Reviews of CIAL Centro de Linguas, Faro, Portugal

Total No. of Reviews: 55
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CIAL Centro de Linguas, Faro, Portugal
4.2/5.0 
(55 reviews)
City 4.2/5.0 
Organisation 4.1/5.0 
Facilities 3.9/5.0 
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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Shared Flat 4.6/5.0 
other 4.5/5.0 
Individual Reviews
28. Apr. 2015
1. (61 years)  -  Belgium
1. Standard Course - 1 week

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30. Mar. 2015
2. (38 years)  - 
2. 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
3. (25 years)  - 
3. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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Faro Student House
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8. Jul. 2014
4. (59 years)  -  United Kingdom
4. 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
5. (31 years)  -  Netherlands
5. Group + Workshop - 3 weeks

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Fabulous teacher!
10. Jun. 2014
6. (47 years)  - 
6. Combined 3 + 1 (15 Group + 5 Individual) - 2 weeks

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21. Apr. 2014
7. (65 years)  - 
7. 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
8. (63 years)  - 
8. 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
9. (44 years)  - 
9. 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
10. (47 years)  -  Switzerland
10. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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

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13. Aug. 2012
12. (23 years)  -  Netherlands
12. Summer Course - 2 weeks

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The teacher was great.
28. May. 2012
13. (55 years)  -  Sweden
13. 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
14. (53 years)  - 
14. 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
15. (55 years)  -  Sweden
15. 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
16. (61 years)  -  Sweden
16. 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
17. (49 years)  -  Spain
17. 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
18. (30 years)  - 
18. Standard Course - 1 week

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

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7. Oct. 2010
20. (48 years)  - 
20. Standard Course - 4 weeks

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The friendliness of the teachers and the teaching method.
20. Sep. 2010
21. (34 years)  - 
21. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Family atmosphere
18. May. 2010
22. (39 years)  -  Ireland
22. Standard Course - 1 week

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

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Friendly helpful staff. Enjoyed the course. Was worth the money.
6. Aug. 2009
24. (47 years)  - 
24. 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
25. Daniel (28 years)  - 
25. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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17. Dec. 2008
26. (32 years)  - 
26. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Quality education, sympathy of the teachers, leisure activities super interesting
19. Nov. 2008
27. (43 years)  -  Belgium
27. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

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Very nice staff. Small and friendly school.
14. Nov. 2008
28. (26 years)  - 
28. 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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29. 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
30. (48 years)  - 
30. Summer Course - 2 weeks

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nice and good teachers
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more conversation, less grammar
5. Oct. 2007
31. (56 years)  -  United Kingdom
31. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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The quality of the teaching and the friendliness of the staff.
5. Sep. 2007
32. (35 years)  -  Italy
32. Summer Group Course - 1 week

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teacher Gracia
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Very good organization
13. Jun. 2007
33. (47 years)  - 
33. 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
34. (69 years)  - 
34. Standard Course - 1 week

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Open-hearted staff.
13. Feb. 2007
35. (58 years)  - 
35. Group 3h/day, 4 weeks - 4 weeks

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26. Oct. 2006
36. (39 years)  - 
36. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 3h/day - 2 weeks

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

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

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

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31. Jul. 2006
40. (30 years)  -  United Kingdom
40. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 2 weeks

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The Quality of the Teaching
5. May. 2006
41. (27 years)  -  France
41. 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
42. Klaus (51 years)  - 
42. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 1 week

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

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Few computers in relation to the amount of students
19. Dec. 2005
44.  - 
44. Intensive - 1 week

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19. Dec. 2005
45. (46 years)  -  United Kingdom
45. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 2h/day - 1 week

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

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28. Aug. 2005
47. Anonymous (18 years)  - 
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31. Mar. 2005
48. (31 years)  -  Germany
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16. Sep. 2004
49. (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
50. (31 years)  - 
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teachers are friendly

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