Reviews of Académie Linguistique Charlemagne, Montreal, Canada

Total No. of Reviews: 37
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Académie Linguistique Charlemagne, Montreal, Canada
3.9/5.0 
(37 reviews)
City 4.7/5.0 
Organisation 3.7/5.0 
Facilities 3.5/5.0 
Social activities 2.9/5.0 
Course Quality / Progress in language 4.2/5.0 
Value for money 4.0/5.0 
Accommodation
Host Family 3.8/5.0 
Shared flat (apartment) 4.1/5.0 
Other 4.2/5.0 
Individual Reviews
12. Nov. 2013
1. Marcelo (36 years)  - 
1. Semi-Intensive (15) - 4 weeks

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3. Oct. 2013
2. (37 years)  - 
2. Semi-Intensive (15) - 2 weeks

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18. Aug. 2013
3. (65 years)  - 
3. Intensive (25) - 3 weeks

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The friendly teachers and pleasant climate in the classroom.
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The summer festival "Place des Arts"
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The speech rate of the characters within the videoclips were so high that it was very hard for untrained students.
22. Jul. 2013
4. (28 years)  -  United States
4. Intensive (25) - 1 week

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Small class size (individualized attention), excellent and personable professors, students from varying nationalities and backgrounds
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For the full-day program, bring a lunch. There are lots of cafes and restaurants nearby but not much time to buy and eat lunch between classes. I brought a sandwich and ate in the Parc Saint-Louis. Speak the target language with your fellow students, and try to make plans with them outside of class. Plan to carry your books to and from class every day.
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I'm not sure I was placed in the best level to suit my needs, but due to the small class sizes and great professors, everyone is challenged at the appropriate level. The facilities were great, but the computer lab and wifi were not available the week I was there. Unless you have a smartphone with an international data plan, make sure you map out your day before you leave the house in the morning.
11. Sep. 2012
5. (28 years)  -  Spain
5. Intensive French or English (FRA 25/ENG25) - 4 weeks

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10. Sep. 2012
6. (36 years)  -  United States
6. Intensive French (FRA 25) - 1 week

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The location of the school was perfect.
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Overall, the school was good. The instructors were very knowledgeable. There were, however, no social activities. The restroom was clean at the beginning of the week, but never got cleaned during the week.
29. Aug. 2012
7. (25 years)  -  Spain
7. Intensive French or English (FRA 25/ENG25) - 3 weeks

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We were 2 or 3 in class.
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Ask for internet in the accommodation, because I didn't have. Public swimming-pools are free.
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Depends on the teacher, one was really good, the other one was really bad.
25. Jun. 2012
8. (23 years)  - 
8. Standard Group and Business Individual combination (French or English) - 2 weeks

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Small groups, so the classes were adapted to each student.
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The activity program was very poor and the staff couldn't give much information about the surrounding/leisure activities - in need of improvement!
8. May. 2012
9. (38 years)  -  Spain
9. Semi - Intensive French or English (FRA15/ENG15) - 16 weeks

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7. May. 2012
10. (25 years)  -  Spain
10. Semi - Intensive French or English (FRA15/ENG15) - 22 weeks

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If you go in the winter, you will be somewhat isolated because the school doesn't organise any activities and that makes it hard to meet people and continue learning outside of class while helping you integrate and make your stay as enjoyable as possible. In this aspect I give the school a zero because they are not at all concerned about the integration of their students, they limit themselves to the classes.
18. Oct. 2011
11. Juan (23 years)  -  Spain
11. Semi - Intensive French or English (FRA15/ENG15) - 3 weeks

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1. Sep. 2011
12. (39 years)  -  United States
12. Intensive French (FRA 25) - 2 weeks

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Excellent instructors. Smaller class sizes.
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This school doesn't organise as many social activities as other schools, so it's probably better for older students or people who like to do things by themselves.
8. Aug. 2011
13. Ander (32 years)  -  Spain
13. Intensive French or English (FRA 25/ENG25) - 4 weeks

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20. Dec. 2010
14. (36 years)  -  Bermuda
14. Intensive French or English (FRA 25/ENG25) - 1 week

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The teachers are excellent. They build on what students already know and encourage conversation in an informal, light-hearted and friendly manner. Teaching materials and methods focus on real-life scenarios rather than more traditional methods, so students build confidence quickly.
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Thank you!
11. Oct. 2010
15. Adriana (36 years)  -  Canada
15. Semi - Intensive French (FRA15) - 7 weeks

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Too much homework, personally I think students want to learn but have fun too when they go to Canada, and 3 hours daily of homework is not really having fun, if I would have known this school gave students so much homework I would have enrolled in another one.
12. Sep. 2010
16. (28 years)  - 
16. Intensive French or English (FRA 25/ENG25) - 12 weeks

