WHO WE ARE

Fala Brasil is a school committed to high-quality Portuguese language learning and the effective integration of newly-arrived foreigners into the local culture.

To achieve this, Fala Brasil delivers Portuguese language and Brazilian culture classes, offering comprehensive support to the learner as they adapt to a new language and country. At Fala Brasil, students learn Brazilian Portuguese in a rapid, natural way. They learn about local customs, daily life, and the nation’s rich culture through dynamic, practical and experiential classes; both inside and outside of the classroom.

 

What makes Fala Brasil different are its innovative and effective cultural and linguistic tools. These help the learners to feel confident when expressing themselves and interacting in real-life situations, and by better understanding local culture and customs. In this way, expatriates are able to live, work, connect and successfully establish themselves in Brazil. With a unique, personalized  approach that combines technique, creativity, and innovation; our courses provide learners a genuine immersion into Brazilian life, that matches their needs and objectives.

At Fala Brasil, we believe that a combination of real-life experience, linguistic tools, and an excellent team of professionals, is what it takes to empower our learners, and give them the confidence to make the most of life in their new country.

At Fala Brasil School, you don’t only learn a language. Here, you live a great experience. 

THE TEAM

Marcelle Bottini

Marcelle Bottini

CEO / Teacher / Director

The Founder of Fala Brasil, Marcelle has a degree in journalism and has wide-ranging experience in teaching foreigners. In her professional career, she has developed special, personalised techniques for foreigners with varying cultural and linguistic needs: such as Brazilian Portuguese for tourists and working with major businesses like Rio 2016, Omega, Capgemini, CNODC, Repsol and Crawne. Additionally, she has collaborated with organisations such as the COPPEAD, Norwegian Consulate and the NGO Action Aid , where she worked with executives, diplomats, correspondents and consultants from more than 25 countries. With Fala Brasil, Marcelle has brought an innovative teaching model to Rio de Janeiro, based on the needs of foreigners needing to establish themselves in Brazil, as well as forming part of a growing movement that favours sustainable, socially responsible companies. Marcelle believes that a better world begins with this way of doing business and with intercultural interaction.

Gabriela Prestes

Gabriela Prestes

Teacher

Gabriela was born in Cuba, but has lived in Brasil since she was 5 years old. She is a Portuguese, Brazilian Culture and Politics teacher and has a degree in Cultural Production as well. She is very passionate about the diversity of cultures. She specialized in Public Policies at the doctoral level and has great experience in building integration and dialogue strategies between civil organizations and public authorities. Gabriela worked as a consultant on Onu Habitat in the UPP Social programm, visiting and qualifying social demands from the pacific slums. In Portuguese Classes for Foreigners, we are able to help facilitate the expansion of your vocabulary in order to assist you with negotiation processes and help in the construction of anthropological, sociological and political analyzes of Brazil including its social inequalities, for a better total understanding of the local reality.

Paula Toletino Cales

Paula Toletino Cales

Teacher

Paula has taught Portugeuse at Fala Brasil School for over two and half years. As a teacher she specialises in assisting foreigners with varying cultural and linguistic needs, including tourists and professionals representing local business interests for large multinational corporations such as CNODC (Chinese Oils and Gás Company), CGG (French) Company etc. Paula has had extensive experience providing all linguistic educational needs for executives, expats and tourists from more than 15 countries including the USA, Japan, Germany and more.
Paula also provides proofreading services for scripts & speeches for Actors and other high profile individuals. She graduated with a degree in Scenic Arts, and has also published a poetry book with FuturArte, that calls Rosa Metálica.

Raissa Barreto

Raissa Barreto

Teacher

 The Portuguese language and Brazilian culture teacher Raíssa is a singer and has a journalist degree. She sings in several places around Brazil. She lived in Vancouver-Canada for 6 months, studied English and took a course called “Power Speaking and modern midian”. Raíssa lives in Rio de Janeiro and loves to incorporate into her classes the same energy and knowledge she uses for her Brazilian musical performances. She is also a teacher in our Music Cultural Immersion Experience, where we use music to assist with learning and memory retention of Portuguese and Pronunciation at Fala Brasil..

Regina Soares

Regina Soares

Comercial Coordinator and Teacher

Regina is from Rio de Janeiro, has a double degree in Social Sciences, with emphasis on Cultural Anthropology and International Relations. She lived three years in France and is fluent in English and French. Passionate about Cross cultural relationship and entrepreneurship. She teaches Portuguese and French  for more than 4 years.
Besides the classes she worked in foreign trade and environmental NGOs throughout his professional career.

Renata Freire

Renata Freire

Teacher

Our Portuguese and Brazilian culture Teacher Renata Fontes Freire is a Museologist with specialization and professional experience in art education. During a professional stay in Madrid, she joined the “Art Joven” Program an organisation which connects artists from all over the world. She has acted as both vocalist and visual artist in a variety of independent and authoring projects throughout her artistic career. Passionate about people and their stories, she understands art as one of the best ways of connecting different cultures.

Paula Malheiros

Paula Malheiros

Teacher

The Portuguese and Brazilian Culture teacher Paula is passionate about languages, different cultures and believes in the importance of cultural exchanges in the learning processes. She has experience in cultural exchange in the United States, years of studying the French language and most recently in the Italian languages.

Paula also is graduated in Social Communication – Radio and TV at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and studied theater at Casa das Artes de Laranjeiras. She works as an actress and as an assistant director in film and TV productions. Paula use all skills in art and theater to create innovative classes that helps students to improve his communicate skills.

 

 

 

LOCATION

Fala Brasil is located in two locations in Rio de Janeiro´s Zona Sul. 

FALA BRASIL VILA: At Laranjeiras. Here we can be found in an idyllic, charming quarter of the city known for inspiring creativity, art, culture, an innovation.

FALA BRASIL BEACH: At Leblon. Sitting just west of Ipanema Beach, Leblon beach is a mix of sophistication of exclusive botiques and gourment restautand with relaxation and cool enviroment of the beach.  

Vila Do Largo consists of houses that function as studios and coworking areas which bring people together in shared spaces that facilitate the exchange of cultural and artistic events. The vila acts as a breathing space in the hustle and bustle of the big city and gives foreigners the opportunity to experience an authentic and exciting environment. Inside, Fala Brasil offers well-equipped, bright rooms with materials and spaces that are perfect for cultural immersion activities.

Inside, Fala Brasil offers well-equipped, bright rooms with materials and spaces that are perfect for cultural immersion activities. Fala Brasil also serves as a coworking space for many students that need a comfortable place to work.

The outside space is one of the real attractions of this location and is also frequently used for practical classes and social interaction between students and visitors to the Vila. It’s in this area that the Cultural Language Exchange takes place. This is an event organised by Fala Brasil, open to students and invited guests, which incentivises interaction and networking between Brazilians and foreigners. Students can come and visit Vila do Largo or Fala Brazil whenever they want to, not just to attend classes. The vila offers internet access, an opportunity to meet new friends or organise group study sessions. They also have free access to the premises and library of the Faculdades Integradas Hélio Alonso (FACHA), an academic institution located in the neighboring suburb of Botafogo.

It’s official! Fala Brasil House  is now a TEDx Host Space on Coworker.