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

Total No. of Reviews: 252
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 
(252 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
18. Aug. 2005
201. (21 years)  -  England
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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
202. (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
203. (30 years)  -  Usa
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12. May. 2005
204. Kathrin  - 
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5. May. 2005
205. Anonymous  - 
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28. Apr. 2005
206. (21 years)  - 
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friendly teachers
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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
207. (27 years)  -  Usa
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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
208. Anonymous (23 years)  - 
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14. Apr. 2005
209. (22 years)  - 
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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
210. Katharina (27 years)  - 
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17. Mar. 2005
211. Anonymous (26 years)  - 
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3. Mar. 2005
212. Roman (22 years)  - 
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10. Feb. 2005
213. Anonymous (22 years)  - 
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27. Jan. 2005
214. (24 years)  -  Holland
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The books and the teachers are very good!
20. Dec. 2004
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20. Oct. 2004
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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
217. (52 years)  - 
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need more online pictures
18. Sep. 2004
218. (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
219. (31 years)  - 
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live in a family house
26. Aug. 2004
220. Anonymous  - 
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15. Jul. 2004
221. G.E. (38 years)  -  Deutschland
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it has some computers which are connected to the internet
24. Jun. 2004
222. Harms, (29 years)  -  Germany
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14. Jun. 2004
223. (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
224.  -  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
225. (48 years)  - 
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very good atmosphere
7. May. 2004
226. (24 years)  -  Gb
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Don't stay with a family, it's over priced and rarely benefits students
2. May. 2004
227. (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
228. 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
229. Martina (33 years)  - 
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23. Mar. 2004
230. (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
231. (28 years)  - 
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Good teachers, very qualified and enjoyable lessons!
23. Mar. 2004
232.  -  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
233. Sandra  -  Germany
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11. Mar. 2004
234. 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
235. Tina (27 years)  -  Denmark
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4. Feb. 2004
236. Carsten (22 years)  - 
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22. Jan. 2004
237. (41 years)  -  Germany
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it was a very good experience and i did learn quite a bit! Thank you
27. Nov. 2003
238. Anonymous (44 years)  -  D
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1. Oct. 2003
239. (22 years)  -  Deutschland
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Say it directly if you don't like something.
1. Oct. 2003
240. (27 years)  -  Deutschland
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Family atmosphere.
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Don't miss a visit to the castello, a trip to belem, to go out I recommend bairrio alto.
14. Aug. 2003
241. (36 years)  -  España
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Warm atmosphere, like at home.
13. Aug. 2003
242. Liset (21 years)  -  Holland
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9. Aug. 2003
243. (18 years)  -  United Kingdom
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Friendly atmosphere. I enjoyed myself immensely.
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A trip to Sintra is well worth it.
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I really enjoyed myself, many thanks!
14. Jul. 2003
244. Anonymous (29 years)  - 
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27. Jun. 2003
245. (28 years)  -  Schweiz
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small classes (max. 6 students)
24. Apr. 2003
246. Anonymous (26 years)  - 
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9. Apr. 2003
247. (23 years)  -  Austria
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teacher was very good
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participate in the acivities offered by the school
2. Apr. 2003
248. Holger (43 years)  -  Germany
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26. Aug. 2002
249. Antonio (34 years)  -  Italy/germany
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Very good and dynamic teachers. I definitely recommend the school in Lisbon. I made excellent progress! :-)
14. Aug. 2002
250. Ulrich (38 years)  -  D
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