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English Language School in San Francisco

Intensive English classes. Maximum 8 students per class. 

San Francisco is famous for being a culture-rich city that is as unique as its bridge is iconic. A visit to the city’s vibrant neighborhoods, beautiful piers, and impressive restaurants make it clear why SF is such a beloved city, but locals know that SF is all about its hidden gems: the quirky museums, the can’t-miss concerts, the small gardens, and the local farmer’s markets are just a few of the things that make SF impossible not to love. 

One of the most special aspects of life as an international student in SF? Exploring the city’s vibrant neighborhoods! Each of San Francisco’s unique regions has a different personality. Dream big in the Financial District, shop until you drop at Union Square, stroll slowly down Pier 39 and soak in the fresh ocean air, fall in love with art in the Mission District, or channel your inner hippie on Haight and Ashbury. The unique vibes of each area make living in SF an exciting adventure, day after day. 

CISL San Francisco is located on Market Street in the Financial District, which is the hub of the city’s urban area. The school’s modern facilities are located on the penthouse level of a beautiful and historic building, which is just across the street from the metro. When class is not in session, students can socialize on the beautiful rooftop, which offers stunning views of SF.

CISL San Francisco is located at 605 Market Street, Suite 1400. To contact the school, please use the online inquiry form or call +1-415-495-7470.

CISL San Francisco Courses

For nearly 45 years, CISL San Francisco has offered international students to opportunity to improve their English skills with Standard and Intensive Programs. Monday through Friday, students attend classes in the mornings and learn to communicate confidently in English. Monday through Thursday, students additionally have the opportunity to attend afternoon classes and can choose between English in Use, Business English, or Academic English.

CISL has provided intensive Cambridge ESOL courses (Certificate of Advanced English and First Certificate) for over 25 years. The school also offers intensive TOEFL preparation courses. All preparatory classes are taught by well trained and dedicated teachers. 

For the career-minded student, CISL also provides the Global Success program. With just 4 students per class, this highly focused course offers professional and motivated students the chance to improve their business and professional English skills. Through a well developed and intense curriculum focused on the specifics of business, students gain the vocabulary and speaking skills necessary to navigate English in their professional environment. 

Students interested in academic English can opt for the CISL Pathway or Academic Year Abroad program. In both programs, students complete the 12-week English for Academic Purposes Program. Academic Pathway students then transfer to an American college or university and complete their post-secondary degree (associates, bachelors, masters, or PhD). With CISL’s Academic Year Abroad, which is designed for students taking a gap year, students complete one semester at a California community college after completing the EAP program.

San Francisco Accommodation

CISL San Francisco offers students numerous accommodation options: Homestay, residence halls, and private hotels. Residential hotels are located in premier San Francisco locations (and are no more than 15 minutes walking distance from the CISL campus) and each is fully furnished. Homestay families are located within 30 to 40 minutes travel on public transportation.  All CISL Host Families have been selected by the CISL Host Coordinator because of their ability to provide a safe, comfortable, and welcoming homestay environment.

San Francisco Activities

See San Francisco through the eyes of a local with CISL’s activities! The monthly activities calendar is designed to show students popular SF activities, such as bike tours across the Golden Gate Bridge, as well as the city’s hidden gems, like hiking on Angel’s Island. 

Popular CISL Activities:

  • Nighttime museum visits
  • Gourmet food truck excursions
  • Discounted Giants baseball tickets
  • Chinatown tours
  • Muir Woods Hike
  • UC. Berkeley tour
  • Gospel choir concerts
  • Wine and beer tastings
  • Rooftop garden visits

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Accreditation

Converse International School of Languages (CISL) in San Francisco is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period December, 2010 through December, 2020 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org .

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Meet the CISL San Francisco Staff

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Wanda M. Nichols
School Director

Barbara Toohey
Academic Manager

Bill Dinan
Activities Coordinator

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Frances Delgadillo
Client Services Coordinator

Betty Christian
Homestay Coordinator

Barbara Toohey
Career English Program Coordinator

     

San Francisco accommodation options

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Testimonials

takeshi japan

At CISL San Francisco it was easy for me to communicate with students and teachers. Listening was my major problem, so in my private afternoon lessons I focused on ‘Pronunciation and Listening’ and ‘Business Vocabulary’. The activities were fantastic and a good chance to speak English. I don’t think my listening is good, but it has definitely improved. Next summer I will transfer my job location and work in the United States!

Takeshi, Japan

 thomas switz

I really can recommend Converse School because they are well-organized and very friendly. The teachers are very competent and you feel their enthusiasm while teaching. For me it was also helpful that it is not that usual “sitting-in-class-and-listening-to-the-teacher”, it was way more interactive and you can ask the teacher whenever you are unsure or have further questions. Thanks Converse J

Thomas, Switzerland

 

 

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