Reviews of CAREL, Royan, France

Total No. of Reviews: 109
NOTE: All evaluations are authentic. Only former participants who have booked a course with us at the school can publish evaluations after the end of the course. Schools could therefore not manipulate evaluations and you can trust in all published evaluations.

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CAREL, Royan, France
4.2/5.0 
(109 reviews)
City 3.8/5.0 
Organisation 4.2/5.0 
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 (apartment) 3.7/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
19. Aug. 2014
1. Bek (14 years)  -  Kazakhstan
1. Junior Programme (12-17 years) - 3 weeks

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5. Aug. 2014
2. (14 years)  - 
2. Junior Programme (12-17 years) - 3 weeks

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The teachers' availability, the study materials, the sports activities in the afternoon
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A lot of the CAREL students are Spanish, so you need to to integrate yourself despite the difference in language.
21. Jul. 2014
3. Axel (17 years)  - 
3. ANGLAIS SCOLAIRE 30h (11-18 ans) - 1 week

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10. Jun. 2014
4. (33 years)  - 
4. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The lessons were a great mix of speaking, listening and reading comprehension and grammar. Due to the direct correction and the large number of international classmates, I could easily improve my knowledge of French.
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After school, from 16 clock, You can explore the area around Royan. For this purpose I recommend to use a bike or car.
18. Nov. 2013
5. Irina (39 years)  - 
5. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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11. Nov. 2013
6. (30 years)  - 
6. Intensive French Course with Professional Internship - 4 weeks

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loved the system of teaching, teachers and the general atmosphere in the school. I would like to go back there again!
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Thank you very much for your work!
6. Jan. 2013
7. (13 years)  -  Ireland
7. Junior Programme (12-17 years) SPECIAL - 2 weeks

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Easy to find
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8. Aug. 2012
8. (60 years)  - 
8. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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Interaction with other students from different countries; excellent teaching from highly competent and enthusiastic teacher.
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I would certainly re-book for next year if I return to holiday in this area.
30. Jul. 2012
9. (15 years)  -  Spain
9. Junior Programme (12-17 years) - 2 weeks

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My classmates.
7. Nov. 2011
10. (28 years)  -  Canada
10. General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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The teachers are very nice and helpful. The school has a wonderful reference library to aid with studying. The city is small and very boring in the off-season, but it
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Go on the trips, you
7. Nov. 2011
11. (28 years)  - 
11. General French Intensive - 3 weeks

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Different media and ways to learn and consolidate the language skills.
25. Sep. 2011
12. (51 years)  - 
12. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The very dedicated and imaginative teachers, varied teaching; flexibility of teachers, focusing on communication
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I would definitely take more than two weeks of classes next time.
1. Sep. 2011
13. (28 years)  - 
13. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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Homestay - High Season
15. Aug. 2011
14. (42 years)  - 
14. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The mix of nationalities (on average about 80 students from 20 nations) and ages (approx. 21-60 years). A good value for money. The city of Royan is not comparable to places like Nice, Paris, Bordeaux, but there are many possibilities for activities, and during the week, it is easier to focus on the lessons than in the above mentioned places.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
The horseback ride through the forest next to St. George de Didonne is also great for beginners who have never even ridden before!
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My accommodation in a host family was a bit grubby but my hostess was very friendly, helpful, and a good cook of the French cuisine! Also, she talked a lot with me, so I would absolutely recommend to stay with a host family. However, you should be prepared that the idea of cleanliness and order may be different than your own.
6. Jun. 2011
15. (36 years)  -  Spain
15. General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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Cheap, residence in front of the school, studio TV used by the students (it's really funny!), beaches, classes with projector... Very very, professional... someone told me that it was one of the two best language schools in France, I really think it.
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If you want to pass the DELF, you CAN do it in the school in one day, one day simulation test a week, a lot of parking, very good teachers ... I think for a Spaniard with a car, who wants to take the DELF it is the best value for the money in France (I've been to three different schools).
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Marilyn is a super professional teacher, she teaches very well, and is also very pretty!
11. Oct. 2010
16. (41 years)  - 
16. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The teacher was very experienced, and the multimedia centre was very well equipped.
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Make sure you're given a proper introduction to the school facilities - because only I and one other student began on the first day of my course we didn't receive a proper introduction and it took me a week to work out what facilities were available and how to access them.
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The school teaches in a very formal way - it isn't interactive and doesn't support those who are struggling. Each student is expected to take care of their own needs. I fell between two levels and was put in the higher class which I found difficult and demoralising.
14. Sep. 2010
17. (23 years)  - 
17. General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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Shared Apartment - High Season
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The diversity of the social activities and the innovative teaching techniques
13. Sep. 2010
18. (36 years)  - 
18. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The cosy atmosphere
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In my case, the different levels in the class affected my learning.
31. Aug. 2010
19. (49 years)  - 
19. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The variety of students, the situation..
25. Aug. 2010
20. (17 years)  - 
20. Junior Programme (12-17 years) - 2 weeks

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The people, the teachers and the sports program.
16. Aug. 2010
21. (28 years)  - 
21. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The residence, Lycee l'atlantique, has no kitchen.
13. Aug. 2010
22. (52 years)  - 
22. General French Intensive - 1 week

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Excellent teachers, good technical equipment, accurate evaluation of progress and indications for further improvements.
3. Aug. 2010
23. (14 years)  - 
23. Junior Programme (12-17 years) - 2 weeks

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Congratulations for the welcome of the teachers and guides. Really good service.
14. Jul. 2010
24. (31 years)  -  Ireland
24. General French Intensive - 3 weeks

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It was easy to find one's way around the school. There was an excellent library and computer room. It was located close to the town.
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Be aware that the school has no cantine facilites.
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The Erasmus accommodation was awful. It was filthy on my arrival. I had to go to the supermarket to buy cleaning products as the surfaces were black with dirt. The bed was really a matress on the floor. There was a disgusting smell coming from the fridge and mould growing around the shower curtain. I even wore flip flops in the shower. I tried to spend as little time as possible here.

