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Reviews of CIAL Centro de Linguas, Faro, Portugal

Total number of reviews: 60
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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CIAL Centro de Linguas, Faro, Portugal
4.2/5.0 
(60 reviews)
City 4.1/5.0 
Organisation 4.2/5.0 
Facilities 3.8/5.0 
Social activities 3.5/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.5/5.0 
Value for money 4.2/5.0 
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Shared Flat 4.6/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
31. Aug. 2016
1. (35 years)  -  United Kingdom
1. Standard Course - 1 week

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The willingness of the teachers to start from the level you had already reached and to adapt their lessons to your needs and questions.
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A professional and friendly school with excellent teachers
19. Jul. 2016
2. (35 years)  - 
2. Standard Course - 1 week

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The welcoming, classes organisation, the atmosphere, professionalism
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The old centre and its visit organised by the school, praia de Frao, ilha de Faro, the chapel of bones, the cathedral
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I strongly recommend the CIAL school of Faro
5. May. 2016
3.  -  Germany
3. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Teachers' enthusiasm!
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Be sure to do a boat trip through Ria Formosa.
25. Jan. 2016
4. (67 years)  - 
4. Standard Course - 1 week

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23. Jun. 2015
5. (24 years)  - 
5. Combined 3 + 1 (15 Group + 5 Individual) - 2 weeks

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28. Apr. 2015
6. (61 years)  -  Belgium
6. Standard Course - 1 week

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The small size, the good quality of the teachers, everything was great.
30. Mar. 2015
7. (38 years)  - 
7. Standard Course - 1 week

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Small Group. The teachers and school staff were great.
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You should take advantage of the activities organized by the school.
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It's a reliable school. The kind and nice teachers and staff helped me a lot.
5. Aug. 2014
8. (25 years)  - 
8. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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8. Jul. 2014
9. (59 years)  -  United Kingdom
9. Standard Course - 1 week

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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
10. (31 years)  -  Netherlands
10. Group + Workshop - 3 weeks

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Fabulous teacher!
10. Jun. 2014
11. (47 years)  - 
11. Combined 3 + 1 (15 Group + 5 Individual) - 2 weeks

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21. Apr. 2014
12. (65 years)  - 
12. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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The coffee and the market next door for the atmosphere
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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
13. (63 years)  - 
13. Combined 3 + 1 (15 Group + 5 Individual) - 1 week

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Nice rooms, clean, central location
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Old town, market in the morning
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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
14. (44 years)  - 
14. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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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.
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I'm very satisfied!
4. Mar. 2013
15. (47 years)  -  Switzerland
15. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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

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13. Aug. 2012
17. (23 years)  -  Netherlands
17. Summer Course - 2 weeks

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The teacher was great.
28. May. 2012
18. (55 years)  -  Sweden
18. 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
19. (53 years)  - 
19. 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
20. (55 years)  -  Sweden
20. 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
21. (61 years)  -  Sweden
21. 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
22. (49 years)  -  Spain
22. 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
23. (30 years)  - 
23. Standard Course - 1 week

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

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7. Oct. 2010
25. (48 years)  - 
25. Standard Course - 4 weeks

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The friendliness of the teachers and the teaching method.
20. Sep. 2010
26. (34 years)  - 
26. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Family atmosphere
18. May. 2010
27. (39 years)  -  Ireland
27. Standard Course - 1 week

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

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Friendly helpful staff. Enjoyed the course. Was worth the money.
6. Aug. 2009
29. (47 years)  - 
29. 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
30. Daniel (28 years)  - 
30. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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17. Dec. 2008
31. (32 years)  - 
31. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Quality education, sympathy of the teachers, leisure activities super interesting
19. Nov. 2008
32. (43 years)  -  Belgium
32. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

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Very nice staff. Small and friendly school.
14. Nov. 2008
33. (26 years)  - 
33. 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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34. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

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cultural activities
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take a boat and go to the beach of Ilha Deserta - lovely and amazing!
25. Aug. 2008
35. (48 years)  - 
35. Summer Course - 2 weeks

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nice and good teachers
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more conversation, less grammar
5. Oct. 2007
36. (56 years)  -  United Kingdom
36. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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The quality of the teaching and the friendliness of the staff.
5. Sep. 2007
37. (35 years)  -  Italy
37. Summer Group Course - 1 week

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teacher Gracia
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Very good organization
13. Jun. 2007
38. (47 years)  - 
38. 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
39. (69 years)  - 
39. Standard Course - 1 week

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Open-hearted staff.
13. Feb. 2007
40. (58 years)  - 
40. Group 3h/day, 4 weeks - 4 weeks

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26. Oct. 2006
41. (39 years)  - 
41. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 3h/day - 2 weeks

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

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

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

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31. Jul. 2006
45. (30 years)  -  United Kingdom
45. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 2 weeks

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The Quality of the Teaching
5. May. 2006
46. (27 years)  -  France
46. 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
47. Klaus (51 years)  - 
47. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 1 week

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

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Few computers in relation to the amount of students
19. Dec. 2005
49.  - 
49. Intensive - 1 week

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19. Dec. 2005
50. (46 years)  -  United Kingdom
50. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 2h/day - 1 week

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Very friendly centre in Faro, all staff helpful.

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