Our Approach

ICLS offers proficiency-based language programs that are designed not only to help participants learn a language’s grammar rules and proper pronunciation, but also to ensure they can comfortably speak the language in conversation and listen to and understand native speakers.

All programs, whether group, individual, or high-intensity, are outcome-oriented rather than book-driven, focus on meeting the goals of the class participant(s), and build confidence in a comfortable learning environment that caters to each student’s learning style.

Working from the premise that students will successfully acquire new knowledge and language skills by engaging in the target language, we encourage them to speak from the very beginning of instruction and to actively form new language structures. Instruction is grounded in meaningful and context-based interactions and the verbal exchanges between students and teachers are designed to ensure that new structures are introduced and recycled.

Companies, non-profits, and government agencies rely on us to help their employees improve their language skills for global success. We measure foreign language proficiency using the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale, which was developed to measure a person’s ability to communicate in a language. It consists of five levels of language proficiency and is the standard grading scale for language proficiency for the Federal Government.

Programs are continually assessed and monitored to ensure objectives are being met. Due to our school’s size and student-focus, we implement changes quickly based on the feedback we receive.

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