Language School - Centro de Línguas de Lagos

About Us

Our language school is called Centro de Línguas de Lagos and was opened in 1982. We provide language courses to the local community, companies and visitors to the Algarve.

The language school is recognised by the Portuguese Ministry of Education, which means that our courses have been approved and all our teachers required to have a university degree and a postgraduate qualification in language teaching.

The languages taught use communicative language teaching techniques, are Portuguese, English, French and German. Our experienced teachers understand the importance of ensuring students make good progress and achieve their goals. The teachers and the administrative staff also listen to what students really want from a language course.

We’re in the historical centre of Lagos, possibly the most beautiful coastal town in the Algarve, and only a 50-minute drive from Faro airport. Over the years Lagos has become a vibrant town attracting people from all over the world who come to enjoy the stunning beaches, mild climate, excellent restaurants, golf and surfing.

Most of our students learning English, French or German want to improve their language skills for their work or studies.  Students learning Portuguese have moved from abroad to the Algarve, to retire or to work, and understand how necessary it is to speak Portuguese to integrate fully into the local community or workplace.

Students can choose from several course options: general group courses or private lessons and courses for companies in the school or at the company. Anyone who is not sure about their best option is welcome to call in for advice or if this is not convenient, to ask us to arrange a phone or video call.

Meet the Team

We are located in the historical centre of Lagos. Over the years, Lagos has become a vibrant town attracting people from all over the world who come to:

  • Enjoy the stunning beaches,
  • Beautiful countryside,
  • Mild climate,
  • Excellent restaurants
  • Outdoor sports.

Teaching Objectives

Using communicative language teaching techniques, the languages we teach are  Portuguese (European), English, French and German.  Our teachers are highly-qualified: the school is recognized by the Portuguese Ministry of Education which means the teachers have a university degree and also a post-graduate diploma in language teaching.

The friendly and experienced teachers know the importance of ensuring students make good progress and achieve their goals. And more importantly, they and the administrative staff listen to what the students really want from a language course.

Teaching Style

Since the language school opened, the one thing that stands out is that most students at elementary levels like to have explanations given in their own language.

This is why, for example, the Portuguese beginners’ courses are taught by teachers fluent in English. The aim of Portuguese lessons is to have the students speaking European Portuguese as quickly as possible and the teacher will save time by explaining some points in English. Obviously, any English used eventually disappears as the levels become more advanced.

Most of our students learning English, French or German wish to improve their languages skills for their work or studies.  Most students learning Portuguese have moved from abroad to the Algarve and understand how necessary it is to speak Portuguese to integrate fully into the local community.  

Students can choose from several course options: general group courses or private lessons and also courses for companies either in the school or at the company.  Anyone who is not sure about their best option is welcome to call in to the school or to talk about this online. We also offer private lessons via Skype.

What we do

Duration

  • Intensive Courses – immerse yourself thoroughly in a language
  • Part-Time Courses – designed to fit around your schedule
  • Flexible Private Sessions

Course Types

  • Group Lessons (4-8 students)
  • Private Lessons (Individuals, Couples or Small Groups)
  • Tutorials
  • Conversation Classes
  • Skype based lessons

Langauges:

  • English
  • Portuguese
  • French
  • German

Location

The Centro de Línguas de Lagos language school is located in the centre of Lagos, a Portuguese seaside town known for its walled old town, picturesque cliffs and rock formations, stunning Atlantic beaches, bars and restaurants and a beautiful marina.

The proximity to the sea means that water based activities such as sailing, canoeing, wind surfing, surfing are popular all year round but the area is also renowned for its golf courses, cycling and walking.

Whilst today Lagos is most frequently known as a year round destination for tourism, it is also a very important historic centre for the Portuguese and a important port during the Age of Discovery. It was a frequent home of Henry the Navigator, had a famous shipyard and was once at the centre of the European slave trade.

Getting Here

As a destination, it can easily be reached by car from the airport at Faro. It is a 1-hour drive from the airport. Alternatively, bus and train services are available – see:

There are also various transfer companies available that can be booked online.