Reviews of CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon, Portugal - Page 4

Total No. of Reviews: 246
NOTE: All evaluations are authentic. Only former participants who have booked a course with us at the school can publish evaluations after the end of the course. Schools could therefore not manipulate evaluations and you can trust in all published evaluations.

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CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon, Portugal
4.2/5.0 
(246 reviews)
City 4.7/5.0 
Organisation 4.1/5.0 
Facilities 3.8/5.0 
Social activities 3.8/5.0 
Course Quality / Progress in language 4.3/5.0 
Value for money 3.9/5.0 
Accommodation
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Shared Flat 3.9/5.0 
other 3.9/5.0 
Individual Reviews
27. Jun. 2007
151. (21 years)  - 
151. Intensive Course - 2 weeks

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26. Jun. 2007
152. (46 years)  -  United Kingdom
152. Combined Group + Individual (3hrs + 1hr) Course - 2 weeks

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welcoming and keen to help
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Everyone was very helpful and friendly and made you feel 'at home'. Teaching was very good and I hope to be back some time.
30. May. 2007
153. (67 years)  -  Italy
153. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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25. Apr. 2007
154. (59 years)  -  Poland
154. Private Group Course (Brazilian Portuguese) - 1 week

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The teacher was Brass
4. Apr. 2007
155. (24 years)  - 
155. Combined Group + Individual (3hrs + 2hrs) Course - 2 weeks

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individual lessons were great
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very friendly and competent school. The teachers were largely very motivated and even spent breaks chatting to the students in portuguese
27. Dec. 2006
156. (41 years)  -  United Kingdom
156. Combined Group + Individual (3hrs + 1hr) Course - 2 weeks

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8. Dec. 2006
157. Silvia (23 years)  - 
157. Standard - 4 weeks

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7. Dec. 2006
158. (33 years)  -  Belgium
158. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 2 weeks

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Plenty of social activities, so no chance of getting lonely. I was not totally happy with the level of the classes, but the two teachers I had did everything they could to adapt to my needs, which I appreciated it. All of them were very friendly.
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lack of computer access
19. Oct. 2006
159. (42 years)  - 
159. Standard - 2 weeks

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Teachers were well prepared and committed
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I have a very high opinion of the Scholl and its staff.
17. Oct. 2006
160. (24 years)  -  United Kingdom
160. Standard - 1 week

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the trips and excursions
8. Oct. 2006
161. (46 years)  - 
161. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 2h/day - 2 weeks

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CIAL is a great place to learn portugese. The teachers are great!
20. Sep. 2006
162. (26 years)  - 
162. 1 week

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19. Sep. 2006
163. (29 years)  -  Switzerland
163. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 2 weeks

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Some of the teachers are great
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Being able to start each monday is a good thing but has the disadvantage that classes (and learning topics) can change every week. The organised week-end trips are quite expensive, I would advise you to do them on your own.
7. Sep. 2006
164. (45 years)  - 
164. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 2 weeks

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the teachers are good, the organisation could be better. nice students from all over the world.
30. Aug. 2006
165. (32 years)  - 
165. Standard - 2 weeks

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the kindness of the staff and teachers and the high quality of the lectures
30. Aug. 2006
166. (31 years)  - 
166. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 2 weeks

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afternoon activities
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Sintra
27. Aug. 2006
167. Olga (36 years)  - 
167. Summer, group - 2 weeks

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24. Aug. 2006
168. Sara (23 years)  - 
168. Summer, group - 2 weeks

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3. Aug. 2006
169. (50 years)  -  United States
169. Intensive - 2 weeks

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It's located in a busy, lively, yet non-tourist oriented area of Lisbon. You join immediately the lifestyle of ordinary Portuguese people.
2. Aug. 2006
170. Costantino (37 years)  - 
170. Standard - 3 weeks

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21. Jun. 2006
171. James (29 years)  -  England
171. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 2 weeks

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8. Jun. 2006
172. Bahija (25 years)  - 
172. Standard - 4 weeks

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8. Jun. 2006
173. (23 years)  -  Uk
173. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 4 weeks

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Very well located, excellent teaching
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Whilst staying with a family is the easiest option, you probably get better accomodation and value for money by finding an apartment by yourself
24. Apr. 2006
174. (41 years)  -  Colorado, Usa
174. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 2 weeks

