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Canadian as a Second Language Institute (CSLI), Vancouver, Canada

Organized social activities were rated by students as the best or among the top 20% of all schools in Canada

What we like about the school

  • Specializes in conversational English
  • Top rated social activities

Canadian as a Second Language Institute (CSLI)

The language school Canadian as a Second Language Institute (CSLI) was founded in Vancouver, Canada in 1992. CSLI is located in dynamic Yaletown, the newest and trendiest district of downtown Vancouver. In addition to being close to the Vancouver Public Library, bus stops, cafes, restaurants and other central conveniences, the school is located just a few minutes walking distance from Roundhouse/Yaletown and Stadium Stations.

The school address is: 188 Nelson Street, V6B 6J8 - Vancouver (Canada).

Accreditations and Quality seals

BC EQA, PCTIA

School Size:

Facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Daily press

  • Movie rental

  • Games room

  • Lounge

  • Auditorium

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Table tennis

  • Table soccer / football

  • Free coffee

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

Facilities for disabled students

  • Wheelchair access to classroom

  • Disabled toilet

  • Wheelchair access to reception

  • Wheelchair access to cafeteria

Classroom equipment

  • TV in all classrooms

  • Air conditioning in all classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in most classrooms

Number of classrooms:

17

Number of public PC workstations:

16

Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Internet access and use of school computers
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • Free consultation about suitable college/university programs by qualified consultant
  • Paid assistance in finding flats for long-term students at

Course material:

Generally course material is distributed free to students and will stay in student property.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 300
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 220

Average age of students

  • in summer: 22 years
  • throughout the year: 25 years

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 12
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 11

Minimum age of students

  • 17 years
  • 15 years for specific Junior courses

English teacher qualifications

  • 100 % hold a university degree
  • 100 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

19
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1
1
1
1
10
1
1
25
16
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1
3
1
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1
1

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Vancouver International. It takes 30 minutes by train to school.

Language school closed

In 2017 (including national and regional bank holidays): 02.Jan.2017, 13.Feb.2017, 13.Mar.2017, 14.Apr.2017, 17.Apr.2017, 22.May.2017, 03.Jul.2017, 07.Aug.2017, 04.Sep.2017, 09.Oct.2017, 13.Nov.2017, 25.Dec.2017 - 31.Dec.2017

