General Proficiency

ESL: English as a Second Language

Course Description

The series of courses in English for International Communication is designed in a unique format that will help participants achieve maximum results in the least amount of time. These are offered at nine different levels from beginner to advanced. Participants who wish obtain the international certification International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will benefit from these courses. 

Participants do not require any prior knowledge of Spanish to start. All the skills and knowledge will be acquired from the basic level through the advanced level at international standards. 

Study Options

  • 4 weeks per level 
  • 23 contact hours per week 
  • 10 guided independent study hours 
  • Monday to Friday
  • Includes IELTS preparation courses A2, B1 and B2
  • Total duration for levels 1 to 9: one (1) academic year divided into three (3) terms: ESL 1-2-3, ESL 4-5-6, ESL 7-8-9

Intended for participants who wish to embark on a career in professional translation  but do not have the required level of proficiency in the foreign language or for those looking for an immersion programme without the hassle and expense of travelling to a English speaking country. 

  • 6 weeks per level – 60 contact hours per level 
  • 5 guided independent study hours per week 
  • Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 10:30am OR  07:30pm to 09:00pm
  • Additional fees apply for the IELTS preparation courses 
  • Total duration for levels 1 to 9: approx. one and a half (1 1/2) years

This Intensive English course is for highly motivated individuals looking to maximise and accelerate their learning in the shortest time possible. Some of the participants of this course may have deadlines by which they should develop a certain command of the language due to travel, academic or work-related commitments. Some other participants may simply want to embark in a longer journey with the aim to obtain international and/or professional qualifications.

  • 30 contact hours per Part (each level is two Parts) 
  • 30 guided independent study hours per level 
    • Mondays and Wednesdays OR Tuesday and Thursday from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
    • Saturdays from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm
  • Additional fees apply for the IELTS preparation courses
  • These courses are 100% online unless otherwise stated and allowed by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago 
  • Total duration for levels 1 to 9 (18 Parts): approx. two years and three months 

This programme focuses on getting you to learn English easily and effectively with few hours and days of classes per week. These classes will allow you to advance in your learning without rushing, but making the most of each session. 

This option is great for anyone who has a busy schedule but wants to keep studying. Maybe you have a demanding job, or you have children to take care of. If so, then just two classes a week is ideal. Some other participants may simply want to embark in a longer journey with the aim to obtain international and/or professional qualifications.

Our Study Tours are customised to meet the needs of the group and offers a number of study tour options, catering to different clientele resulting in optimum satisfaction. From fully integrated, academic based programs, to more adventure based off-school programs.

Contact us to get more information. 

  • Flexible schedule
  • Choose from 1 to 32 classes per week 
  • Tailor-made classes designed to meet your individual needs
  • Learn at your own pace and in your time

These private classes have been carefully designed for students who want to learn a language at their own pace, based on their abilities. They are looking to maximize the time spent with the professor to get the most out of each class, with the added bonus of choosing the schedule of their choice.

Programme Details

  • For computers using Windows (minimum system requirement: Windows 10)
  • For computers using Mac (minimum system requirement: OSX 10)
  • For iPad tablets (iOS) (minimum system requirement: iOS 9)
  • For Android tablets (minimum system requirement: Android 5)
  • The use of headphones with working speakers and a microphone is advised.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download the Acrobat Reader.

Upon successful completion of the English General Proficiency programme, levels 1 to 9, the participant will be able to:

  • Speak fluently, accurately and efficiently about a wide range of general, academic and professional topics and hobbies, clearly stating the relationship among ideas;
  • Communicate spontaneously using the level of formality appropriate to the relevant situation;
  • Understand the main ideas of conferences, talks and reports, and other forms of academic and professional presentations that are linguistically complex;
  • Write clear and detailed descriptions of facts and real or imaginary experiences in clear and well-structured text, stating the relationship among ideas and respecting the established standards of the chosen genre;
  • Write the story of a film, a book or a play;
  • Understand any type of audio, whether face-to-face conversations or re-broadcasted speech on habitual topics or others, related to the personal, social, academic or professional life;
  • Have the linguistic capacity to negotiate the resolution of conflict, such as complaints, asking for financial liability for damages, etc. using persuasive language;
  • Function well in most transactions that may arise while travelling, organising the trip or accommodation, or dealing with the competent authorities for travelling abroad;
  • Take the initiative in an interview and express ideas, obtaining help from the interviewer where necessary.
CSL LevelsCEFR Levels
Level 1A1
Levels 2 & 3A2
Levels 4, 5 & 6B1
Levels 7, 8 & 9B2
  • All our courses covers the contents of the Common European Framework of Reference of Languages (CEFR) of the Council of Europe.
  • The communicative approach is applied in all language for international communication courses.

Participants will develop the four language skills, i.e. listening, reading, writing and speaking simultaneously while learning grammatical structures and vocabulary related to the level as well as an appreciation of the culture of the countries where the language is spoken.

Some of the evaluation components include group projects, assignments, oral presentations and tests in the four language skills: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

At the end of each level, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion awarded by the CSL. In order to obtain a Pass, students must obtain at least 60% of the overall grade. 

International certification is obtained by way of external examinations.

