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Reviews of CAREL, Royan, France

Total number of reviews: 125
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.

Average Rating

Based on 125 reviews of former students of CAREL
Overall Rating
CAREL, Royan, France
4.2/5.0 
City 3.8/5.0 
Organisation 4.2/5.0 
Facilities 4.5/5.0 
Social activities 4.0/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.3/5.0 
Value for money 4.1/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay 4.4/5.0 
Shared Flat 4.0/5.0 
other 3.9/5.0 

Individual Reviews

CAREL
20. Mar. 2017
1.  (62 years) - France
101. Course:  General French Intensive - 1 week

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Enthusiastic and helpful staff
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Persevere
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Good environment
13. Feb. 2017
2.  (70 years) - France
102. Course:  General French Intensive - 1 week

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Well equipped, bright classrooms, friendly teachers and staff
30. Aug. 2016
3.  (21 years) - 
103. Course:  General French Intensive - 3 weeks

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23. Aug. 2016
4.  (14 years) - Belgium
104. Course:  Junior Programme (12-17 years) - 2 weeks

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Nothing about the school. Multiactivities were the best.
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Think twice before you decide to go there. Better to go with a companion.
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The school did not offer all levels and did not inform me that my level was not there. I was put in a lower level which obviously did not contribute to a significant progress in my French. I was completely left alone in my free time without any supervision from any adult even though I am only 14. My parents didn't like it, of course.
23. Aug. 2016
5.  (17 years) - Ireland
105. Course:  Junior Programme (12-17 years) - 2 weeks

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The cafeteria.
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After finishing the French course for the morning the 2 hour lunch break is excessive. Also opening the school gym would have been a nice addition.
17. Aug. 2016
6.  (15 years) - 
106. Course:  Junior English Course (11-18 years old) - 3 weeks

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Classroom activities.
17. Aug. 2016
7.  (16 years) - Sweden
107. Course:  Junior Programme (12-17 years) - 2 weeks

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To meet people from all around the world
28. Jul. 2016
8.  (16 years) - 
108. Course:  Junior Programme (12-17 years) - 2 weeks

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the lounge
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Be careful with your allergies. It would be good to change the junior ateliers creatifs.
1. May. 2016
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109. Course:  General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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My teacher was very young, dynamic and intelligent, the classes were really interesting.
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Only one thing I did not like very much: the toilets were always dirty, I think they could put a paper reporting that you should leave everything in order.
19. Oct. 2015
10.  (64 years) - France
110. Course:  General French Intensive - 1 week

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That nothing was too much effort. The whole experience from the landlady, through school administrators and the exceptional teaching was indeed a memorable experience.
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No food or decaf coffee on the premises.
Other comments
I intend to revisit the school at some point in the future once I have mastered verb conjugation.
16. Oct. 2015
11. David (27 years) - United Kingdom
111. Course:  General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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Shared Apartment - Low Season
19. Sep. 2015
12.  (62 years) - Australia
112. Course:  General French Intensive - 1 week

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Friendliness of the staff, small numbers in the class and individual attention given to each person. Location: Royan is a picturesque seaside town small enough to get around on foot.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
I had 1 week only, would recommend at least 2 weeks to consolidate what you have learnt. Take advantage of the extra activities organised in the afternoons after school.
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Staff were very personable and dedicated to making sure everyone in the class understood the concepts.
30. Aug. 2015
13. Laura (16 years) - 
113. Course:  Junior Programme (12-17 years) - 4 weeks

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28. Jul. 2015
14.  (29 years) - 
114. Course:  General French Intensive - 3 weeks

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Lycee de l'Atlantique
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Good atmosphere, the number of young people and nationalities
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The lycee does not have wifi, cooking or laundry facilities
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Highly recommended to join all afternoon activities
15. Mar. 2015
15. Cyriele (14 years) - 
115. Course:  ANGLAIS SCOLAIRE 30h (11-18 ans) - 1 week

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24. Feb. 2015
16.  (61 years) - 
116. Course:  General French Intensive - 1 week

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brightness through the windows which had no blinds when viewing computer projections
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Great thank you, I will come back in autumn
19. Aug. 2014
17. Bek (14 years) - Kazakhstan
117. Course:  Junior Programme (12-17 years) - 3 weeks

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5. Aug. 2014
18.  (14 years) - 
118. Course:  Junior Programme (12-17 years) - 3 weeks

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The teachers' availability, the study materials, the sports activities in the afternoon
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
A lot of the CAREL students are Spanish, so you need to to integrate yourself despite the difference in language.
21. Jul. 2014
19. Axel (17 years) - 
119. Course:  ANGLAIS SCOLAIRE 30h (11-18 ans) - 1 week

