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English Language Training in California Programs and Courses for Adults (18+)

Maximum 8 Students per Class

Since 1972

www.cisl.edu


C o n te n ts What CISL Offers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Academic Preparation

Intensive English Courses

Standard Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) . . . . . 6

Intensive Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

CISL Pathway Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Business Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Volunteer English Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Private Lessons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Premier English Programs

Exam Preparation Courses

Executive English (San Diego) . . . . . . . . . . . 8

TOEFL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Global Success (San Francisco) . . . . . . . . . . 9

IELTS Preparation Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

San Diego . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

Cambridge Courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

San Francisco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Pre-University Academic Year . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Accommodation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Additional Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 “I have been studying at CISL San Diego for 4 weeks in level 9, and at this time my English is improving very fast. Because there are not more than 8 students in the English classes, each student has enough time to ask questions and have conversation with the teacher. Also, almost all of my classmates are from different countries!” ÇaGıl , T ur key

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In today’s world, the ability to communicate effectively and with confidence in English is necessary for professional and academic success. With over 40 years of experience, Converse International School of Languages (CISL) is a leader in English language training. Since 1972, motivated students from around the globe have received rigorous English language training from CISL. The mission of CISL is to help our clients learn to communicate effectively and with confidence in English. Our experienced instructors help identify students’ needs and challenge them every day to maximize their learning potential in a friendly, stimulating environment. San Francisco

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Converse International School of Languages offers: Over 40 years of teaching experience: CISL has been successfully teaching English to international students and professionals since 1972

Small classes and individual attention (maximum of eight students for General programs and a maximum of four students for Global Success and Executive programs)

Modern schools located in exciting urban environments

The CISL Interactive Teaching Method to learn to communicate effectively and with confidence in English

Levels from Elementary to Advanced

Motivated students from all over the world (good mix of nationalities)

Accommodation placement options (apartments, homestays, and student residences)

CISL is fully accredited by the Commission for English Language Accreditation (CEA), which is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and is the only specialized accrediting agency for English language programs in the United States.

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MAXIMUM

8 students per class

Intensive English Courses Our integrated curriculum combines grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, and speaking instruction. Small classes (maximum 8 students) ensure that students receive a great amount of personal attention from our professional staff, all of whom are trained in our Interactive Teaching Method. This engages students in the learning process to guarantee that they quickly develop skills and confidence. Courses start every Monday. One lesson is 50 minutes. Minimum age is 18.

S ta n da r d C ou r se ●●

Provides an integrated, general English curriculum to help students communicate effectively. The course improves students’ English skills and develops their confidence so that they can continue to use and improve their English even after they leave the school. The course also improves intercultural awareness and interpersonal skills. Each unit presents a wide variety of conversational activities: discussion, listening comprehension, using idioms and role-playing, as well as reading, vocabulary, grammar, and writing practice.

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20 lessons per week: 9:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m., Monday – Friday

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Maximum 8 students per class

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Includes the Standard Course with additional lessons providing more opportunities to focus on specific areas such as pronunciation, vocabulary development, writing skills, and idiomatic expressions, as well as discussion of current events. 28 lessons per week: 9:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m., Monday – Friday, and 1:30 p.m. – 3:10 p.m., Monday – Thursday Maximum 8 students per class

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Includes the Standard Course with additional lessons that develop the skills needed to communicate effectively in a business environment. These include making introductions, emailing, negotiating, writing business letters, and other topics of interest to the specific group. 28 lessons per week: 9:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. (Standard, General English) Monday – Friday, and 1:30 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. (Business Class), Monday – Thursday Maximum 8 students per class

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Private lessons are a very effective method of language learning as the focus is entirely on the individual’s specific needs. Students may enroll in private lessons only, or they can add them to any other course.

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5 to 30 lessons per week. Schedule: any time, based on student and instructor availability.