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25. Aug. 2010
17. (28 years)  -  United States
17. Intensive French or English (FRA 25/ENG25) - 2 weeks

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Everything, but mostly the teachers, they were well prepared and they spoke only in french with the students. I learn a great deal.
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come prepare to practice your french instead of expecting to learn it there, it goes a little to fast if you are only there for few weeks.
17. Aug. 2010
18. (26 years)  - 
18. Intensive French (FRA 25) - 3 weeks

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Each student is monitored individually, competent teachers.
17. Aug. 2010
19. (59 years)  -  United States
19. Part time French (FRA10) - 1 week

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A very good teacher!
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My host family was very welcoming - the best I've ever experienced!
3. Aug. 2010
20. (20 years)  - 
20. Semi - Intensive French (FRA15) - 3 weeks

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Teachers were caring and close to each student. As the school is very small, everyone knows everyone (around 30 students), they monitor your learning process, its like a family.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
We rented a flat in cristoph street, it's an area where they rent houses to tourists, really close to the school and the city centre. My classmates told me that the homestays are about 30 minutes (public transportation) away from the school so, if you go with another person at least, I would really recommend you to rent a flat or go to a hostel and look for it once you are there. There are many ads there and it maybe cheaper to rent once you arrive, and you also see the place beforehand.
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Tips: -Go to Ney York (7 hours by bus) -Niagara falls (near Toronto)- 7 hours by bus but INCREDIBLE! -party and beer in St.Laurent and St.Denis -If you drink of smoke, bear in mind that, over there, it is very expensive. Buy it on the Duty Free instead. -Metro is expensive, rent a bike (28 CAN$ per month), cross Jacques Cartier bridge and visit the islands, around Gilles Villeneuve,is free and incredible. Enjoy your stay, buy jeans and pressies and at the dollarama!
27. Jul. 2010
21. (25 years)  - 
21. Semi - Intensive French (FRA15) - 3 weeks

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7. Dec. 2009
22. (29 years)  -  Canada
22. Part time French or English (FRA10/ENG10) - 3 weeks

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that we were only 5 students!important for the progress!
30. Nov. 2009
23. Jonas (20 years)  -  Denmark
23. Part time French (FRA10) - 16 weeks

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2. Nov. 2009
24. (24 years)  - 
24. Semi - Intensive French or English (FRA15/ENG15) - 3 weeks

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the number of pupils per class was not high
14. Oct. 2009
25. Duygu (23 years)  - 
25. Intensive English (FRA 25/ENG25) + Evening Course English (FRA06/ENG06) - 8 weeks

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12. Sep. 2009
26. Pablo (22 years)  - 
26. Semi - Intensive French or English (FRA15/ENG15) - 3 weeks

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2. Sep. 2009
27. (21 years)  -  United Kingdom
27. Semi - Intensive French or English (FRA15/ENG15) - 8 weeks

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small classes helped me improve my French quickly and making some great friends.
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Stay in a host family!
25. Aug. 2009
28. (15 years)  -  France
28. Intensive English (ENG25) - 4 weeks

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people who come all around the world.
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I think is better if you give more time for eat, like one hour. It's good one hour. You have the time.
25. Aug. 2009
29. (22 years)  -  Italy
29. Intensive French or English (FRA 25/ENG25) - 4 weeks

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14. Aug. 2009
30. (19 years)  - 
30. Part time French (FRA10) - 3 weeks

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the people and the teachers, they were great with us.
13. Aug. 2009
31. Marcela (20 years)  - 
31. Part time French (FRA10) - 3 weeks

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Very friendly staff. Hard to find the building at first, but once you know where it is, it is indeed very well located. Good school and good courses.
10. Aug. 2009
32. Alberto (25 years)  - 
32. Semi - Intensive French or English (FRA15/ENG15) - 3 weeks

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31. Jul. 2009
33. (23 years)  - 
33. Semi - Intensive French - 16 weeks

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in general everything was very organized and both the teachers and the headmistress were really gentle and helpful
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for me living in montreal has been one of the best experiences in my life!
15. Jul. 2009
34. (26 years)  -  United States
34. Intensive French or English (FRA 25/ENG25) - 2 weeks

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The teachers!
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Class was really fun and the teachers made learning French enjoyable. The pace of instruction was just right too.
29. Jun. 2009
35. (27 years)  - 
35. Semi - Intensive French or English (FRA15/ENG15) - 3 weeks

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small classes
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Internet and computers were not available when I was there.
10. Jun. 2009
36. (48 years)  - 
36. Individual French or English course (CIND) - 2 weeks

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fine and small
26. May. 2009
37. Beck (48 years)  - 
37. Individual French or English course (CIND) - 3 weeks

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