Happy Hour Language Classes San Francisco

English and Foreign Language Classes in San Francisco

How Our Courses Work

Private and Semi-Private Courses

ILSC's Private (1 student : 1 teacher) and Semi-Private (2 students : 1 teacher) courses are offered in the following languages:

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Mandarin
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Arabic
  • Other languages available upon request
  • We offer eight levels starting from absolute beginner– Basics 1, Basics 2, Elements 1, Elements 2, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, Competency 1 and Competency 2. Classes will take place once or twice per week for 90-minutes each, with flexible scheduling in the morning, afternoon or evening from Monday through Friday at ILSC Education Group's facilities in the Embarcadero Center.

    In order to get started, you'll complete and submit a Private/Semi-Private Course registration form, wherein you'll tell us 1) your name and contact info, 2) your language of interest, 3) your level, and 4) your availability during the week to take classes. Once submitted, the Foreign Language Program coordinator will be in touch to secure a fantastic teacher whose availability matches yours and will work with you to finalize your study schedule. From the time that you submit your registration form, we request a minimum of 2 weeks before the start of your class to allow time for course planning and scheduling.

    • • submit your Registration Form and payment (your payment will not be processed until the course start date and schedule are confirmed)

    To get an idea of the different levels we offer, view the Course Level Descriptors.

    What are the courses like?

    ILSC's language courses feature a student-centered and communicative approach with an emphasis on Active Learning. Teachers deliver lessons that prepare students for activities that engage and involve the learners, encourage interaction, and challenge the students to develop the target language. Our lessons follow an immersive methodology which means that the target language is used as much as possible by the teachers and the students, even in the beginner levels. Classes are fun, casual, and conversational. So come to class ready to speak often!

    How are course themes/topics determined?

    Course themes/ topics typically vary because they are based on the needs and interests of the students in each class. A Course Outline/Syllabus is co-created by you and your instructor during your first class. Depending on your level, common topics may include: travel, family & relationships, professions, fashion, cultural etiquette & norms, hobbies & daily routines, current events, sports, personality & appearance, music, etc. You can expect to receive a copy of the Course Outline from your instructor by your second class.

    What materials are used in class?

    Although our instructors might use one or two core textbooks for the course, ILSC's teaching approach strongly encourages instructors to incorporate authentic materials and resources into the classroom, such as music, magazine and newspaper articles, podcasts, videos, websites, etc. All course materials will be provided by your instructor throughout the duration of your course. If you're interested in a text book for at-home practice, you may ask your instructor to recommend a supplemental text.

    How is my level determined?

    After filling out your registration form, you will be asked to complete a Needs Analysis. This form will give your teacher a good sense of your level, motivations for learning the language, your preferred learning style, and interests. Here, you will also be able to evaluate which language points are most important to you (speaking, vocabulary, grammar, listening, pronunciation, etc). Using this information, your teacher will design a curriculum tailored to your individual needs.

    How will my progress be evaluated?

    Student progress is evaluated by the instructor in various ways, which may consist of: homework, group projects, presentations, class excursions, written assignments, quizzes, etc. You will receive a progress report from your instructor at the end of your course detailing your strengths, challenges, and recommendations for further study.

    Are there make-up classes?

    A maximum of 3 classes can be cancelled (assuming 24 hour notice has been given) over the course of the contract. (If the contract is 12 hours or less, one 90-minute class can be cancelled). Cancelled classes must be rescheduled within 3 weeks of the last day of classes and must be suitable to both the student and instructor. We request that you communicate with the Program Coordinator directly (by phone and/or email) if any cancellations or scheduling changes need to be made.