About ILSC Language Schools 

ILSC Language Schools has been offering language training programs to International students from more than 100 countries for over 24 years, and is the largest and longest running of ILSC Education Group’s 5 divisions, which also include Colleges, Teacher Training, Corporate Training, and Continuing Education. 

Since opening its first school in Vancouver, BC, Canada in 1991, ILSC has become a world leader in language training, and has grown to include 8 incredible locations around the world, in Vancouver, Toronto and Montréal, Canada; San Francisco and New York, USA; New Delhi, India; and Brisbane and Sydney, Australia.

In 2013 and 2014, ILSC was voted by industry partners as Study Travel Magazine’s Star Chain School, an important recognition of quality in the language education industry. We continue to work hard to maintain our high standards of academic excellence and service, in order to meet our mission:

To keep developing ILSC as one of the finest schools for language and career education where people have excellent and transformative learning and living experiences.


2013 and 2014 ST Star Chain School Winner logos


Accreditations and Affiliate Organizations

We believe accreditation is important to our students and clients. At ILSC we have set, and maintain, our own standards for high quality program delivery and excellent service; however, our accreditation by internationally recognized industry organizations and government bodies gives you, our clients, third party assurance of those high standards and helps protect your rights.  ILSC-Montreal is accredited by, or affiliated with the following organizations:


The Association of Language Travel Organisations, ALTO

Within ALTO, you will find language travel agents in your country and language schools worldwide united in one association with the same objective: to offer you the highest standards in language travel abroad.




Languages Canada

Languages Canada is Canada's premier language organization representing language programs in both of Canada's official languages: English and French. Membership is limited to member programs, both public and private, which meet the rigorous standards of the association and who are committed to upholding them. ILSC-Vancouver, ILSC-Toronto and ILSC-Montreal locations are members of Languages Canada.




Our Goals & Teaching Philosophy

In order to meet our mission, ILSC has defined specific goals to support our current and future students, and our staff, and a teaching philosophy that supports the unique learning needs of everyone who studies at our schools.

The Goals of ILSC – Language Schools:

  1. To help students:
    • improve their language 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 their country of study.
  2. To keep developing cutting edge student-centred programs and courses.
  3. To provide a warm and enjoyable learning and working environment.
  4. To keep developing a humanist people-caring community, where members treat each other with respect and dignity.

Our Teaching Philosophy

At ILSC, we have three key beliefs that guide our teaching philosophy.

  1. Learning works better when it is student-centered:  We combine a set curriculum with the flexibility to accommodate each student’s special interests and learning needs.  You’ll be motivated to learn about things that personally interest you.
  2. Learning works faster when it is made part of the experiences of daily life: Immersion learning through role-playing, field trips, and group learning activities helps you integrate the language more quickly.
  3. People learn best when they are confident, at ease and happy: At ILSC, you’ll be part of a community of staff, teachers, and fellow students who will support your success on a fantastic learning adventure.


Teachers at ILSC

All teachers at ILSC have university degrees, recognized teaching certificates and relevant teaching experience. Our instructors are carefully selected for their ability to motivate and inspire and many have years of experience teaching with ILSC's student-centred methodology.

Your ILSC teachers will help you succeed in your learning by acting as a modeler of language, a resource person, a facilitator, a co-designer and a coach. Be ready to be engaged in the learning process and feel free to ask your teachers for the help and support you need to achieve your learning goals. 


Meet our Staff

Daniel Lefort, Director

Daniel Lefort 


Favourite part of the job
Working in a multicultural environment with students from all over the world. It’s fun to watch their enthusiasm when they arrive here and see how their language skills progress throughout their stay. It’s a motivation for me to be part of their experience.

Activities when not working at ILSC
I am an amateur artist and enjoy painting and taking photographs. I especially like abstract art. Montreal has many cultural venues and there is always an opening to attend or a new exhibition to visit.

Favourite Montreal attraction
I like my neighborhood very much. ‘Le Plateau’ is a vast area at the bottom of Mont Royal where you will find a multitude of bars, cafes and restaurants. A nice mix of bohemian and trendy. Plus, if you like nature, it is very close to Mount Royal and has other nice parks. 


Ana Torres Rangel, English Program Director

Ana Torres Rangel

English Program Director

Favourite part of the job
Working with young “minds/souls” who are always eager, motivated, and thankful to learn a new language, in addition to coordinating several tasks between student and teacher’s needs. 

Activities when not working at ILSC
Spending time with my family, getting together with friends, reading, walking & teaching my dog new tricks, as well as planting are a few of my favourite things! 

