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English Course in San Francisco

The alternative City by the bay.

Information on the English School in San Francisco

The language centre can be found right next to Market Street, in the middle of this colourful city’s Downtown area. The city revels in openness and freedom, and the vibrant colours, creativity and old architecture will whet your appetite for discovering more. The school is conveniently located a short walk away from the waterfront, Union Square and an endless array of restaurants, bars and cafes. Although often eccentric and always charming, you can’t help but want to immerse yourself in the surrounding variety of cultures, sounds and people.  The 15 modern classrooms surround a beautiful sun-drenched lounge and are equipped with interactive whiteboards, free wifi and space for individual study. There are 23 computer stations, vending machines, TVs and library facilities. Immerse yourself in this amazing destination, and you will be on the road to discovering a truly mesmerizing city, as well as yourself.


				

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Every English Course in San Francisco 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 Francisco

These are the courses you can follow at this school

General, Semi Intensive or Intensive English Course in San Francisco

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 Francisco and other nearby destinations! >> Read more

English for Work in San Francisco 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 Francisco. 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 Francisco

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 Francisco

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

[+] To make the most of your studying in San Francisco 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 Francisco

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 Francisco

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 Francisco

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

Accommodation in San Francisco

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

Monastery - Residence

Distance to School: 12 - 13 minutes public transport - Room types: Single room, private bathroom, shared kitchen - Twin room, private bathroom, shared kitchen

[+] Originally a Buddhist Monastery, the School’s San Francisco’s newly renovated residence (opened July 2013), The Monastery, offers students a unique opportunity to live with American graduate students in one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods for young professionals. Located in the heart of Sa ... >> Read more

Monroe - Residence

Distance to School: 25 - 28 minutes walking - Room types: Single room, shared bathroom, half board - Twin room, shared bathroom, half board

[+] A classic Victorian building constructed in 1906, The Monroe is located in a residential area called Pacific Heights on a quiet street with apartment buildings and homes, only minutes to the central business district by bus. Single and twin bedrooms are available with shared vintage bathrooms. Each ... >> 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 Francisco? Some facts

Here is some more information on English courses in San Francisco

Why follow an English Course in San Francisco?

It has been voted a #1 city in many articles, surveys and magazines…and has earned the title fairly. San Fran is a city within a city. It’s a mash-up of cultures, colours, sounds and cuisine and has become a universal symbol of freedom and open-mindedness. Its vibrant and eclectic character make it appealing to most visitors, not to mention that there are very few places where you can get to deserts, woodlands, beaches or mountains within a 3-4 hour drive in any direction…which is why some never choose to leave. Whilst studying, you should take the time to seek out the stunningly beautiful geographic diversity. It is a fascinating city, and a perfect destination for, literally, anyone. Rudyard Kipling once said that the only drawback to San Francisco is how hard it is to leave, and most would agree.

With sweeping vistas on every hill, shimmering beaches, year-round free events, concerts and cultural activities, and some of the best food, music and art in the States, it is easy to see why so many have been lured by the siren song of the San Fran Bay. One of the most visually stunning 7x7 square miles on earth, the city has also topped rankings of the happiest, healthiest and fittest cities in America.


				

An International Environment

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

Nationalities

  • Students between 18-30 years of age 88% 88%
  • 30+ 40+ 50+ 12% 12%

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 08.15. 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 Francisco 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 San Francisco

Welcome Pack 

On your first day, you will receive a Welcome Pack containing a manual with information about San Francisco, 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 (as an example)

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

Noon

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

Afternoon (alternative example)

  • 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 Francisco

Some suggestions from those who live in San Francisco

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Don’t Miss!!

  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Chinatown
  • Alcatraz Island
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • City views from Coit Tower
  • Ride a cable car
  • Explore the districts on foot
  • Shop at Union Square
  • Walk along Ocean Beach
  • Try Sourdough French Bread

Cost of living in SF. Some examples:

  • Big Mac $3.75
  • Sandwich $3.50
  • Can od Coca Cola $1.00
  • Coffee in a cafe $2.00
  • 1 litre of milk $1.00
  • 2 litres of water $1.50
  • Loaf of bread $2.00
  • 2 course meal in average restaurant $20.00
  • A mobile SIM card $29
  • Cinema $10-$15

Transport in San Francisco

  • Bus: $2
  • Cable car: $6 for one trip (an All-Day pass costs $14)
  • Muni: A weekly pass costs $27 and is valid for all Muni lines (including cable cars)
  • Bicycle: rent one from $28 to $50
  • Cab ride: For example, a taxi from SF International Airport to Downtown/ Golden Gate Park/ Union Square costs approximately $60 – $65.
  • Muni lines downtown map
  • Muni metro map

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