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Reviews of CAREL, Royan, France - Page 2

Total number of reviews: 117
NOTE: All reviews are authentic. Only students who booked their course through us can publish evaluations here, and only after the end of their programme. These evaluations then are not manipulated in any way, neither by us nor by the school, and can be trusted as honest opinions about personal experiences with the school.

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CAREL, Royan, France
4.2/5.0 
(117 reviews)
City 3.8/5.0 
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Facilities 4.5/5.0 
Social activities 4.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.3/5.0 
Value for money 4.1/5.0 
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Shared Flat 4.0/5.0 
other 3.9/5.0 
Individual Reviews
14. Nov. 2008
51. (25 years)  - 
51. Preparation course for University studies - 4 weeks

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The animation program
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The animation program
13. Nov. 2008
52. (56 years)  - 
52. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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go to Royan
22. Oct. 2008
53. (21 years)  - 
53. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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22. Oct. 2008
54. (31 years)  - 
54. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The quality, level and delivery of the chosen language content, as well as the wide variety of very interesting social activities.
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I feel that it is absolutely necessary to spend some time with a guest family during your stay.
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I hear that Royan is quite a "dead" city in the winter months, but I arrived in Spring just before the summer boom. Therefore, slowly more students were attending the school CARAL and this resulted in increased activities. For any meaningful language progress, I feel that it is necessary to connect with a French family and to NOT cluster with people from your home country/language. I had an all-around amazing, but short (2-week) experience. This was, in part, due to luck since my guest family was quick amazing and lived directly next to the school. The region around Royan has much to offer and I wish that I could have stayed much longer.
3. Sep. 2008
55. Stefano (33 years)  -  Italy
55. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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7. May. 2008
56. (33 years)  - 
56. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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accomodation with host family, excursion La Rochelle
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Two weeks language course is the minimum. Better wood be one month or more if possible.
9. Apr. 2008
57. (44 years)  - 
57. General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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the global quality of carel
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I'm very pleased to have chosen Carel
20. Dec. 2007
58. (21 years)  - 
58. General French intensive - 2 weeks

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The whole atmosphere and the spririt of learning and teaching at the CAREL.
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Join the animation programm and be open for everything!
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I loved the library; it is very good and perfect for some extra research or just for fun (tv, books, newspapers etc.). Big bonus for the animation programm and the whole staff: very friendly and always there for answering questions and supporting the students. Good mix of different methods!
15. Nov. 2007
59. (24 years)  -  No Country Selected
59. General French intensive - 4 weeks

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in the fall and winter there are a lot fewer students
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voice your comments to the teacher, they are very receptive to suggestions
14. Nov. 2007
60. (52 years)  - 
60. General French intensive - 2 weeks

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The activities organized after the classes are very diverse, so something for everyone!
12. Sep. 2007
61. (24 years)  - 
61. General French intensive - 3 weeks

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the organisation, the teacher too
29. Aug. 2007
62. (29 years)  -  No Country Selected
62. General French intensive - 9 weeks

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The friendly atmosphere and the helpful staff
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Courses run for 2 weeks then a new course starts. So try to stay for an even number of weeks.
27. Aug. 2007
63. (18 years)  -  Austria
63. 3 weeks

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we met people from many countries you wouldn`t get to know usually
26. Jul. 2007
64. (30 years)  - 
64. General French intensive - 2 weeks

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4. Apr. 2007
65. (20 years)  -  Netherlands
65. General French intensive - 4 weeks

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Don't have a doubt, just do it! it's great!!
8. Mar. 2007
66.  -  United Kingdom
66. General French intensive - 5 weeks

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go for a shared flat or host family, you speak so much more french.
4. Jan. 2007
67. (62 years)  - 
67. General French intensive - 4 weeks

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The quality and standard of the teachers and the teaching. The friendliness of all the students and their determination to enjoy themselves. The happy atmosphere.
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There were 13 in our class, which was too many to get enough practice at speaking French.
24. Nov. 2006
68. (30 years)  - 
68. General French intensive - 2 weeks

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This town is on the sea, so the best season is SUMMER!!
11. Oct. 2006
69. (29 years)  - 
69. General French intensive - 3 weeks

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very good teachers
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i think this school is perfect. you can learn how to pronounce in a language laboratory and how to speak with other people. the grade of my level was appropriate. i would do the course any time again!
27. Sep. 2006
70. (21 years)  - 
70. General French intensive - 3 weeks

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the building and the well experienced teachers
27. Sep. 2006
71. Katrin (64 years)  - 
71. General French intensive - 2 weeks

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activities included mostly parties and sports; there is more ....
13. Sep. 2006
72. (23 years)  - 
72. General French intensive - 5 weeks

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the médiateque, where there are lots of books, magazines, CD and DVD to improve the language
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Please, don't think to be on holiday, because you need to concentrate in order to learn as much as possible. How can you improve your French without going to lessons or without doing the homeworks?
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The CAREL is very good, because is not only a language school, but it is also linked to the University of Poitiers. Some teachers have a lack of experience, but in general are very good and friendly.
6. Sep. 2006
73. (21 years)  - 
73. General French intensive - 4 weeks