Courses

All prices in C$ (convert currency). Below the original school prices are displayed.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 16 24 48 Additional Week
Price in C$ 375357 750713 11251069 15001425 22502138 29202774 36503468 52805016 67206384 1344012768 340323
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 16 24 32 48 Additional Week
Price in C$ 260247 520494 780741 1040988 15601482 20001900 36003420 46804446 62405928 93608892 230219
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in C$ -- -- -- 15001425 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Only super-intensive (30hrs/wk) students can take EEC course. This 4 week intensive program is intended to help participants understand the influence their native language, culture, body language and learning style may have on their communication. A variety of role-plays, case studies, group discussions and interactive presentations will help you to gain insight into the best ways to analyze, understand and interact with others successfully.
Starting dates
2017: 03.Jan.2017, 03.Apr.2017, 02.Oct.2017.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Afternoon: 13:00  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 16 20 24 48 Additional Week
Price in C$ 330314 660627 990941 13201254 19801881 25602432 46404408 56005320 60005700 1200011400 300285
Elective class to take with the intensive or super-intensive course (in this case, super-intensive prices apply).
*Improve your general comprehension skills using authentic sources
*Practice note taking and discrete listening dictation
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Afternoon: 13:00  - 14:20
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 16 20 24 48 Additional Week
Price in C$ 330314 660627 990941 13201254 19801881 25602432 46404408 56005320 60005700 1200011400 300285
Elective class to take with the intensive or super-intensive course (in this case, super-intensive prices apply).
* Build your academic vocabulary, learn synonyms, word families, and collocations
* Improve your reading speed and comprehension
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Afternoon: 13:00  - 14:20
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 16 20 24 48 Additional Week
Price in C$ 330314 660627 990941 13201254 19801881 25602432 46404408 56005320 60005700 1200011400 300285
Elective class to take with the intensive or super-intensive course (in this case, super-intensive prices apply).
*Focus on IELTS word lists for common exam themes
*Take simulated exams and learn test strategies
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Afternoon: 13:00  - 14:20
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 16 20 24 48 Additional Week
Price in C$ 330314 660627 990941 13201254 19801881 25602432 46404408 56005320 60005700 1200011400 300285
Elective class to take with the intensive or super-intensive course (in this case, super-intensive prices apply).
*Increase your fluency
*Share your ideas, experiences, and opinions with others
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Afternoon: 13:00  - 14:20
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 16 20 24 48 Additional Week
Price in C$ 375357 750713 11251069 15001425 22502138 29202774 52805016 64006080 67206384 1344012768 340323
Only super-intensive students are able to join this class.
*Understand how to produce the phonetic sound system
*Learn syllable stress, intonation patterns, and strategies to help you sound like a native speaker
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Afternoon: 14:40  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 16 20 24 48 Additional Week
Price in C$ 375357 750713 11251069 15001425 22502138 29202774 52805016 64006080 67206384 1344012768 340323
Only super-intensive students are able to join this class.
*Practice verb tenses, sentence structure, and paragraph writing
*Learn grammar rules that will help you to identify, correct, and eliminate mistakes
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Afternoon: 14:40  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 16 20 24 48 Additional Week
Price in C$ 375357 750713 11251069 15001425 22502138 29202774 52805016 64006080 67206384 1344012768 340323
Only super-intensive students are able to join this class.
*Take simulated exams and learn test strategies
* Practice Task 1 and Essay writing skills
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Afternoon: 14:40  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 16 20 24 48 Additional Week
Price in C$ 375357 750713 11251069 15001425 22502138 29202774 52805016 64006080 67206384 1344012768 340323
Only super-intensive students are able to join this class.
*Increase your fluency
*Share your ideas, experiences, and opinions with others
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Afternoon: 14:40  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in C$ -- -- -- 15001425 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
The objective of this 4-week course is to focus on two key elements of language acquisition: listening and pronunciation. A comprehensive overview of the English sound system combined with specific listening activities aids in the development of clear speech and discrete listening skills thus improving overall communication skills. A first and last day assessment helps students to see how much they can progress in just 4 just weeks. Only super-intensive (30hrs/wk) students can take this course.
Starting dates
2017: 06.Mar.2017, 05.Jun.2017, 05.Sep.2017, 27.Nov.2017.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Afternoon: 13:00  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in C$ 885841 14601387 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
The package price also includes: Registration fee, 1 week of Customized English Classes, Activities & Transportation for special activities listed on the program, Student ID, Welcome package (Student binder), Vancouver souvenir mug and a leader.
Starting dates
2017: 03.Apr.2017, 05.Jun.2017, 11.Sep.2017.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Afternoon: 13:00  - 14:20
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in C$ -- -- -- 15001425 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
The objective of this in-demand 4-week program is to give students a "hands on" opportunity to use all the skills needed in any business situation. A wide range of activities, including dialogues, exercises, and role-playing, is used throughout the program to encourage communication among students. The curriculum is designed to improve technical grammar as well as overall business vocabulary. Only super-intensive (30hrs/wk) students can take this course.
Starting dates
2017: 30.Jan.2017, 01.May.2017, 31.Jul.2017, 30.Oct.2017.
General course schedule
Lessons will be scheduled within the following times according to your level:
Afternoon: 13:00  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Note: All courses offered by Canadian as a Second Language Institute (CSLI), Vancouver can be booked online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just mention the course description in the comment field of the online registration form.
Lesson duration: 60 minutes
School's administrative fee: 150.00  C$
Individual classes Single individual lessons of tuition can be booked at 70.00 C$. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Comments about courses: On Fridays, you can participate in a full-day or a half-day activity depending on the intensity of your course.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in C$ 235 470 705 940 235 250
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Sunday
Price per person
Price extra night:
45 C$ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
38 minutes by public transport (average reported by our former students)
Includes:
TV, Phone, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (free WIFI), Heating, Breakfast & lunch & dinner, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 17
Maximum age of students: 80
  • YMCA, Youth Hostel and Student Hotel options also available.
  • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible? yes
  • Single room: always
  • Optional airport transfer
    Vancouver International Airport: for 120 C$ (one way); for 240 C$ (return trip)

Leisure activities

activity possible distance from school
Ballet 5 km
Baseball 10 km
Basketball 0.5 km
Cooking  
Dancing 1 km
Diving 10 km
Field Hockey 20 km
Football (soccer) 5 km
Golf 20 km
Horse riding 20 km
Ice Hockey 10 km
Mountainbiking 20 km
Music 1 km
Sailing 15 km
Skiing 20 km
Squash 10 km
Swimming 5 km
Table Tennis  
Tennis 5 km
Volleyball  
Windsurfing  
Yoga 1 km

Reviews

City
4.7/5.0 
Organisation
4.3/5.0 
Facilities
3.8/5.0 
Social activities
4.3/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.1/5.0 
Value for money
3.8/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay
4.1/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.2/5.0 
Other
3.9/5.0 
Students liked about Canadian as a Second Language Institute (CSLI), Vancouver
friday activities and general organization
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
3.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: they really can improve their English
Other comments: very good institute
Good teachers & lively classes, friendly staffs & students, lots of school activities. I really enjoyed CSLI.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
3.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: If you want to enjoy both studies and activities in a short time, CSLI is suitable for you. If you want to settle down and concentrate on study, you might feel unsatisfied.
The friendly teachers and students.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
4.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Every Tuesday the CSLI students meet at the Backstage Lounge, Granville Island - cheap beer.
We were very happy to have Joel as our teacher
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Do not miss the extracurricular activities offered by the school
I loved the atmosphere of the school, everybody is nice and we are all a big family.
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Other comments: I stayed in Vancouver for 6 months and I can say this is the best school to learn English. Going to school evry day is a pleasure because everybody is very nice. The teachers, the staff and the students are always available and ready to help. Rather than a school, we are a family.

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