WHAT IS A COMMUNITY LANGUAGE SCHOOL?
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.
Raising bilingual children and maintaining their heritage language is a combined work between family, community and school (Moroni & Gomes, 2018). Raízes Brasileiras is a Brazilian community formed by cosmopolitan and bilingual families, citizens of the world who live in QLD/Australia. Raízes Brasileiras organizes cultural and educational experiences through Portuguese, offered by parents, educators, and professionals from the Brazilian community of QLD. Face-to-face classes are combined with online meetings, offering meetings every week. Online classes aim to allow the inclusion of children from all parts of Queensland, and from Brazil.
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.
At Raizes Brasileiras we believe that maintaining our culture and language not only promote community and individual's well-being, as well as it helps Australia to raise a globalized generation of bilingual children, with natural language, intercultural and transfer competencies.
Raízes' Learning Pathway
Groups, workshops, lessons, & services
Groups are built to work in sequence, following a learning pathway, and giving to families a lifelong support on bilingual upbringing.
Playgroup Educativo (Universo do Descobrir): works on establishing a Portuguese speaking identity between parents and toddlers, through age appropriate games with children, children and parents , and orientations to parents in how to raise bilingual children. The classes are delivered face-to-face and focus on the orality and children interaction with parents, exclusively in Portuguese.
Universo do Brincar develops language skills and children integration through games, music, story, arts, and playful environment. The classes are delivered face-to-face and focus on the orality and children integration exclusively in Portuguese. This group incorporates children from 4 to 8 years old, with all levels of Portuguese fluency.
Universo do Escrever develops language skills and children integration through projects, incorporating reading and writing in most of activities, and promoting activities to expand of vocabulary and expressions. The classes are delivered face-to-face and focus on the orality and children integration exclusively in Portuguese. This group incorporates children from 8 to 13 years old, with intermediate and/or advanced level of Portuguese fluency.
Our Brazilian community has very qualified professionals in Arts, Sciences, and Education who offer workshops for children, and adults in partnership with Raizes Brasileiras.
Bilingual Drama: Offered by Flavia Santiago, this workshop explores the art of acting, developing children's creativity, confidence, expressiveness, and oral fluency. The classes are articulated with Universos' program. Delivered face-to-face and focused on oral skills, children integrate to each other in Portuguese or English. This group incorporates children from 6 to 13 years old, with all levels of Portuguese fluency.
Hora da Leitura (reading sessions): is an online course, in which teachers from Raizes Brasileiras read along a carefully-selected Brazilian book, and guide specific exercises to help children to develop Portuguese reading and writing skills. This course is designed for children enrolled in Year 1 - 6 with a good oral fluency in Portuguese, and it completes UNIVERSO DO BRINCAR & ESCREVER's program. It uses literacy methods used by Australian primary schools, helping children to became simultaneously literate in both English and Portuguese.
Private lessons: teachers assess their students, identify their Portuguese/Spanish/ESL communicative skills needs, and work specifically on these needs. Lessons are online through Zoom or Skype.
International Baccalaureate (iB): The IB is a Diploma Programme, which is a rigorous pre-university course of study designed for students in the 16 to 19 age range. It is a broad-based course with a strong emphasis on encouraging students to develop intercultural understanding, open-mindedness, and the attitudes necessary for them to respect and evaluate a range of points of view. The lessons are taught by qualified registered teachers, who work in partnership with High Schools in QLD. More Info.
Heritage Language consultant: Dr Lilian Fleuri (PhD in Linguistics) gives educational consultancy or seminars about heritage language teaching and learning, to families, community language schools, state schools, and o organizations. Dr Fleuri attends families from any language background, but consultation will be in English, Portuguese or Spanish.
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.