 

Response from school
We have had an exceptionnal problem with some flats last summer which had been occupied for a previous period of 7 months and which have not been checked out in due time, thus leaving not enough time for thorough cleaning by the janitor. Please note that the mattress does lay on a low support and is not placed directly on the floor. Otherwise, flats in our residence are always cleant before arrival of students. A lot of our "back-comers" do ask for accomodation in the residence again.
5. Jul. 2010
25. (20 years)  - 
25. General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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28. Jun. 2010
26. (47 years)  -  France
26. General French Intensive - 1 week

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Well organised, friendly, helpful and plenty of learning aids.
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I only enrolled for 1 week, due to present circumstances, not long enough! Next time I will enrol for at least 4 weeks so I can progress further.
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I would recommend staying with a host family, mine were brilliant and made me feel really welcome.
23. Jun. 2010
27. (33 years)  - 
27. General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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Lunch breaks are too long
22. Jun. 2010
28. Gabriele (55 years)  - 
28. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The training in the language lab and the listening exercises could have been more extensive.
4. May. 2010
29. (24 years)  - 
29. General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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I especially liked the activities outside class. For example, I went to the welcome reception for new students in the nearby Irish Pub "Astoria" and was able to quickly establish contact with French people. For me it was important to practice French. The school also offers English courses for French .There you can find also very easy language partner
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Astoria and many other excursions.
28. Mar. 2010
30. (60 years)  -  United Kingdom
30. General French Intensive - 1 week

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The facilities were good. The teaching was well adapted to the needs of students
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I was told to report at 8.30 am on the 1st day but nothing happened until 9.20. After that the testing and placement took all morning and could have been much better organised.
22. Dec. 2009
31. (44 years)  -  United States
31. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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the professors are excellent
28. Aug. 2009
32. (49 years)  - 
32. Teacher training programme - 2 weeks

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To avoid accomodation at Erasmus residence
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To prefer summer courses
16. Aug. 2009
33. (31 years)  - 
33. General French Intensive - 3 weeks

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Good organisation, very friendly, good quality of lessons
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Don't miss the entertaining program!
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Choose to stay at with a host family!
29. Jun. 2009
34. (45 years)  - 
34. Intensive 25 - 3 weeks

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I can recommend this school if you are serious about learning French. Very dedicated and qualified teaching staff.
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School offers alot of different leisure activities - if you have time to attend apart from class and homework. The city itself had not much to offer. It caters more to retirees and tourists.
23. Jun. 2009
35. Dag (64 years)  -  Sweden
35. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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27. May. 2009
36. (56 years)  -  United States
36. General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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22. Feb. 2009
37. (31 years)  -  Russian Federation
37. General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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commnication with different people, including native speakers, during the classes and at social activities
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don't be shy, participate in as many group activities as possible
23. Dec. 2008
38. Judit (27 years)  - 
38. General French Intensive - 3 weeks

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18. Nov. 2008
39. (28 years)  - 
39. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The school/teachers put a lot of efforts to teach french with multimedia technologies and interactions with french people.
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Don't miss the zoo!
16. Nov. 2008
40. (52 years)  -  United States
40. General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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the multiculturalism of the student body. The ease of living in Royan.
15. Nov. 2008
41. Mrs Tamara (31 years)  -  France
41. General French Intensive - 8 weeks

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14. Nov. 2008
42. (26 years)  - 
42. General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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the animation program
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Carel is a wonderful place to study a language, to meet nice people and to have party. Almost every evening there is very varied animation programm so you get to know the other students very soon. The students are from all over the world and it´s very interesting to meet all. But you should pay attention about the placement test. So don´t hesitate to change the course, no matter if you are told that it is not possible. I think the best place to stay is either with a family (if you get along) - very good for learning French - or in an appartement. The Erasmus house is ok but not very comfortable. Royan is quite small and in the summer very touristic, the beach is a bit crowded, but anyway it´s great to be at the sea and in the evening there are lots of concerts and other animation. You shouldn´t miss the nice French restaurants, even if they are expensive and a bit touristic.
14. Nov. 2008
43. (25 years)  - 
43. Preparation course for University studies - 4 weeks

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The animation program
13. Nov. 2008
44. (56 years)  - 
44. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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go to Royan
22. Oct. 2008
45. (21 years)  - 
45. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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22. Oct. 2008
46. (31 years)  - 
46. 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
47. Stefano (33 years)  -  Italy
47. General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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7. May. 2008
48. (33 years)  - 
48. 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
49. (44 years)  - 
49. 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
50. (21 years)  - 
50. 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!

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