Favourite Montreal attraction
The huge variety of good-quality restaurants from every country, and the fun outdoor summer events and concerts.


Omid Momtahen FakhraniOmid Momtahen Fakhrani

IELTS Test Centre Manager

Favourite part of the job
I really enjoy working at ILSC because of many reasons. One of the biggest advantages is that there are students from different countries. I don't think I could have a chance to experience and know about different cultures and such a diversity anywhere else. I love my job too because of the lively working environment, my colleagues, and the students.

Activities when not working at ILSC
I love visiting different places. So, whenever I have a chance, I'll go to discover the beauty of Canada. My favorite place is the Niagara Falls (if I don't cross the US border by mistake of course! ;))

Favourite Montreal attraction
I like the parks in Montreal and the national parks as well. My family and I go to parks to enjoy the nature and also to give a chance to our daughter to have fun there.


Daniel Pacheco, Student Liaison / Activity CoordinatorDaniel Pacheco

Student Liaison / Activity Coordinator

Favourite part of the job
What I like the most is the plurality of tasks and abilities to be developed. It makes me happy to 'be there' and help students and staff.

Activities when not working at ILSC
Cooking, swimming, making music...

Favourite Montreal attraction
Parks, foods, musics... Always plural!
Montréal is unique because of its diversity, starting with the French & English bilingualism. Many people share the feeling that "all the world" is here in Montreal. You need to see it for yourself! 


Tanja Geurtsen, Head RegistrarTanja Geurtsen

Admissions and Student Services Manager

Favourite part of the job
The vibe is unbeatable. We've got a great thing going here, my colleagues are like family and our students are always a great source of entertainment!!

Activities when not working at ILSC
In the spring I go for drinks on terraces, in the summer I swim at PJD, in the winter I cheer for the Habs, and in the fall I go for long walks on the mountain.

Favourite Montreal attraction
The feeling I get watching free shows at the Jazz Fest under starry skies on a warm summer nights, my dear Mt. Royal, the 4 distinct seasons, all the amazing restaurants!


Eugene KimEugene Kim

Registrar, Korean & Brazilian Student Advisor

Favourite part of the job
Out of many, here’s a couple I would like to mention that’s important to me; being able to work with wonderful people from different backgrounds. Whether be it working together or just plain watching them work. And let’s not forget about the students! It’s great to see ILSC students improving the language(s) they came here to work on. It tells me how intellectual and creative we all are, all we have to do is put in some hard work! And it’s not as hard as it sounds, just remember why we are here.

Activities when not working at ILSC
As an active person, I tend to go to the gym and train right after work, on non-training days, I do yoga. I also love to go fishing, remember, Montreal is surrounded by water and there are tons of fishing spots! And of course, meet friends, travel, eat, drink, movies etc.

Favourite Montreal attraction
For me, there’s only one place I can think of; the Old port of Montreal, and that’s where the school happens to be!


Nelly ChavezNelly Chavez

Registrar, Latin Student Advisor

Favourite part of the job
Meeting wonderful people from different countries.

Activities when not working at ILSC
I like hosting dinner parties, cooking, watching movies.

Favourite Montreal attraction
Old Montreal


Yumiko KanaoYumiko Kanao

Registrar, Japanese Student Advisor

Favourite part of the job
Love to work with multicultural colleagues and support students who try to overcome their linguistic barrier and are having new experiences.

Activities when not working at ILSC
Performing Music, cooking original dishes

Favourite Montreal attraction
Botanic garden, taking a walk with binoculars for finding a variety of birds and animals.
Jean Talon Market, discovering many fresh and healthy foods.




Philippe Sauret, Director Corporate TrainingPhillipe Sauret

Director of Corporate Training and Evening Courses

Favourite part of the job
Working in a multicultural environment, in French and in English, which allows me to constantly improve my knowledge and understanding of the world.

Activities when not working at ILSC
In the summer I love camping in the different National parks around Montreal, and also across the border, in Vermont/USA. In winter I love activities such as cross country skiing, snowshoeing etc. There are so many you can do in Montreal…

Favourite Montreal attraction
Montreal is so busy as soon as the snow melts! There is such a rich cultural life, all the festivals worth the visit. My favorite is The Jazz fest, of course!


Sonia Boury, CEFLE Coordinator & InsturctorSonia Boury

CEFLE Coordinator & Instructor







Najma Ali-Secours, CELTA Program Coordinator and TutorNajma Ali-Secours

CELTA Program Coordinator and Tutor

Favourite part of the job
I am thrilled that my job allows me to meet people from all over the world. What a privilege to be introduced to new cultures every day!

