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WHAT IS A COMMUNITY-BASED SCHOOL?
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 language school, directed by Dr Lilian Fleuri. The school is formed by Brazilian-Australian-multicultural bilingual families, who live in QLD/Australia. All families enrolled are committed in building a Portuguese-only speaking community to immerse their children in.
The Brazilian community in QLD is growing fast and rapidly becoming part of the multicultural mosaic of the Australian culture. Brazilians mainly come to Australia to study and chose to immigrate because they easily identify with the Australian environment and lifestyle. Brazilians represent a great source of highly qualified multilingual professionals. Every Brazilian in Australia has something to teach the children of their own community. The benefits from this knowledge exchange is endless. Children learn that Portuguese is spoken in Australia, and that their mothers and/or fathers are not the only people to speak "that way". They realize that there is actually a little Brazil within Australia and that things they live at home are actually connected to a wider world. Home language and home culture makes even more sense when they are connected to the outside world.
Raizes Brasileiras articulates an educational Brazilian community to offer authentic learning opportunities, exclusively in Portuguese. In addition to the community articulation, Raizes designs a school curricula, based in ACARA (The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority), an annual teaching program, and learning materials. The lessons are designed to be delivered with the participation of the school community.
Community Language Schools (CLS) in Australia are mainly maintained by families' fees, and also counts on receiving community support through sponsorship, donations, and grants to keep fees affordable. As the language source comes from our own community, CLSs rely on their local community human resources to offer authentic learning experiences to all children.
To keep articulating the community, Raizes Brasileiras needs help and resources. Teachers, and professionals of several areas are welcome to volunteer or offer they services as a contractors to Raizes' children. Business and Non-for-profit associations work in partnership to make parental fees affordable, and guarantee access to as many children as possible. Grant applicants are welcome to volunteer and help us get what our professionals need to keep committed and delivering a serious and professional bilingual program for all Australian children.
LISTEN TO DR LILIAN FLEURI'S INTERVIEW TO SBS PORTUGUESE PODCAST ABOUT RAIZES BRASILEIRAS
HOW CAN RAÍZES HELP YOU?
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 leads project-studies applied to community events. This collaborative educational work involves students in the their own community communicating 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.
HOW ARE THE CLASSES LIKE AT RAÍZES BRASILEIRAS
COMBINED IN-PRESENCE GROUPS & ONLINE LESSONS
Face-to-face classes are combined with online meetings, offering lessons every week to guarantee the development of children's oral and written skills. By doing so, in one week children improve Portuguese speaking skills through social & cultural engagement, by playing, creating, and interacting in group. In the other week, they develop reading & writing skills through online lessons, by reading along, reflecting upon language, interpret text in context.
PORTUGUESE & BRAZILIAN CULTURE IMMERSION
Additionally, Raizes Brasileiras organises at least two cultural events in Portuguese per year, offering the families enrolled the opportunity to live community moments of language and cultural immersion. These events support children's bilingual identity, make them understand the dimension of their community and accept that Portuguese is an alive language spoken in Australia.
GUIDED LEARNING AND STRUCTURED LEARNING PATHWAY
Raízes Brasileiras designs a learning pathway with cultural, current, and critical contents, that focus on the development of reading, writing, and speaking skills. Raizes Brasileiras' learning material approach linguistic needs of Heritage language learner, which are very different from monolingual and second language learners.
"Community language schools promote social well-being and multicultural national identity. These schools, articulated with their community, educate a globalized generation of bilingual Australian children.
The school & the community give to these children authentic experiences that help them to naturally develop their languages. Children immersed in two-languages & multicultural environments grow into natural translators of the world"
Dr Lilian Fleuri/2021
Director of Raizes Brasileiras
"Actions always speak louder than words when it comes to valuing your child’s learning."
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Raízes' Learning Pathway
Groups, workshops, lessons, & services
2022 - Brisbane
Groups are built to work in sequence, following a learning pathway, and giving to families a lifelong support on bilingual upbringing.
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.
Group lessons for children: teaches reading and writing skills, grammar for heritage language learners, vocabulary expansion, orthography etc. From 7 - 14 year-old
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.