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Language Courses

Enrichment Opportunities

The CSL offers foreign language courses to adults with no upper limit of age. Participants may study a language having no previous knowledge of it, as all our courses start from the abc’s of the language and quickly move up to the advanced level.  

These foreign language courses are offered in the understanding that participants should learn a language for international communication in a globalised world. That is to say, participants do not learn a specific variation of a language, but the standard language as per the international authorities of each language. However, partipants explore and are exposed to as many accents, regionalisms, lexical and phonetical variants as possible.  

Because of these high standards, our participants not only study the foreign language for leisure, personal interest or travel, but are also ready to seek academic and job opportunities anywhere in the world.  Further, by doing one of our short preparation courses, they are ready to sit international examinations to fulfil their goals.  

 

Our methodology

With linguists and experts in language learning, the CSL recognises that learning a language is a lot like exercise or musical instruments. A shorter amount of practice time on a regular basis is far more effective than larger chunks on a more sporadic basis. This is because without consistent practice the brain fails to engage in any deep cognitive processes, like making connections between new knowledge and previous learning.

Some adults try to learn a language by memorising words and practising the pronunciation by themselves, sometimes in silence, on the days they do not have an actual class that involves human interaction. They do not actually take the leap to try to have a conversation using the language with an educated native speaker.

Therefore, the CSL sees it imperative to not only study efficiently with a human contact in the foreign language every day, but also to dedicate time to step away from the books and videos to practise face to face. And this is the most efficient language learning method.

In light of this, the CSL has developed the series of language courses aimed at serious and self-motivated learners that would like to exploit their linguistic and cognitive potential and take it to the next level, in record time and in the most efficiently way possible.

Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE)

Apart from our Spanish courses in the medical, business and tourism fields, the CSL offers a series of courses in general proficiency Spanish and preparation courses conducive to the various levels of the DELE Diploma. The programme is divided into Phase I (levels 1-9 for DELE A1, A2, B1 and B2) and Phase II (Post-advanced for DELE C1 and C2).

Diplôme d'études en langue française (DELF) Diplôme approfondi de langue française (DALF)

The CSL offers a series of courses in general proficiency French and preparation courses conducive to the various levels of the DELF and DALF Diploma. 

German for International Communication

Our online German for International Communication programme is offered in two modalities to fit the busy schedule of our participants: EITHER via Zoom at a specific time every day with interaction with other participants and a lecturer OR as an asynchronous course, where participants learn at their own pace and in their own time.  

Portuguese for International Communication

Our online Portuguese for International Communication programme is offered in two modalities to fit the busy schedule of our participants: EITHER via Zoom at a specific time every day with interaction with other participants and a lecturer OR as an asynchronous course, where participants learn at their own pace and in their own time. 

English as a Second Language

The CSL offers courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) for both international students and non-English speakers residing in Trinidad and Tobago. They are offered as full-time courses, intensive courses and private classes for general proficiency, preparation for international examinations and for specific specialised purposes.