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10. Jun. 2014
20.  (33 years) - 
120. Course:  General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The lessons were a great mix of speaking, listening and reading comprehension and grammar. Due to the direct correction and the large number of international classmates, I could easily improve my knowledge of French.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
After school, from 16 clock, You can explore the area around Royan. For this purpose I recommend to use a bike or car.
18. Nov. 2013
21. Irina (39 years) - 
121. Course:  General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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11. Nov. 2013
22.  (30 years) - 
122. Course:  Intensive French Course with Professional Internship  - 4 weeks

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loved the system of teaching, teachers and the general atmosphere in the school. I would like to go back there again!
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Thank you very much for your work!
6. Jan. 2013
23.  (13 years) - Ireland
123. Course:  Junior Programme (12-17 years) SPECIAL - 2 weeks

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Easy to find
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None
8. Aug. 2012
24.  (60 years) - 
124. Course:  General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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Interaction with other students from different countries; excellent teaching from highly competent and enthusiastic teacher.
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I would certainly re-book for next year if I return to holiday in this area.
30. Jul. 2012
25.  (15 years) - Spain
125. Course:  Junior Programme (12-17 years) - 2 weeks

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My classmates.
7. Nov. 2011
26.  (28 years) - Canada
126. Course:  General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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The teachers are very nice and helpful. The school has a wonderful reference library to aid with studying. The city is small and very boring in the off-season, but it
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Go on the trips, you
7. Nov. 2011
27.  (28 years) - 
127. Course:  General French Intensive - 3 weeks

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Different media and ways to learn and consolidate the language skills.
25. Sep. 2011
28.  (51 years) - 
128. Course:  General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The very dedicated and imaginative teachers, varied teaching; flexibility of teachers, focusing on communication
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I would definitely take more than two weeks of classes next time.
1. Sep. 2011
29.  (28 years) - 
129. Course:  General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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Homestay - High Season
15. Aug. 2011
30.  (42 years) - 
130. Course:  General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The mix of nationalities (on average about 80 students from 20 nations) and ages (approx. 21-60 years). A good value for money. The city of Royan is not comparable to places like Nice, Paris, Bordeaux, but there are many possibilities for activities, and during the week, it is easier to focus on the lessons than in the above mentioned places.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
The horseback ride through the forest next to St. George de Didonne is also great for beginners who have never even ridden before!
Other comments
My accommodation in a host family was a bit grubby but my hostess was very friendly, helpful, and a good cook of the French cuisine! Also, she talked a lot with me, so I would absolutely recommend to stay with a host family. However, you should be prepared that the idea of cleanliness and order may be different than your own.
6. Jun. 2011
31.  (36 years) - Spain
131. Course:  General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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Cheap, residence in front of the school, studio TV used by the students (it's really funny!), beaches, classes with projector... Very very, professional... someone told me that it was one of the two best language schools in France, I really think it.
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If you want to pass the DELF, you CAN do it in the school in one day, one day simulation test a week, a lot of parking, very good teachers ... I think for a Spaniard with a car, who wants to take the DELF it is the best value for the money in France (I've been to three different schools).
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Marilyn is a super professional teacher, she teaches very well, and is also very pretty!
11. Oct. 2010
32.  (41 years) - 
132. Course:  General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The teacher was very experienced, and the multimedia centre was very well equipped.
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Make sure you're given a proper introduction to the school facilities - because only I and one other student began on the first day of my course we didn't receive a proper introduction and it took me a week to work out what facilities were available and how to access them.
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The school teaches in a very formal way - it isn't interactive and doesn't support those who are struggling. Each student is expected to take care of their own needs. I fell between two levels and was put in the higher class which I found difficult and demoralising.
14. Sep. 2010
33.  (23 years) - 
133. Course:  General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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Shared Apartment - High Season
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The diversity of the social activities and the innovative teaching techniques
13. Sep. 2010
34.  (36 years) - 
134. Course:  General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The cosy atmosphere
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In my case, the different levels in the class affected my learning.
31. Aug. 2010
35.  (49 years) - 
135. Course:  General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The variety of students, the situation..
25. Aug. 2010
36.  (17 years) - 
136. Course:  Junior Programme (12-17 years) - 2 weeks

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The people, the teachers and the sports program.
16. Aug. 2010
37.  (28 years) - 
137. Course:  General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The residence, Lycee l'atlantique, has no kitchen.
13. Aug. 2010
38.  (52 years) - 
138. Course:  General French Intensive - 1 week

