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Subject: I need advice


Posted by Heather
On Tuesday, February 26, 2002 at 13:56:42

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I have the option of going to Curitiba for an exchange. I would like to know what the school system is like. I would be in the equivilant of grade 11 in North America. I would be 16. In Brazil I think it would be the intermediate level. I'm from Canada, and I speak English and French but not a word of Portuguese. I have a couple of questions, 1. when is the school term? 2. What is the climate like? ie. how hot, humide. Any and All information would be welcome. I thank you in advance.
RE: I need advice
Posted by Fernando
On Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 11:12:36

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Hi Heather,
If you speak French, Portuguese will be easy! They have the same sentence structure.
Here are the information you asked:
Elementary school (ensino fundamental, formerly known as ensino de 1º grau) takes 8 years for completion; Age level from: 7 to: 14
Certificate/diploma awarded: Certificado de Conclusao de Primeiro Grau. High school (ensino médio, formerly known as ensino de 2º grau) takes 3 years Age level from: 15 to 17, covers from grades 9 to 11, Certificate/diploma awarded: Diploma de Segundo Grau. Basic education can be offered at public and private institutions. So in your case you would be in ensino médio. The school term for 2002 in general goes: first semester from January 28 to June 27 then you have a break from June 28 to July 26 and second semester from July 29 to December 20 including final exam. Please check on the school calendar which you enrolled. The climate of Curitiba is wet and temperate owing to its geographic location on the eastern coast of Brazil with latitude south of the Tropic of Capricorn. The average temperatures are around 22°C. (71.6°F), with the temperatures dipping in the winter months to an average of 12 degrees C. (53.6 F). However, frost is not unheard of in Curitiba. The climate is similar to that of the states of Georgia or South Carolina in the United States.
For more Information about Curitiba check these sites:
http://www.curitiba.pr.gov.br/pmc/ingles/index.html
http://www.pr.gov.br/turismo
http://www.vivabrazil.com/parana.htm
I hope this will help you
Fernando
RE: I need advice
Posted by Fernando
On Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 11:13:46

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Hi Heather,
If you speak French, Portuguese will be easy! They have the same sentence structure.
Here are the information you asked:
Elementary school (ensino fundamental, formerly known as ensino de 1º grau) takes 8 years for completion; Age level from: 7 to: 14
Certificate/diploma awarded: Certificado de Conclusao de Primeiro Grau. High school (ensino médio, formerly known as ensino de 2º grau) takes 3 years Age level from: 15 to 17, covers from grades 9 to 11, Certificate/diploma awarded: Diploma de Segundo Grau. Basic education can be offered at public and private institutions. So in your case you would be in ensino médio. The school term for 2002 in general goes: first semester from January 28 to June 27 then you have a break from June 28 to July 26 and second semester from July 29 to December 20 including final exam. Please check on the school calendar which you enrolled. The climate of Curitiba is wet and temperate owing to its geographic location on the eastern coast of Brazil with latitude south of the Tropic of Capricorn. The average temperatures are around 22°C. (71.6°F), with the temperatures dipping in the winter months to an average of 12 degrees C. (53.6 F). However, frost is not unheard of in Curitiba. The climate is similar to that of the states of Georgia or South Carolina in the United States.
For more Information about Curitiba check these sites:
http://www.curitiba.pr.gov.br/pmc/ingles/index.html
http://www.pr.gov.br/turismo
http://www.vivabrazil.com/parana.htm
I hope this will help you
Fernando
RE: I need advice
Posted by Fernando
On Wednesday, February 27, 2002 at 11:14:02

Message:
Hi Heather,
If you speak French, Portuguese will be easy! They have the same sentence structure.
Here are the information you asked:
Elementary school (ensino fundamental, formerly known as ensino de 1º grau) takes 8 years for completion; Age level from: 7 to: 14
Certificate/diploma awarded: Certificado de Conclusao de Primeiro Grau. High school (ensino médio, formerly known as ensino de 2º grau) takes 3 years Age level from: 15 to 17, covers from grades 9 to 11, Certificate/diploma awarded: Diploma de Segundo Grau. Basic education can be offered at public and private institutions. So in your case you would be in ensino médio. The school term for 2002 in general goes: first semester from January 28 to June 27 then you have a break from June 28 to July 26 and second semester from July 29 to December 20 including final exam. Please check on the school calendar which you enrolled. The climate of Curitiba is wet and temperate owing to its geographic location on the eastern coast of Brazil with latitude south of the Tropic of Capricorn. The average temperatures are around 22°C. (71.6°F), with the temperatures dipping in the winter months to an average of 12 degrees C. (53.6 F). However, frost is not unheard of in Curitiba. The climate is similar to that of the states of Georgia or South Carolina in the United States.
For more Information about Curitiba check these sites:
http://www.curitiba.pr.gov.br/pmc/ingles/index.html
http://www.pr.gov.br/turismo
http://www.vivabrazil.com/parana.htm
I hope this will help you
Fernando
RE: I need advice
Posted by Cris
On Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 14:58:08

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Hey Heather,
I'm from Curitiba, and I think this is one of the best cities in Brazil to live.
The weather is not that great (it's kinda cold), but as a canadian, I guess you won't have troubles to get used with it. We have excellent schools and a lot of fun stuff to do (even if you are 16).
If you need any help, feel free to e-mail me.
Cris
RE: I need advice
Posted by Cris
On Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 14:58:51

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Hey Heather,
I'm from Curitiba, and I think this is one of the best cities in Brazil to live.
The weather is not that great (it's kinda cold), but as a canadian, I guess you won't have troubles to get used with it. We have excellent schools and a lot of fun stuff to do (even if you are 16).
If you need any help, feel free to e-mail me.
Cris
RE: I need advice
Posted by Randy Paul
On Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 16:27:57

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I would also like to comment that Curitiba is one of the best cities in the world to live: beautiful parks, less crazy traffic, lots of beautiful places to walk and my favorite fast food place to eat in all of Brazil: Mr. Sheik!

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