Reviews of CIAL Centro de Linguas, Faro, Portugal

Total No. of Reviews: 48
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CIAL Centro de Linguas, Faro, Portugal
4.2/5.0 
(48 reviews)
City 4.1/5.0 
Organisation 4.1/5.0 
Facilities 3.7/5.0 
Social activities 3.4/5.0 
Course Quality / Progress in language 4.4/5.0 
Value for money 4.2/5.0 
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Host Family 4.4/5.0 
Shared flat (apartment) 4.6/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
4. Mar. 2014
1. (63 years)  - 
1. Combined 3 + 1 (15 Group + 5 Individual) - 1 week

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10. Jun. 2013
2. (44 years)  - 
2. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Small and friendly school with individualized instructions and super nice, qualified teaching staff.
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Rent a car and do a trip to Algarve. Alternatively you can travel by train or bus.
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I'm very satisfied!
4. Mar. 2013
3. (47 years)  -  Switzerland
3. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Excellent teacher.
3. Sep. 2012
4. Anna (27 years)  -  Russian Federation
4. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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13. Aug. 2012
5. (23 years)  -  Netherlands
5. Summer Course - 2 weeks

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The teacher was great.
28. May. 2012
6. (55 years)  -  Sweden
6. Standard Course - 1 week

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Teacher, other students, Faro
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Perhaps Faro is not the best place, but the public transport to Albufeira, where we lived, was nice.
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I will continue to study in Faro!
7. Jan. 2012
7. (53 years)  - 
7. Standard Course - 1 week

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Personal attention and customoisation of lessons
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Very easy to travel to other towns by train and bus. Silves was best.
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Only downside was lack of other students (only one other) which limited social activities
15. Nov. 2011
8. (55 years)  -  Sweden
8. Standard Course - 1 week

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Cristina Palma was a very good teacher. We were only 3 students, we became a family. Nice!
12. Sep. 2011
9. (61 years)  -  Sweden
9. Standard Course - 1 week

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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
10. (49 years)  -  Spain
10. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 1 week

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The teachers and classmates.
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The host family got the wrong information about my arrival date.
9. May. 2011
11. (30 years)  - 
11. Standard Course - 1 week

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Small group size (2 people); friendly teachers
28. Mar. 2011
12. Felix (55 years)  - 
12. Combined course - group 3 lessons/ day + individual 1 lesson/day - 2 weeks

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7. Oct. 2010
13. (48 years)  - 
13. Standard Course - 4 weeks

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20. Sep. 2010
14. (34 years)  - 
14. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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18. May. 2010
15. (39 years)  -  Ireland
15. Standard Course - 1 week

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The friendly staff
22. Feb. 2010
16. Melissa (31 years)  -  United Kingdom
16. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Friendly helpful staff. Enjoyed the course. Was worth the money.
6. Aug. 2009
17. (47 years)  - 
17. Standard Course - 1 week

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Very, very nice persons
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It was just a great time !!!
22. Jun. 2009
18. Daniel (28 years)  - 
18. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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17. Dec. 2008
19. (32 years)  - 
19. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Quality education, sympathy of the teachers, leisure activities super interesting
19. Nov. 2008
20. (43 years)  -  Belgium
20. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

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Very nice staff. Small and friendly school.
14. Nov. 2008
21. (26 years)  - 
21. Standard Course - 1 week

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few students in each class
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very small and friendly school
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lovely small city
18. Sep. 2008
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22. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

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take a boat and go to the beach of Ilha Deserta - lovely and amazing!
25. Aug. 2008
23. (48 years)  - 
23. Summer Course - 2 weeks

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nice and good teachers
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more conversation, less grammar
5. Oct. 2007
24. (56 years)  -  United Kingdom
24. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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The quality of the teaching and the friendliness of the staff.
5. Sep. 2007
25. (35 years)  -  Italy
25. Summer Group Course - 1 week

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teacher Gracia
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Very good organization
13. Jun. 2007
26. (47 years)  - 
26. Combined Group + Individual (3hrs + 1hr) Course - 2 weeks

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very personal treatment, teachers really interested in their students' progress.
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Very nice little school!
14. Mar. 2007
27. (69 years)  - 
27. Standard Course - 1 week

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Open-hearted staff.
13. Feb. 2007
28. (58 years)  - 
28. Group 3h/day, 4 weeks - 4 weeks

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26. Oct. 2006
29. (39 years)  - 
29. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 3h/day - 2 weeks

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Small classes, friendly and flexible teachers
4. Oct. 2006
30. Claire (21 years)  -  United Kingdom
30. Standard - 2 weeks

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4. Sep. 2006
31. Nataliia (23 years)  -  Ukraine
31. Summer, group - 2 weeks

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3. Sep. 2006
32. Luis (50 years)  - 
32. Summer, group - 2 weeks

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31. Jul. 2006
33. (30 years)  -  United Kingdom
33. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 2 weeks

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5. May. 2006
34. (27 years)  -  France
34. Easter, group - 2 weeks

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There were only 2 students in my class, so we had a lot of one-on-one attention.
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They use a textbook.
30. Apr. 2006
35. Klaus (51 years)  - 
35. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 1 week

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19. Dec. 2005
36.  -  Norway
36. Standard - 4 weeks

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Good teacher
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Few computers in relation to the amount of students
19. Dec. 2005
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37. Intensive - 1 week

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19. Dec. 2005
38. (46 years)  -  United Kingdom
38. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 2h/day - 1 week

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Very friendly centre in Faro, all staff helpful.
4. Sep. 2005
39. Anonymous (29 years)  - 
39. One-to-One

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28. Aug. 2005
40. Anonymous (18 years)  - 
40. General

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31. Mar. 2005
41. (31 years)  -  Germany
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16. Sep. 2004
42. (37 years)  - 
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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.
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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
43. (31 years)  - 
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teachers are friendly
25. Aug. 2004
44.  -  Japan
44. General

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family atomosphere
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Gool location and friendly staff
12. Aug. 2004
45. Marco (30 years)  -  Schweiz
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visit ilha Deserta (Faro)
8. Jul. 2004
46. Ed (21 years)  -  Uk
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The accomadation was first class and Faro was a lovely place.
12. Feb. 2004
47. Janie (28 years)  -  Uk
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28. Sep. 2002
48. (34 years)  -  Germany
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the good teacher and individual teaching which permitted me to advance very fast

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