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Across In-company - Phone +55 11 3044 2533
128, Comendador Miguel Calfat St - Suit 1014 - São Paulo - SP - Brazil

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Our Business

We are primarily engaged as a consulting firm and language school specialized in performance assessment as well as training and instruction of English, Spanish and Portuguese as foreign languages; we provide and manage in-company courses on an exclusive basis; the methodology used is fully customized to meet the specific needs of each client and we have developed our own learning and monitoring tools.

Across, has successfully implemented this methodology and focused on acquiring language skills and enhancing communications within the corporate environment over its nearly 15 year-history at a wide range of Brazilian and international clients and sectors such as finance, trade, industry and technology.

Background

Across is dedicated to second language acquisition, principally English and offers classes at client companies with a distinct advantage; it is founded upon the theory presented in the masters thesis of its founding partner at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in São Paulo, which probed sources that may pose obstacles to language acquisition such as the fear of making mistakes and which can hinder language learning. On the basis of this assumption, Across has developed a facilitator-type methodology and learning process which, although devised to work with small groups, at all times focuses on the individual’s needs and helps them overcome these obstacles.

(See article published in the periodical Você S/A)

Mission

Across strives to conduct business with each client company as a unique entity and each student as a distinctive individual from both a human and professional standpoint as a unique being even though he/she may be a part of a small group (maximum four students), to enable communications in the second language flow more effortlessly and naturally.

Methodology

We implement techniques devised to develop language abilities, simplify learning and fulfill the individual’s own as well as professional needs and interests. Across uses the cognitive and communicative approaches for the purpose of:

  • Presenting authentic language to facilitate communications
  • Focusing the student’s attention on the peculiarities of the language
  • Introducing techniques that build a foundation for learning

Our experience specifically related to adult education has shown that the participants achieve more efficient results in communications when the appropriate styles and strategies for the individual and his/her potential have been identified during the foreign language learning process. We have become, over the years, experts in this diagnostic process based not only on our experience but on scientific research.

International Certification

We are a certified center for administering the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication); an examination prepared and given by ETS (Educational Testing Service), which is also responsible for the TOEFL and GMAT examinations.

What Sets Us Apart


  • We provide language consulting and in-depth reporting to establish the corporate linguistic profile as well as the student's own language skill level and learning style.
  • We recommend and set up training programs that combine everyday foreign language usage and corporate language which is appropriate to the company’s different areas of business.
  • Our methodology takes individual learning styles into account to enable language skill development and achieve effective communications

Across Associates

We provide highly experienced and skilled instructors in both the art of teaching as well as student performance assessment. Our teachers have acquired a great deal of relevant experience living abroad, hold at least a bachelor’s degree and have a minimum of five years´ teaching experience.

Across is headed up by Lina Molaris

the managing partner whose partial résumé is listed below:

  • Greek nationality, graduated in Languages from a PUC – Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, SP
  • Received her Masters degree from the same university and thesis on “Discomfort in Foreign Language Classes.”
  • Over 20 years´ experience in language teaching at PUC-SP, where she was a professor in the English Language and Literature Department and at Cel-Lep, in the position of teacher training and pedagogical coordinator, which developed and implemented the course in use for over 20 years.
  • Provides consulting services in performance assessment area and in development and implementation of programs focused on improved communications within the corporate environment.
  • Fluent in Greek, English and Portuguese.

Learn a little about some of the members or our teaching staff:

Heloisa Bruck
Brazilian, Bachelors degree in English and Portuguese from the Universidade de São Paulo – USP; she has over 18 years´ experience in teaching English. She has worked at Cel-Lep as a teacher and course coordinator engaged in development of teaching materials. Heloisa has given Business English classes at companies since 1987 and is a sworn translator. She provides services to companies as both a teacher and a translator. She has worked with Across since 1996.

Jane do Carmo
British nationality, graduated from the Somerset College of Arts and Technology, Taunton, Somerset, in bilingual secretarial studies majoring in Spanish and French. She trained in English as a Foreign Language at St. Giles College, Highgate, London and has over 10 years´ experience teaching English in Brazil at language institutions such as Britannia and Cel-Lep. She has been associated with Across since 2005, teaching reviewing classroom materials and taking part in special projects such as the IJEP (International Journalism Expertise Program).

Marcio Gaba
Brazilian graduated in Communications from the Faculdade Anhembi Morumbi. Lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for three years where he managed a foreign trade company. He has over 20 years´ experience teaching foreign languages at institutions such as CCI, ELS and Cel-Lep. He is also certified in LMI – Leadership Management International in the US, implementing Personal and Professional Development Programs in Brazil with special emphasis on Productivity, Leadership and Communications. He has been associated and worked in partnership with Across since 2000.

Mary Monreal
Brazilian graduated in Languages and Education from the Faculdade de Ciências e Letras - UNESP – Araraquara. Her international experience includes high school in Kenowa Hills, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and specialized program in English language teaching methodology at the International House in London. She has broad experience ranging from middle school language teaching at schools such as Pueri Domus, Friburgo, Santa Maria, to language institutes such as Yázigi and Cultura Inglesa. She has worked at companies in association with Across since 1998.

Flávio Gomes
Brazilian, graduated in Languages from PUC – Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, SP, and post graduate studies specialized in translation USP. He has 12 years´ experience teaching English and Portuguese as a foreign language at language schools such as Cultura Inglesa and has lived abroad and worked in Canada for one year. He has worked at companies in association with Across since early 2006.

 

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