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Learning to Speak Portuguese in Algarve, Portugal

Faro is the capital of Algarve, home to its international airport and boasts an attractive harbour, a bustling pedestrianised shopping area, and some excellent local beaches. The city provides the perfect location to explore the wonderful surrounding area, but don't be too quick to dismiss it as a great place to visit in itself. It is often overlooked as visitors just pass it on their way to the resorts, but those who choose to linger a while find a town of considerable charm. The main point of interest is the peaceful old town, reached via the Arco da Vila, an 18th century arch with stork nests at the top, built on the site of a medieval castle gate. At its heart is Largo da Sé, a cobbled square surrounded by elegant buildings, including the Bishops' Palace.

Learning Portuguese in Faro is a very popular option, and when you go there you'll realise why. The locals are usually pretty friendly people, have very good customer service, and when you take a Portuguese course in one of the private language schools, your whole day can be planned to help you optimise your time.

The Portuguese language school in Faro is situated near the pedestrian shopping street of St. Antonio, right in the centre of the city and walking distance from the sea and the central historic sights. It has 8 classrooms and is fully equipped with TVs, videos, audio materials, computers and private study units in a speiclaised language laboratory. Sophisticated teaching methods are now used here, and the audio-visual systems have been refined to make the language teaching high quality, flexible, effective and friendly. Teachers place special focus on language for communication and, through its practical usage and by incorporating fun, cultural elements, students come away with a strong and confident knowledge of Portuguese.

The following courses are available in Faro:

General Course (15 classes per week)

This is a group course in the Faro which runs all year round and is available for all levels; beginners to advanced. It is the most popular group course, focussing on the four main language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, combined with aspects of local culture. The course attracts students of all ages and backgrounds and is recommended for those who wish to learn the language at a steady pace. Lessons usually take place Monday to Friday in the morning, although in high season they make take place in the afternoon.
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Combined Course (15 group + 5 individual classes per week)

An ideal option for those who wish to combine the experience of language learning in a group while at the same time receiving individual lessons. In the morning student interaction is encouraged in group classes, which help you improve your practical communication skills. The individual lessons in the afternoon allow you to focus on areas of particular interest to you, or which you may feel need extra practice. This type of course is usally taken by highly motivated who wish to learn as much as they can in the shortest time possible. Lessons take place Monday to Friday.
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Individual Course (20 classes per week)

This is a personalised course and is designed to adapt to the specific requirements of the student. It will progress at just the right speed for you, since it is tailor-made to your individual needs and interests. To start, teacher and student sit down together to discuss your requirements and goals. Teachers may alternate to provide exposure to different accents and to learn vocabulary specific to your business. Unlike group courses, it is sometimes possible for these individual courses to start on a day other than a Monday. Private lessons for two people can also be arranged from 5 to 50 hours per week.
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City & Beach Package (2 weeks Lisbon, 2 weeks Faro)

This language course offers you the best of both worlds with 2 weeks of Portuguese classes and host family accommodation in the beautiful and historic city of Lisbon, together with 2 weeks of lessons and family accommodation in the wonderful seaside town of Faro, in the Algarve. This is the perfect opportunity to experience the history and culture of Portugal's capital city and then immerse yourself in the relaxing atmosphere that Faro is renowned for. The course consists of 15 classes per week like the General course above, whilst acommodation is based on a single room plus breakfast with a host family. Students should note that the course price does not include travel between the two cities, but there are regular buses and trains connecting Lisbon with Faro and the journey time is about 3 hours (297 km). The school will be able to help with any travel arrangements that you need to make.
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