I enjoyed the class experience and was able to make considerable improvements in Portuguese. Group classes were engaging. They had no more than five-seven students, at least for the time I was there. Individual lessons in the afternoon may be not as efficient because their 50 minutes go fast and because not always objectives are met.
More efforts can be put in delivering a clear information regarding classes. Although I had paid for individual classes in the afternoon, I was told that my second week I may end up without them because of lack of professors. I ended up having the classes anyway, but not at the time I expected.
Particular emphasis should be given on assisting students with getting involved into activities outside the school where to meet and socialize with other Brazilians, very important for practicing the language. The Capoeira and Dance classes at the school cannot and do not fulfill that need.
Outside activities would be particularly helpful because people in Salvador, at least the ones I met, are not reliable when it comes to social relations. If they tell you they would meet you, they either show up one or more hours later or never show up at all. They may give you their phone numbers and emails but never reply to your emails nor answer your calls. For example, one teacher at Dialogo school, who graciously gave us the students her email, never replied to any of the emails I sent her.
Maybe it is just part of the local culture. I find Salvador the most beautiful city in Brasil in every sense, but the motto for everything seems to be "Calma!", the pace of life is "devagar", and the goal for many of its people is a daily "Carnaval".
Overall though the experience at Dialogo was a positive one and a fun one. And what I learned there helped me to pass the Portuguese test I had in the US for my company. So thank you, Dialogo! :-)
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