Immigrants over 18 who are interested in learning the Portuguese language for free can apply for the Open Doors – Portuguese for Immigrants project, run by the city of São Paulo.
The project, which is already underway, aims to offer language teaching in all regions of the city. The course is offered in 11 schools of the Municipal Education Network (RME) and the student can enroll in the school where the immigrant intends to attend classes at any time during the semester, regardless of their migratory and documental status.
Divided into three modules (basic, intermediate and advanced), it is taught twice a week, in person. The course content has its own didactic material for each module and features activities that promote discussions on combating racism, machismo and respect for gender diversity.
“The teaching of the Portuguese language is one of the main instruments for welcoming the immigrant population, allows inclusion and social life, the creation and maintenance of community relations and constitutes a way to promote citizenship and guarantee access to public services”, highlighted the coordinator of Policies for Immigrants and Promotion of Decent Work at the Municipal Department of Human Rights and Citizenship, Bryan Rodas.
To register, simply present an identification document (those issued in Brazil or even in the country of origin will be accepted) and proof of residence. If you do not have the latter, you can fill in the residence declaration. To obtain the certificate for each module, students must have attended at least 75% of the classes during the semester. Each module is equivalent to 90 class hours.
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