Reviews of CIAL Centro de Linguas, Faro, Portugal

Total No. of Reviews: 53
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.

Average Rating

Overall rating
CIAL Centro de Linguas, Faro, Portugal
4.2/5.0 
(53 reviews)
City 4.2/5.0 
Organisation 4.1/5.0 
Facilities 3.8/5.0 
Social activities 3.4/5.0 
Course Quality / Progress in language 4.4/5.0 
Value for money 4.2/5.0 
Accommodation
Host Family 4.4/5.0 
Shared flat (apartment) 4.5/5.0 
Other 4.4/5.0 
Individual Reviews
5. Aug. 2014
1. (25 years)  - 
1. Standard Course - 3 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
Faro Student House
Other
8. Jul. 2014
2. (59 years)  -  United Kingdom
2. Standard Course - 1 week

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Cristina, the teacher, was excellent. She was enthusiastic, friendly, highly professional and above all an excellent teacher. Cristina managed the very difficult task of dealing with a range of abilities and experience in the same class. Overall, the school's staff, including the office personnel, were friendly, highly efficient and very welcoming.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Sample the 'Mercado Municipal' directly opposite to experience the real flavour of Portugal.
4. Jul. 2014
3. (31 years)  -  Netherlands
3. Group + Workshop - 3 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Homestay
Shared flat (apartment)
Other
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Fabulous teacher!
10. Jun. 2014
4. (47 years)  - 
4. Combined 3 + 1 (15 Group + 5 Individual) - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
21. Apr. 2014
5. (65 years)  - 
5. Standard Course - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
Shared flat (apartment)
Other
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Welcoming team
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
The coffee and the market next door for the atmosphere
Other comments
Could encourage more homework between lessons, but that's only a personal opinion. I was there at a time where few students were there, so there were not many cultural activities...
4. Mar. 2014
6. (63 years)  - 
6. Combined 3 + 1 (15 Group + 5 Individual) - 1 week

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Nice rooms, clean, central location
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Old town, market in the morning
Other comments
Only one organized night out (great though), but the season was not the most favorable. Teaching less dynamic than in Lisbon or Porto.
10. Jun. 2013
7. (44 years)  - 
7. Standard Course - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Small and friendly school with individualized instructions and super nice, qualified teaching staff.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Rent a car and do a trip to Algarve. Alternatively you can travel by train or bus.
Other comments
I'm very satisfied!
4. Mar. 2013
8. (47 years)  -  Switzerland
8. Standard Course - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Excellent teacher.
3. Sep. 2012
9. Anna (27 years)  -  Russian Federation
9. Standard Course - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Homestay
Shared flat (apartment)
Other
13. Aug. 2012
10. (23 years)  -  Netherlands
10. Summer Course - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
Shared flat (apartment)
Other
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The teacher was great.
28. May. 2012
11. (55 years)  -  Sweden
11. Standard Course - 1 week

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
Shared flat (apartment)
Other
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Teacher, other students, Faro
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Perhaps Faro is not the best place, but the public transport to Albufeira, where we lived, was nice.
Other comments
I will continue to study in Faro!
7. Jan. 2012
12. (53 years)  - 
12. Standard Course - 1 week

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Homestay
Shared flat (apartment)
Other
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Personal attention and customoisation of lessons
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Very easy to travel to other towns by train and bus. Silves was best.
Other comments
Only downside was lack of other students (only one other) which limited social activities
15. Nov. 2011
13. (55 years)  -  Sweden
13. Standard Course - 1 week

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Other
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Cristina Palma was a very good teacher. We were only 3 students, we became a family. Nice!
12. Sep. 2011
14. (61 years)  -  Sweden
14. Standard Course - 1 week

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Homestay
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Location
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Great difficulty for the school to explain the hostfamily address. The teacher refused to explain in English, because they prefered to speak Portugese. Very good but, minutes later the teacher was explaining for several minutes in German for the German students. The student book was bad.
23. Aug. 2011
15. (49 years)  -  Spain
15. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 1 week

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Homestay
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The teachers and classmates.
Other comments
The host family got the wrong information about my arrival date.
9. May. 2011
16. (30 years)  - 
16. Standard Course - 1 week

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Homestay
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Small group size (2 people); friendly teachers
28. Mar. 2011
17. Felix (55 years)  - 
17. Combined course - group 3 lessons/ day + individual 1 lesson/day - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Other
7. Oct. 2010
18. (48 years)  - 
18. Standard Course - 4 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The friendliness of the teachers and the teaching method.
20. Sep. 2010
19. (34 years)  - 
19. Standard Course - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Other
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Family atmosphere
18. May. 2010
20. (39 years)  -  Ireland
20. Standard Course - 1 week