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the level of instruction is excellent and very professional
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the individual courses, in conjunction with the group class, are very much worth the extra investment of time and money
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just two negative points: there is very limited or no access for handicapped students and the computer facilities are dated and unreliable. Other than that, CIAL is a truly EXCELLENT language school.
24. Apr. 2006
175. Julia (23 years)  - 
175. Standard - 1 week

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27. Feb. 2006
176. (21 years)  -  England
176. General

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16. Feb. 2006
177.  -  The Netherlands
177. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 2h/day - 1 week

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They did what they promised to do
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Only positive feelings
15. Feb. 2006
178. Angela (36 years)  -  Usa
178. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 2h/day - 7 weeks

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12. Feb. 2006
179. Kees (54 years)  -  Nederland
179. Standard - 2 weeks

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More (better) multi media applications
12. Feb. 2006
180. Karen (50 years)  -  Nederland
180. Standard - 2 weeks

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8. Feb. 2006
181. (45 years)  - 
181. Standard - 2 weeks

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the contact with the other students
19. Dec. 2005
182.  - 
182. Summer, group - 2 weeks

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Very positive and friendly atmosphere. Very nice teacher. Small groups.
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One should not expect to have a big share of speaking activities in class. You will learn quite a bit of grammar and vocabulary but you won't get a lot of active speaking experience. The teachers are nice and helpful but oldfashioned in their methodology and not very willing to change their approaches. I was in an intermediate group, so maybe beginner classes are different.
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I didn't take any individual classes, so depending on the teacher and the teaching situation things might be different from what I described. The front-desk man was very helpful to get extra information on bus-connections and schedules. Since this was not my first time in Lisbon I only participated in two extra-activities which were not satisfying. The program was mostly interesting for people who didn't know Lisbon at all- so it covered a lot of the typical tourist-spots.
19. Dec. 2005
183.  - 
183. Intensive - 3 weeks

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Very easy to contact people at cafeteria.
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Unter Gastfamilie hab ich nicht eine alte Oma erwartet, dennoch sehr freundlich und komfortabel
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Too bad, that almost all of the excursions take place in the early afternoon.
19. Dec. 2005
184.  - 
184. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 2 weeks

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19. Dec. 2005
185.  - 
185. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 2h/day - 3 weeks

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teachers, students, multi-ethnicity
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I found the school a really interesting and lively environment, thanks to the different nationalities of the students. It was a great cultural experience and the fact that we were all speaking different languages forced us to communicate in portuguese, immediately using the new knowledge we were learning at lessons. Teachers are simply amazing!!
19. Dec. 2005
186. Evangelia  - 
186. Standard - 2 weeks

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19. Dec. 2005
187. Julia (24 years)  - 
187. Standard - 1 week

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19. Dec. 2005
188.  -  United Kingdom
188. Standard - 4 weeks

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excellent teacher, small class size
19. Dec. 2005
189.  - 
189. Standard - 3 weeks

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19. Dec. 2005
190. (41 years)  - 
190. Standard - 1 week

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The Lessons with my Portugues-Teacher Isabel Leao
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Another book for learning.
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professional organized and friendly, mostly the offers for the cultural programm at nights are a very good idea for getting in contact with other CIAL Students and the culture of the country.
19. Dec. 2005
191. (30 years)  -  Germany
191. Standard - 2 weeks

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Don`t miss to take part in the free social activities in the afternoon! Let Miguel show you the city.
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Use the second CIAL office on Avenida de Republica for free Internet.
7. Sep. 2005
192. (32 years)  -  Finland
192. General

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good teachers
3. Sep. 2005
193. (31 years)  - 
193. General

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warm welcome, the secretaries were always very friendly and helpful
25. Aug. 2005
194. Martin (29 years)  -  Norway
194. General

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18. Aug. 2005
195. (21 years)  -  England
195. General

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There were only 2 people in my class and so the teaching was almost individual at times so i could make a lot of progresses
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If staying with a host family is too expensive, my advice is to find a cheap hostel for a couple of nights, buy a newspaper and search for rooms. it's relatively easy and you can find some cheap with some bargaining
23. Jul. 2005
196. (33 years)  -  Usa
196. General

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In Lisbon
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Sharing an apartment with other students works better than a home stay
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Very disorganized first day and testing experience, group classes make tailoring education to students difficult.
21. Jul. 2005
197. (30 years)  -  Usa
197. General

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12. May. 2005
198. Kathrin  - 
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5. May. 2005
199. Anonymous  - 
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28. Apr. 2005
200. (21 years)  - 
200. General

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friendly teachers
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