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

Total number of reviews: 261
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 
(261 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 
other 3.9/5.0 
Individual Reviews
19. Sep. 2007
151. (33 years)  -  Belgium
151. Individual Lessons - 2 weeks

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13. Sep. 2007
152. Emeka (33 years)  - 
152. Intensive Course - 3 weeks

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13. Sep. 2007
153. (22 years)  -  United Kingdom
153. Combined Group + Individual (3hrs + 1hr) Course - 4 weeks

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The teachers were very nice and helpful
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If you can afford it, choose individual classes as opposed to group, much more effective and more value for your money.
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The school is in general ok, however there is a lot of time wasting involved, classes not starting on time etc. In terms of social activities, from my experience people rarely went to the weekend excursions, as they were usually a lot cheaper to do by yourself. the friday night dinners however are a great way of meeting new people!
5. Sep. 2007
154. (24 years)  - 
154. Intensive Course - 3 weeks

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good atmosphere and plenty of activities with the school
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CIAL is a nice school, although their teaching methods are a little bit outdated...
29. Aug. 2007
155. (28 years)  -  Italy
155. Standard Course - 1 week

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It is a really good language school. Teachers are highly qualified. I really advise it and I'll come back for sure. I expected more interactive oral exercises. There were really few during the whole course. This is the only weakness that I should underline.
29. Aug. 2007
156. (35 years)  -  Italy
156. Summer Group Course - 1 week

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very well organized, patient operators
28. Aug. 2007
157. (31 years)  - 
157. Combined Group + Individual (3hrs + 1hr) Course - 2 weeks

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Teachers are great, I enjoyed working and learning with them, all of them were helpful and positiv!
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Prepare yourself for some hard work!
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I loved the atmosphere in the school, in the afternoon we went to different places-museums, old town -with our guide and I definitely improved my Portuguese in only two weeks. The course was very intense, but great.And I loved the old beautiful building in the Actor Taborda street 55.
16. Aug. 2007
158. Yulia (26 years)  -  Netherlands
158. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Make sure that you know locals or you come to school in group, people are not willing to group and spend time together. Not as much as I expected
12. Aug. 2007
159. Verena (26 years)  -  Austria
159. Standard Course - 1 week

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9. Aug. 2007
160. (25 years)  -  Poland
160. Intensive Course - 4 weeks

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friendly atmosphere
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shouldn't go for dinner or partying before 10pm
5. Aug. 2007
161. Patrick (30 years)  - 
161. Combined Group + Individual (3hrs + 1hr) Course - 2 weeks

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30. Jul. 2007
162. Irene (37 years)  - 
162. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Activities, because they are included in the course-fee and you do not have to pay for them.
19. Jul. 2007
163. (21 years)  -  United Kingdom
163. Standard Course - 1 week

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18. Jul. 2007
164. (35 years)  -  Norway
164. Intensive Course - 3 weeks

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Easy to meet cool people
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Try the Bachalau at Fulil, a restaurant close to school (the staff knows where it is)
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All in all I was very satisfied with the school, and would like to come back later for more classes. Only thing is that the classrooms are a bit worn, hope they will refurbish this soon.
5. Jul. 2007
165. (25 years)  -  Russian Federation
165. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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teacher and very pleasent atmosphere
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Define correct level and be ready to find that couses in Portugal are not very intensive a priori
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Very nice place, you feel yourself there like at home :)
27. Jun. 2007
166. (21 years)  - 
166. Intensive Course - 2 weeks

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26. Jun. 2007
167. (46 years)  -  United Kingdom
167. 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
168. (67 years)  -  Italy
168. Standard Course - 2 weeks

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25. Apr. 2007
169. (59 years)  -  Poland
169. Private Group Course (Brazilian Portuguese) - 1 week

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The teacher was Brass
4. Apr. 2007
170. (24 years)  - 
170. 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
171. (41 years)  -  United Kingdom
171. Combined Group + Individual (3hrs + 1hr) Course - 2 weeks

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

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7. Dec. 2006
173. (33 years)  -  Belgium
173. 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
174. (42 years)  - 
174. 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
175. (24 years)  -  United Kingdom
175. Standard - 1 week

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the trips and excursions
8. Oct. 2006
176. (46 years)  - 
176. 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
177. (26 years)  - 
177. 1 week

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19. Sep. 2006
178. (29 years)  -  Switzerland
178. 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
179. (45 years)  - 
179. 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
180. (32 years)  - 
180. Standard - 2 weeks

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the kindness of the staff and teachers and the high quality of the lectures
30. Aug. 2006
181. (31 years)  - 
181. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 2 weeks

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

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

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3. Aug. 2006
184. (50 years)  -  United States
184. 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
185. Costantino (37 years)  - 
185. Standard - 3 weeks

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

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

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8. Jun. 2006
188. (23 years)  -  Uk
188. 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
189. (41 years)  -  Colorado, Usa
189. 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
190. Julia (23 years)  - 
190. Standard - 1 week

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27. Feb. 2006
191. (21 years)  -  England
191. General

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16. Feb. 2006
192.  -  The Netherlands
192. 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
193. Angela (36 years)  -  Usa
193. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 2h/day - 7 weeks

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

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

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8. Feb. 2006
196. (45 years)  - 
196. Standard - 2 weeks

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the contact with the other students
19. Dec. 2005
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197. 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
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198. 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
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199. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 2 weeks

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19. Dec. 2005
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200. 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!!

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