writing in most of activities, and promoting activities to expand of vocabulary and expressions.
Bilingual Drama: explores the art of interpreting and acting, developing creativity, confidence, expressiveness, and oral fluency. This group is offered by Flavia Santiago. Currently we have two groups: 4-7 year-old and 8 - 12 years-old.
Spanish for Bilingual Children: explore natural language learning skills developed by bilingual children, to acquire a new language, the first most spoken language in the American continent.
Hora da Leitura (reading sessions): teachers from Raizes Brasileiras read along a carefully selected Brazilian book and run specific exercises to help children to develop Portuguese reading and writing skills.
Private lessons: teachers assess their students, identify their Portuguese/Spanish communicative skills needs, and work specifically on these needs.
Students enrolled in an Universo or Drama have free access to our classroom video-recordings at our restricted Learning Platform, and have free access to "Spanish for Bilingual Children" and "Hora da Leitura"
Calendar & Timetable
Meet The Team
Dr Lilian Fleuri
Pedagogical Coordinator and project director .
PhD in Linguistics.
storyteller, biologist, and artist, post-grad student in education at QUT.
educator, psychologist, studying counselling.
language student in Australia.
biologist, and visual communicator, video editor and photographer.
Sponsors can contribute with in-kind donations, services, or stipend. Contact us, and talk on ways to help Raizes Brasileiras to continue delivering lessons and community activities to help children of the Latin American community of QLD to grow bilingual. ABRASSO is the non-for-profit organization to which Raizes is affiliated since 2017.