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Excellent teachers, good technical equipment, accurate evaluation of progress and indications for further improvements.
3. Aug. 2010
39.  (14 years) - 
139. Course:  Junior Programme (12-17 years) - 2 weeks

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Congratulations for the welcome of the teachers and guides. Really good service.
14. Jul. 2010
40.  (31 years) - Ireland
140. Course:  General French Intensive - 3 weeks

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It was easy to find one's way around the school. There was an excellent library and computer room. It was located close to the town.
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Be aware that the school has no cantine facilites.
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The Erasmus accommodation was awful. It was filthy on my arrival. I had to go to the supermarket to buy cleaning products as the surfaces were black with dirt. The bed was really a matress on the floor. There was a disgusting smell coming from the fridge and mould growing around the shower curtain. I even wore flip flops in the shower. I tried to spend as little time as possible here.

 

Response from school
We have had an exceptionnal problem with some flats last summer which had been occupied for a previous period of 7 months and which have not been checked out in due time, thus leaving not enough time for thorough cleaning by the janitor. Please note that the mattress does lay on a low support and is not placed directly on the floor. Otherwise, flats in our residence are always cleant before arrival of students. A lot of our "back-comers" do ask for accomodation in the residence again.
5. Jul. 2010
41.  (20 years) - 
141. Course:  General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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28. Jun. 2010
42.  (47 years) - France
142. Course:  General French Intensive - 1 week

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Well organised, friendly, helpful and plenty of learning aids.
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I only enrolled for 1 week, due to present circumstances, not long enough! Next time I will enrol for at least 4 weeks so I can progress further.
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I would recommend staying with a host family, mine were brilliant and made me feel really welcome.
23. Jun. 2010
43.  (33 years) - 
143. Course:  General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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Lunch breaks are too long
22. Jun. 2010
44. Gabriele (55 years) - 
144. Course:  General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The training in the language lab and the listening exercises could have been more extensive.
4. May. 2010
45.  (24 years) - 
145. Course:  General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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I especially liked the activities outside class. For example, I went to the welcome reception for new students in the nearby Irish Pub "Astoria" and was able to quickly establish contact with French people. For me it was important to practice French. The school also offers English courses for French .There you can find also very easy language partner
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Astoria and many other excursions.
28. Mar. 2010
46.  (60 years) - United Kingdom
146. Course:  General French Intensive - 1 week

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The facilities were good. The teaching was well adapted to the needs of students
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I was told to report at 8.30 am on the 1st day but nothing happened until 9.20. After that the testing and placement took all morning and could have been much better organised.
22. Dec. 2009
47.  (44 years) - United States
147. Course:  General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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the professors are excellent
28. Aug. 2009
48.  (49 years) - 
148. Course:  Teacher training programme - 2 weeks

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Insider tips about what future students should not miss
To avoid accomodation at Erasmus residence
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To prefer summer courses
16. Aug. 2009
49.  (31 years) - 
149. Course:  General French Intensive - 3 weeks

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Good organisation, very friendly, good quality of lessons
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Don't miss the entertaining program!
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Choose to stay at with a host family!
29. Jun. 2009
50.  (45 years) - 
150. Course:  Intensive 25 - 3 weeks

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I can recommend this school if you are serious about learning French. Very dedicated and qualified teaching staff.
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School offers alot of different leisure activities - if you have time to attend apart from class and homework. The city itself had not much to offer. It caters more to retirees and tourists.
23. Jun. 2009
51. Dag (64 years) - Sweden
151. Course:  General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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27. May. 2009
52.  (56 years) - United States
152. Course:  General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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22. Feb. 2009
53.  (31 years) - Russian Federation
153. Course:  General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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commnication with different people, including native speakers, during the classes and at social activities
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don't be shy, participate in as many group activities as possible
23. Dec. 2008
54. Judit (27 years) - 
154. Course:  General French Intensive - 3 weeks

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18. Nov. 2008
55.  (28 years) - 
155. Course:  General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The school/teachers put a lot of efforts to teach french with multimedia technologies and interactions with french people.
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Don't miss the zoo!
16. Nov. 2008
56.  (52 years) - United States
156. Course:  General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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the multiculturalism of the student body. The ease of living in Royan.
15. Nov. 2008
57. Mrs Tamara (31 years) - France
157. Course:  General French Intensive - 8 weeks

