Cambridge School provides the quality of 50 years of experience in Portugal
Cambridge School was founded in 1966 and at that time was one of the only organisations teaching English, French, German and Portuguese for Foreigners in Portugal.
Cambridge School was founded on the principles of communicative language teaching techniques using the language being taught to do so. Over the years our approach and methodology have evolved and improved to reflect the requirements of our students, but the principal focus has always been to improve oral communication. Modern technology has accompanied the school’s development and nowadays many classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards. There is also an intranet component (Cambridge School Online) which serves as a complement to classroom teaching, providing students with assignments, supplementary activities, worksheets and information about their lessons and the material being studied.
The school has grown from its one original location in Lisbon to its current nine locations in Portugal: 6 in the Lisbon area and one each in Porto, Coimbra and Funchal.
In its early years, Cambridge School students were mostly adults at an elementary and lower intermediate level. However, there were a few students preparing for the University of Cambridge exams: Cambridge English: First (then known as Lower Certificate) and Cambridge English: Proficiency. Over the years the level and objectives of our students have changed and the school’s evolution has reflected this. In the late seventies, courses for Juniors were introduced and over the years, students’ entrance levels have risen. Nowadays our student population has changed so that approximately equal thirds of our 8000-10000 annual student population are Children and Juniors (6-13 year olds), young adults (14-18 year olds) and adults. The majority of our students are at an intermediate to upper intermediate level.
Most students come to Cambridge School because they want to ‘activate’ their ability to use the language more effectively. In a traditional language learning environment, students learn grammar, reading, translation and some writing. Students coming to Cambridge School want to be able to have better speaking and writing skills in order to obtain certification or to improve their language skills for getting a job or a promotion. They want to be more ‘at ease’ in using another language actively. More than 1400 students are prepared annually for internationally recognised examinations in English, French, German and Portuguese.
Our students can choose from a variety of course options: general group courses, intensive courses during the academic year and during the summer, individual or semi-private lessons, and company lessons on our premises or the company’s.
Cambridge School only employs teachers whose mother tongue is the language they are teaching. At the moment, there are approximately 120 teachers teaching English, French, German and Portuguese for Foreigners. All teachers go through a lengthy selection process, must have a university qualification and, in addition, a post-graduate certification to teach the language they are employed to teach.