English Language Training in California by wuyunyi


									San Francisco                                 San Diego

                English Language Training in California
                                                          Since 1972

                              Communicate with Confidence in English™
                                                                                                                                                                                            Communicate with Confidence in English

                                                  COnTEnTS                                                                                                                                  In today’s world, the ability to communicate effectively and with confidence in English is necessary
                                                  What CISL Offers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3          Premier English (max. 4 students)                                     for professional and academic success. With 40 years of experience, Converse International School
                                                  Intensive English Courses (max. 8 students)                             Quatorial Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8              of Languages is a leader in English language training.

                                                      Standard Course. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4              Tutorial Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9           Since 1972, motivated students from around the globe have received rigorous English language
                                                      Intensive Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4        San Diego . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10      training from CISL. Our primary goal is to help you communicate effectively and with confidence in                    San FranciSco
                                                      Business Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4         San Francisco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11        English. CISL’s experienced instructors will help identify your needs and challenge you every day to
                                                                                                                      Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12   maximize your learning potential in a friendly, stimulating environment.
                                                      Private Lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
                                                      TOEFL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5   Accommodation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
                                                      Cambridge First Certificate . . . . . . . . . . 5               Additional Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           San diego
                                                      Cambridge Advanced. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5                                                                                     Converse International School of Languages offers you:
                                                  Pre-University Academic Year . . . . . . . . . . . 6
                                                  Volunteer English Programs. . . . . . . . . . . . . 7                                                                                     ●	 Years of experience (CISL was founded in 1972)

                                                                                                                                                                                            ●	 Small classes and individual attention (maximum of eight students for General programs
                                                                                                                                                                                               and a maximum of four students for Premier programs)

                                                                                                                                                                                            ●	 Modern schools located in city centers
                                                      “ When I arrived at CISL, my English was very bad and I was always nervous when I had
                                                        to speak. Now, after my long-term program, I can speak and write with confidence. I                                                 ●	 The CISL Interactive Teaching Method to learn to communicate effectively and with
                                                        can communicate very easily in English with my colleagues.”                                                                            confidence in English
                                                         K e m a l P o l at, t u r K e y
                                                                                                                                                                                            ●	 Ten levels (from beginner to very advanced)

                                                                                                                                                                                            ●	 A mix of nationalities in the classroom

                                                                                                                                                                                            ●	 A variety of accommodation (apartments, homestays, and student residences)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             CISL is fully accredited by the Commission for English
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Language Accreditation (CEA), which is recognized by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the U.S. Secretary of Education and is the only specialized
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             accrediting agency for English language programs in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             United States.

