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Reviews of CIAL Centro de Linguas, Faro, Portugal

Total number of reviews: 63
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 63 reviews of former students of CIAL Centro de Linguas
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CIAL Centro de Linguas, Faro, Portugal
4.3/5.0 
City 4.2/5.0 
Organisation 4.1/5.0 
Facilities 3.8/5.0 
Social activities 3.5/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language 4.5/5.0 
Value for money 4.2/5.0 
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Homestay 4.5/5.0 
Shared Flat 4.6/5.0 
other 4.5/5.0 

Individual Reviews

CIAL Centro de Linguas
22. Jan. 2018
1. Staffan (69 years) - Sweden
101. Course:  Standard Course - 1 week

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1. Aug. 2017
2.  (45 years) - United States
102. Course:  Group + Workshop - 1 week

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23. Jan. 2017
3. Staffan (68 years) - Sweden
103. Course:  Standard Course - 1 week

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31. Aug. 2016
4.  (35 years) - United Kingdom
104. Course:  Standard Course - 1 week

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The willingness of the teachers to start from the level you had already reached and to adapt their lessons to your needs and questions.
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A professional and friendly school with excellent teachers
19. Jul. 2016
5.  (35 years) - 
105. Course:  Standard Course - 1 week

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The welcoming, classes organisation, the atmosphere, professionalism
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The old centre and its visit organised by the school, praia de Frao, ilha de Faro, the chapel of bones, the cathedral
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I strongly recommend the CIAL school of Faro
5. May. 2016
6.   - Germany
106. Course:  Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Faro Student House
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Teachers' enthusiasm!
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Be sure to do a boat trip through Ria Formosa.
25. Jan. 2016
7.  (67 years) - 
107. Course:  Standard Course - 1 week

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23. Jun. 2015
8.  (24 years) - 
108. Course:  Combined 3 + 1 (15 Group + 5 Individual) - 2 weeks

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28. Apr. 2015
9.  (61 years) - Belgium
109. Course:  Standard Course - 1 week

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The small size, the good quality of the teachers, everything was great.
30. Mar. 2015
10.  (38 years) - 
110. Course:  Standard Course - 1 week

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Small Group. The teachers and school staff were great.
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You should take advantage of the activities organized by the school.
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It's a reliable school. The kind and nice teachers and staff helped me a lot.
5. Aug. 2014
11.  (25 years) - 
111. Course:  Standard Course - 3 weeks

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Faro Student House
8. Jul. 2014
12.  (59 years) - United Kingdom
112. Course:  Standard Course - 1 week

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Cristina, the teacher, was excellent. She was enthusiastic, friendly, highly professional and above all an excellent teacher. Cristina managed the very difficult task of dealing with a range of abilities and experience in the same class. Overall, the school's staff, including the office personnel, were friendly, highly efficient and very welcoming.
Insider tips about what future students should not miss
Sample the 'Mercado Municipal' directly opposite to experience the real flavour of Portugal.
4. Jul. 2014
13.  (31 years) - Netherlands
113. Course:  Group + Workshop - 3 weeks

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Fabulous teacher!
10. Jun. 2014
14.  (47 years) - 
114. Course:  Combined 3 + 1 (15 Group + 5 Individual) - 2 weeks

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21. Apr. 2014
15.  (65 years) - 
115. Course:  Standard Course - 2 weeks

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The coffee and the market next door for the atmosphere
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Could encourage more homework between lessons, but that's only a personal opinion. I was there at a time where few students were there, so there were not many cultural activities...
4. Mar. 2014
16.  (63 years) - 
116. Course:  Combined 3 + 1 (15 Group + 5 Individual) - 1 week

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Nice rooms, clean, central location
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Old town, market in the morning
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Only one organized night out (great though), but the season was not the most favorable. Teaching less dynamic than in Lisbon or Porto.
10. Jun. 2013
17.  (44 years) - 
117. Course:  Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Small and friendly school with individualized instructions and super nice, qualified teaching staff.
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Rent a car and do a trip to Algarve. Alternatively you can travel by train or bus.
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I'm very satisfied!
4. Mar. 2013
18.  (47 years) - Switzerland
118. Course:  Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Excellent teacher.
3. Sep. 2012
19. Anna (27 years) - Russian Federation
119. Course:  Standard Course - 2 weeks

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13. Aug. 2012
20.  (23 years) - Netherlands
120. Course:  Summer Course - 2 weeks

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The teacher was great.
28. May. 2012
21.  (55 years) - Sweden
121. Course:  Standard Course - 1 week

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Teacher, other students, Faro
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Perhaps Faro is not the best place, but the public transport to Albufeira, where we lived, was nice.
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I will continue to study in Faro!
7. Jan. 2012
22.  (53 years) - 
122. Course:  Standard Course - 1 week

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Personal attention and customoisation of lessons
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Very easy to travel to other towns by train and bus. Silves was best.
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Only downside was lack of other students (only one other) which limited social activities
15. Nov. 2011
23.  (55 years) - Sweden
123. Course:  Standard Course - 1 week

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Cristina Palma was a very good teacher. We were only 3 students, we became a family. Nice!
12. Sep. 2011
24.  (61 years) - Sweden
124. Course:  Standard Course - 1 week

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Great difficulty for the school to explain the hostfamily address. The teacher refused to explain in English, because they prefered to speak Portugese. Very good but, minutes later the teacher was explaining for several minutes in German for the German students. The student book was bad.
23. Aug. 2011
25.  (49 years) - Spain
125. Course:  Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 1 week

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The host family got the wrong information about my arrival date.
9. May. 2011
26.  (30 years) - 
126. Course:  Standard Course - 1 week

