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CISL Career English Program

Practice and improve your English in a work environment and gain valuable business skills in the process! With CISL’s Career English Program, students attend CISL English courses to perfect their English skills, then experience 8 or more weeks with an American company that matches the student’s background and work experience.* Working closely with Americans in a business setting allows students the opportunity to improve their English skills in real work environment, form relationships with colleagues, and gain an understanding of American business practices.

Placements

  • Architecture
  • Advertising
  • The Arts
  • Banking/Financial Services
  • Engineering
  • Event Planning
  • Information Technology/Computers
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Public Relations
  • Travel and Tourism

Students have two options with the Career English Program.

  • Option A: 4+ weeks of ANY English class followed by 8 weeks of Standard English (morning only) + afternoon/weekends practicing English in a company
  • Option B: 6+ weeks of ANY English class followed by 8-12 weeks practicing English in a company

* The primary goal of the Career English Program is to improve the student’s English skills in the work setting. Placement in specific companies or fields is not guaranteed.

Option A

General Information

Attend intensive English lessons in a small classroom setting, then employ your newly-acquired English skills at a professional American business. Students first complete 4 weeks of any morning CISL course to enhance their language abilities; for the following 8* weeks, students spend weekday mornings in the classroom (with the Standard English Course) and 10-15 hours per week practicing their written and spoken English with American companies.

*F-1 students have the option of extending a course beyond the 12 week total.

The Career English Program includes:

  • 12 weeks total of CISL courses (4 weeks of any CISL course followed by 8 weeks of Standard English Course)
  • 8 weeks at an American company (after a minimum of 4 weeks of CISL classes are completed)
  • Supervision by the CISL Career English Coordinator
  • CISL Career English Program certificate (upon program completion)

Requirements

To qualify for the Career English Program, students must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have an English proficiency level of at least CISL High Intermediate (Level 6)
  • Enroll in 12 weeks of CISL English classes: 4 weeks of any English class + weeks Standard Course
  • Provide all English course tuition + Career English fee
  • Possess at least one year of experience or education in the desired field
  • Dedicate 10 to 15 hours of work per week at an American business (during the weekday afternoons or on weekends)

Benefits

Students enrolled in the Career English Program have access to the following:

  • An English proficiency/needs assessment via Skype prior to arrival
  • Three months of intensive English classes Monday through Friday
  • Improvement of written and spoken English skills
  • The opportunity to use and learn American expressions, idioms, and phrasal verbs
  • Experience interviewing in English
  • Company placement based on the student’s career goals
  • Real-life English practice outside of the classroom
  • Constant communication with the Career English Coordinator after placement
  • Close contact with American professionals
  • An in-depth understanding of American business practices, etiquette and values
  • A chance to build their CV in today’s competitive job market
  • An official letter of recommendation upon course completion Prior Career English

The Career English Program is unpaid. Position availability fluctuates within CISL’s Career English companies; therefore, placement in a specific field is not guaranteed. Placement is most difficult from Dec 15 to Jan 15.

Program Details Weeks 1-4: CISL Standard English Course

Students receive intensive English classes (Monday-Friday, 9 am to 12:40 pm) in the CISL course of their choice. Daily contact with an experienced English instructor ensures students have the language skills necessary to participate in the American workforce.

Weeks 5-12: CISL Standard English Course + Supplemental Career English

Students continue classes with CISL’s Standard English Course (Monday-Friday, 9 am to 12:40 pm). At the same time, students work closely with the CISL Career English Coordinator to secure placement in an American business that meets their personal interests and career goals. Students spend 10-15 hours per week (during afternoons or weekends, depending on student availability) at their new company, where they participate in business activities while practicing their English in a professional setting. The Career English Coordinator closely monitors student progress throughout the course and provides an official CISL letter of recommendation once the course is completed.

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Option B

General Information

Students complete a minimum of 6 weeks of any CISL course before being placed in American company for 6 to 8 weeks. With Option B, students focus solely on their host company after 6 weeks of CISL classes have been completed.

The program includes:

  • A minimum of 6 weeks of any CISL English course*
  • 6 to 8 weeks at an American company (after 6 weeks of CISL classes are completed)*
  • Supervision by the CISL Career English Coordinator
  • CISL Career English Program certificate (upon program completion)

*An “early placement” option is available for students eager to spend more time with their host company. For early placement, students must work with the Career English Coordinator prior to their arrival. Contact the Career English Coordinator for more information.

Requirements

To qualify for Option B of the Career English Program, students must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have an English proficiency level of at least CISL High Intermediate (Level 6)
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 weeks CISL courses (specific course is the student’s choice)
  • Provide course tuition + Career English Fee
  • Possess at least one year of experience or education in the desired field
  • Commit to the hours required by their host company Program Details

Weeks 1-6: CISL English courses

Students select and enroll in a CISL English program that best fits their language needs. For the first 6 weeks, students attend courses (Monday-Friday, 9 am to 12:40 pm) and build the speaking, writing, and communication skills necessary to prepare them for a professional work setting.

During this time, students communicate frequently with the CISL Career English Coordinator and also attend interviews in order to secure placement in an American business.

Weeks 7 – 12, 13, or 14 weeks: Placement in an American company

Students spend 20 to 40 hours per week at their host company, where they learn business practices and business etiquette while employing English skills learned in the CISL classroom. Throughout their time at the company, students remain in contact with the CISL Career English Coordinator. Once the program is completed, the Career English Coordinator provides the student with an official CISL letter of recommendation.

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When I first got to CISL I couldn’t speak as well as my classmates, but learning fifteen new words a week and taking weekly tests helped me improve my vocabulary a lot.  I completed my Career English Volunteership at a law firm where I could be involved in the real day-to-day routine of the law firm. I worked with a legal assistant directly and he explained a lot to me. I was terrified at first to speak and answer the phone when I was alone, but as I continued answering the phone I got better and better! I filed and read a lot of court documents. I know that I still make mistakes, but now I’m more confident and can think in English faster. They were willing to give me advice about my English so I could continue to improve throughout my Career English Volunteership.

Luliia, RUSSIA
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