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The CSL System of Learning

Teaching Methodology

Our method of teaching languages follows the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) of the Council of Europe and the method used focuses on learning through action and a communicative approach with emphasis in proficiency in four skills, i.e. Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. Instruction is guided by the idea that students should be prepared for international communication. The use of the foreign language in the classroom is mandatory from day one. We create authentic environments in which social interaction and consistent feedback is fundamental. We use real-life situations as valuable learning tools in which students always play an active role. 

We believe that the most effective environment for languages ​​should be where the student is not a mere recipient of linguistic knowledge but an active key player who is responsible for his or her own progress. Our students become fluent while discovering culture, history and traditions, as well as new perspectives and ways of life.

Classes are interesting, interactive and also fun, organized in a relaxed atmosphere in which learning is done naturally and are not more than twelve students where each student receives personalised attention and more than enough time to practise and participate in each class, thereby ensuring proper preparation and the highest quality education possible.

Our teachers, highly professional, experienced, trained and passionate in teaching languages to foreign and local students, are there for the students, to guide them, motivate them and help them in their learning. All hold university degrees. Also Our teachers are committed to offering classroom activities that are meaningful and relevant, communicative and collaborative, by giving the extra-linguistic context that will help you understand and, therefore, acquire.

We use textbooks made for teaching language to foreigners, especially chosen for their modern and complete methodology. All programs have been designed to achieve their objectives, regardless of the duration of the course and also educate the student in a complete and comprehensive way to allow them to express themselves effectively and fluently.

In all our classes you will be practicing

Vocabulary

All courses contain all the most relevant words and phrases from each lesson.

Dialogue

A listening comprehension followed by a text to introduce the topic of each lesson.

Imitation

The goal of doing Imitation is to turn your passive vocabulary (words you know but can't use in speech) into active vocabulary (words you can use in speech).

Presentation

We introduce / revise the linguistic objective of the target language

Videos

Videos to practice and improve your listening skills for professional scenarios in real life.

Reading

Reading different texts to deepen the subject of each lesson.

Production

You will express opinions, or imagine yourself in different situations. Production can be oral or written.

Audio

To practice and improve your listening skills for a professional environment.

Practice

Different exercises to enhance your language skills for effective professional communication.

International language standards

About the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for describing language ability. It describes language ability on a six-point scale, from A1 for beginners, up to C2 for those who have mastered a language. This makes it easy for anyone involved in language teaching and testing, such as teachers or learners, to see the level of different qualifications. It also means that employers and educational institutions can easily compare our qualifications to other exams in their country.

Course Include:

  • School Registration & Administration Fee
  • Welcome folder and additional learning materials.
  • Assesment test prior to the the start of the course (if applicable).
  • WIFI connection throughout the school.
  • Transcripts and Certificates at end of course (subject to 75% of lessons).
  • Student ID card.
  • Free books to study from the library.
  • Classroom Phraseology.
  • Instructional material that includes: student's book, exercise book, an extensive grammar summary, a section of texts of cultural content, an appendix with regular and irregular verbs and an annex with cultural information about Spanish-speaking countries and anything else required for instruction.
  • Access to all digital content that includes the following resources: digital books and interactive workbooks, more than 150 videos for practice, activities based on the latest news from around the world, hundreds of interactive and self-graded exercises.
  • Optional additional language activities each week from Conversation Club, Friday Film Club and several activities every month.
  • Language Lab equipped with computers where student can practise listening to and talking foreign languages.

Levels and Progression

We offer language courses for CSL students, staff and members of the general public. Currently offers courses in French, German, Portuguese, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Spanish, ranging from Beginners to Higher Advanced level. Our courses are flexible and are offered in a variety of formats and lengths, with start dates throughout the year. 

Following the evaluation guidelines included in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment and in its process of validation and verification of contents, the conversion table of our Certificates and Diploma in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages context is:

Breakthrough (A1.1)

To enter Level 1 (A1.1) no previous knowledge of Spanish is required. This is a completely beginners course.

Breakthrough (A1.2)

To enter Level 2 (A1.2) we would strongly advise you to take the placement test in case you are not a returning student.


Waystage (A2.1)

To enter Level 3 (A2.1) you need to be a returning student or we would strongly advise you to take the placement test.


Waystage (A2.2)

To enter Level 4 (A2.2) you need to be a returning student or we would strongly advise you to take the placement test.


Threshold (B1.1)

To enter Level 5 (B1.1) you need to be a returning student or we would strongly advise you to take the placement test.


Threshold (B1.2)

To enter Level 6 (B1.2) you need to be a returning student or we would strongly advise you to take the placement test.


Vantage (B2.1)

To enter Level 7 (B2.1) we would strongly advise you to take the placement test in case you are not a returning student.


Vantage (B2.2)

To enter Level 8 (B2.2) we would strongly advise you to take the placement test in case you are not a returning student.


Proficiency (C1.1)

To enter Level 9 (C1.1) you need to be a returning student or we would strongly advise you to take the placement test.


Proficiency (C1.2)

To enter Level 10 (C1.2) you need to be a returning student or we would strongly advise you to take the placement test.