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Small group size (2 people); friendly teachers
28. Mar. 2011
27. Felix (55 years) - 
127. Course:  Combined course - group 3 lessons/ day + individual 1 lesson/day - 2 weeks

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7. Oct. 2010
28.  (48 years) - 
128. Course:  Standard Course - 4 weeks

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The friendliness of the teachers and the teaching method.
20. Sep. 2010
29.  (34 years) - 
129. Course:  Standard Course - 2 weeks

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18. May. 2010
30.  (39 years) - Ireland
130. Course:  Standard Course - 1 week

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The friendly staff
22. Feb. 2010
31. Melissa (31 years) - United Kingdom
131. Course:  Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Friendly helpful staff. Enjoyed the course. Was worth the money.
6. Aug. 2009
32.  (47 years) - 
132. Course:  Standard Course - 1 week

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Very, very nice persons
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It was just a great time !!!
22. Jun. 2009
33. Daniel (28 years) - 
133. Course:  Standard Course - 2 weeks

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17. Dec. 2008
34.  (32 years) - 
134. Course:  Standard Course - 2 weeks

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Quality education, sympathy of the teachers, leisure activities super interesting
19. Nov. 2008
35.  (43 years) - Belgium
135. Course:  Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

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Very nice staff. Small and friendly school.
14. Nov. 2008
36.  (26 years) - 
136. Course:  Standard Course - 1 week

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few students in each class
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very small and friendly school
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lovely small city
18. Sep. 2008
37.   - 
137. Course:  Combined: Group (3hrs) + Individual (1hr) - 2 weeks

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take a boat and go to the beach of Ilha Deserta - lovely and amazing!
25. Aug. 2008
38.  (48 years) - 
138. Course:  Summer Course - 2 weeks

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nice and good teachers
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more conversation, less grammar
5. Oct. 2007
39.  (56 years) - United Kingdom
139. Course:  Standard Course - 2 weeks

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The quality of the teaching and the friendliness of the staff.
5. Sep. 2007
40.  (35 years) - Italy
140. Course:  Summer Group Course - 1 week

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teacher Gracia
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Very good organization
13. Jun. 2007
41.  (47 years) - 
141. Course:  Combined Group + Individual (3hrs + 1hr) Course - 2 weeks

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very personal treatment, teachers really interested in their students' progress.
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Very nice little school!
14. Mar. 2007
42.  (69 years) - 
142. Course:  Standard Course - 1 week

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Open-hearted staff.
13. Feb. 2007
43.  (58 years) - 
143. Course:  Group 3h/day, 4 weeks - 4 weeks

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26. Oct. 2006
44.  (39 years) - 
144. Course:  Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 3h/day - 2 weeks

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Small classes, friendly and flexible teachers
4. Oct. 2006
45. Claire (21 years) - United Kingdom
145. Course:  Standard - 2 weeks

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4. Sep. 2006
46. Nataliia (23 years) - Ukraine
146. Course:  Summer, group - 2 weeks

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3. Sep. 2006
47. Luis (50 years) - 
147. Course:  Summer, group - 2 weeks

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31. Jul. 2006
48.  (30 years) - United Kingdom
148. Course:  Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 2 weeks

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5. May. 2006
49.  (27 years) - France
149. Course:  Easter, group - 2 weeks

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There were only 2 students in my class, so we had a lot of one-on-one attention.
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They use a textbook.
30. Apr. 2006
50. Klaus (51 years) - 
150. Course:  Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 1h/day - 1 week

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19. Dec. 2005
51.   - Norway
151. Course:  Standard - 4 weeks

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Few computers in relation to the amount of students
19. Dec. 2005
52.   - 
152. Course:  Intensive - 1 week

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19. Dec. 2005
53.  (46 years) - United Kingdom
153. Course:  Combined: Group 3h/day, indiv. 2h/day - 1 week

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Very friendly centre in Faro, all staff helpful.
4. Sep. 2005
54. Anonymous (29 years) - 
154. Course:  One-to-One

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28. Aug. 2005
55. Anonymous (18 years) - 
155. Course:  General Course

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31. Mar. 2005
56.  (31 years) - Germany
156. Course:  General Course

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16. Sep. 2004
57.  (37 years) - 
157. Course:  General Course

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Beautiful location near the center. Staff is always helpful and friendly.
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Don´t miss a trip to Sagres and the beaches near Sagres. You can get a good rate for a car-rental at the airport. Sharing a car with some students are less expensive and definitely a good thing.
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There are 4 classrooms and a nice yard. At each level there were not more than 3 students, even in August. It seems Faro is less crowdy than most of other places. For some partypeople may be a bit slow, but perfect for combining study and leisure. My teacher prefered to teach less grammatical issues and the focus was always on speaking, listening and comprehension. The book was excellent. You can take your own copy home. If you like they will sell you a exercise book and grammar book for the same price as the local bookstore.
16. Sep. 2004
58.  (31 years) - 
158. Course:  General Course

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teachers are friendly
25. Aug. 2004
59.   - Japan
159. Course:  General Course

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family atomosphere
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Gool location and friendly staff
12. Aug. 2004
60. Marco (30 years) - Schweiz
160. Course:  General Course

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visit ilha Deserta (Faro)
8. Jul. 2004
61. Ed (21 years) - Uk
161. Course:  General Course

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The accomadation was first class and Faro was a lovely place.
12. Feb. 2004
62. Janie (28 years) - Uk
162. Course:  General Course

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28. Sep. 2002
63.  (34 years) - Germany
163. Course:  General Course

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the good teacher and individual teaching which permitted me to advance very fast

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