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Canadian as a Second Language Institute

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CSLI (Canadian as a Second Language Institute) is an established international English school that offers adult students a variety of programs with a particular Canadian flavour - hence the name. CSLI has already successfully helped over 15,000 adult students achieve their goals. The school has had students from all over the world - nearly 80 countries so far - seeking to improve their lives by learning English. Since 1992, CSLI has succeeded in delivering the best possible method of learning in a safe, friendly environment. CSLI is committed to providing students with a school that they can trust and one that they will always remember as their "home away from home." The modern, spacious facility in the heart of Vancouver's downtown community of Yaletown, and the friendly, helpful teachers and staff will provide students with a study environment unmatched by other schools.

Areas of Expertise

Canadian as a Second Language Institute specializes in English language instruction.

On Campus Housing

CSLI has an on-campus dormitory. All students can expect a shared room with study desk and lamp, access to bathroom, and use of TV, telephone, laundry, and kitchen facilities.

Off Campus Housing

CSLI operates its own homestay service to ensure that communication and relations between students and families are always at their best. The school chooses from an excellent selection of over 200 Canadian host families to find the one most suitable for you. Sometimes travel time may take about 30 minutes but these families are worth the extra time. Families that live downtown tend to have no children and live in apartments rather than houses, minimizing the size of your living space. The homestays have been selected for their interests, friendliness, safe neighborhoods, convenience to transportation, and comfortable homes. All homes offer a private bedroom, three meals a day, shared TV, telephone, and laundry. The cost of homestay accommodation is $190 per week.

Incoming Students

Practical Conversation English Academic Programs - Introductory Academic Class (high beginner – low intermediate) - Academic Class (intermediate) - Power Vocabulary (High intermediate – Advanced) Listening / Pronunciation Test Preparation programs - Test Preparation (TOEFL, TOEIC, Cambridge) - TOEIC Preparation - iBT TOEFL Preparation - Cambridge Exam Preparation Business English - Business English - Practicum Experience TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Vancouver Golden Experience (for students over 50 years old)

Career Planning

The CSLI Practicum Experience Program offers a unique opportunity for CSLI students to come in contact with Canadians, become involved in the local community, and develop their professional English skills in the "real world." These Practicum opportunities are available for qualified students who have completed the Business English program and are seeking practical work experience and community involvement to improve their English. This program can be taken together with or after your in-class study and requires a Co-op Visa. The CSLI Practicum Experience is a minimum 8 week program including 4 weeks of classes and 4 weeks Practicum. The required level for the 8 week program is advanced. However, we recommend students to take the 24 week program that includes 12 weeks of classes in order to be better prepared for their 12 week practicum experience. Please note that for the practicum program, the number of classroom study weeks must be equivalent to or more than the number of practicum weeks. The companies that accept our practicum students vary in size from small to large. Each has its advantages: smaller companies typically provide a more thorough overall view of the company, whereas recognition and reputation often go along with larger, more well-known companies. Depending the field chosen, there is a possibility of paid and non-paid practicum experiences.


Sports equipment is available and free for students to borrow at any time including: soccer balls, basketballs, volleyballs, tennis equipment, frisbees, etc. We also have our own CSLI soccer team which is available for all students to join.


CSLI provides free activities to allow you to use your English in fun and practical situations. No other school in Vancouver offers as many entertaining and interesting activities free with your program. Full-time students may choose up to two activities each Friday while half-time students choose one. Activities and start times vary each week. Students are expected to speak English at all times.


Students are free to create their own club and promote it on campus, though we usually have our own Conversation Club and Soccer Club.

Information Technology

16 computers with high-speed internet access, wireless connection for students with laptops, flat screen TVs in classroom, projector for PowerPoint presentations, MP3 players.


Friday activities provide the best opportunity for students to learn about the great variety of holidays, festivals, etc. that are particular to Canada. These may include learning how to paint eggs at Easter, carving pumpkins at Halloween, touring chocolate factories for Valentines Day, etc. Ample opportunities are also given for students to introduce their own culture (in English) to those from other countries!

Special Services

Wheelchair access throughout 1st floor campus and button-automated front door. Special programs also offered for mature students designed to allow them to get to know Vancouver and about "surviving" in English when visiting a foreign country.

International Involvement

Students from over 80 different countries have passed through our doors and at any one given time students of dozens of internationalities will be present.

Campus Tour

Given at any time during business hours for those interested.


CSLI has an amazing team of energetic staff members working for you because we want to ensure that your study and homestay experiences are positive and memorable. CSLI's staff can help you with any questions or concerns that you may have about your stay in Vancouver - anything to do with your studies, homestay, or life in Vancouver. Remember that all questions are welcome. There is always someone available to talk about any questions you may have about adapting to your new life in Vancouver - study goals, culture shock, homesickness, or personal challenges. Our staff all speak a second language, so they can help you not only in English but also in Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, and French. Just contact them and they will be very happy to help you.

Modified on June 16, 2009