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English school in Vancouver: Canadian as a Second Language Institute (CSLI)

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

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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 Chinatown/Stadium Stations.

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

Accreditations and Quality seals

Languages Canada / CAPLSQEPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalBC EQA, PTIB

School Size:

Facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • 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

  • Adapted for students with learning difficulty

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
  • Free assistance in applying to 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 throughout the year: 240
  • Junior courses in summer: 60

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 12
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 11
  • Junior courses in summer: 3

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
7
1
1
20
17
1
1
4
1
1
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.2017In 2018 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2018, 12.Feb.2018, 30.Mar.2018, 13.Apr.2018, 21.May.2018, 02.Jul.2018, 06.Aug.2018, 03.Sep.2018, 08.Oct.2018, 12.Nov.2018, 25.Dec.2018

If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are classes recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.

English Courses

Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 16 24 48 Additional Week
Price in C$ 375 357 750 713 1125 1069 1500 1425 2250 2138 2920 2774 3650 3468 5280 5016 6720 6384 13440 12768 340 323
Price in US$ 279 557 835 1114 1670 2168 2709 3919 4988 9975 253
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 14:00
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$ -- -- -- 1040 988 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- 772 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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: 27.Nov.2017.
2018: 29.Jan.2018, 04.Jun.2018, 05.Nov.2018.
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class 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 10 16 24 48 Additional Week
Price in C$ 260 247 520 494 780 741 1040 988 1560 1482 2000 1900 2500 2375 3600 3420 4680 4446 9360 8892 230 219
Price in US$ 193 386 579 772 1158 1485 1856 2672 3474 6947 171
This courses focus on:
-Overall Listening Comprehension-
-Discrete (word-to-word) Listening Skills.
-Clear Pronunciation.
Students can take Listening & Pronunciation course and choose another half-time program to complement their studies.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Afternoon: 13:00  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
RESERVE & Secure the Lowest Price »
Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 16 24 32 48 Additional Week
Price in C$ 260 247 520 494 780 741 1040 988 1560 1482 2000 1900 3600 3420 4680 4446 6240 5928 9360 8892 230 219
Price in US$ 193 386 579 772 1158 1485 2672 3474 4631 6947 171
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:00  - 12:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
RESERVE & Secure the Lowest Price »
Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 16 24 48 Additional Week
Price in C$ 260 247 520 494 780 741 1040 988 1560 1482 2000 1900 2500 2375 3600 3420 4680 4446 9360 8892 230 219
Price in US$ 193 386 579 772 1158 1485 1856 2672 3474 6947 171
Designed to focus on grammatical structure, academic vocabulary building, reading comprehension, writing skills and overall improvement of communication skills.
Starting dates
2017: 05.Jun.2017, 04.Jul.2017, 31.Jul.2017, 05.Sep.2017, 02.Oct.2017, 30.Oct.2017, 27.Nov.2017.
2018: 02.Jan.2018, 29.Jan.2018, 05.Mar.2018, 02.Apr.2018, 30.Apr.2018, 04.Jun.2018, 03.Jul.2018, 07.Aug.2018, 04.Sep.2018, 01.Oct.2018, 05.Nov.2018, 03.Dec.2018.
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in C$ -- -- -- 1040 988 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- 772 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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.
Starting dates
2017: 06.Mar.2017, 05.Jun.2017, 05.Sep.2017, 27.Nov.2017.
2018: 02.Jan.2018, 02.Apr.2018, 04.Sep.2018.
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Afternoon: 13:00  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
RESERVE & Secure the Lowest Price »
Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 10 16 24 48 Additional Week
Price in C$ 260 247 520 494 780 741 1040 988 1560 1482 2000 1900 2500 2375 3600 3420 4680 4446 9360 8892 230 219
Price in US$ 193 386 579 772 1158 1485 1856 2672 3474 6947 171
This course uses a weekly theme-based curriculum to increase students' confidence in speaking English.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
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$ -- 1460 1387 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- 1084 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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.
2018: 28.May.2018, 24.Sep.2018.
General course schedule
2 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class 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
RESERVE & Secure the Lowest Price »
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in C$ -- -- -- 1040 988 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- 772 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
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.
Starting dates
2017: 30.Jan.2017, 01.May.2017, 31.Jul.2017, 30.Oct.2017.
2018: 05.Mar.2018, 07.Aug.2018.
General course schedule
2 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Afternoon: 13:00  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
RESERVE & Secure the Lowest Price »
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in C$ -- -- -- 350 333 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- 260 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Registration fee for this course is $50.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
1 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Afternoon: 18:00  - 20:30
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Note: All courses offered by Canadian as a Second Language Institute (CSLI), Vancouver can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just mention the course description in the comment field of the online registration form.
Lesson duration: 60 minutes
School's administrative fee: 150.00 C$
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved 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
Price in US$ 184 368 551 735 184 196
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 possibledistance from school
Ballet5 km
Baseball10 km
Basketball0.5 km
Cooking 
Dancing1 km
Diving10 km
Field Hockey20 km
Football (soccer)5 km
Golf20 km
Horse riding20 km
Ice Hockey10 km
Mountainbiking20 km
Music1 km
Sailing15 km
Skiing20 km
Squash10 km
Swimming5 km
Table Tennis 
Tennis5 km
Volleyball 
Windsurfing 
Yoga1 km

Reviews

City
4.7/5.0 
Organisation
4.4/5.0 
Facilities
3.8/5.0 
Social activities
4.4/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.1/5.0 
Value for money
3.8/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay
4.2/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.3/5.0 
Other
4.0/5.0 
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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