CIAL - Centro de Linguas

Introduction

About us

CIAL is a company with over 50 years of experience, founded in 1959 as a language school for the Portuguese people.

We offer a wide range of services in areas connected to languages and language teaching, providing innovative solutions for international communication. The quality of our services is verified by national and international entities.

We promote the knowledge and self development of our clients, both on personal and professional levels, through the excellence of the services rendered and the commitment of a highly qualified and experience team of collaborators and teachers.

Some of our Clients:

AIG Europe, AXA Portugal, Barclays Bank, Banco de Portugal, Banco Mundayl, BASF, Bayer, BP Portugal, Boehringer Ingelheim, Credit Suisse, CTT, EPAL, GALP Energia, IBM, Instituto Camões, Instituto de Defesa Nacional, L´Oreal Portugal, Proctor & Gamble, Repsol, Samsung, SAP, TMN, UBS Bank, Unicef, Vodafone

ACCOMMODATION SERVICE

CIAL offers two main possibilities of accommodation:

Private Home Accommodation

Private Home Accommodation helps students gain familiarity with the language by speaking to their host. CIAL's carefully selected homes offer accommodation and breakfast as well as a family environment. Students are placed in single rooms and will be the only native speaker of their language in the house. The school is reached either by foot or by public transport, never more than a 15-30 minute ride.

Shared Apartment Accommodation

In our Lisbon and Faro Shared Apartments, students can choose to stay in single or shared rooms and will benefit from a more independent accommodation, ideal for longer stays, but also for the short stay. Apartments are fully equipped, with cable TV and wifi. Bathroom, kitchen and living room are shared with other CIAL students.

In both cities the schools are within walking distance.

When students prefer a different option, CIAL is happy to help find suitable hotel, hostel or self-catered apartment accommodation.

Please ask for a list of places that offer special rates to our students.

TRANSFER SERVICE

A transfer service is available for students who wish to be met at the Airport (or train/bus station). Students are welcomed by a member of CIAL staff and taken, usually by taxi or private car, to the accommodation of their choice.

STUDENT SERVICES

CIAL has a Student Service that will advise and help students not only in case of problems or doubts related with the Course, the Accommodation or the Social and Extra-Curricular Programme, but also with any other aspect of their stay in Portugal. Students should get in touch with the person in charge of this service directly, or through the receptionists or teachers.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Portuguese (Portugal)

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Programs

This school also offers:

Courses

Brazilian and African Portuguese

Campus Full time Part time 4 weeks October 2016 Portugal Lisbon Faro + 2 more

Students will not only learn the characteristics of the chosen variant, but will also get information on the specific social and economical traits of that country. [+]

BRAZILIAN AND AFRICAN PORTUGUESE Individual Lessons or Private Groups Available for starting at any date for chosen length of course. Specific materials and experienced teachers of Brazilian and African origin or background. Students will not only learn the characteristics of the chosen variant, but will also get information on the specific social and economical traits of that country. [-]

General Portuguese Courses

Campus Full time Part time 2 weeks October 2016 Portugal Lisbon + 1 more

Group Courses are organised in modules of 4 weeks. Every month groups start at all levels (from Beginner to Advanced). [+]

Group Courses (max. 8 students) 3 lessons/day Group Courses are organised in modules of 4 weeks. Every month groups start at all levels (from Beginner to Advanced). Courses are progressive from the starting dates, but apart from absolute beginners who must begin on the starting dates, students can join a group at any time if vacancies exist at the suitable level. Groups have a maximum of 8 participants so that monitoring and assessment are continuous and personalised. Group + Workshop Courses (max. 8 students) 5 lessons/day In this programme, students join the General Portuguese Groups in the morning in the designated starting dates. In the afternoon there will be 2 lessons per day, with different topics. These topics will range from Conversation, Vocabulary drills, Grammar practice, Presentations, Role Playing to other activities chosen by the the students. Individual and Private Group Courses 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 or 35 lessons/week. 1 student or 2+ students who book the course together. These courses are organised according to the students' specific requests and time availability and may include different professional and cultural themes if requested. The topics of the Portuguese for Special Purposes courses can also be included. Students are welcome to bring any kind of documentation they may need to work on. Combined Courses Group, 3 lessons/day (morning) + Individual 1, 2, or 3 lessons/day (afternoon). Ideal solution for those who want to work further improving oral skills, review the work done in the morning lessons or work in a specific professional field. It is also possible to combine Group Course + Private Group. Easter & Christmas Courses (max. 12 students) Group Course 3 lessons/day for 2 weeks. Courses that coincide with school breaks, focused on oral communication skills, with intensive practice. [-]

Portuguese & Volunteering

Campus Full time 2 weeks October 2016 Portugal Lisbon Faro + 1 more

Combination of language course in the morning and Volunteer work in the afternoon in the Lisbon area. [+]

Combination of language course in the morning and Volunteer work in the afternoon in the Lisbon area. Placements available for different types of work and length of stay. [-]

Portuguese + Surf

Campus Full time 2 weeks October 2016 Portugal Lisbon Faro + 1 more

Combination of language course (min. 2 weeks) in the morning and Surf lessons in the afternoon in beaches around Lisbon. [+]

Portuguese + Surf Combination of language course (min. 2 weeks) in the morning and Surf lessons in the afternoon in beaches around Lisbon. Transportation, insurance and equipment are included. [-]

Portuguese for Special Purposes

Campus Full time Part time 4 weeks October 2016 Portugal Faro Lisbon + 2 more

These courses aim at providing students with a further spoken and written language practice while exploring a specific field. [+]

PORTUGUESE FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES Individual Lessons or Private Groups These courses aim at providing students with a further spoken and written language practice while exploring a specific field. Themes: Banking Business Portuguese Computer Science Hotel Industry Insurance Interpreting Law Medicine Translation [-]

Teachers’ Training Course

Campus Full time 2 weeks October 2016 Portugal Lisbon Faro + 1 more

Course designed for native and non-native teachers of Portuguese as a Foreign Language in public or private institutions in or outside Portugal. [+]

ENSINO DE PORTUGUÊS LÍNGUA ESTRANGEIRA (EPLE) Course designed for native and non-native teachers of Portuguese as a Foreign Language in public or private institutions in or outside Portugal. Organised four times a year, 6 lessons/day for 2 weeks. CIAL may organise a course on any date for a minimum of 4 students booking together. [-]

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