Porto Study Week 2016

We have just arrived from a week long stay in Porto, where we have attended an intensive Portuguese language course during the mornings and engaged in some cultural activities in the afternoons and evenings.

Our group this year consisted of 12 participants, among them, the "veterans" Simon and Karen who had already participated in past Study Week trips with us. Students' language skills ranged from beginners to higher intermediate levels and this year we had even a native speaker, D. Raquel, from Basildon, who could make a dream come true: achieving her first certificate of Portuguese language!

In Porto, we attended classes at Fast Forward where we received a warm welcome by Sr Ernesto, the school principal. Sr. Ernesto showed us around the school and helped the teachers to run the placement tests, a necessary tool to better place students in the correct class level.

Sr Ernesto welcomes our group

Picture: Sr. Ernesto welcomes our group and explains how their week will be like.

Fast Forward is located right on the High Street, Rua de Santa Catarina, so the students gathered around that area most of their times. The street is very pleasant and mostly pedestrianised, filled with independent and high street shops, some dating back to 1801!

Picture: Main reception room at Fast Forward.

Segunda-feira: our first lunch at ancient Majestic Café and a Walk tour!

On our first day, we had lunch at Majestic café, the restaurant/café place where J.K. Rowling used to go to for a cup of coffee, when she lived in Porto. It is believed that she has drafted some of her Harry Potter book whilst sipping a Portuguese coffee at this splendid Café.

Picture: Olivia, Eva and Karen enjoying a light lunch at Majestic Café

Picture: Majestic Café

After lunch, we joined a tailor-made tour designed and delivered by the excellent Porto Walkers.

Our guide, Nuno, delighted our students and their feedback was fantastic! We had a chance to know a little bit more about this enchanting city through the eyes and tales of a local. Thank you, Porto Walkers! If you want to find out more about this competent tour company, visit their website.

Picture: Exploring Porto's hidden quarters