Vancouver language schools to expand your horizons

Whether you're going on a trip, expanding your horizons or just want to understand what your overseas relatives are saying about you, language lessons can help. From English to Mandarin, German, Spanish, Japanese or Farsi, there is a world of languages being spoken in Vancouver and here's where you can go to get in on the conversation. [Photo credit: Futcher]

International House Vancouver

2001-88 Pender St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 6N9

Open to students of all ages and experience levels, the modern language courses offered at International House Vancouver include Arabic, Farsi, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin. Small classes, one-on-one tutoring and children's programs are available, so you can opt for what best suits your needs and learning style. Experienced instructors are all native speakers in their respective languages and a supportive and encouraging atmosphere helps to ensure success for all students.

VGC Education

411 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC V6B 1L4

Newcomers to Vancouver can enjoy an immersive educational experience at this centrally located school. The Global English curriculum incorporates everyday English with academic English for a well-rounded and natural approach to ESL instruction. Cultural events, activities and outings in VGC's Canadian Experience program encourage students to have fun and get to know the city while still challenging themselves to learn and improve their language skills.

Vancouver German Language Centre

10670 Westside Dr, Delta, BC V4C 1R4

The Vancouver German Language Centre offers a number of classes at the SFU downtown campus, in partnership with the Goethe-Institut. Whether you're new to German or need basic conversational skills for travelling, these courses can help. Each consists of two 50-minute classes, twice a week, for nine weeks. Topic-specific classes are also offered if there’s sufficient demand, and students can pay to sit Goethe-Institut examinations A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1. Classes take place at the Harbour Centre at 515 West Hastings St.

Alliance Francaise de Vancouver

6161 Cambie St, Vancouver, BC V5Z 3B2

Child or adult, beginner or advanced, the French classes at Alliance Francaise de Vancouver are open to everyone with a desire to learn the language. Working under the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR), courses utilize modern teaching methods and interactive learning experiences. Flexible scheduling allows you to work on your French in small groups, over lunch, online or with a private tutor. A placement test, split into an online written assignment and an in-person or over-the-phone oral assignment, ensures non-beginners are slotted to skill level.

Eurocentres Vancouver

250-815 Hastings St W, Vancouver, BC V6C 1B4

If you're looking for ESL instruction in Vancouver, you can trust the thorough and personalized lessons offered at Eurocentres. Class size never exceeds 14 students, so teachers are able to maintain effective one-on-one guidance and support. Lessons can be purchased in two-week blocks up to 22-week blocks. The school is accredited by Languages Canada and is also an official IELTS Test Centre.

Pacific Language Institute (Vancouver) Inc

300-755 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1X6

A variety of English courses are offered at Kaplan, from basic Vacation English to a University Foundation Course. The 16-classroom school is centrally located in downtown Vancouver and features two computer labs, a student lounge, and proximity to the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library if you prefer to study off-campus. Monthly social activities are planned to encourage students to learn more about the city while practicing their English skills.

Hola Spanish Centre

206-223 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V5Y 1P5

When you're ready to expand your Spanish-language knowledge from the few words you've picked up on Dora the Explorer, Hola Spanish Centre is ready to help. The experienced instructors are university-educated, native Spanish-speakers and the courses are designed to teach students to communicate effectively in everyday situations. From beginner to advanced, all levels of experience are welcome.

Language Studies International

200-806 Homer St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2W5

Conveniently located close to transit and other amenities downtown, LSI Vancouver's facilities include modern classrooms, a computer lab and a common room for students. A number of English courses are available, with everything from general to academic to executive streams. Carefully selected instructors provide friendly and focused lessons designed to strengthen English speaking skills in students of all experience levels.

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