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Homestay
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The friendly staff
22. Feb. 2010
21. Melissa (31 years)  -  United Kingdom
21. Standard Course - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Other
Additional information
Other comments
Friendly helpful staff. Enjoyed the course. Was worth the money.
6. Aug. 2009
22. (47 years)  - 
22. Standard Course - 1 week

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Other
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Very, very nice persons
Other comments
It was just a great time !!!
22. Jun. 2009
23. Daniel (28 years)  - 
23. Standard Course - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Homestay
17. Dec. 2008
24. (32 years)  - 
24. Standard Course - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Homestay
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Quality education, sympathy of the teachers, leisure activities super interesting
19. Nov. 2008
25. (43 years)  -  Belgium
25. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Other
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Very nice staff. Small and friendly school.
14. Nov. 2008
26. (26 years)  - 
26. Standard Course - 1 week

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
Other
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
few students in each class
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
very small and friendly school
Other comments
lovely small city
18. Sep. 2008
27.  - 
27. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Homestay
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
cultural activities
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
take a boat and go to the beach of Ilha Deserta - lovely and amazing!
25. Aug. 2008
28. (48 years)  - 
28. Summer Course - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Other
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
nice and good teachers
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
more conversation, less grammar
5. Oct. 2007
29. (56 years)  -  United Kingdom
29. Standard Course - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The quality of the teaching and the friendliness of the staff.
5. Sep. 2007
30. (35 years)  -  Italy
30. Summer Group Course - 1 week

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
Shared flat (apartment)
Other
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
teacher Gracia
Other comments
Very good organization
13. Jun. 2007
31. (47 years)  - 
31. Combined Group + Individual (3hrs + 1hr) Course - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
very personal treatment, teachers really interested in their students' progress.
Other comments
Very nice little school!
14. Mar. 2007
32. (69 years)  - 
32. Standard Course - 1 week

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Open-hearted staff.
13. Feb. 2007
33. (58 years)  - 
33. Group 3h/day, 4 weeks - 4 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
the teachers
26. Oct. 2006
34. (39 years)  - 
34. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 3h/day - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Small classes, friendly and flexible teachers
4. Oct. 2006
35. Claire (21 years)  -  United Kingdom
35. Standard - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
4. Sep. 2006
36. Nataliia (23 years)  -  Ukraine
36. Summer, group - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
3. Sep. 2006
37. Luis (50 years)  - 
37. Summer, group - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Other
31. Jul. 2006
38. (30 years)  -  United Kingdom
38. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The Quality of the Teaching
5. May. 2006
39. (27 years)  -  France
39. Easter, group - 2 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
There were only 2 students in my class, so we had a lot of one-on-one attention.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
They use a textbook.
30. Apr. 2006
40. Klaus (51 years)  - 
40. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 1 week

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
19. Dec. 2005
41.  -  Norway
41. Standard - 4 weeks

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Good teacher
Other comments
Few computers in relation to the amount of students
19. Dec. 2005
42.  - 
42. Intensive - 1 week

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Nice teachers
19. Dec. 2005
43. (46 years)  -  United Kingdom
43. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 2h/day - 1 week

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Other
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Quality of teaching
Other comments
Very friendly centre in Faro, all staff helpful.
4. Sep. 2005
44. Anonymous (29 years)  - 
44. One-to-One

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
28. Aug. 2005
45. Anonymous (18 years)  - 
45. General

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
31. Mar. 2005
46. (31 years)  -  Germany
46. General

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
The teachers
16. Sep. 2004
47. (37 years)  - 
47. General

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
Beautiful location near the center. Staff is always helpful and friendly.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Don´t miss a trip to Sagres and the beaches near Sagres. You can get a good rate for a car-rental at the airport. Sharing a car with some students are less expensive and definitely a good thing.
Other comments
There are 4 classrooms and a nice yard. At each level there were not more than 3 students, even in August. It seems Faro is less crowdy than most of other places. For some partypeople may be a bit slow, but perfect for combining study and leisure. My teacher prefered to teach less grammatical issues and the focus was always on speaking, listening and comprehension. The book was excellent. You can take your own copy home. If you like they will sell you a exercise book and grammar book for the same price as the local bookstore.
16. Sep. 2004
48. (31 years)  - 
48. General

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
teachers are friendly
25. Aug. 2004
49.  -  Japan
49. General

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
Additional information
Positive aspects of school
family atomosphere
Other comments
Gool location and friendly staff
12. Aug. 2004
50. Marco (30 years)  -  Schweiz
50. General

Overall rating
Value for money
Detailed review
City/place
School organization
Facilities (library, classrooms)
Social activities
Quality of teaching / language progress
Accommodation
Host Family
Additional information
Other comments
visit ilha Deserta (Faro)

I Liked
about LanguageCourse.net
  • Abrahan (23): I liked the experience of LanguageCourse.Net, they... more
  • Piotr (35): Good service, helpful.... more
  • Jacqueline (24): I highly recommend booking with... more
*required