Fast Forward Language Institute offers group and private general language instruction, from absolute beginner to advanced levels. Portuguese Language exam prep courses are also available.Upon arrival, students take a placement test to determine their level of fluency, and also decide which cultural programs they would like to participate in. Fast Forward Language Institute also offers Bildungsurlaub for German employees as well as University Credits for American students.


Group Instruction:  Maximum of 6 students per class. Classes begin on any Monday for intermediate students (once a month for beginners), and are held Monday through Friday.

  • Intensive:  4 classes of 50 minutes every morning.
  • Super-Intensive:  6 classes of 50 minutes every morning and afternoon.

Private Instruction: Offered for beginners, advanced, and professionals with specific needs. Classes start any Monday, and are held Monday through Friday.

  • Intensive:  4 classes of 50 minutes every morning.
  • Super-Intensive:  10 classes of 50 minutes every morning and afternoon.Ideal for professionals with little time.Includes lunch with professor.Classes conducted in various locations.
  • Executive: 6 classes of 50 minutes every morning and afternoon.Specifically focused on business terminology.Includes lunch with professor. 

Language Proficiency Test Preparation

Portugal – PLE – (Português Lingua Estrangeira)

This exam measures test-takers' level of proficiency in Portuguese. PLE is the official exam developed and given by the Portuguese government, and is required for those who wish to live and work in Portugal. Businesses and educational institutions use it to determine employment and study placements. The exam is offered twice a year: April and October.Fast Forward Language Institute's exam preparation classes focus on developing the student’s abilities in all areas tested.Other important factors that greatly influence any given student’s performance are time spent in intimate contact with Portuguese culture and the breadth of this experience.

Materials used:  Apart from our carefully selected standard teaching materials, Fast Forward Language Institute boasts a large variety of modern teaching resources and equipment. Computers, CD's and videos are among the aids used in everyday courses as well as sessions devoted to culture, regional studies, literature and business. Use of the multimedia library and our computer facilities is a good way of adding to and reinforcing the skills acquired from class work.

A word on methodology:  We believe it is important to vary the teaching methods used in our Portuguese courses as much as possible. Every group and person is different, thus our teachers use an individual approach and flexibly adapt their teaching methods to the students' respective learning needs. We supplement various course books with original teaching materials such as newspaper and magazine articles, audio/visual materials and activities inside and outside of class. One of our fundamental principles is to ensure a maximum of spoken communication. Students are encouraged to practice spoken Portuguese in real-life situations, with the teacher, and with other participants, in pairs and groups. Many activities outside of school are created with this idea of oral communication as well.