  • Official high school, college, university diploma or degree, or college/university attendance certificate;
  • A recent passport sized photo of the applicant (digital format);
  • A copy of the applicant’s driver’s permit, national ID card or passport;
  • Proper immigration status (for non local students) living in Trinidad and Tobago;
  • Completed registration form. 

Prerequisite Courses

  • For admission of our levels 2 – 9, along with the requirements above, successful completion of the previous level in the CSL programme, the IELTS or TOEFL certificate at the corresponding level or having been placed at the specific level via a CSL placement test.


Note:  Incomplete applications will not be processed. The CSL will confirm registration via email within three business days.


  • There is a non-negotiable US$ 20.00 bank charge for all transfers from non local bank accounts.
  • The School will not be responsible for transfer of money in wrong account. Please double check the details before sending.
  • The School reserves the right to modify or change any cost or fee for any of our services without prior notice.


Intensive (IC) 

IC Level 1: TT$ 3,945 – US$ 590 
IC Level 2: TT$ 3,215 – US$ 482
IC Level 3: TT$ 3,215 – US$ 482
IC Level 4: TT$ 3,520 – US$ 530 
IC Level 5: TT$ 3,520 – US$ 530
IC Level 6: TT$ 3,520 – US$ 530
IC Level 7: TT$ 4,550 – US$ 682
IC Level 8: TT$ 3,820 – US$ 572 
IC Level 9: TT$ 3,820 – US$ 572 


  • All the fees above include the relevant instructional material and registration fee.
  • Tuition fees do not include the external examinations, stationery supplies, printing, fees for supplementary exams and repeats, other living costs, etc.


Part-Time 5h/Week (PT) 

  • Registration Fee: TT$ 250 – US$ 40
  • Digital Instructional Materials: TBA
Level 1(i): TT$ 1,950 – US$ 295Level 4(i): TT$ 2,850 – US$ 430Level 7(i): TT$ 3,750 – US$ 565
Level 1(ii): TT$ 1,950 – US$ 295Level 4(ii): TT$ 2,850 – US$ 430Level 7(ii): TT$ 3,750 – US$ 565
Level 2(i): TT$ 2,250 – US$ 340Level 5(i): TT$ 3,150 – US$ 475Level 8(i): TT$ 4,050 – US$ 610
Level 2(ii): TT$ 2,250 – US$ 340Level 5(ii): TT$ 3,150 – US$ 475Level 8(ii): TT$ 4,050 – US$ 610
Level 3(i): TT$ 2,550 – US$ 380Level 6(i): TT$ 3,450 – US$ 520Level 9(i): TT$ 4,350 – US$ 655
Level 3(ii): TT$ 2,550 – US$ 380Level 6(ii): TT$ 3,450 – US$ 520Level 9(ii): TT$ 4,350 – US$ 655


  • All payments for tuition fees are to be made by either bank Draft or by direct deposit. Wire Transfer Instructions can be obtained from the Administration Office.
  • Tuition fees do not include the external examinations, instructional materials, stationery supplies, printing, fees for supplementary exams and repeats, other living costs, etc.
  • All the fees above include the relevant instructional material and registration fee.
  • There will be no refund or transfer after the first day of class.
  • The CSL reserves the right to review and/or change its policy with respect to payment terms for fees and to the instalments of fees, and considers any requests made on a case by case basis for approval by the School’s Management.



  • Late registration fee: TT$ 230 – US$ 35 *
  • Placement Test: TT$ 350 – US$ 55* 
  • Any other outing and special event promoted by the school. 

*The fees above are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be used for any other cycle, course or semester.


IELTS or TOEFL Exam Preparation Course for Part-Time Students Only (30 contact hrs): 

  • Course A2: TT$ 3,260 – US$ 490
  • Course B1: TT$ 3,560 – US$ 535
  • Course B2: TT$ 3,560 – US$ 535


For Private custom, click here to view the fees

IELTS English Certificate

IELTS Exams are the Best Official and International Proof of Your Spanish Knowledge

The DELE Spanish Diplomas are official qualifications certifying the degree of competence and mastery of Spanish, granted by Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Ministry of Education and Vocational Training of Spain and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain.

The DELE examinations have been designed following the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) of the Council of Europe.

Recognised Worldwide
  • IELTS is internationally recognised by thousands of institutions worldwide. This includes not only educational institutions but companies, professional bodies and government agencies.
A proven, Objective Assessment
  • The rigorous nature of the exam provides a proven, objective assessment of your English language abilities. The score you obtain thus gives you and any interested organisation a clear picture of your level and capabilities in the language. We can no longer rely on subjective, often anecdotal language proficiency labels such as “advanced level” but rather on a verifiable internationally accepted frame of reference that the IELTS band score provides.
The IELTS Certificate are offered for the following levels

Based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) of the Council of Europe.

  • IELTS is valid for 2 years from the date you take the test.
IELTS Exam Preparation
  • Our IELTS preparation courses are designed following the exam structure and therefore contain the same sections. Throughout the different activities, the participant will be able to study several samples of the exam in order to get used to the structure.
Professional bodies and organisations
  • IELTS is the most popular test for those looking to migrate to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. It is globally recognised by more than 10,000 employers, universities, schools and immigration bodies including 3,400 institutions in the USA.  

What happens next?

We aim to make a decision on your application as quickly as we can. If we need any more information about your qualifications, we will be in touch.

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