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an opening,

an entrance to something else

After a visit by the renowned writer Adrian Underhill to the school, he wrote the poem: “A Gateway is an opening, an entrance to something else,” a text that represents the meaning of our name in association with our work.

Read Professor Adrian Underhill’s words on your right:

        A Gateway é uma abertura;

Uma entrada para ‘algo mais’.

Você pode ver o que está além do portal

Que de alguma forma é valioso, especial, diferente,

Mas você só consegue chegar lá quando estiver pronto.

Então o portal se abre.

A Gateway tem uma guardiã

Que está além

E depois de ter construído a Gateway,

Diz aos que passam 'Olha, aqui é diferente'.

Atraindo assim os que estão na busca de ‘algo a mais"

E então o portal se abre"

        Gateway is an opening

An entrance to 'something else'

You can see what's beyond the gate

That It's somehow prized, special, not usual

But you can't get there till you're ready

And then the gate opens.

A Gateway has a keeper

Who has herself been beyond

And by setting up the Gateway

She tells the passers-by

Look, here and there are different

This attracts those who are after something else

And then the gate opens"


By Adrian Underhill - Hastings, England. (Adrian Underhill is a training Consultant in England and popular conference guest speaker)


Breaking the Sound Barrier

We refer to ourselves as a “craft school.” We create tailor-made courses to meet YOUR needs and goals. Our focus is to help you overcome barriers and bring you one step closer to your dream of listening, reading, understanding and speaking English. You can't talk about Gateway, you simply have to experience it and see its innovative method with your own eyes.


your investment

We create tailor-made courses and the foundation of our method is  building rapport and trust to develop a relationship that allows us to see each student’s prior knowledge, experiences, and ways of learning. Classes can be private or in groups with a maximum of 5 students. Since 1990, the school has maintained the proposal of offering English courses to a reduced number of students in order to guarantee teaching excellence.

Why choose Gateway

• Over 30 years of teaching excellence

• Tailor-made courses

• Comfortable environment

• Ideal methodology for people who have taken a variety of English courses but still do not speak and understand English well

• Maximum 5 students per class

Ted, Maria’s teddy bear, gazed out the bedroom window while he wondered about the many trips he would like to make with her. Ted thought he should stay home as he couldn’t speak English. Maria, therefore, decided she would teach all her teddy bears to speak English so that they could travel around the world together.

Every day, after school, through the chink of the curtain it was possible to catch a glimpse of the little girl teaching and dreaming about having a school.

The dream has evolved , the project has gained strength and they have had many experiences all over the world.

As an adult, Maria José having fulfilled her dream looks through her window at her English School which she founded in 1990 . Nowadays, she practices the philosophy she learned with Ted, the bear: you should break your own barriers and limits immersing yourself in the language as it is presented to you;

*Text based on the Maria José's true history (Gateway founder)



Gateway English School

Breaking the Sound Barrier


Once upon a time

there was a teddy bear who wanted to learn English

Avião de papel

"A Gateway is an opening,

an entrance to something else"


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