1. Nature of the Business
LinguaDireta® provides services in the areas of language and cultural training and personal development.
Some courses. e.g. group courses of Brazilian Portuguese and Portuguese for Spanish Speakers, are organised in partnership with Cognissima Global Training Limited. Notwithstanding the aforementioned in the previous sentence, LinguaDireta® is fully and solely responsible with regards to the obligations resulting from the terms of this contract, including payment management, due provison of services and all its terms. Course codes and fees are published both in the LinguaDireta® and Cognissima Global Training Limited websites.
2.Service Quality – Guarantee
LinguaDireta® provides a diversity of services of support to the tutors, and mediation between tutors and learners, through a department of courses coordination and the activity of a director of studies. These include methodological advising and assistance in class planning, whenever required by the tutors, and learner's needs assessment when expressely requested by the learner.
3. Payment
Courses are purchased and fully paid prior to the course start, and a cancellation policy is in place, acccording to the terms expressed on the point 4 of these Terms and Conditons.
4. Cancellation and Refund Policy
A - CANCELLING A COURSE. If the client wishes to cancel a course, they must notify LinguaDireta® in writing, by email, to enquiries@linguadireta.com as soon as possible. Cancellations are subject to the following conditions:
1) Notifications received up to fourteen calendar days before the start date are elegible for a full refund. Notwithstanding the afore mentioned in the previous sentence, credit card fees are't refundable and an administration fee of £50.00 will be deducted from the amount to be refunded. Alternatively, the client can choose to receive a voucher valid for one year, for the total amount paid, to be used in similar services provided by LinguaDireta®, and in this case no administration fee will be charged. If the voucher isn't used within one year, when similar courses where on offer, the client loses the right to use the credit amount associated with it. If no similar courses where on offer during that one year period, a refund will be organised in the terms stipulated in the point 1).
2) Refund requests made on or after the 14th calendar day before the course start date won't be accepted.
3) In cases where the learner can't attend a class for whatever reason, no refunds are available.
4) In view of the management requirements involved in organising group courses, LinguaDireta® won't be able to accept pro-rata refunds or transfer to other courses time not used in any course.
B - COURSE NOT CONFIRMED. If LinguaDireta® is unable to run a course, or offer a reasonable alternative as defined by the Minimum Number of Learners policy (as detailed in these Terms and Conditions), the client will be entitled to a full refund, including any credit card fees.
C - COOLING-OFF PERIOD. LinguaDireta® provides services on specific dates within specific periods and as such is not under the obligation to provide the fourteen 14-day cooling off period, stipulated in the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013.
Nevertheless LinguaDireta® offers ex gratia a cooling off 14-day period, in these terms: if the client cancels a service within fourteen days of the date of the booking, in writing to the email enquiries@linguadireta.com, we will refund the amount paid in full without charging any administration fee. Nevertheless, if the payment was done by card the card fees will be deducted.
Notwithstanding the afore mentioned if the client books a service fourteen days or less before the start date of the course, they loose the right to that cooling off period with regards to the entire course booked, as the service is a course, a self-contained unitary block of lessons, not lessons sold individually, and this block service is starting within the 14-day cooling off period.
Important note: By booking the course within 14 days of the course start the client acknowledges that they wish to start the course before the 14 days cooling off period elapses, and in so doing they are expressely requesting that the course starts within that period.
If only some days of the cooling off period falls over the 14 days before the start of the course then the cooling off period is limited to the days running until the fourteenth day before the start of the course.
In any case no refund requests will be accepted on or after the fourteenth day before the course start date.
D - REFUND DATE. Refunds are made within five working days of the registration cancellation or course cancellation, and most refunds are effectively made within 48 hours of the cancellation.
Maximum Number of Learners
The maximum number of students per class is sixteen.
Minimum Number of Learners
The vast majority of the courses run for ten sessions of two hours, with four students or more per class, four students being the minimum number necessary for the courses to be confirmed in the 20 hour (five weeks or ten weeks) format. But LinguaDireta® may decide to run the course with any number of learners as long as the maximum number fixated in the previous point isn't surpassed.
In case the minimum number of learners is not met until 12pm of the day before the start date, LinguaDireta® offers these alternatives:
a) The course start is postponed by one week. If in the next week the minimum number is met, then the course starts on that week running for ten or five weeks depending on the course type.
If on that postponed week the minimum number hasn't been met, then:
a) Five week courses - if there are three students enrolled, the course is confirmed to start on that week and will run for four weeks.
b) Ten week courses - if on the postponed week or the week after (ie. up until two weeks after the scheduled start date) the number of learners enrolled in the courses reaches three, then the course will start on the third week of the original schedule and will run for eight weeks.
If after the start of a course that has been shortened supervening enrollments make the course reach four students or more, LinguaDireta® will refund the apportionate amount corresponding to the classes not taught.
Course start and end dates
The course scheduled start date is shown on the course schedule, in the LinguaDireta® website. So the last class of a ten week course is on the tenth weekday of the course counted from the scheduled start date. For five week courses, the last class will be on the second weekday of the course, on the fifth week counted from the fisrt scheduled week. A course can nevertheless end one week later, either because its start has been postponed by one week, or because due to unforseen circunstances, like teacher's illness or force majeure, one of the classes of the course is cancelled. If for any reason the week afer the last originally scheduled week must be used to complete the course, the courses is deemed to have been normally concluded, and LinguaDireta® can't be made responsible if a learner can't attend that last class of the course.
The vast majority of courses start and end on the scheduled dates. Nevertheless if for any reason LinguaDireta® is unable to start the course on the first week, a start on the second week is possible and the course will then count ten classes from the second week onwards. By accepting these Terms and Conditons the learner expressely accepts that the course can end one week later than originally scheduled.
If a scheduled class coincides with a bank holiday, that class will be postponed to the end of the course (weekday of the original schedule immediately after the last day of the course).
Class or course cancellation
Due to teacher's illness or force majeure LinguaDireta® may need to cancel a class. The cancellation will be communicated to the learner by email, and LinguaDireta® will at the best of its ability make sure that the learner is informed as soon as reasonaly possible, from the moment LinguaDireta® is aware of the fact determining the cancellation. We don't acept any responsibility if, as a result of a cancellation that couldn't be announced on time, the learner comes to the school on the day.
In case a teacher is unable teach a class, LinguaDireta® will endevaour to replace the teacher. If this is not possible the class may be cancelled and must be replaced later until the end of the week immediately after the last class originally scheduled.
If due to unforseen circumstances LinguaDireta® needs to cancel the course mid-course a pro rata refund of the classes not taught will be made.

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