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One student per class


MAXIMUM

8 students per class

Exam Preparation Courses TO E F L ( T est of E n glis h as a F o r eig n L a n guage ) The TOEFL exam is recognized throughout the world by universities and businesses as a measure of English proficiency. It is also required by most U.S. colleges and universities for the admission of international students. The preparation course will help students develop skills to do well on the exam. Practice tests are given during the course so that students can see their progress. Registration for the official exam must be done on the ETS website: www.ets.org ●●

Required level: CISL High-Intermediate

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20 lessons per week: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

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6-week course (4 weeks in summer). Several start dates each year

I E LT S P r epa r atio n C ou r se (San Diego Only) The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English test for study and immigration. Our preparation courses are divided into two levels to meet the needs of our clients. The intermediate level is for students at the B-2 level who would like to improve their band score to 5 or higher. The advanced course is aimed at students already in the C-1 level who would like to achieve a score in the band range of 7 or higher. Registration for the official exam must be done through the website www.ielts.org ●●

Required level: CISL High-Intermediate

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20 lessons per week: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

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11-week course with three start dates each year

C A M B R I D G E E N G L I S H L A N G UAG E A S S E S S M E N T E X A M S Many companies and schools throughout the world accept Cambridge English Language Assessment Exam results as proof of an individual’s ability to communicate successfully both in written and spoken English. The examinations cover six language skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, and vocabulary. CISL SD and CISL SF are authorized Cambridge English Language Assessment centres

These courses include a range of tasks which assess candidates’ ability to use English so that in preparing for the examinations, candidates develop the skills needed to make practical use of the language in a variety of contexts. Above all, Cambridge English Language Assessment examinations assess the ability to communicate effectively and with confidence in English.

BEC, PET, FCE & CAE only at CISL San Diego FCE & CAE only at CISL San Francisco

Cambridge English First (FCE) ●●

Required level: CISL High-Intermediate

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20 lessons per week: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

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28 lessons per week: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. plus Monday – Thursday, 1:30 – 3:10 p.m.

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9 or 11-week courses with several start dates each year

Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) ●●

Required level: CISL Advanced

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20 lessons per week: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

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28 lessons per week: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. plus Monday – Thursday, 1:30 – 3:10 p.m.

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9 or 11-week course with several start dates each year

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MAXIMUM

8 students per class

Academic Preparation P r e - U n ive r sity A cademic Y ea r The Pre-University Academic Year gives students the opportunity to improve their English in a CISL classroom then continue to develop their English and academic skills among American students at a traditional American college campus. This program is designed for students seeking to study abroad for a single semester or for those seeking to remain in the United States for their university education. The Pre-University Academic Year Program offers: ●●

Achievement of a high level of fluency and confidence

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Preparation for successful study at a U.S. university

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Development of an in-depth understanding of American culture

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Academic classes with American students

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An opportunity to become truly multi-cultural

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16 weeks of an Intensive English course at CISL including 12 weeks of the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course

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One semester at an American college

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Services of the CISL Academic Year Program Advisor

Program Requirements: ●●

Minimum of Intermediate English proficiency level at start of English course

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Completion of secondary school in home country

E N G L I S H F O R AC A D E M I C P U R P O S E S ( E A P ) Berkeley City College

This is a 12-week afternoon course offered three times each year. Students must have a high intermediate (CEFR: B2) or advanced (CEFR: C1/C2) level of English. The course will give non-native speakers of English the reading, writing, and research skills necessary to succeed in a college or university in the United States. The course can be included as part of the following programs: Pre-University Program: For those Gap-Year students enrolled in our Pre-University Program, the EAP Afternoon Elective has been added to best prepare them for their academic year abroad. Pathway Program: For those academically focused students, completion of the EAP course entitles them to be conditionally accepted into several colleges or universities in the United States. The new 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) Course Schedule: Monday –Thursday afternoons from 1:30 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

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Academic Preparation (continued) C I S L Pat h way P r og r am 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. Some of our Partner Schools Include: Berkeley City College (Berkeley, CA)

Whatcom Community College (Bellingham, WA)

California International Business University (San Diego, CA)

Fisher College (Boston, MA)

El Camino College (Torrance, CA)

Southwestern Oregon Community College (Coos Bay, OR)

California College of Arts (San Francisco and Oakland, CA)

Seattle Central Community College (Seattle, WA)

New York Film Academy (New York, NY)

The Los Angeles Film School (Los Angeles, CA)

Alliant School of Management (Multiple Cities)

Mission College (Santa Clara, CA)

Contact the school or visit our website: www.cisl.edu for a frequently updated list of partner schools.