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14. Nov. 2008
58.  (26 years) - 
158. Course:  General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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Carel is a wonderful place to study a language, to meet nice people and to have party. Almost every evening there is very varied animation programm so you get to know the other students very soon. The students are from all over the world and it´s very interesting to meet all. But you should pay attention about the placement test. So don´t hesitate to change the course, no matter if you are told that it is not possible. I think the best place to stay is either with a family (if you get along) - very good for learning French - or in an appartement. The Erasmus house is ok but not very comfortable. Royan is quite small and in the summer very touristic, the beach is a bit crowded, but anyway it´s great to be at the sea and in the evening there are lots of concerts and other animation. You shouldn´t miss the nice French restaurants, even if they are expensive and a bit touristic.
14. Nov. 2008
59.  (25 years) - 
159. Course:  Preparation course for University studies - 4 weeks

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The animation program
13. Nov. 2008
60.  (56 years) - 
160. Course:  General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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go to Royan
22. Oct. 2008
61.  (21 years) - 
161. Course:  General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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22. Oct. 2008
62.  (31 years) - 
162. Course:  General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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The quality, level and delivery of the chosen language content, as well as the wide variety of very interesting social activities.
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I feel that it is absolutely necessary to spend some time with a guest family during your stay.
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I hear that Royan is quite a "dead" city in the winter months, but I arrived in Spring just before the summer boom. Therefore, slowly more students were attending the school CARAL and this resulted in increased activities. For any meaningful language progress, I feel that it is necessary to connect with a French family and to NOT cluster with people from your home country/language. I had an all-around amazing, but short (2-week) experience. This was, in part, due to luck since my guest family was quick amazing and lived directly next to the school. The region around Royan has much to offer and I wish that I could have stayed much longer.
3. Sep. 2008
63. Stefano (33 years) - Italy
163. Course:  General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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7. May. 2008
64.  (33 years) - 
164. Course:  General French Intensive - 2 weeks

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accomodation with host family, excursion La Rochelle
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Two weeks language course is the minimum. Better wood be one month or more if possible.
9. Apr. 2008
65.  (44 years) - 
165. Course:  General French Intensive - 4 weeks

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I'm very pleased to have chosen Carel
20. Dec. 2007
66.  (21 years) - 
166. Course:  General French intensive - 2 weeks

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The whole atmosphere and the spririt of learning and teaching at the CAREL.
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Join the animation programm and be open for everything!
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I loved the library; it is very good and perfect for some extra research or just for fun (tv, books, newspapers etc.). Big bonus for the animation programm and the whole staff: very friendly and always there for answering questions and supporting the students. Good mix of different methods!
15. Nov. 2007
67.  (24 years) - No Country Selected
167. Course:  General French intensive - 4 weeks

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in the fall and winter there are a lot fewer students
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voice your comments to the teacher, they are very receptive to suggestions
14. Nov. 2007
68.  (52 years) - 
168. Course:  General French intensive - 2 weeks

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The activities organized after the classes are very diverse, so something for everyone!
12. Sep. 2007
69.  (24 years) - 
169. Course:  General French intensive - 3 weeks

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29. Aug. 2007
70.  (29 years) - No Country Selected
170. Course:  General French intensive - 9 weeks

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Courses run for 2 weeks then a new course starts. So try to stay for an even number of weeks.
27. Aug. 2007
71.  (18 years) - Austria
171. Course:  3 weeks

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we met people from many countries you wouldn`t get to know usually
26. Jul. 2007
72.  (30 years) - 
172. Course:  General French intensive - 2 weeks

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4. Apr. 2007
73.  (20 years) - Netherlands
173. Course:  General French intensive - 4 weeks

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Don't have a doubt, just do it! it's great!!
8. Mar. 2007
74.   - United Kingdom
174. Course:  General French intensive - 5 weeks

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go for a shared flat or host family, you speak so much more french.
4. Jan. 2007
75.  (62 years) - 
175. Course:  General French intensive - 4 weeks

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The quality and standard of the teachers and the teaching. The friendliness of all the students and their determination to enjoy themselves. The happy atmosphere.
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There were 13 in our class, which was too many to get enough practice at speaking French.
24. Nov. 2006
76.  (30 years) - 
176. Course:  General French intensive - 2 weeks

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This town is on the sea, so the best season is SUMMER!!
11. Oct. 2006
77.  (29 years) - 
177. Course:  General French intensive - 3 weeks

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i think this school is perfect. you can learn how to pronounce in a language laboratory and how to speak with other people. the grade of my level was appropriate. i would do the course any time again!
27. Sep. 2006
78.  (21 years) - 
178. Course:  General French intensive - 3 weeks

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the building and the well experienced teachers
27. Sep. 2006
79. Katrin (64 years) - 
179. Course:  General French intensive - 2 weeks

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activities included mostly parties and sports; there is more ....
13. Sep. 2006
80.  (23 years) - 
180. Course:  General French intensive - 5 weeks

