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Reviews of CIAL Centro de Linguas, Lisbon, Portugal - Page 5

Total number of reviews: 265
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 
(265 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. Dec. 2005
201.  - 
201. 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
202.  - 
202. 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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203. Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 2 weeks

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19. Dec. 2005
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204. 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
205. Evangelia  - 
205. Standard - 2 weeks

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

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

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excellent teacher, small class size
19. Dec. 2005
208.  - 
208. Standard - 3 weeks

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19. Dec. 2005
209. (41 years)  - 
209. 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
210. (30 years)  -  Germany
210. 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
211. (32 years)  -  Finland
211. General

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good teachers
3. Sep. 2005
212. (31 years)  - 
212. General

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warm welcome, the secretaries were always very friendly and helpful
25. Aug. 2005
213. Martin (29 years)  -  Norway
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18. Aug. 2005
214. (21 years)  -  England
214. 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
215. (33 years)  -  Usa
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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
216. (30 years)  -  Usa
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12. May. 2005
217. Kathrin  - 
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5. May. 2005
218. Anonymous  - 
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28. Apr. 2005
219. (21 years)  - 
219. General

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If you are a fan of nightclubs you shouldnt miss the Buddha, The W or the coco-nuts. Really nice locations!
15. Apr. 2005
220. (27 years)  -  Usa
220. General

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well organized activities every day
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unfortunately, portugal is not as cheap as it used to be
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great central location in the city!
14. Apr. 2005
221. Anonymous (23 years)  - 
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14. Apr. 2005
222. (22 years)  - 
222. General

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the tequila bar "a tasca" in the "Barrio Alto"
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small groups, nice teachers, not so effective teaching
9. Apr. 2005
223. Katharina (27 years)  - 
223. One-to-One

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17. Mar. 2005
224. Anonymous (26 years)  - 
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3. Mar. 2005
225. Roman (22 years)  - 
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10. Feb. 2005
226. Anonymous (22 years)  - 
226. One-to-One

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27. Jan. 2005
227. (24 years)  -  Holland
227. General

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The books and the teachers are very good!
20. Dec. 2004
228.  - 
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20. Oct. 2004
229.  - 
229. One-to-One

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The individual lessons!
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Cristo Rei !
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In the German information brochures, there's no mention that the 5th of october is a public holiday in Portugal and so there will be no group lessons!!!
22. Sep. 2004
230. (52 years)  - 
230. General

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need more online pictures
18. Sep. 2004
231. (70 years)  -  Belgium
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very friendly atmosphere
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participating in cultural activities is important
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I am very satisfied even though I came with a very low level. The teacher did a lot to adapt and push all of us to the best. All the people I met in the school were very willing to help. I suggested that a small library should be accessible to students to know more about history of Portugal, tourism and reality of the country.
17. Sep. 2004
232. (31 years)  - 
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live in a family house
26. Aug. 2004
233. Anonymous  - 
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15. Jul. 2004
234. G.E. (38 years)  -  Deutschland
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it has some computers which are connected to the internet
24. Jun. 2004
235. Harms, (29 years)  -  Germany
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14. Jun. 2004
236. (32 years)  -  Germany
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Very nice house and classrooms, cafe and water were for free
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You should go to the trips in the afternoon !
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Very nice teacher who worked with pleasure, nice students from all countries and of every age, the lessons were in portuguese language, so that we learned very much
10. Jun. 2004
237.  -  EspaÑa
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CIAL is like a home, comfortable and friendly
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Be next and spend all time with new students and visit all pretty places in Lisbon
13. May. 2004
238. (48 years)  - 
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very good atmosphere
7. May. 2004
239. (24 years)  -  Gb
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Don't stay with a family, it's over priced and rarely benefits students
2. May. 2004
240. (21 years)  -  United States
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Very small, intimate and friendly. Housed in a very ornate 19th century building.
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Free unlimited internet is a huge plus.
30. Apr. 2004
241. Jayne (28 years)  -  Us
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If you feel you are not in an adequate level, you must be persistent and self advocate in order to change, little student support in this matter.
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In general, Portugal has only recently begun developing its portuguese as a second language methodology. The texts are so-so... CIAL is, in my opinion, your best bet in language courses since its on the pioneering edge, atleast in Portugal. Brasil is another option, they have more experience, but obviously the language is different.
23. Mar. 2004
242. Martina (33 years)  - 
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23. Mar. 2004
243. (57 years)  -  Usa
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Lisbon is an enchanting city!
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One area school could improve is student support. I asked, in my application, for a non-smoking home. They initially placed me with a chain smoker. In their favor, they immediately found me another home, where the woman was wonderful, and we will probably always be friends.
23. Mar. 2004
244. (28 years)  - 
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Good teachers, very qualified and enjoyable lessons!
23. Mar. 2004
245.  -  Japan
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There are different levels of textbooks and we are given one adequate for each of us. everyone was friendly
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Teachers are friendly and I enjoyed the classes.
23. Mar. 2004
246. Sandra  -  Germany
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11. Mar. 2004
247. Anonymous (25 years)  -  Deutschland
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I think it would be very important if I knew before, what my previous knowledge had to be like in order to be able to follow the course. I did a VHS course before I started the language course at this school and after the level test I have been placed in a course, which has started two weeks ago. My previous knowledge was not enough for this course, which led to the fact that I was not really motivated. The course has been so much fun. If I would have been in this course right from the start, it would have been certainly better.
11. Mar. 2004
248. Tina (27 years)  -  Denmark
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4. Feb. 2004
249. Carsten (22 years)  - 
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22. Jan. 2004
250. (41 years)  -  Germany
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it was a very good experience and i did learn quite a bit! Thank you

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