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                                                  Intensive English Courses
                                                  Our integrated curriculum combines grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.   E x A M P r E PA r AT I O n C O U r S E S
                                                  Small classes (maximum 8 students) ensure that you will receive a high level of personal attention
                                                                                                                                                             TO E F L   ( T E S T O F E n G L I S h A S A F O r E I G n L A n G U AG E )
                                                  from our professional staff, all of whom are trained in our Interactive Teaching Method, which engages
                                                  you in the learning process to guarantee that you quickly develop skills and confidence. Courses           The TOEFL exam is recognized throughout the world by universities and businesses as a measure
                                                  start every Monday. One lesson is 50 minutes. Minimum age is 18.                                           of English proficiency. It is also required by most U.S. colleges and universities for the admission of
                                                                                                                                                             international students. In addition, many companies will accept your TOEFL score as proof of your
                                                  S TA n d A r d C O U r S E                                                                                 English abilities. We will help you register to take the official TOEFL exam at the end of your course.
                                                  ●	 Provides an integrated general English curriculum to help you communicate effectively. The              ●	 20 lessons per week: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:40 pm
                                                     course will improve your English skills and develop confidence so that you can continue to use          ●	 6 week course (4 weeks in Summer). Several start dates each year.
                                                     and improve your English even after you leave the school. Each unit presents a wide variety of
                                                     conversational activities: discussion, listening comprehension, idiomatic expressions and role-
                                                     playing, as well as reading, vocabulary, grammar and writing practice.                                  UnIVErSITY OF C AMbrIdGE ExAMS
                                                  ●	 20 lessons per week: 9:00 am – 12:40 pm, Monday – Friday                                                The Cambridge exams are recognized throughout the world. The exams test your ability to
                                                  ●	 Maximum 8 students per class                                                                            communicate effectively and with confidence. You can take the official exam at the end of your
                                                                                                                                                             course when you are very well prepared to achieve your best results. Many companies accept this
                                                                                                                                                             test as proof of your ability to communicate successfully both in written and spoken English.
                                                  InTEnSIVE COUrSE
                                                  ●	 Includes the Standard Course with additional lessons providing more opportunities to focus
                                                     on specific areas such as pronunciation, vocabulary development, writing skills and idiomatic           Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE)
                                                     expressions, as well as discussion of current events.
                                                                                                                                                             The Cambridge First Certificate Exam is for students at the high-intermediate level.
                                                  ●	 28 lessons per week: 9:00 am – 12:40 pm, Monday – Friday, and 1:30 pm – 3:10 pm,
                                                                                                                                                             ●	 Small classes (maximum 8 students)
                                                     Monday – Thursday
                                                                                                                                                             ●	 required level: high Intermediate
                                                  ●	 Maximum 8 students per class
                                                                                                                                                             ●	 20 lessons per week: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:40 pm
                                                                                                                                                             ●	 8, 10, or 11 weeks. Three start dates each year.
                                                  bUSInESS COUrSE
                                                  ●	 Includes the Standard Course with additional lessons that develop the skills needed to
                                                     communicate effectively in a business environment. These include making introductions, emailing,        Cambridge Certificate In Advanced English (CAE)
                                                     negotiating, writing business letters, and other topics of interest to the specific group.
                                                                                                                                                             The Cambridge Advanced Certificate Exam is for students at the advanced level.
                                                  ●	 28 lessons per week: 9:00 am – 12:40 pm, Monday – Friday, and 1:30 pm – 3:10 pm,
                                                                                                                                                             ●	 Small classes (maximum 8 students)
                                                     Monday – Thursday
                                                                                                                                                             ●	 required level: Advanced
                                                  ●	 Maximum 8 students per class (average 4 students in business section in the afternoons)
                                                                                                                                                             ●	 20 lessons per week: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:40 pm
                                                                                                                                                             ●	 8, 10 or 11 week course. Three start dates each year.
                                                  P r I VAT E L E S S O n S
                                                  ●	 Private lessons are the most effective method of language learning as the focus is entirely on the
                                                     individuals specific needs. Lessons are available as a private lesson course, or in addition to any
                                                     other course program.
                                                  ●	 5 to 30 lessons per week. Schedule: any time
                                                  ●	 One student per class.

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                                                                                                                                                       Volunteer English Program
                                                  P r E - U n I V E r S I T Y AC A d E M I C Y E A r                                                   Our Volunteer English Program gives you the opportunity to improve your English in a real-life
                                                                                                                                                       working environment while developing relationships with American colleagues. The Volunteer English
                                                  Improve your English in a CISL classroom, and then further develop your English and academic
                                                                                                                                                       Program participants are unpaid and are not a job training program. Candidates must have prior
                                                  skills among American students and at a traditional American campus. This program is designed
                                                                                                                                                       education or experience in their field of choice.
                                                  for students seeking to study abroad for a semester or for those seeking to remain in the U.S. and
                                                  pursue a university degree.
                                                                                                                                                       ThIS PrOGrAM InCLUdES:
                                                                                                                                                       ●	 A minimum of 6 weeks of any CISL English course
                                                  ThIS PrOGrAM OFFErS:
                                                  ●	 Achievement of a high level of fluency and confidence                                             ●	 An 8-12 week Volunteer English Program with a local company

                                                  ●	 Preparation for successful study at a US university                                               ●	 Supervision by the CISL Volunteer Coordinator

                                                  ●	 development of an in-depth understanding of American culture                                      ●	 The CISL Volunteer English Program Certificate upon completion

                                                  ●	 Academic classes with American students
                                                  ●	 An opportunity to become truly multi-cultural
                                                                                                                                                       ●	 Successful completion of a minimum of 6 weeks of any CISL English course
                                                                                                                                                       ●	 English proficiency level of CISL high Intermediate or better
                                                  ThIS PrOGrAM InCLUdES:
                                                  ●	 16 weeks of any English course at CISL                                                            ●	 At least one year of experience or education in the field of your choice

                                                  ●	 TOEFL Exam Preparation Course at CISL                                                             ●	 18 years of age or older

                                                  ●	 One semester at an American college
                                                  ●	 Services of the CISL Academic Year Program Advisor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Examples of Volunteer English Fields*
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Marketing & Advertising
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Public relations
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Travel & Tourism

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            * Fields are not guaranteed

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                                                  Premier English
                                                  A C C E L E r AT E d L A n G U A G E T r A I n I n G I n M I n I G r O U P S                                 T U TO r I A L P r O G r A M S ( T E AC h E r + 1 S T U d E n T )
                                                  (MAxIMUM 4 STUdEnTS)
                                                                                                                                                               Tutorial lessons (private lessons) are the most effective method of language learning, allowing the
                                                  Premier English courses are designed for ambitious learners, executives and professionals. Premier           course to focus on the exact needs and learning style of each course participant. The program is
                                                  English Programs are taught in small groups (1:1 or 1:4 per class) to ensure that clients benefit from       custom-tailored to the client’s study or career objectives.
                                                  a high level of individual attention.

