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Reviews of CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon, Portugal - Page 2

Total No. of Reviews: 257
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, Lisbon, Portugal
4.2/5.0 
(257 reviews)
City 4.7/5.0 
Organisation 4.1/5.0 
Facilities 3.8/5.0 
Social activities 3.9/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.3/5.0 
Value for money 3.9/5.0 
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Shared Flat 3.9/5.0 
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Individual Reviews
11. Dec. 2012
51. (49 years)  -  Netherlands
51. Group + Workshop - 1 week

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I think the teachers weer very good, we learned very much in just one week. The organisation of the school was also perfect, very personal
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It is nice to join the Social activities of the school in the afternoon.
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It is à very nice institute, with good teachers
3. Dec. 2012
52. (74 years)  - 
52. 1 week

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Very experienced and lively-minded teacher, happy to adapt her 1:1 teaching to my priority needs.
6. Nov. 2012
53. (29 years)  -  Poland
53. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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A very multinational and friendly environment; teachers and reception always friendly and helpful
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Visit the city by yourself, you can easily move around with the metro, go see the museums. I would recommend to join the school activities
1. Oct. 2012
54. (27 years)  -  Netherlands
54. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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Many different ages.
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You have to sign up for the 4-week course to be able to take a proficiency test. I only took a 3-week course, and was not given an opportunity to test for proficiency. I found this frustrating and not well communicated.
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The course attendees are not set. Each week some students in your class will leave, and new ones will join. This affects the pace of the class. You either go very fast or slow depending on the entire mix. While I understand that this may be necessary if the school is not well-resourced, I find this absurd to do for students that are paying nearly 1000 euros. CIAL can easily solve this problem by having to "enrollment" dates, e.g. 1st and 15th of each month, rather than ongoing admissions. Many of the teachers at CIAL were equally frustrated by the poor management and found the administration of the school to have deteriorated in quality over recent years.
13. Aug. 2012
55. (66 years)  -  France
55. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (2hrs) - 1 week

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31. Jul. 2012
56. Pia (24 years)  -  Germany
56. Group + Workshop - 3 weeks

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5. Jun. 2012
57. (49 years)  - 
57. Standard Course - 1 week

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Clean, friendly with good classrooms.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Walk around Lisbon and study before you go.
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The evaluation test to allocate students into classes is a good idea, but the reality is more luck of the draw as students are placed into classes depending on which level class has the space. My class had 5 students; all with very different abilities. Perhaps, after the test the staff could explain which class they thought the student should be in and show them the study book; the student could then judge if they thought this was right for them.
26. May. 2012
58. (25 years)  -  United States
58. Standard Course - 1 week

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I loved that everyone there was studying because they truly had an invested interest in the language. My professor, Orlando, was really great, and I loved the quick pace at which he taught.
27. Mar. 2012
59. (50 years)  -  Canada
59. Group + Workshop - 2 weeks

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very well organized
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I had my own apartment and did not participate in any social activities
10. Jan. 2012
60.  - 
60. 2 weeks

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Paperwork done efficiently. Friendly reception from teachers and staff. Clean atmosphere.
7. Nov. 2011
61. Mario (40 years)  - 
61. Group + Workshop - 1 week

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7. Nov. 2011
62. (57 years)  -  Ireland
62. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Continuity of learning, high standard of tuition, excellent material to study, very friendly and positive approach to studying
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
It is important to bring a dictionary and buy a book which contains the verbs in Portuguese
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I always do all the homework
25. Sep. 2011
63. (48 years)  -  Timor-leste
63. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

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Good teachers and pedagogy
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Accommodation - because there were 5-6 people staying at the apartments, I did not benefit from much interaction with the host family. Limitations on gas/electricity also created some inconveniences.
24. Sep. 2011
64. (33 years)  - 
64. Privat lessons - 2 weeks

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That my teacher always took some extra time after the individual lessons.
13. Sep. 2011
65. Robert (25 years)  - 
65. Standard Course - 1 week

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11. Aug. 2011
66. Mario (40 years)  - 
66. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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2. Aug. 2011
67. (24 years)  -  United States
67. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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I loved the sense of community I felt within the student body and between the students and faculty. Not only was the facility accessible and comfortable, the classes were extremely helpful in my language development and created a fun environment to explore language and culture.
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Pastéis de Belem!
2. Aug. 2011
68. (23 years)  -  Belgium
68. Portuguese 1.5h / Day + 5 Surf Lessons / Week - 2 weeks

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Good location and friendly teachers.
17. Jul. 2011
69. (37 years)  - 
69. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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I really appreciated the help that the teachers gave me both on a personal and professional level.
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Portuguese is a difficult language but it is very beautiful and interesting.
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I really enjoyed participating in the recreational and cultural activities.
4. Jul. 2011
70. (29 years)  -  Spain
70. Group + Workshop - 4 weeks

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There were many people from different countries and there were few people in each class, so you had to speak in Portuguese. That was good!
1. May. 2011
71. Terry (23 years)  -  Luxembourg
71. Private Lessons (8); - 1 week

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15. Apr. 2011
72. (41 years)  - 
72. Standard Course - 4 weeks

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4. Apr. 2011
73. (56 years)  -  Ireland
73. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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There is a high level of focus and consistency in placing you in a class at the appropriate level. I find all the teachers very friendly people and the course materials are excellent.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Please ensure to bring a dictionary and a book of verbs.
Other comments
Hopefully there will be a level 5 class available when I go back again.
31. Mar. 2011
74. (47 years)  - 
74. Standard Course - 1 week

