Frequently Asked Questions

How soon can I start my class?

After we have received all of the registration materials (Registration Form, Enrollment Agreement Form, and Credit Card Authorization Form), our staff will contact you to begin the scheduling process. You can usually start your class within one week.

I am a returning private student. Do I need to pay the registration fee again?

No, if you are a returning private student, the registration fee is waived.

What levels of evening group classes do you offer?

Most of our evening group classes are designed for beginners, but we also offer intermediate and advanced classes. However, we can open a group class at any level if we have at least three students interested in taking such a class. So, feel free to bring your group of three or more students and we will start a group class

Do I need to bring my own books?

It is not necessary to bring your own books, as ICLS will be providing the materials needed for your class. However, if there are specific books you would like to continue using, please feel free to bring them to your class. The instructor may be willing to use them as well. Materials will be invoiced at actual cost.

What qualifications do your instructors have?

All of our teachers have native or near-native proficiency in the languages they teach. They must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, although many have advanced degrees, and several years of experience teaching their language to adult speakers of English.

How proficient am I going to be at after 30 hours of training?

Although 30 hours is the minimum requirement for our courses, most students enroll for more hours after completing the initial 30 hours. The level of proficiency you can reach in such a short period of training depends on the difficulty of the language, your prior experience and aptitude for language learning and on how frequently you take classes. We will work with you to determine the numbers of hours it will take to reach your proficiency goals.

What is the best schedule for a beginning student?

We recommend a schedule of a minimum of 2 two-hour sessions per week to achieve good results. If you are not able to take two sessions per week, you may risk spending valuable class time reviewing rather than moving on to new material.

May I make changes to my schedule?

Yes, you can change your schedule once you have started. You need to call the school about any changes you would like to make at least 24 hours before your next scheduled class. Keep in mind, however, that it may not be possible to keep the same instructor if you change your schedule.

How can I take classes if I don’t live in the Washington, D.C. area?

ICLS offers private instruction through an online live virtual classroom that is accessible from anywhere in the world. As long as you have a stable Internet connection, you can take private, customized classes with a qualified native teacher using the same course materials that are used for on-site classes. Click here for more information.

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