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the médiateque, where there are lots of books, magazines, CD and DVD to improve the language
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Please, don't think to be on holiday, because you need to concentrate in order to learn as much as possible. How can you improve your French without going to lessons or without doing the homeworks?
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The CAREL is very good, because is not only a language school, but it is also linked to the University of Poitiers. Some teachers have a lack of experience, but in general are very good and friendly.
6. Sep. 2006
81.  (21 years) - 
181. Course:  General French intensive - 4 weeks

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join every attractions that carel offers to you!
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Carel is a fantastic school with lots of possibilities to improve the language skills. meeting people from all around the world and finding wonderful new friendships is the best way to feel like home. all the teachers in Carel are very interested in pushing you to have success in your future career. Carel is like a big family! everyone will help you and never leave you alone. There is so much to do and it is great fun!
31. Aug. 2006
82.  (21 years) - 
182. Course:  General French intensive - 3 weeks

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To go to Royan, unable to Bordeaux, it is really difficult to go from Bordeaux to Royan. It is much easier to go to Paris and go to Royan by train (about two trains per day)
23. Aug. 2006
83.  (38 years) - Spain
183. Course:  General French intensive - 2 weeks

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just enjoy.
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All the teachers are very good, each one with its own style. Well done carel. It is great that the students come from all over the world not only from one or two countries. It is a pity that the internet access is not for free.
9. Aug. 2006
84.  (36 years) - 
184. Course:  General French intensive - 3 weeks

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Excellent Teachers, well organized, very modern methods.....
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They stopped teaching in French only If I needed a word translated, it was no problem.
9. Aug. 2006
85.  (39 years) - Belgium
185. Course:  General French intensive (Group and Individual) - 4 weeks

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Wonderful Professor - very patient with newbies!
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Take advantage of the Media Center, well equipped and useful for studying.
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Very international school, so be aware that this affects your classroom learning - various accents and levels of study contributes for an interesting learning environment. Furthermore the school is very well organized and available in your regards. Majority of students in the intensive summer course were university aged, and activities are geared more for this group age, but good interaction with everyone even if you are older and willing to be social. I highly recommend CAREL.
31. Jul. 2006
86. Daniela  - 
186. Course:  General French intensive - 6 weeks

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29. May. 2006
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187. Course:  General French intensive - 3 weeks

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The host family!
27. Feb. 2006
88. Henrik (20 years) - 
188. Course:  General Course

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cote sauvage, the coast near royan which leads to the open atlantic......very beautiful
27. Feb. 2006
89.  (20 years) - 
189. Course:  General Course

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I was surprised how friendly and caring everyone was. It was also really great to see that not all French people are concentrating on the French language, but are open-minded for the ones that have problems with foreign languages. We all know that France is a little bit selfish considering this fact.
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can't speak for everyone, but I just loved my teacher, because she always had a great bond with the whole class and that motivates a lot. I haven't regret this course for one single hour.
19. Dec. 2005
90. Siurana  - 
190. Course:  General French intensive - 2 weeks

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19. Dec. 2005
91.   - 
191. Course:  General French intensive - 2 weeks

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The course was very good
9. Sep. 2005
92.  (33 years) - Icelandic
192. Course:  General Course

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I would like to come again !
8. Sep. 2005
93.  (21 years) - Uk
193. Course:  General Course

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A good school. I was unlucky with my host family, which turned out to be just a woman who had just split up with her partner.
25. Aug. 2005
94. Anonymous (26 years) - 
194. Course:  General Course

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15. Aug. 2005
95.  (59 years) - United States
195. Course:  General Course

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2. Aug. 2005
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196. Course:  General Course

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30. Jul. 2005
97.  (22 years) - 
197. Course:  General Course

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I was very pleased how my teachers created their lessons. It was very interessting and met many different subjects. Also it was a pleasure to see that the teachers seemed to enjoy the lessons, too. Royan was a great experience!
28. Jul. 2005
98.  (29 years) - Spain
198. Course:  General Course

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28. Jul. 2005
99.  (38 years) - 
199. Course:  Super Intensive (+35h)

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Carel is a very good school! The teacher are very nice, friendly and helpful, instructions are varied and good
1. Jul. 2005
100. Aitziber (30 years) - 
200. Course:  Super Intensive (+35h)

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If your written level is better than the oral one, you better fail on the written test on purpose since there's no oral test. If you don't do it like this, you're gonna be placed in a wrong class, so you'll need to ask to be moved...
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It is essential to conduct an oral test. I've been already studying French for two years and I was placed in the highest level! I moved to another course, but it was not enough. I really think teachers are not sufficiently engaged in framing the students at their correct level.

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