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English Course in San Diego

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Information about the English School in San Diego

The School is located in the beautiful area of La Jolla, which is known for its chic shops and stunning beaches. San Diego itself is home to a number of things you should see – Balboa Park (the largest urban cultural park in the U.S.!), which features 15 museums, numerous art galleries and amazing gardens. San Diego is home to the Globe Theaters, world-famous San Diego Zoo, and an exploding scene of culinary arts, with more than 7000 restaurants and counting!

The School is located in a modern building, and is designed in the typical Californian style. It has all the amenities and facilities you can imagine. It has 23 modern classrooms which are bright and spacious. You will also have access to the 23 computer stations which provide you with free internet access throughout your studies. There is a well-stocked library from which you can borrow educational movies and books. The environment at the school is fun and energetic, and in La Jolla itself, you’ll find hundreds of people surfing the waves, while others may prefer to indulge in one of San Diego’s awesome craft beers (it’s the Craft Beer Capital of the world).

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Every English Course in San Diego includes:
  • Welcome Event
  • Textbook and materials
  • Extra-Curricular activities
  • Access to the Internet
  • Medical Insurance from Guard.me

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English Courses in San Diego

These are the courses you can follow at this school:

General, Semi Intensive or Intensive English Course in San Diego

20, 24 or 30 lessons per week - All levels - Flexible duration

[+] This English course teaches students practical English through thematic, interactive and engaging lessons. The program covers all four communication skills: reading, writing, oral expression and comprehension. Included in the course price is also a variety of useful and fun extra-curricular activities and workshops, an ideal way to socialize with classmates and practice your English in San Diego and other nearby destinations! >> Read more

English for Work in San Diego for Adults

30 lessons per week - from Pre-Intermediate - flexible duration

[+] A well-balanced combination of simulations, tutorials, and thematic lessons are used in this English course in San Diego. Students learn in a practical and engaging way the language to negotiate a contract, manage human resources, and present business scenarios… you’ll learn how to deal with international work environments, give advice and warnings, and solve problems. This course is devoted exclusively to motivated adult students. >> Read more

English in the City in San Diego

30 lessons per week - from Pre-intermediate (only if close to Intermediate) - flexible duration

[+] This practical English Course is well-structured and grants you the opportunity to explore the language whilst discovering what the city has to offer. This formal approach, combined with the informal, provides a basis on which to begin practicing English in everyday life. You will be starting conversations in no time! The English ‘In the City’ Course delivers a stimulating environment for students. >> Read more

One to One Lessons in San Diego

5-40 lessons per week - All levels - Flexible duration

[+] To make the most of your studying in San Diego you can integrate some individual English lessons with your group course. Thanks to individually tailored lessons, you will have a double advantage: you can interact with other students in the morning classes, then focus on your individual improvement in the afternoon. Having a tutor at your disposal is very useful. You can focus on your weaknesses (comprehension, speaking, writing, reading, etc.) or develop target vocabulary. >> Read more

TOEFL Exam Preparation Course in San Diego

30 lessons per week - from Intermediate - Flexible duration

[+] The TOEFL Preparation Course has no fail mark, but does evaluate the level of English of the candidate. The certificate is valid for 24 months after completion. It is a world-renowned qualification to obtain, and the average proficiency of those who take the test are among Intermediate and Advanced levels. >> Read more

CAE Exam Preparation Course in San Diego

30 lessons per week - check the details - Fixed duration

[+] The CAE Preparation Course combines the best methods and approach targeted to help you obtain the CAE. Teachers are qualified Cambridge ESOL professionals and will aim to guide you throughout your course. They will endeavour to help you with the four test areas, using sample test from previous exams! >> Read more

FCE Exam Preparation Course in San Diego

30 lessons per week - check the details - Fixed duration

[+] The FCE Preparation Course differs from the traditional English Courses and allows you to focus your learning specifically towards the achievement of the FCE, using materials that are based on past exams. Teachers provide you with a planned programme of study, with performance being monitored closely in order to provide you with the best possible support in areas that require improvement. >> Read more

CPE Exam Preparation Course in San Diego

30 lessons per week - check the details - Fixed duration

[+] Designed by experts in the field, the CPE Preparation Course delves into great detail about the roots of the language itself, with a focus on key areas such as listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will learn a number of techniques that will allow you to complete the four areas of evaluation, all under the guidance of qualified professionals, along with real exam simulations. >> Read more

Accommodation in San Diego

If you don’t know where to stay while taking your English course in San Diego, you can choose one of these accommodations proposed by the school

Low Cost Apartments

Distance to School: 35 - 40 minutes walking - Room types: Single Room - Double Room

[+] Bay Pointe apartments provide resort-like living. It includes a heated Olympic-size pool, saunas, separate cardio room and weight room, basketball courts and lighted tennis courts. A front desk is open from Monday through to Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 12pm to 4pm. Students are always welcome to ... >> Read more

Apartments

Distance to School: 35 - 40 minutes public transport - Room types: Single Room - Double Room

[+] AVA is a private apartment complex that offers all the comforts of a hotel resort. AVA’s luxurious pool area rivals the best hotels and is accessible to all residents. The pool area also includes a sand volleyball court, 4 large grills, various eating areas, large 40- person hot tub, cabana seatin ... >> Read more

Host Family

Distance to School: 25 - 55 minutes public transport - Room types: Single room, breakfast only - Single room, half board - Twin room, half board

[+] Staying with a host family offers you a unique and unforgettable experience – a cultural exchange which will leave you with lasting memories. You’ll be staying at the home of a local family, where you’ll have your own room (single or twin on request) in a sociable and hospitable environment. T ... >> Read more

Why San Diego? Some facts

Here is some more information on English courses in San Diego

Why take an English Course in San Diego?