Aviation Volunteership, San Diego

Volunteer English Program Our Volunteer English Program gives students the opportunity to improve their English in a real-life working environment while developing relationships with American colleagues. Volunteer positions are unpaid. This is not a job training program. Specific fields/positions are not guaranteed. Placement is subject to a successful interview. Students should provide their top three choices of desired fields and should have prior education or experience in those fields. This program includes: ●●

A minimum of 6 weeks of any CISL English course

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An 8-week volunteer position with a local company or organization

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Supervision by the CISL Volunteer Coordinator

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The CISL Volunteer English Program Certificate and letter of recommendation upon successful completion

Program Requirements ●●

English proficiency level of CISL High-Intermediate or better

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At least one year of experience or education in the field of your choice

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4 students per class

Premier English E xecutive E n glis h P r og r am - sa n diego Executive English courses are designed for motivated students and business professionals who want to focus on the skills they need to effectively conduct business in English. The classes are very small; students can enroll in group classes with 4 students maximum, or private lessons, so that they benefit from a maximum level of attention and involvement in the class activities. Courses are designed to cover a variety of real-life business situations, as well as each student’s specific needs and goals. The committed instructors are experienced in both English education and the business world, and will challenge and guide the students through this rigorous program. Students with English levels elementary to advanced are accepted. ●●

Improve writing skills for business reports and correspondence

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Gain confidence in giving presentations, conducting meetings, and handling negotiations

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Increase business and industry-based vocabulary

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Discuss topics such as finance, leadership, conflict management and problem-solving, and then put that knowledge into practice

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Learn useful tips for communicating more effectively in the business environment

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Benefit from challenging curriculum and assignments

Course Options and Schedules: 20 lessons per week: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. 28 lessons per week: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m .– 12:40 p.m, and Monday – Thursday, 1:30 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

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MAXIMUM

4 students per class

Premier English (continued) G lobal S uccess E n glis h P r og r am - S a n F r a n cisco 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 students 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 students and the instructor. All CISL Global Success teaching staff are highly qualified native speakers with extensive business experience who are committed to making sure that students achieve their goals. ●●

Gain confidence in speaking for meetings and presentations

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Improve writing skills for business reports, emails, and business letters

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Increase general and industry-specific vocabulary

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Increase comprehension and speed of reaction

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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 spoken and written expression

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Group projects for real-life practice in presentations

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Group performance activities to help develop confidence in group communication

Course Options and Schedules: Global Success: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Global Success PLUS

+ Business English in the afternoon: Monday – Thursday 1:30 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

+ Intensive English in the afternoon: Monday – Thursday 1:30 p.m. – 3:10 p.m.

+ Private Lessons in the afternoon

Private Lessons: 15, 20, 25, and 30 private lessons per week available. Each lesson is 50 minutes.

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San Diego, California Come discover why San Diego is one of the most desirable cities in the world! With its wonderful climate, sunny skies, and beautiful beaches, islands, and peninsulas, this modern, safe, and clean city attracts people from all over the world. San Diego’s warm weather allows its residents to enjoy outdoor sports, such as golf, tennis, and sailing, year round. The CISL school is conveniently located in the city center near public transportation. Just a short walk from CISL SD is the beautiful San Diego Bay. Stroll along the Embarcadero and enjoy the view of beautiful Coronado Island. Our school is only a short walk to the Horton Plaza shopping district, the historic Gaslamp Quarter, and the new baseball stadium. Balboa Park and the world famous San Diego Zoo are also nearby.

“ My homestay family is lovely. The school is centrally located. I have met a lot of new friends and the teachers are very helpful. I like San Diego very much. I am happy to be here!” Nadia , Switzer land

CISL San Diego

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San Francisco, California Spend one day in San Francisco and you will see why it is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the world! The many colorful neighborhoods (Chinatown, Japantown, the Italian and Hispanic districts) make San Francisco one of the most interesting and diverse cities in the world. Its friendly people, the Golden Gate Bridge, the beautiful coast, and a mix of charming Victorian and modern architecture are only a few of San Francisco’s many attractions. CISL San Francisco is on the two top floors plus two additional floors of an historic building in downtown San Francisco. On our large roof deck you can enjoy views of the city, have lunch, do your homework, or just relax. Shopping and entertainment choices are only a couple of blocks away in the Union Square area. The school is just across the street from the Montgomery public transportation station. On the weekends students can enjoy hiking in scenic Yosemite National Park, skiing at Lake Tahoe, wine tasting in the famous Napa Valley, or driving along the spectacular coast. CISL staff are happy to help students arrange these excursions. Students can visit Golden Gate Park or a variety of museums, take a ride on a cable car, stroll along the piers, or attend one of the many musical and cultural festivals.

