Cecília Pinto

Meet the teacher

My path

I attended Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto and, for approximately twenty years, I taught children and teens between the ages of six and eighteen years old. 

I have also worked with adults in a senior university and, regardless of my students’ ages, I’ve always encouraged them to communicate in Englishin our classes. One of the major obstacles of English learners is feeling vulnerable in a second language.

I truly believe that evolution and improvement in every walk of life only happen when we challenge ourselves and we face our fears! First and foremost, we have to acknowledge we don’t know everything! That’s the very first step to move forward and go above and beyond! Humbling yourself before knowledge fosters your drive to learn and that infinite mindset will be key in learning English because language acquisition is a continuous task.

For the time being, I’m working with adults in order to encourage them to pause their frantic routines, so that they can actually learn to communicate in English in a natural way, with growing confidence and authenticity.

Over the years, my experience has taught me that if you want to improve your language performance, nothing better than practising over and over again with more or less proficiency. Every foreign speaker dreads the exposure of having to communicate in a second language! Thus, if that’s your case, let me tell you, you are not alone! That’s perfectly normal but, above all, believe me, it’s possible to overcome, with a method that is specially designed for you.  

So, yes, I’m talking to you, the one who has made several attempts to learn English and ended up giving up! For you, the one who travels and always asks someone else to speak English on your behalf! And also for you, who were in complete agony in yesterday’s online meeting when you realised you had to open your mic to intervene in English…

My students say my energy is contagious and, personally, I have to say, that’s the ultimate compliment you can pay a teacher!

Sandra Palhares, cofounder of the brand The Boot Institute
Teacher Cecília has an innovative teaching method, where learning English is done naturally and adapted to our day-to-day or business reality. In a short time, I felt a big difference, mainly in my speaking fluency. If you are looking to improve your English, I highly recommend these classes!
Soraia Maciel, communication manager
Before I started my classes with Cecília, I was super insecure to speak and write in English, as if there were a "monster” hiding under my desk! For me, preparing for a meeting where I would have to speak English was a really stressful moment... Now, thanks to teacher Cecília, I feel more confident and have overcome that fear. She has an innovative method as every class is different and adjusted to each student. Her energy is contagious , which makes me feel comfortable to practise my English and keep motivated to learn. In just 3 months, Cecília transformed the English "monster" into a simple metaphor. My best decision in 2021 was to start my English classes! If you want to improve your English, you should call Cecília, I highly recommend her classes.
Rita Barros, accountant in a Multinational Company
Cecília's classes, back in the days, gave me the confidence to speak in public, doing presentations and finding alternative words or expressions when explaining or discussing a topic. As a teacher, she made me realize that it’s not always about using the correct words or expressions in every situation, but rather making the message clear to the audience you aim to reach. More than learning English, I learned more on how to communicate effectively. Nowadays I work in a multicultural and multinational team: my closest co-worker and my boss are both German, and I barely speak any German! We use English as a lingua franca, of course. I can say that my confidence boost to use English on a daily basis was rooted in your classes :)
Sofia Monteiro Cunha, forensic physician
I couldn’t have asked for a better English teacher than teacher Cecília. Her passion for teaching and her patience for her students are the ingredients required to be successful, as she is. I have to say, English is my favourite foreign language and I have her to thank for. The English language is constantly present in my daily life. As a medical doctor, I have to study English books and scientific articles almost every single day! I have also lived in England for a whole month, while doing a medical internship and I have written a few abstracts in English for international Conferences. Besides that, a few years ago, I started reading English books only and watching Netflix with English subtitles. English is a constant presence in my life and I am glad it feels good to be able to write, read, speak and listen in that language. Thank you!
Ivone Meireles, stay at home mum
Having lessons with Cecilia has been a very good experience. I love her energy, the passion that she has for her work, the way she teaches and the patience. I wish you a lot of success!!
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