language tuition, translation/interpreting and training courses
Learn a language with a real native speaker.
Katie is a Chartered Linguist, and a qualified and experienced teacher and interpreter. Learn and practice away online with Katie in your own time.
Lessons are tailor-made, according to your language level, specification and interests.
Who can apply: children (aged between 8 to 15) and adults
Language level: Beginners, Elementary and Intermediate.
How to get started: A Skype or Zoom interview will establish suitability, language level and lesson planning
Katie Belo dos Santos:
2 countries, 2 names, 2 languages!
Katie has dual nationality, British and Portuguese, and two names (Katherine and Catarina!).
She was born in the UK, and raised in Portugal. Her English mother and Portuguese father brought her and her sibling up speaking both languages, resulting in early bilingualism. She was subsequently educated at the universities of Coimbra, Grenoble and Southampton.
As a qualified legal interpreter/translator in English and Portuguese, Katie spent 15 years interpreting at court and police stations in England & Channel Islands. Katie is on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters, and she has become a Chartered Linguist and, at the age of 37, she became the youngest Fellow of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting in England.
She is a qualified and experienced teacher of Portuguese, English (as a Foreign Language) and Translation Studies, who has delivered online teaching for the universities of Portsmouth, City, Bristol and Southampton for many years. Katie is used to teaching ONLINE on Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Blackboard Collaborate. She teaches 1 to 1, and small groups of adults, as well as children.
As a Fellow of the ITI, Katie has delivered countless training courses and CPD events at the London Language Show; Chartered Institute of Linguists, University of Portsmouth, University of Surrey, University of Westminster, University of Southampton, University of Alcalá, Ministry of Internal Affairs of Madrid, EU Institutions, to name a few.
In her free time, Katie loves cooking, wine-tasting, water sports, travelling, walking and history.
In all, Katie’s background, native languages, international family and upbringing, and virtual teaching experience give her a set of unique skills.
As a qualified legal interpreter/translator in English and Portuguese, Katie spent 15 years interpreting at court and police stations in England & Channel Islands and Portugal.
It is my pleasure to strongly recommend Katie Santos as English and Portuguese teacher. She was recommended to me by a friend for private 1 to 1 tuition of English at first, and later in group. She provided all materials, and was flexible with class timings. On occasion, I asked her to proofread documents in English for me, and she was very helpful.
She possesses superior verbal and written communication skills along with a genuine love for the English language.
I do recommend her services.
Katiane Oliveira – October, 2019
Em 2019, tive oportunidade de frequentar as aulas de inglês com a Katie, de modo a melhorar o meu "British English". As aulas decorriam com grande alegria, criatividade e dedicação! No fundo, as aulas passavam rápido, devido ao número de atividades didácticas e lúdicas.
Noutras circunstâncias, solicitei a ajuda com tradução e revisão de documentos em inglês, com os quais a Katie se prontificou de imediato.
Fiquei muito satisfeita pela qualidade e dedicação dos seus serviços.
Carla Carmo - Dezembro, 2019
I am ten years old, half Brazilian and half British. I wanted to learn Portuguese, so I can speak with my family back in Brazil. I joined Katie's "Wednesday Portuguese kiddie's club" in 2019, and I love it.
We follow a book, and Katie provides other materials.
Now we have online lessons, and they are still a lot of fun!
Gabby Gabriel - 2/5/2020
I am Gabby's mum, Ana Cristina. My husband and I are very pleased with our daughter's Portuguese lessons with Katie. For the first time, I can see Gabby happy to learn Portuguese. I had lost my hope about it! All of the learning material is good and lots of practising exercises that made a huge improvement. Gabby starts to says sentences without me asking. Katie is amazing with Gabby.
Ana Cristina Gabriel - 2/5/2020
I am 10 years old and have been learning Portuguese with Katie.
She is really nice and I enjoy my lessons because they are fun. I started having lessons with her at her Wednesday club. Since Covid 19 I have been having online classes.
We do the same fun things online like games, songs and activities with the other people in our group. We use a textbook and handouts and talk lots - Portuguese! :-)
I have made a great friend through my lessons and use my Portuguese when I go to Portugal.
Zara Smith - 4/5/2020
Lessons with Katie are great fun! I started learning Portuguese as a beginner and used to have private in-class lessons but we now have lessons online and it still works really well. I’m aiming to use Portuguese in my work and Katie is able to include both variants of European and Brazilian Portuguese within the lessons so that I can be aware of different vocabulary and pronunciations. There’s always an element of culture too, so that we cover not only the language itself but also look at different aspects of life and heritage in Portugal and Brazil. Lessons are often themed, relevant to the time of year, or events taking place and Katie works hard to make them engaging and varied with a good amount of grammar. It’s great because we can go at a pace that suits me and I get some input into topics I’d like to cover and learn about – would definitely recommend to anyone who wishes to learn or improve their level of Portuguese.
Emily, Project Manager for a translation company - May 2020
I have been taking Portuguese lessons with Katie for a year now. She is an excellent teacher and loves what she does. She is very good at explaining grammar and provides good learning material. The lessons are always fun and each week there is something to look forward.
I feel that I am not only improving my language skills, but also find out more about Portuguese culture and cuisine. For instance, the “Pasteis de Nata” recipe I was asked to translate has actually inspired me to have a go. They turned out to be delicious.
Anyone who is looking for taking Portuguese language lessons, then look no further because Katie is the best teacher you can find!
Lina - Feb 2020
I attended a 5-hour online tailor-made English package of lessons with Katie. Katie is an excellent and professional teacher, able to quickly understand your weaknesses and tailor a perfect programme to work on them. In addition, she always maintains a friendly approach to make you feel at ease. I really enjoyed her teaching style. Hope to have further lessons soon. Highly recommend!
Gianluca - June 2020