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

Total number of reviews: 270
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 
(270 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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Homestay 4.0/5.0 
Shared Flat 3.9/5.0 
other 3.9/5.0 
Individual Reviews
5. Dec. 2013
51. (56 years)  -  Canada
51. Group + Workshop - 4 weeks

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How welcome I felt, the friendliness from everyone, students and teachers. Well located also.
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Sometimes, evaluations are not precise enough. You find different levels in one level. For example, someone who was evaluated at a higher level and cannot follow in the workshop.
27. Sep. 2013
52. (36 years)  - 
52. Group + Workshop - 2 weeks

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The teacher Ana Cristina Dias has been very professional, competent and her approaches were personalized.
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I found the staff especially at Cial very nice, the school has a very friendly and open atmosphere. I can only recommend the school.
9. Sep. 2013
53. Carlos (36 years)  -  Mexico
53. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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5. Sep. 2013
54. (66 years)  -  United States
54. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (2hrs) - 2 weeks

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The class was thorough and comprehensive
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The Uganda restaurant dinner was great fado Jeronymos, ship museum, azulejos museum
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The book could use some updates on the reading selection. Also, more grammar examples would help some.
27. Aug. 2013
55. (32 years)  - 
55. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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26. Jul. 2013
56. (22 years)  -  Belgium
56. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (3hrs) - 2 weeks

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My private classes with Janaina were really good and I learned a lot.
1. Jul. 2013
57. (60 years)  - 
57. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

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The teachers were very patient, explained tirelessly, repeated when requesting, worked professionally and with commitment!
14. Jun. 2013
58. (60 years)  -  Canada
58. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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staff friendly and helpful
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students should be given the EXACT address of where the classes are held-
10. Jun. 2013
59. Sandor (42 years)  -  Netherlands
59. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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3. Jun. 2013
60. (40 years)  -  Germany
60. Group + Workshop - 1 week

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The teachers.
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A very good school.
9. May. 2013
61. (60 years)  - 
61. Standard Course - 1 week

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The school can accept a student who takes a short course. In my case, I took one-week course. It was great that the host family was selected according to my request. I had a valuable experience.
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I recommend that you study a bit before a course starts, even if you're a beginner level. I was in a beginner class and used a textbook for the beginners though, other students from Italy and Columbia could make progress much faster. I didn't imagine such a circumstances. If you don't have the previous knowledge, it should be very difficult to keep up with the pace of a classroom.
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The school organized the activities every day. It's normal that they explain in Portuguese though, it'd have been better they gave us the directions in other languages as well.
8. Apr. 2013
62. Terry (25 years)  -  Luxembourg
62. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 1 week

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25. Dec. 2012
63. (26 years)  - 
63. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Belem, Lisbon city and all its monuments
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very good school
11. Dec. 2012
64. (49 years)  -  Netherlands
64. 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
65. (74 years)  - 
65. 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
66. (29 years)  -  Poland
66. 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
67. (27 years)  -  Netherlands
67. 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
68. (66 years)  -  France
68. Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (2hrs) - 1 week

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

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5. Jun. 2012
70. (49 years)  - 
70. 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
71. (25 years)  -  United States
71. 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
72. (50 years)  -  Canada
72. 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
73.  - 
73. 2 weeks

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

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7. Nov. 2011
75. (57 years)  -  Ireland
75. 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
76. (48 years)  -  Timor-leste
76. 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
77. (33 years)  - 
77. Privat lessons - 2 weeks

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

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

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2. Aug. 2011
80. (24 years)  -  United States
80. 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
81. (23 years)  -  Belgium
81. Portuguese 1.5h / Day + 5 Surf Lessons / Week - 2 weeks

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Good location and friendly teachers.
17. Jul. 2011
82. (37 years)  - 
82. 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
83. (29 years)  -  Spain
83. 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
84. Terry (23 years)  -  Luxembourg
84. Private Lessons (8); - 1 week

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15. Apr. 2011
85. (41 years)  - 
85. Standard Course - 4 weeks

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4. Apr. 2011
86. (56 years)  -  Ireland
86. 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.
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Hopefully there will be a level 5 class available when I go back again.
31. Mar. 2011
87. (47 years)  - 
87. 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
88. (65 years)  - 
88. 2 weeks

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Friendly, efficient staff.
4. Dec. 2010
89. (46 years)  -  United States
89. Standard Course - 4 weeks

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really helpful and friendly staff, great range of students, and interesting cultural program
29. Nov. 2010
90. (56 years)  -  Ireland
90. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Good communication with teachers
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Bring a dictionary and buy the grammar books on sale in the school.
1. Nov. 2010
91. (59 years)  - 
91. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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- Quality of education - Meeting other international students.
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It would be better to stay 2 weeks instead of 1 week.
1. Nov. 2010
92. (56 years)  -  Ireland
92. 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
93. Christian (27 years)  - 
93. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Dinner with live Fado music, very authentic and impressive
18. Oct. 2010
94. (40 years)  - 
94. 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
95. Sophie (23 years)  - 
95. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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

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20. Sep. 2010
97. (32 years)  - 
97. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Availability and efficiency of teachers and staff in general.
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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
98. (23 years)  -  Italy
98. Standard Course - 3 weeks

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Small groups. Personal approach.
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The school also offers a special promotion for surf classes.
8. Sep. 2010
99. (27 years)  - 
99. 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
100. (29 years)  -  Germany
100. 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).

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