Converse International School of Languages San Francisco

605 Market Street, Suite 1400 - San Francisco

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Since 1972, students and professionals from all over the world have learned to communicate effectively and with confidence in English and other languages at Converse International School of Languages (CISL).

Whether your interest is to study English or other languages, our challenging, intensive programs will help you achieve the maximum results quickly so that you can begin communicating effectively and with confidence. Our English courses include ESL, Cambridge, and TOEFL preparation programs.

Why Choose CISL?

8 students MAXIMUM per class!
Challenging and effective courses
Professional teachers
Over 40 years of experience!
Excellent mix of nationalities
Superb locations

The international city of San Francisco, California is an excellent place to study and learn English and meet people from around the world. This is one of the most exciting and culturally diverse cities in the world, featuring a wide array of international cuisine and exceptional restaurants, an excellent palette of artistic variety (museums, theaters, galleries, and art centers), street fairs, a great night life, and wonderful places to visit in and around the city. San Francisco is affectionately called "The City" by its residents. You will never forget Chinatown, Japantown, the Italian District, Golden Gate Park and the romantic cable cars. You will discover the meaning of the famous song "I Left My Heart In San Francisco."

  • Football/Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Host family accommodation
  • In hotel/guesthouse
  • Cultural tourism (theater, museum, etc.)
  • Hiking
  • Local cultural events (festivals, etc.)

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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk, Intensive 25+ hrs/wk
Our integrated CISL curriculum combines Grammar, vocabulary building, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Small classes (maximum 8 students per Adult, maximum 10 (average 8) students per Junior classes, and maximum 4 students per Premier classes) guarantee that you will receive a high level of personal attention and maximum learning opportunities.
Our Interactive Teaching Method engages you in the learning process so that you learn communication skills and develop confidence quickly. We offer 10 different levels, so there will be a class which is just right for you. An individualized placement test on your first day will determine your correct level. Throughout the course, your progress will be evaluated according to the CISL Grading Standards. An exit test on your last day will measure your progress. You will receive a Converse International School of Languages English Certificate and a detailed report of your progress in each skill area.

Course Number of Lessons
Standard 20
Intensive 28 group lessons
Intensive 5 20 group lessons
5 private lessons
Intensive 10 20 group lessons
10 private lessons
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Intermediate
Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students
Weekly Hours: Intensive 25+ hrs/wk
The CISL Cambridge English: Advanced Preparation (CAE) Course
The CISL Cambridge English: Advanced Preparation Course is an advanced (C1) and intensive 11-week course from either 9:00-12:40 or 9:00-3:10 designed to help our students develop the skills needed in order to pass the official exam. The course covers strategies for all five parts of the exam enabling students to gain confidence and effectively use English even after the exam is over. Students are given authentic past exam practice so they will be thoroughly prepared on exam day. In addition, students are encouraged to use English in their daily lives applying what they have learned in class. The Cambridge English: Advanced certificate is recognized by most universities and a large number of businesses worldwide.
On completion of our course, students receive a CISL certificate of achievement and transcript which includes their highest practice test score and assessed completed work from the course.

The Cambridge English First (FCE) Preparation Course
The CISL Cambridge English: First Preparation Course is a high intermediate (B2) and intensive 11
week course from either 9:00-12:40 or 9:00-3:10 designed to help our student develop the skills needed in order to pass the official exam. The course covers strategies for all five parts of the exam enabling students to gain confidence and effectively use English in typical everyday communication even after the exam is over. Students are given authentic past exam practice so they will be thoroughly prepared on exam day. In addition, students are encouraged to use English in their daily lives applying what they have learned in class.
The Cambridge English: First certificate (FCE) is recognized by some universities and a number of businesses worldwide and is an exam for students who need to prove they can use typical written and spoken English at an high-intermediate level for work or study purposes.
On completion of our course, students receive a CISL certificate of achievement and transcript which includes their highest practice test score and assessed completed work from the course.

TOEFL Preparation
The CISL TOEFL Test Preparation Program is an advanced and intensive 4 or 6-week, 9-12:40 daily, course especially designed and updated to keep pace with all the recent changes in the TOEFL iBT Test. Using the latest written and audio material, and with full individual access to our computers, CISL's trained TOEFL instructors train you in every aspect of the new test. The recently added speaking components make our TOEFL classes even more dynamic and interactive than ever, and regular computer testing with real TOEFL Tests let you chart your progress throughout the course and give you the precise skills and the confidence you need to score well on the exam. Small class size - 8 students per class - ensures that you enjoy individual attention from an instructor who knows your strengths and your concerns; it also lets us guide you smoothly through the TOEFL Test registration process.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Class Sizes: Medium, 6-10 students, Small, 2-5 students
The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program at CISL San Francisco gives non-native speakers of English reading, writing, and research skills necessary to succeed in a college or university in the United States.
The EAP course can be included as part of the following programs:

Pre-University Program: (Designed for Gap-Year students) The EAP Afternoon Elective has been added to effectively prepare students for an academic year abroad.
Pathway Program: (Designed for academically focused students) Successful completion of the EAP course allows students to be conditionally accepted into several Colleges or Universities in the United States.
Afternoon Option: The course is also available to all other students as an afternoon option. For example:

A. Standard English (morning) + EAP (afternoon)
B. TOEFL Preparation (morning) + EAP (afternoon)
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Levels: Advanced, Intermediate
Weekly Hours: Intensive 25+ hrs/wk
The CISL Business English Course combines the Standard Course (9:00 - 12:40, Mon-Fri , 20 lessons) with Business English classes (1:30 - 3:10, Mon - Thurs., 8 lessons) for a total of 28 lessons. The afternoon Business English classes give specific focus on the following areas:

Business vocabulary
Business etiquette
Business issues
Telephone skills
Negotiating skills
Meetings & presentation skills
E-mail and correspondence letters
And additional areas specific to international business
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
The CISL Pathway Program offers you the chance to enter a U.S. college or university upon completion of your English course at CISL. This program is open to all students who have completed the equivalent of a U.S. high school education. There is no minimum level of English proficiency required to enter this program. However, you must successfully complete the CISL English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course before you can start your classes at the college or university. You cannot start the EAP course until you have achieved the upper-intermediate level of English proficiency at CISL.
After you apply for admission to one of our partner colleges or universities, they will determine whether you qualify for admission. If you meet the requirements for admission but do not have the required level of English, they will give you a Conditional Admission. This means that you will be able to start classes at the college only after you have successfully completed the CISL EAP course.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
CISL PREMIER ENGLISH

ACCELERATED LANGUAGE TRAINING IN MINI GROUPS (Max 4 students) or PRIVATE LESSONS

Global Success courses are designed for ambitious learners, executives, and professionals who want
to be successful in the global economy. These courses are taught in small groups (1:1 or 1:4 per class) to ensure that you benefit from a high level of individual attention. Every lesson has clear objectives designed to achieve results quickly. Classes are structured to maximize the contact time between you and your instructor. All CISL Global Success teaching staff are highly qualified native speakers, many with extensive business experience, who are committed to making sure that you achieve your goals.
Gain confidence in speaking for meetings and presentations
Improve writing skills for business reports, emails, and business letters
Increase general and industry-specific vocabulary
Increase comprehension and speed of reaction
Learn effective communication in everyday situations
The Global Success program is based on a balanced practice of various language skills in groups of up to 4 participants: building vocabulary and spoken language skills, improving analysis of written texts, coaching in writing letters, emails, and 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 presentations
Group performance activities to help develop confidence in group communication
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