Welcome to the home of The American English Language Institute of California. We are a full service language institute offering programs catering to all levels and needs. Offering private tutoring and small group lessons in Seoul, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chico. We also facilitate semester abroad, summer abroad, and homestay programs in the United States. Over 15 years of experience with award winning results.
Thank you for visiting, while you are here, learn about Our Programs, read About Us, or Contact Us directly if you have any questions or are ready to improve your English.

So Many Programs to Choose!

Summer Abroad
  • Duration: 4-8 weeks
  • Age Groups: College, Middle and High School, Elementary
  • Levels: Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced

We offer a variety of Summer Intensive English language programs and can customize courses for individuals or small groups to focus on specific learning goals. Our summer programs combine classroom lessons with regular trips to provide immersion in the local culture and opportunities to speak english real-world settings. Whether you are a teenager, a university student, or a professional, and whatever the reason for improving your language skills, you will find a program to match your needs. All our programs emphasize cross-cultural communication skills with special focus on:
• Speaking
• Listening
• Pronunciation

Semester Abroad
Semester Abroad
  • Duration: 3-12 months
  • Age Groups: College
  • Levels: Intermediate, Advanced

Our semester abroad programs will immerse you in the local culture, providing regular opportunities to meet and interact with native speakers. You'll receive regular individual tutoring and instruction in a classroom setting. For qualified students we also arrange for attending classes at our local university or college.

Winter Sessions
Winter Session
  • Duration: 2-4 weeks
  • Age Groups: College, Middle and High School, Elementary
  • Levels: Intermediate, Advanced

In our winter sessions you'll have the opportunity to improve your English and your Skiing. From our winter base in scenic Lake Tahoe, you'll receive intense daily English lessons and have access to the nearby world famous ski resorts.

This session is ideal for more advanced students looking to enhance their vocabulary and pronunciation.

Space is limited and the program sells out quickly so reserve your spot before it's too late.

Private and Group Lessons
Private Lessons
  • Duration: Ongoing
  • Age Groups: Adult, College, Middle and High School, Elementary
  • Levels: Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced

With experienced teachers in Seoul, San Francisco, and Los Angeles you can arrange for private lessons in the comfort of your own home, business, or the location of your choosing. Our teachers undergo regular training to ensure their skills and methods are at a consistently high level.

Our teachers are all native speakers of American English.

A little about us...


Speak-English was originally started in 1992 by a pair of English teachers working at Seoul International School in Seoul, South Korea. After 5 years of Living in Korea, the founders returned to Northern California and started a summer program for elementary aged students who wished to learn English and experience American culture in a semi-rural environment. The program was so popular that a summer program for college students soon followed with many of our students continuing their studies in local northern california universities and colleges after successfuly passing the TOEFL.


Our mission is to continue the tradition of cross cultural sharing between California and Asia and to provide students with the best English instruction tailored to their needs. Our unique programs combine intense structured lessons in a classroom setting with regular activities that facilitate interaction with the locals people, culture, and environment. We believe that mastery of American pronunciation and accent are keys for future success. It's not what you say, it's how you say it.


We employ only native speakers of American English. All our educators have university degrees and receive regular training in the latest ESL instruction methods. Our teachers have a passion for teaching and are eager to inspire and educate.


All our students are screened and tested prior to acceptance into a program. Students are placed in learning groups with other students at comparable levels to ensure each student is engaged and challenged. For students attending summer, winter, and semester programs, we make an effort to have all students meet prior to the start of the program to help build peer relationships.

Locations and Programs

    The Korean metropolis.

  • Private Lessons
  • Group Lessons
  • Corporate Lessons

    San Francisco
    A world class city full of culture and wonderful weather year round.

  • Private Lessons
  • Semester Abroad
  • Summer Abroad

    Los Angeles
    The second largest city in the US, LA has it all, from Hollywood to Disneyland, from the beach to the mountains.

  • Private Lessons
  • Summer Abroad

    Lake Tahoe
    Nestled high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Lake Tahoe is full of natural beauty with plenty of winter activities.

  • Winter Session

    A small northern california college town, full of rural charm and outdoor adventures.

  • Private Lessons
  • Semester Abroad
  • Summer Abroad

Contact Us!

If you're ready to start improving your English give us a call today:

Korea: 001-1-415-894-2475

US: (415) 894-2475

International: +1 (415) 894-2475

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Feel free to request information on any of our programs or to arrange for a representative to contact you.

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