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the international atmosphere
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join every attractions that carel offers to you!
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Carel is a fantastic school with lots of possibilities to improve the language skills. meeting people from all around the world and finding wonderful new friendships is the best way to feel like home. all the teachers in Carel are very interested in pushing you to have success in your future career. Carel is like a big family! everyone will help you and never leave you alone. There is so much to do and it is great fun!
31. Aug. 2006
74. (21 years)  - 
74. General French intensive - 3 weeks

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To go to Royan, unable to Bordeaux, it is really difficult to go from Bordeaux to Royan. It is much easier to go to Paris and go to Royan by train (about two trains per day)
23. Aug. 2006
75. (38 years)  -  Spain
75. General French intensive - 2 weeks

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just enjoy.
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All the teachers are very good, each one with its own style. Well done carel. It is great that the students come from all over the world not only from one or two countries. It is a pity that the internet access is not for free.
9. Aug. 2006
76. (36 years)  - 
76. General French intensive - 3 weeks

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Excellent Teachers, well organized, very modern methods.....
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They stopped teaching in French only If I needed a word translated, it was no problem.
9. Aug. 2006
77. (39 years)  -  Belgium
77. General French intensive (Group and Individual) - 4 weeks

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Wonderful Professor - very patient with newbies!
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Take advantage of the Media Center, well equipped and useful for studying.
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Very international school, so be aware that this affects your classroom learning - various accents and levels of study contributes for an interesting learning environment. Furthermore the school is very well organized and available in your regards. Majority of students in the intensive summer course were university aged, and activities are geared more for this group age, but good interaction with everyone even if you are older and willing to be social. I highly recommend CAREL.
31. Jul. 2006
78. Daniela  - 
78. General French intensive - 6 weeks

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29. May. 2006
79.  - 
79. General French intensive - 3 weeks

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The host family!
27. Feb. 2006
80. Henrik (20 years)  - 
80. General

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cote sauvage, the coast near royan which leads to the open atlantic......very beautiful
27. Feb. 2006
81. (20 years)  - 
81. General

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I was surprised how friendly and caring everyone was. It was also really great to see that not all French people are concentrating on the French language, but are open-minded for the ones that have problems with foreign languages. We all know that France is a little bit selfish considering this fact.
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can't speak for everyone, but I just loved my teacher, because she always had a great bond with the whole class and that motivates a lot. I haven't regret this course for one single hour.
19. Dec. 2005
82. Siurana  - 
82. General French intensive - 2 weeks

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19. Dec. 2005
83.  - 
83. General French intensive - 2 weeks

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The course was very good
9. Sep. 2005
84. (33 years)  -  Icelandic
84. General

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multi cultural and friendly
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I would like to come again !
8. Sep. 2005
85. (21 years)  -  Uk
85. General

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A good school. I was unlucky with my host family, which turned out to be just a woman who had just split up with her partner.
25. Aug. 2005
86. Anonymous (26 years)  - 
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15. Aug. 2005
87. (59 years)  -  United States
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2. Aug. 2005
88. Anonymous  - 
88. General

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30. Jul. 2005
89. (22 years)  - 
89. General

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The motivation of the teacher was excellent
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I was very pleased how my teachers created their lessons. It was very interessting and met many different subjects. Also it was a pleasure to see that the teachers seemed to enjoy the lessons, too. Royan was a great experience!
28. Jul. 2005
90. (29 years)  -  Spain
90. General

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28. Jul. 2005
91. (38 years)  - 
91. Super Intensive (+35h)

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the organization was very good
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Carel is a very good school! The teacher are very nice, friendly and helpful, instructions are varied and good
1. Jul. 2005
92. Aitziber (30 years)  - 
92. Super Intensive (+35h)

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If your written level is better than the oral one, you better fail on the written test on purpose since there's no oral test. If you don't do it like this, you're gonna be placed in a wrong class, so you'll need to ask to be moved...
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It is essential to conduct an oral test. I've been already studying French for two years and I was placed in the highest level! I moved to another course, but it was not enough. I really think teachers are not sufficiently engaged in framing the students at their correct level.
1. Jul. 2005
93. (35 years)  - 
93. General

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There's not much to do during winter season.
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There should be also an oral test, besides the written one.
25. Jun. 2005
94. Anonymous (54 years)  - 
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19. Apr. 2005
95. Anonymous (29 years)  - 
95. Super Intensive (+35h)

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20. Dec. 2004
96. (33 years)  - 
96. General

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very good choice of books and movies
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If you have any problem in your class, talk to your teacher! It´s worth doing it!
20. Sep. 2004
97. Anonymous (31 years)  - 
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better bring your car
2. Sep. 2004
98. (33 years)  - 
98. General

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It is an excellent language school. I strongly recommend it.
30. Aug. 2004
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good audio-visual-internet facilities
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small school but well orientated.
19. Aug. 2004
100. Anonymous (40 years)  -  Germany
100. General

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it seems to me that the school is well organized and the teachers are very friendly and also - and that is more important - very very competent!!!

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