ILSC-Montreal Reception

About ILSC

About the ILSC Network of Language Schools

The ILSC Education group was formed twenty years ago with a school in Vancouver and now has schools throughout Canada – Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal – and in the USA, India and Australia. Every year thousands of language students come to ILSC for high quality language training, enjoying the up-to-date facilities and dedicated teaching staff. At ILSC-Montreal we offer English and French courses for students as well as teacher training programs.

ILSC Mission Statement

"To keep developing ILSC as one of the finest language schools in the world, where students have excellent/transformative learning and living experiences."

The goals of ILSC are to:

  1. help students:
    • improve their English skills within the context of their needs and interests
    • become self-directed lifelong learners
    • enjoy, with confidence and ease, the process of learning
    • empower themselves, as individuals and as communities, to actualize their potential
    • develop an understanding of cross-cultural values, customs, cultures and sensitivities
    • orient, adapt and integrate themselves into the Canadian mosaic
  2. keep developing cutting edge student-centered programs and courses
  3. provide a warm and enjoyable learning and working environment
  4. keep developing a humanist people-caring community, where members treat each other with respect and dignity

About the CELTA Department at ILSC

ILSC-Montreal has been authorized by the University of Cambridge to offer the CELTA program on their behalf since 2003. The department has expanded rapidly since then and in 2011 started offering 7 full-time courses a year. With a core staff of two full-time trainers the department offers consistency and personal attention with a maximum ratio of six trainees per trainer. The CELTA department has its own library of resources exclusively for the trainees as well as computers and printing facilities.

Taking the CELTA at ILSC-Montreal, or completing your teaching practicum at ILSC in Montreal or San Francisco, will enable you to experience the atmosphere and daily life of an exciting and dynamic language school.

Our Staff

Christopher Cooke
CELTA Coordinator, CELTA Tutor and Cambridge Assessor

Christopher Cooke has been a certified educator since 1991. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Auckland. Aside from earning his Certificate and Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults from Cambridge University, he is also a qualified CELTA Assessor with varied international assessment experience. Chris' ESL teaching and teacher training experience includes time spent in his native New Zealand, as well as 15 years teaching and training in language schools and universities in Italy. Now based in Montreal, he shares in administrative responsibilities for the CELTA program and is an instructor, as well. He is excited about his new start in Canada and loves working at ILSC-Montreal.

Daniel Lefort
ILSC-Montreal Director

Daniel joined ILSC-Montreal in 2003 and has been the director since 2009. He oversees all programs at the Montreal location and is happy to welcome you to his school.

Nadine Baladi
ILSC-San Francisco Director

Nadine began teaching French and English as Second Languages in 1992 and after completing her B.A. at McGill, she traveled throughout Europe and taught French and English in Finland. In 2000, as the Montreal ILSC branch was just opening up, Nadine joined ILSC-Montreal as a language instructor. Promoted to Academic Director in 2001 and to School Director in 2004, she helped launch ILSC's French curriculum and she established the Montreal school as a Cambridge CELTA center, a TOEFL and an FCE test center. She earned her M.A in Education (Second Language Education- Curriculum) from McGill in 2007. In 2010, Nadine moved to San Francisco to open ILSC's first American campus and since then, has become an active member of various regulatory boards and associations such as the AAIEP, NAFSA and ACCET.

Jeannie Buso
Academic Program Director, ILSC-San Francisco

Jeannie Buso has been a certified educator since 2008. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and International Development from McGill University. She has also earned her Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) from the University of Cambridge. Jeannie began her teaching career at ILSC-Montreal, and transferred to ILSC-San Francisco in 2010, where she works as the Academic Program Director. She loves supporting new teachers and is excited to meet CELTA trainees.

Paul Zysman
Chairman ILSC Education Group

Paul is one of the founders of the ILSC Education Group and has opened schools throughout Canada, the US, Australia and India where he promotes a humanistic approach to learning and teaching.

CELTA Recognition

CELTA is accepted throughout the world by organizations which employ English Language teachers. The Cambridge CELTA has been accredited by Ofqual (the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) at Level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework for England. Cambridge ESOL also works with international ELT organizations to ensure the acceptance of CELTA globally.

In Canada the CELTA program is recognized by:
  1. TESL Canada – the organization that evaluates and recognizes training programs
  2. Languages Canada – the organization that sets standards for private language schools in Canada
In the United States, English Language instructors at private language schools are generally required to hold a Bachelor's degree and a teaching certificate consisting of at least 120+ classroom hours. CELTA's 140-hour program meets the standard with the additional benefit of a built-in teaching practicum to fully prepare instructors with a real classroom experience.

About the University of Cambridge

Cambridge ESOL is a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge. It is part of the Cambridge Assessment group, Europe's largest assessment agency. Cambridge Assessment was established in 1858 as the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2008. Cambridge Assessment is the trading name of UCLES. It provides exams and tests covering a huge range of subjects and levels. More than eight million are taken every year, in over 150 countries. All are respected for their quality, fairness and positive educational impact. They are backed by high levels of support for teachers and a world-class program of research and development.

More information about the University of Cambridge and the CELTA program.

ILSC Environmental Policy

At ILSC we are conscious of our responsibility to take an active role in environmental stewardship. Our official Environmental Policy was first implemented in 2008, and since then we have been working hard to further reduce our environmental impact, and our Green Team develops awareness raising campaigns to help us succeed. In 2011, we became the first private language school to become Climate Smart Certified. Climate Smart is a B.C. certification that applies to our Vancouver locations.

An Adobe Acrobat file ILSC Environmental Policy Statement