Activities when not working at ILSC
When I'm not working, I love to spend time with my family and new son and enjoy vacationing somewhere hot.

Favourite Montreal attraction
In Montreal, I can be found at Atwater Market most weekends stocking up on fresh fruit, bread and cheese.


Christopher CookeChristopher Cooke

CELTA Program Coordinator and Tutor

Favourite part of the job
The opportunity to meet interesting students from a variety of backgrounds and working in a fun, supportive atmosphere.

Activities when not working at ILSC
Cycling, going to Jean Talon market, taking advantage of Montreal’s many festivals.

Favourite Montreal attraction
Parc La Fontaine, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Jean Talon and Atwater markets.


James MeanwellJames Meanwell

CELTA Instructor

Favourite part of the job
Seeing new teachers develop a skillset and become comfortable, confident, and effective in such a short timeframe.

Activities when not working at ILSC
Urban cycling, photography, discovering new podcasts.

Favourite Montreal attraction
Mile End, Little Italy, and St. Henri.


Sarah MilburnSarah Milburn

TESOL Program Coordinator and Instructor

Favourite part of the job
Seeing the TESOL trainees conquer their fears, learn and improve, successfully teach real students, and graduate – the whole process! And of course, hearing about their continued successes when they get back home – I’m so proud of them all!

Activities when not working at ILSC
As much as I can!

Favourite Montreal attraction
I love the whole city – from the view from Mont Royal, to an afternoon at Piknic Electronik, to poutine at La Banquise, to the summer festivals, to drinks on Crescent Street, to sangria and crepes at Le Jardin Nelson, to cycling along the canal and river – I love it all!


Maya Kordylewska, Internship CoordinatorMaya Kordylewska

Work Experience Program and Junior Language Adventure Program Coordinator

Favourite part of the job
Meeting and working with students from all different parts of the world. I really love to hear all about where people are from and in return I have the opportunity to introduce them to life in Montreal! 

Activities when not working at ILSC
I love going for walks, both in nature as well as for urban exploration.  In the summer I spend my time discovering new neighborhoods by bike or simply enjoying the views along the canal. I also love cooking and am always eager to try out new recipes.

Favourite Montreal attraction
Mont Royal. There’s nothing like climbing up the mountain to see the wonderful view of the city below.


Eliza Roseti, Student Accommodation CoordinatorEliza Roseti

Student Accommodation Department Supervisor

Favourite part of the job
I get to know students from all over the world who are sharing with me their points of view about their Montreal experience and of course about their homestays. The homestay visits are also something very exciting…it makes me feel like a student again.

Activities when not working at ILSC
Going to Zumba classes, cinema, theatre, music festivals and  running 

Favourite Montreal attraction
The Old Montreal Port in each season


Yue Mei WuYue Mei Wu

Accounting Manager

Favourite part of the job
I love all parts of my job.

Activities when not working at ILSC
Reading, cooking, Internet.

Favourite Montreal attraction
The multiple cultures


Qian Zhu, Accounts ReceivableQian Zhu

Assistant Accountant 

Favourite part of the job
I like to meet students who come from different countries.

Activities when not working at ILSC
Internet, reading, cooking...

Favourite Montreal attraction


Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Corporate / Community Social Responsibility (CSR) is an important part of ILSC. As a global educator, we recognize our responsibility to give back to the world we all share and we support a variety of project to help achieve our CSR Mission:

To positively contribute to the sustainable growth & development of people & communities, at the school, locally, and around the world.


CSR Focus Areas

ILSC Community

Getting students involved in meaningful volunteer projects through after school activities, or as part of classroom learning.
Examples include: Coordinating microloans through Kiva as part of Business English courses, or providing students opportunities to participate as volunteers in community events like the Colour Run, or the Ride to Conquer Cancer.


Learn to Earn Program

ILSC-New Delih's offers a language education and job skills training for disadvantages Indian girls and young women, funded by private sponsors. The global ILSC community often gets involved in sponsoring girls through this program, and reaches out to business partners to participate.

Learn to Earn Program


Humanitarian Efforts

Supporting our global neighbours in times of need through awareness and fund-raising efforts.
Examples include: Fundraising for the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and 2013 Typhoon Haiyan Relief efforts in the Philippines.


Earth Day Every Day

Awareness raising and eco-friendly efforts around our schools.
Examples include: Yearly Earth Month events at all schools. Environmentally better business practices, such as recycling, composting, etc.