                                                  Our objective is to help you succeed. Every lesson has clear objectives designed to achieve results          COUrSE OPTIOnS & SChEdULES
                                                  quickly. Classes are structured to maximize the contact time between you and your instructor. All            ●	 15, 20, 25 and 30 Tutorial lessons per week available. One lesson is 60 minutes.
                                                  CISL Premier teaching staff are highly qualified native-speakers with extensive business experience
                                                  who are committed to making sure that you achieve your goals.                                                Schedules are 9:00 am to 12:30 pm and between 2:00 pm and 5:30 pm. Courses start every Monday.

                                                  ●	 Gain confidence in speaking for meetings and presentations
                                                  ●	 Improve writing skills for business reports, emails, and business letters                                “ It was my great pleasure to study in CISL during the past months. Your program of study
                                                  ●	 Increase general and industry-specific vocabulary                                                          has helped me improve significantly, not only in English speaking, but in reading and
                                                  ●	 Increase comprehension and speed of reaction                                                               writing as well. I was highly impressed by your faculty’s professionalism, customer
                                                                                                                                                                orientation, hard-working spirit, and high-quality teaching.”
                                                  ●	 Learn effective communication in everyday situations
                                                                                                                                                                l i u J u n ( S e n i o r V i c e P r e S i d e n t, l e n o V o g r o u P ) , c h i n a

                                                  Q U ATO r I A L P r O G r A M S ( T E A C h E r + 4 S T U d E n T S )

                                                  The Quatorial programs are based on a balanced practice of various language skills in groups of up
                                                  to 4 participants: building vocabulary and spoken language skills, analysis of written texts, coaching in
                                                  writing letters, emails, reports and giving presentations.

                                                  ●	 daily mini-presentations
                                                  ●	 Group lessons to increase command of grammar structures, idioms, vocabulary and expression
                                                  ●	 Group projects for real-life practice in formal writing and presenting
                                                  ●	 Spoken Performance Workshops to help overcome anxieties in group communication
                                                  ●	 Teacher guided self-study (Masterclass) to focus on individual challenges

                                                  COUrSE OPTIOnS & SChEdULES
                                                  ●	 Quatorial lessons + Spoken Performance Workshop + Masterclass
                                                  ●	 Quatorial lessons + Spoken Performance Workshop + 5 Tutorials
                                                  ●	 Quatorial lessons + Spoken Performance Workshop + 10 Tutorials
                                                  ●	 Quatorial lessons + 15 Tutorials per week

                                                  Quatorial Courses are full-time courses, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm. Courses start every Monday.

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                                                  San diego, California                                                                                   San Francisco, California
                                                  Come discover why San diego is one of the most desirable cities in the world!                           Spend one day in San Francisco and you will see why it is one of the most beautiful and exciting
                                                                                                                                                          cities in the world! The many colorful neighborhoods (Chinatown, Japantown, the Italian and
                                                  With its wonderful climate, sunny skies, and beautiful beaches, islands and peninsulas, this modern,
                                                                                                                                                          hispanic districts) make San Francisco one of the most interesting and diverse cities in the world.
                                                  safe, and clean city attracts people from all over the world. San diego’s warm weather allows its
                                                                                                                                                          Its friendly people, the Golden Gate bridge, the beautiful coast, and a mix of charming Victorian and
                                                  residents to enjoy outdoor sports, such as golf, tennis, and sailing year round.
                                                                                                                                                          modern architecture are only a few of San Francisco’s many attractions.
                                                  The CISL school is conveniently located in the city center near public transportation. Just a short
                                                                                                                                                          Our school is on the two top floors of a historic building in downtown San Francisco. On our large
                                                  walk from CISL Sd is the beautiful San diego bay. Stroll along the Embarcadero and enjoy the view
                                                                                                                                                          roof deck you can enjoy gorgeous views, have lunch, do your homework or just relax. Shopping
                                                  of beautiful Coronado Island. Our school is only a short walk to the horton Plaza shopping district,
                                                                                                                                                          and entertainment choices are only a couple of blocks away in the Union Square area. CISL is easily
                                                  the historic Gaslamp Quarter and the new baseball stadium. balboa Park and the world-famous San
                                                                                                                                                          accessible by the city’s excellent public transportation system.
                                                  diego Zoo are also nearby.
                                                                                                                                                          On the weekends you can enjoy hiking in scenic Yosemite national Park, skiing at Lake Tahoe, wine
                                                                                                                                                          tasting in the famous napa Valley, or driving along the spectacular coast. We will be happy to help
                                                                                                                                                          you arrange these excursions. If you choose to stay in the city, you can visit Golden Gate Park or
                                                                                                                                                          a variety of museums, take a ride on a cable car, stroll along the piers, or attend one of the many
                                                                                                                                                          musical and cultural festivals. You will soon understand the true meaning of the song “I Left My
                                                                                                                                                          heart in San Francisco”.