  • GERMAN LANGUAGE

    GE 101 - BEGINNER I (A1.1)

    GE 151 - BEGINNER II (A1.2)

    GE 201 - PRE-INTERMEDIATE I (A2.1)

    GE 251 - PRE-INTERMEDIATE II (A2.2)

    GE 301 - INTERMEDIATE I (B1.2)

    GE 351 - INTERMEDIATE II (B1.2)

    GE 401 - UPPER-INTERMEDIATE I (B2.1)

    GE 451 - UPPER-INTERMEDIATE II (B2.2)

  • PORTUGUESE LANGUAGE
  • SPANISH LANGUAGE

    SPAN 101 - BEGINNER I (A1.1)

    SPAN 151 - BEGINNER II (A1.2)

    SPAN 201 - PRE-INTERMEDIATE I (A2.1)

    SPAN 251 - PRE-INTERMEDIATE II (A2.2)

    SPAN 301 - INTERMEDIATE I (B1.1)

    SPAN 351 - INTERMEDIATE II (B1.2)

    SPAN 401 - UPPER-INTERMEDIATE I (B2.1)

    SPAN 451 - UPPER-INTERMEDIATE II (B2.2)

  • FRENCH LANGUAGE

Language courses are structured into progressive levels. Each sub-level has its own content, learning objectives, continuous evaluation and an exam at the end.

Absolute beginners in the foreign language should start with level 1 (A1.1). If you have any knowledge of the foreign language, you should take a placement test to ensure that you are placed at the appropriate level. 

Once you successfully complete your language course, you may move up to the next level. For example, if you successfully finish level 3 (A2.1), then you may take the level 4 course (A2.2).

Times and frequency

The courses are either regular, extensive or intensive and are offered in the morning, afternoon and evening. 

Regular courses (Twice a week classes): 48 hours over 12 weeks, 2 x 2 hour sessions per week.

Extensive courses (Once a week classes): 48 hours over 12 weeks, 1 x 4 hour sessions per week.

Intensive courses (Classes four days a week): 48 hours over 6 weeks, 4 x 4 hour sessions per week.

If this arrangement does not fit your schedule or purpose - we offer tailor-made courses for students who wish to specialise in a particular area or field of knowledge in the foreign language or those who have limited time to achieve a goal. In that case, students may take the amount of contact hours necessary to achieve their goals in time.

Not aiming for mastery but still want to become fluent in the foreign language? You can achieve this goal after the first 6 levels.

All dates, times, costs, and policies in this schedule are subject to change, consistent with CSL policy, without notice to individual students. 

 The Common European Framework of Reference describes what a learner should be able to do at each level with regard to reading, listening, speaking and writing. These descriptors can apply to any of the languages spoken in Europe. An initiative of the European Council, CEFR aims to achieve a greater degree of uniformity and transparency in the study of foreign languages, among member nations of the European Union. This serves to increase mobility within member nations, facilitate mutual recognition of language certificates, and promote cooperation among educational institutions from different countries. The Framework defines the levels that determine linguistic capability in areas such as communicative proficiency, active and receptive skills, and linguistic proficiency with specific ends.

Madrid Chamber of Commerce Official Exams Preparation Courses

In 1978 the Spanish Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Madrid introduced the Business Spanish certificate at two levels: Certificate and Diploma. The aim was to offer companies a reliable means of evaluating the linguistic competence of their staff and to promote the Spanish language as a resource of international communication in the business field.

The agreement with University of Alcalá, whose authority and name in the Spanish language teaching for specific purposes, gives these Certificates an important academic value. This also makes them so significant and popular. 

Since the beginning of the Academic Year 1994-1995 the Spanish Chamber of Commerce exams permit to obtain these Certificates:

Since 1999 these institutions issue two more certificates in languages for professional purposes: Spanish for Tourism and Spanish for Medicine. These diplomas offer an interesting solution to professionals who need to learn Spanish specific to their job field.

This option is preferably for students with a C1-C2 Spanish level. These courses focus on the specific subject the student needs: Spanish for Business, Spanish for Healthcare Professionals or Spanish for Tourism. They specifically center on the exams preparation and on obtaining the chosen certificate. 

Diploma in Translation Preparatory Courses

The Diploma in Translation (DipTrans) is the gold standard for anyone wanting a career as a freelance translator or to work as a translator for international corporations worldwide and meets the need for a high-level professional translating qualification.

Level: postgraduate-level qualification.

The Preparation Course for the Diploma in Translation (DipTrans) qualifying examinations, which are offered by the Institute of Linguists (UK), consists of four (4) ten-week terms. It is being offered online. This course is intended for translators who wish to become professionals in the field and obtain internationally recognised qualifications. This preparation Course does not train candidates in the areas of expertise that they must have before signing up.

Candidates may sit examinations in any of the language combinations offered by the IoL as the CSL is an official IoL Examination Centre. However, only two (2) Preparation Courses are offered: (i) Preparation for examinations in translation from English into Spanish (for native Spanish speakers); and (ii) Preparation for examinations in translation from Spanish into English (for native English speakers).

The Caribbean School of Languages (CSL) does not award any qualifications or certificates on completion or part completion of this Preparation Course. Only on successful completion of the Institute of Linguists (IoL) examinations would candidates receive certificates or the DipTrans Diploma, which is awarded by the IoL. 

  • To be the premier provider of vocational and professional education as well as foreign language training, translation and interpreting services, thereby narrowing the breach of communication in the Caribbean and Latin America, aiding general development and enhancing human relations in the Hemisphere.

Our Mission

  • To provide institutions, organisations and nationals of Trinidad and Tobago as well as their foreign counterparts and the broader global community with high quality, effective and reliable vocational and professional education as well as foreign language instruction, translation and interpreting services at competitive rates.