Meet Raquel


Brazilian Portuguese Language Teacher

I was raised in a Mormon family. Both my parents are school teachers. I’m grateful they taught me to value service, community, and education. I majored in Political Science and Music with an emphasis in Spanish. I went on to get my Master’s in Portuguese from BYU. Since then, I have lived in Brazil twice and taught Portuguese for Spanish speakers.

In addition to my studies, I have volunteered with international non-profit organizations. I worked in Quito, Ecuador with Orphanage Support Services Organization (OSSO) as well as I served an 18-month mission in Campinas, SP, Brazil.

My path unfolded as I left Mormonism. I discovered a community that connected both my spirituality and passion for Brazilian Portuguese. I found home! I’m thrilled to develop a more authentic way of being and to sing in Portuguese again.

Knowing another language is a huge gift! It has increased my self-awareness and consciousness. Portuguese has unique sound patterns and vibrations with heart expansion qualities. The language learning process opens new neural pathways and identities revealing our transformative, evolutionary potential. I’m so excited to work with others seeking this experience.

Today I focus on creating unique online experiences by combining Portuguese language study with soulful inquiry for people who are on a spiritual path with the language and have a heartfelt connection to Brazil and the Amazon. It’s an honor to share my gifts and my passion of Brazilian Portuguese!

The Art of Teaching a Foreign Language

My teaching style is geared towrads full immersion learning. Lessons are taught sequentially with the goal of speaking 100% in Portuguese. Daily homework assignments and language study is imperative to expose your senses to the language through various avenues.

I developed a curriculum based on 5 ingredients: speaking (pronunciation), listening, cultural competency, reading, and writing. In my opinion, consistency and repetition are essential to master a foreign language. My program includes audio recordings, visual aids, written and oral assessments, study tools, and much more to help students become conversational.

Ultimately, it’s up to the students to use the resources and dedicate time everyday to the material. I only work with highly motivated and self aware individuals. My students feel a deep desire to learn the language to enhance their lives and relationships. The language study I offer is also a self study. I help my students identify stumbling blocks and move through blockages or limiting beliefs that are hindering their learning process. 

I offer a FREE 60-minute Intro Session to anyone interested in working with me to explore our compatibility and discover how we can work together.

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