Frequently Asked Questions
How to register
You can follow these simple steps to register at CSLI. Please contact us if you have any questions.
1. Read and understand CSLI Policies
2. Complete and send your application form
3. Pay your fees
4. CSLI will send you a Letter of Acceptance and a receipt for your payment
5. Apply for a Visa if necessary
6. Inform CSLI your flight details as soon as it is decided
7. Receive confirmation of your homestay, if applicable
8. Welcome to CSLI!
Most banks will be able to change your money for you. There are also several Currency Exchange offices downtown. The closest banks are two blocks away and include HSBC, Royal Bank, TD Bank, and Bank of Montreal.
Bus passes and tickets are sold at various stores around Vancouver. 7-11 is the most common store that sells passes and tickets. Please check the number of zones that you will be traveling to and from school. CSLI is located in Zone 1, but several homestays are located in Zone 2. You can also pay on the bus with coins (exact change), but not with dollar bills. Bus tickets are cheaper per trip than paying cash on the bus.
CSLI has a Computer Station with computers connected to the Internet. These computers allow for writing in Japanese, Korean, and all other languages. Wireless internet is also available throughout the school for students who bring their own laptop computers.
Take your CSLI Student Card to Travel Cuts or STA Travel to make an International Student Identity Card. We can give you directions when you get here.
Be open-minded and talkative. Getting involved in activities that you like in your country will help you to meet people: volunteer or join a sports team. Our front desk staff can help you find activities happening in town. Check our monthly CSLI Calendar to see all the daily activities that CSLI suggests.
CSLI sells long-distance telephone cards that have very good prices for international calls. You can buy these at the front desk. We can explain how to use them. These are much cheaper than making regular international phone calls, and they are easy to use – so please phone your family and friends often!
You can change from part-time to full-time by paying an extra fee. Please speak to our front desk staff and they will be happy to help you.
You can change into our specialty classes on a first-come, first-served basis if your level matches the requirements for the specialty class. Please fill out a request form at the front desk if you are interested.
On your first day at CSLI, you will be given an English assessment exam. Our teachers will look at your test and decide what level is best for you. You do not need to be concerned about your level before coming to CSLI.
How To Study English Effectively
Many students ask for tips on what they can do more to study English outside of the classrooms.
Sitting at a table looking at your notebook is NOT the best way to study English. Most of the time, your mind is not actively using the information that you are studying, and practical learning does not take place. Here are some techniques that will help you learn more effectively.
A) Write a journal.
Most people say, “I have nothing to write.” If you start writing, you will remember all of the interesting things that you can write about. Writing every day enables you to see your grammar clearly in front of you, express your ideas, and use a non-oral method to communicate in English. Ask your teacher to correct your journal. Then read the corrected version out loud. It is a good idea to re-copy the corrected journal too, so that you will have the experience of writing down your ideas in proper English.
B) Read a book.
By reading a story, you create a picture in your imagination that will connect different parts of your brain to English. Find a book that is not too difficult – don’t be embarrassed to start with a children’s storybook with pictures! Do not stop every time you find a new word. Instead, guess what the word probably means, continue reading, and check in your dictionary at the end of the page or chapter.
C) Re-write your class notes every day.
Writing your notes a second time will allow you to remember more strongly what you studied. It will also make your notebook neater, making it easier to study.
D) Read out all of your grammar exercises.
So many students “know” grammar but cannot use it. This is because they rarely practice linking the grammar they study to the speech center of the brain. If your mouth is not comfortable using the grammar patterns, it will be difficult to use them in everyday conversation. Repeat the example sentences (or sentences you have corrected in class) in a clear, natural voice, and be sure to practice while looking away from the paper. It is also a good idea to practice away from your desk – walk around your room practicing your reading! When you speak English out of school, you will not be sitting at a desk – so don’t practice only when you are at a desk.
E) Watch TV and movies, and listen to the radio.
Even if you don’t understand everything, you will still be learning. It is possible to understand the content even if you know only 30% of the words that you hear. Your listening ability will improve day by day – and it’s fun!
F) Keep a vocabulary notebook in a separate notebook from your class notes.
Take an active approach to learning new vocabulary. If you find 5 words a day, 6 days a week (you can rest for one day), you will learn about 140 new words a month; 10 words a day would bring you over 280 new words a month! Because you are searching for words that you want to know, it will be easier to remember them. (Hint – approach new words by subject: things in the kitchen, things in the bedroom, things connected to your hobbies, etc.) Do it this way:
a) Think of a word you know in your language.
b) Look it up in your dictionary.
c) When you find the English word, write it down on the left side of your vocabulary notebook.
d) In the middle of the page, write down if the word is a noun (n), verb (v), adjective (adj), etc. so that you will know how to use the word.
e) Look the word up in an English-English dictionary.
f) Write the English definition on the right side of the page (or on the next page).
g) Copy a sentence from the dictionary. This will help you learn how to use the word correctly. Do not yet write your own sentence. Practice reading this sentence until it becomes natural for you.
G) Speak lots of English with your friends, even your friends from the same country.
You improve your spoken English by speaking in different situations with people of all nationalities. If you want to speak English better in the future, speak it as much as possible NOW!
H) Think positively.
People who say “I can’t speak English well” are correct. People who say “Every day in every way, my English is getting better and better” are also correct. What you think is what you get. Practice saying the second sentence every day, and you will see greater improvement in your English and in your confidence.
Remember: the more fun you have with English, the easier it will be to learn. ENJOY English!
Your First Day at CSLI
Please see this page for detailed information about CSLI location.
– Bus 15 stops in front of our school building.
– We are only a five-minute walk from Stadium Skytrain station and Yaletown/Roundhouse station.
– You can check your transportation routes and schedules at Translink Website. Use the “Trip Planner” by simply typing in your address and CSLI address.
Please arrive one hour before class (at 8 AM). Our staff will go through your registration information with you, and you will be given an English Assessment Test. After your test, you will be given a tour of the school. Classes begin at 9 AM. There is an orientation meeting for all new students at 12:10, just after your first class.
Please bring a proof of medical insurance.
If you do not have medical insurance, you will have to buy some from CSLI. For prices, please consult our price list. You will be given a binder with paper, so you do not need to bring a notebook on your first day. However, please bring a pen or a pencil.
Part-time students can study in either the morning (9am to 12 noon) or the afternoon (1:00pm to 4:00pm), according to how they registered. Full-time students study in both the morning and afternoon.