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I had a very good teacher and the class had a comfortable size of 6-8 students.
10. Jan. 2011
75. (65 years)  - 
75. 2 weeks

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Friendly, efficient staff.
4. Dec. 2010
76. (46 years)  -  United States
76. Standard Course - 4 weeks

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really helpful and friendly staff, great range of students, and interesting cultural program
29. Nov. 2010
77. (56 years)  -  Ireland
77. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Good communication with teachers
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Bring a dictionary and buy the grammar books on sale in the school.
1. Nov. 2010
78. (59 years)  - 
78. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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- Quality of education - Meeting other international students.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
It would be better to stay 2 weeks instead of 1 week.
1. Nov. 2010
79. (56 years)  -  Ireland
79. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Teaching standards are high, teachers are helpful and can access solutions very quickly.
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You need a good dictionary and a specialized book on verbs, don't miss any classes and make sure you do the homework.
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I will come again.
24. Oct. 2010
80. Christian (27 years)  - 
80. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Dinner with live Fado music, very authentic and impressive
18. Oct. 2010
81. (40 years)  - 
81. Group + Workshop - 1 week

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The friendliness of the teachers, the breaks on the terrace, vending machines with coffee and snack options
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Thanks a lot! - I really had fun!
21. Sep. 2010
82. Sophie (23 years)  - 
82. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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21. Sep. 2010
83. Cian (24 years)  -  Germany
83. Group + Workshop - 2 weeks

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20. Sep. 2010
84. (32 years)  - 
84. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Availability and efficiency of teachers and staff in general.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Although it's inevitable, there are some participants in the same course who have a different learning speed and a different level of preparation.
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Definitely an experience to be repeated. The afternoon activities and services like the library and videos should be explained and promoted more comprehensively.
16. Sep. 2010
85. (23 years)  -  Italy
85. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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Small groups. Personal approach.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
The school also offers a special promotion for surf classes.
8. Sep. 2010
86. (27 years)  - 
86. Summer Group Course - 2 weeks

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The afternoon activities
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My structure (Cial 41) was not very well equipped ...
1. Sep. 2010
87. (29 years)  -  Germany
87. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Friendly atmosphere.
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The bus to Costa da Caparica (nice beach, awful buildings) leaves from the "Praça de Espanha". Otherwise by ferry from Cais do Sodre to Cacilhas and then by bus.
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Nice teachers. Some of the excursions were really nice (with funny Miguel).
24. Aug. 2010
88. (51 years)  - 
88. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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The pleasant climate in the school, the very polite and extremely competent teachers, the very dedicated people in the Secretariat, the great coffee from the vending machines, recreational activities, ie: just EVERYTHING! There were two great weeks you shouldn´t miss! A big thank you to each individual and the organization!
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There is so much offered, just watch and participate, it's worth determined.
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I would recommend CIAL anyone who would like to learn our language, I have been most successful with CIAL.
19. Aug. 2010
89. (39 years)  - 
89. Standard Course - 1 week

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Paulo was an excellent teacher, they gave me a book and a cd.
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Make sure you are put into the correct class.
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I was not assessed and put into a complete beginners' class. I am a language teacher of French and Spanish and already had a good understanding of the basics of Portuguese - indeed i could communicate basically in Portuguese!!! I asked to be moved and was half way through the second day!!!
4. Aug. 2010
90. José ángel (33 years)  - 
90. Standard Course - 1 week

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19. Jul. 2010
91. Marcus (20 years)  - 
91. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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Try and go on the cultural visits the school offers because they are free whereas to go alone you have to pay at least 5 euro. Also in Lisbon buy a month metro pass even if you are only staying for 2 weeks because its only 28 euro and you will no doubt pay more if you travel about lisbon buying individual tickets!
12. Jul. 2010
92. (60 years)  - 
92. Standard Course - 1 week

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Classes in small groups, great teacher.
16. Jun. 2010
93. (28 years)  -  Denmark
93. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

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Great atmosphere, high level of lessons, and a lot of social activities and integration with other students. Miguel was creating a great atmosphere during city trips and sightseeing.
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Use as much of the social offer as possible - that was great extension to language classes.
14. Jun. 2010
94. (48 years)  -  Germany
94. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

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Excellent teachers, and a small group in my case.
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Be sure to rinse well in advance when exactly you have to leave your accommodation. Otherwise, there0sthe possibility runs the risk of being expelled from the house...
12. May. 2010
95. Helmut (56 years)  - 
95. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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9. May. 2010
96. Franca Alberta (46 years)  - 
96. Group + Workshop - 2 weeks

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6. Apr. 2010
97. Ekaterina (30 years)  -  Russian Federation
97. INDIVIDUAL LESSONS - 3 weeks

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6. Apr. 2010
98. (69 years)  -  Canada
98. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 4 weeks

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The teaching was extremely good
8. Mar. 2010
99. (39 years)  -  Netherlands
99. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (2hrs) - 2 weeks

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the people and especially my teacher (Isabelle)
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Make sure your hotelroom has a table, to make your homework
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Lisbon can be cold in February and heating is not common in all houses in Portugal.
22. Feb. 2010
100. (34 years)  - 
100. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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The center houses have no heating
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2 weeks, equivalent to 13 nights and 14. equivalent to 6 nights a week instead of 7. Caution

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