In Abidjan, language a passport to the world

CIAL International School; Quality in Language Instruction

With increasing amounts of foreign investment and international travelers, Ivory Coast bolsters foreign language skills

Abidjan, the most-populous city of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), is an important French-speaking African city, and the second biggest city in West Africa. As the principal port of the Ivory Coast, and a former French colony, the city has a unique international flair, leading it to be referred to as the “Paris of West Africa.”

Abidjan is growing as a hub of international business and activity. The International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the organizer of the World Cup of Basketball and other international competitions in the sport, recently announced plans to build its Africa headquarters in the city, continent with increasing importance to the sport. Abidjan’s airport, Félix-Houphouët-Boigny International, has become on of the busiest in Africa, handling 1.3 million incoming passengers in 2015—double the number of people landing there in 2011. This increase in traffic has attracted investment from international hotel brands such as Radisson Blu, building high quality rooms on site at the growing airport.

The energy sector has also attracted significant foreign investment and activity in recent years, with large international corporations coming in to begin operations in Ivory Coast’s offshore oil sector. Companies like ExxonMobil and Chevron have been setting up shop in Abidjan, adding to the international presence in the city.

With all of this international activity, the importance for local businesspeople and students to master foreign languages has increased rapidly. In addition, there is an ever-increasing need to educate international workers in the French language as well. Filling this need is CIAL International School, located in the National Library of the Ivory Coast.

The Plateau district, where the Library and CIAL International School are located, is the main central business district of Abidjan, and a favorite of international travelers and businesspeople. Here, many of the main sights in Abidjan can be found, including St. Paul’s Cathedral, the National Museum, and many of the city’s chic cafes, stores, and skyscrapers. This makes the area a natural place to center a school of language instruction, so it can serve Abidjan natives and travelers alike.

CIAL International School, founded in 2006, has been providing world-class instruction in English, German, and French for a decade. Certified by International bodies such as ETS, which developed the TOEFL English instruction standard, and approved by the FDFP, the development fund for vocational training, CIAL International is top-level school, helping its students master their chosen languages with care, compassion, and individual attention.

The school utilizes comprehensive curriculums that feature a multimedia approach to instruct and demonstrate language in multiple modalities. Students can expect to learn both written and spoken language, with an eye towards accuracy and idiomatic correctness. All classes are tailor-made to the proficiency level of the students, and courses are available for all levels of student ranging from absolute beginners to near-fluent professionals wishing to sharpen their skills.

CIAL International School also organizes trips to English-speaking countries so that its students may experience immersion in the language, an indispensable component to mastering a language. Utilizing the core expertise of its staff, the school also offers translation and interpretation, rounding out its suite of excellent services.

With a top-notch staff, a dedication to providing quality materials and instruction, and a high level of client care and attention, CIAL International School is a leader in its field. Abidjan, a growing international hub, will need its services for years to come, and the school is well situated to achieve growth in these auspicious circumstances. It is for these reasons that quality technology and culture are so important to the school, and why principles such as continuous improvement, customer-centric service, and reducing waste must be carried out to achieve the best results.


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