“I especially like the people of San Francisco. The city is exciting and very interesting. Also, it’s very easy to access many places of nature, like the sea and the mountains, to relax.” You n g , Kor ea

CISL San Francisco

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Activities Socializing and immersing oneself in a new culture are two important parts of the Converse International School of Languages total learning experience. We encourage our students to make friends and practice their English while participating in activities and social excursions, which is why both of the CISL campuses have an Activities Coordinator available at school every day to answer student questions and help them plan their next adventures. We offer many after-school and weekend activities for our students.

T h e activities p r og r am i n cludes : ●●

Afternoon activities*

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Cultural activities

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Sports activities

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Weekend excursions

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Socially responsible activities

* Visit www.cisl.edu to download the monthly activity calendars.

“It was always my dream to go surfing. Finally, I was able to learn. I made many friends.” da n iel , ven ezuela

Interesting weekend excursion destinations include: Las Vegas Grand Canyon Hollywood Disneyland Yosemite National Park The World Famous San Diego Zoo Monterey/Carmel/Big Sur Sausalito/Muir Woods Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Lake Tahoe

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Accommodation We offer our students several housing options in order to provide them with the accommodation that best suits their needs. Students can choose to immerse themselves in daily American life by living with a host family, or they can choose to be more independent and live in a student residence club, apartment, or hotel.

A M E R I C A N H O M E S TAY

A pa r tme n ts

Develop a relationship with an American family Meal options: breakfast and dinner, or breakfast only Private room

Live independently Private or shared rooms

Reside n ce C lubs

Hotels *

Live with other students Private or shared rooms and bathrooms

High level of comfort

E xecutive A ccommodatio n We offer a variety of executive type, fully-equipped studios and one or two bedroom apartments with amenities such as fitness centers, swimming pools, etc. within walking distance of the school. * Hotels are booked directly, not through CISL

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Additional Services S tude n t V isa CISL is authorized by the United States Immigration Service to issue the Form I-20. Students will need this form to apply for a student visa. Our admission advisors will be happy to answer questions regarding student visa requirements. More information is available on our website: www.cisl.edu.

A i r po r t T r a n sfe r CISL can arrange transfers to and from the airport. Students will be greeted by our professional driver and taken to their residence. In San Diego, if a student has reserved host family accommodation and is arriving on the weekend during specified hours, the host family will pick up the student from the airport.

I N F O R M AT I O N A Client Services Coordinator is available at the school to answer student questions about shopping, local activities and events, weekend travel, nightlife, local customs, medical service, etc.

Lombard Street, San Francisco

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For more information about how you can learn to communicate effectively and with confidence in English or to book a course, go to www.cisl.edu.

“Every class I have to talk about something. First it was difficult for me to speak English, but now I have confidence to speak English. I like everything at CISL San Francisco.” I s hi k awa , J apan

“I started to understand much better than before and I feel more confident in English now. It was one of the best and practical learning in my life.” Tatiana, RU SSI A

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CISL San Diego

CISL San Francisco

Converse International School of Languages www.cisl.edu

cisl San Diego 636 Broadway, Suite 210 San Diego, California 92101 U.S.A. Ph. +1 619 239 3363 Fx. +1 619 239 3778 sandiego@cisl.edu

cisl San Francisco 605 Market Street, Suite 1400 San Francisco, California 94105 U.S.A. Ph. +1 415 495 7470 Fx. +1 415 495 7467 sf@cisl.edu

The mission of Converse International School of Languages is to help our clients learn to communicate effectively and with confidence in English. Photo credits: Art Van Beek, Monica Davey, William Dinan, Sheron Fitzgerald, Stephanie Frier, Doris Meier, Christian Telmosse and Shutterstock Brochure design: MangoMundo LLC, Jason Clemens and Claudia Reinert

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