San Diego, with its wonderful Californian climate and its relaxed lifestyle and typically “outdoorsy” feel, will offer you a unique opportunity to learn the language whilst entertaining yourself in an awesome city! You’ll find yourself immersed in a dream, surrounded by an enormous variety of shops, beaches and stunning scenery. Soak up the glorious Californian sun, and enjoy the experience of a lifetime!

An international environment

Does this English Course in San Diego meet what someone of your age and nationality needs? Check it out by comparing the facts.

Nationalities

  • Students of Ages 18-30 94% 94%
  • Students of Ages 30+ 6% 6%

Course Structure

An overview of lesson times, starting from the first day

First Day (Monday)

The first day begins with the reception and registration of students at 8.15am. Try to make sure you are on time, and remember to bring the following with you:

  • Form I-20  and F-1 Visa (only if you have chosen to attend a course that is more than 20 lessons per week)
  • Form I-94 (a small green or white card delivered by air mail)
  • Pen and notebook (other materials are provided and included in the package)
  • Passport
  • Health Insurance (valid for the duration of your stay)
  • Credit Card (for the security deposit in case you have opted to stay in a residence or apartment)

At 09:00 there will be a short language test – nothing to worry about! This is to determine your level of English, in order to place you in a class with those students of a similar level.

At 10:15 there is a scheduled break, where you can enjoy your Welcome Breakfast in the company of other new students.

Shortly after breakfast there will be an Orientation session, where information about the school, your course and your surrounding area in San Diego will be provided in a Welcome Pack. You will receive guidance on visa regulations, housing, transport and activities proposed by the school. Depending on the course you have selected, (General, Intensive or Semi-Intensive), you may then start lessons immediately afterwards or the following day.

  • 08:30 Reception and registration
  • 09:00 English Level Test
  • 10:15   Welcome Breakfast
  • 10:45  Orientation Session and Welcome Pack
  • 12:30  First English Lesson in New York

Welcome Pack 

On your first day, you will receive a Welcome Pack containing a manual with information about San Diego, class schedules, academic information, proposals for leisure activities, an additional education plan, school regulations and important contact information for emergency situations. They will provide you with a number you can contact 24 hours a day throughout your entire stay.

From Tuesday Onwards…

By the second day you will begin to follow the regular academic schedule of lessons. During the first week, you will alternate between two different teachers and you will have the opportunity to compare different types of pronunciation. On the first Wednesday, you will receive the course textbook and following this, course material will be provided a little at a time. The time table will vary according to the course you have chosen:

  • General English: The first day will be determined by whether your lessons take place in the morning (as in the example) or in the afternoon.
  • Semi-Intensive English Course: As per General English, but with 2 extra lessons from 12:30 – 14:00
  • Intensive English or English for Work (Business English): As per General English, but with extra lessons each day from 12:30 – 14:00.

Morning (sample schedule)

  • 08:30-10:00 First Module*
  • 10:00-10:15 Break
  • 10:15-11:45 Second Module*

Midday

  • 11:45-12:30 Lunch Break
  • 12:30-14:00 Extra Lessons**
  • 14:00-14:15 Break

Afternoon (sample schedule)

  • 14:15-15:45 First Module*
  • 15:45-16:00 Break
  • 16:00-17:30 Second Module*

*Speaking or Listening or Reading or Writing. **Speaking or Listening or Reading or Writing as per General English or English for Work.

Useful tips for your stay in San Diego

Some suggestions from those who live in San Diego

Study English in the USA

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Do not miss

  • Gaslamp Quarter
  • Old Town
  • Birch Aquarium
  • La Jolla Cove
  • USS Midway
  • Go surfing
  • Museums in Balboa Park
  • Visit Universal Studios
  • Relax in Mission Bay Park
  • Hike Mt. Laguna

Cost of living in San Diego

  • Big Mac $3.75
  • Sandwich $6.00
  • Can of Coca Cola $1.00
  • Coffee in a cafe $2.50
  • 1 litre of milk $1.75
  • 2 litre of water $1.50
  • Loaf of bread $2.20
  • 2 course meal in an average restaurant $25.00
  • SIM card $29
  • Cinema $12

Getting around in San Diego

  • Local Bus: The Company “San Diego Transit” covers transport to most locations in and around the city. You can buy a Day Pass for $5 from the driver, or opt for a one-way ticket for $2.25. The bus maps (with the service areas explained) are available on the buses, at the school, on-line and at the Transit Store.
  • Car Hire: Southern California is a company that focuses on car rental, where you can hire a car for the duration of your stay. You can rent a car for one day, a weekend, for a week or a whole month. There are requirements when hiring a car, such as a driver’s license (not international) and a credit card or cash deposit. Be sure to check what’s necessary before you rent a car.
  • Taxi: You can call the numbers 1-619-234-6161 (Yellow Cab) or 1-619-223-5555 (Orange Cab), if you need a taxi. There aren’t many taxi stands in certain areas, so it’s best to keep the number handy!

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