                                                     “ My homestay family is lovely. The school is centrally located. I have met a lot of new
                                                       friends and the teachers are very helpful. I like San Diego very much. I am happy to be           “ I especially like the people of San Francisco. The city is exciting and very interesting. Also,
                                                       here! ”                                                                                              it’s very easy to access many places of nature, like the sea and the mountains, to relax.”
                                                        nadia heuSSer, Switzerland                                                                         i y o u n g e u n , Ko r e a

                                                                                                   CISL San Diego                                                                                                              CISL San Francisco

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                                                  Activities                                                                                                 Accommodation
                                                  Socializing and immersing yourself in a new culture are two important parts of the Converse                We offer our students several housing options in order to provide them with the accommodation
                                                  International School of Languages total learning experience. We encourage our students to make             that best suits their needs. Students can choose to immerse themselves in daily American life by
                                                  friends and practice their English while participating in activities and social excursions, which is why   living with a host family, or they can choose to gain greater independence by living in a student
                                                  both of the CISL campuses offer an Activities Coordinator. The Activities Coordinator is available at      residence club, apartment or hotel.
                                                  school every day to answer your questions and help you plan your next adventure. We offer many
                                                  after-school and weekend activities for our students.                                                      A M E r I C A n F A M I LY h O M E S TAY            A PA r T M E n T S
                                                                                                                                                             develop a relationship with an American family      Live independently
                                                                                                                                                             breakfast and dinner are included                   Private or shared rooms
                                                  T h E AC T I V I T I E S P r O G r A M I n C L U d E S :
                                                                                                                                                             Private room
                                                  ●	 Afternoon activities
                                                  ●	 Cultural activities
                                                                                                                                                             rESIdEnCE CLUbS                                     h OT E L S
                                                  ●	 Sports activities                                                                                       Live with other students                            high level of comfort
                                                  ●	 Weekend excursions                                                                                      Private or shared rooms and bathrooms
                                                  ●	 Socially responsible activities
                                                                                                                                                             E x E C U T I V E A C C O M M O d AT I O n

                                                                                                                                                             We offer a variety of executive type, fully-equipped studio, one and two bedroom apartments with
                                                                                                                                                             amenities such as fitness centers, swimming pools, etc. within walking distance of the school.

                                                     “ It was always my dream to go surfing. Finally, I was able to learn. I made many friends.”
                                                       da n i e l ro m a , V e n e z u e l a

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                                                  Additional Ser vices
                                                  STUdEnT VISA                                                                                              For more information about how you can learn
                                                  CISL is authorized by the United States Immigration Service to issue the Form I-20. You will need         to communicate effectively and with confidence in English
                                                  this form to apply for a student visa. Our admission advisors will be happy to answer your questions      or to book a course, go to www.cisl.edu.
                                                  regarding student visa requirements. You will also find more information on our website at

                                                  AIrPOrT TrAnSFEr

                                                  CISL can arrange transfers to and from the airport. You will be greeted by our professional driver
                                                  and taken to your residence. In San diego, if you are living with a host family, they will pick you up
                                                  from the airport when you arrive.

                                                  T r AV E L A r r A n G E M E n T S

                                                  CISL provides travel arrangements to attractive destinations, including hawaii, Las Vegas, Tahoe, Los
                                                  Angeles, and Palm Springs.

                                                                                                                                                           “ Not only has my English improved in these last few months, but I will remember living in
                                                                                                                                                             another country as one of the most important experiences of my life.”
                                                                                                                                                             ro d r i g o t e o d o ro, B r a z i l

     Interesting weekend
     excursion destinations include:
     Las Vegas
     Grand Canyon
     Universal Studios
     Palm Springs
     Yosemite national Park
     The World Famous San diego Zoo
     Monterey/Carmel/big Sur
     Sausalito/Muir Woods
     napa and Sonoma Wine Country
     Lake Tahoe

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Converse International School of Languages

      CISL SAn dIEGO
636 broadway, Suite 210
San diego, California 92101

Ph. +1 619 239 3363
Fx. +1 619 239 3778

605 Market Street, Suite 1400
San Francisco, California 94105

Ph. +1 415 495 7470
Fx. +1 415 495 7467

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