One-to-One and Cooking, Toronto and Vancouver

Our One-to-One with Cooking Programme offers the chance to live, study English, AND learn to cook in your teacher’s home. You choose your location from two major Canadian cities and the duration of your stay.  Whether you stay for just one week or longer, we guarantee that the personal attention you receive during your English lessons will allow you to return home a more confident communicator in English.  Plus, as a bonus, you can practice your new cooking skills with friends and family! 

So come experience more than just ESL...learn to cook, while practicing English with your teacher.  You won't get that in a classroom!

LocationToronto, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia
AgesAdults 18 years+ (15-17 years may be considered with an underage fee surcharge
DatesMinimum 1 week (7 nights), Available Year Round
Language Study10 hours per week of English + 5 hours per week of Cooking

Dates and Fees 2021

All fees are in Canadian Dollars $CAD

Contact us for information on dates and fees.

*Taxes included. Information updated: October 31st, 2018


Offered in Toronto or Vancouver, this unique programme combines personal ESL study + Cooking hours. 

The curriculum of the language study is designed to your personal language level and requested goals. 

Each week, you and your teacher determine a schedule for both your language lessons and your cooking lessons.  Outside of the lesson times, you have plenty of opportunity for exploring the city. 


At time of application you choose.

Cooking Lessons

You and your teacher spend time grocery shopping and creating meals and desserts. Included with your programme is a visit to the local supermarket to select and buy ingredients to prepare a traditional Canadian meal and dessert. Students learn some new cooking techniques and have recipes to bring home with them.

Location Language Activity ESL Hours + Activity Hours Per Week
Toronto English Cooking  10 hours ESL + 5 hours Cooking
Vancouver English Cooking  10 hours ESL + 5 hours Cooking

All our teachers hold recognized TESL or teaching certification. Lessons are delivered using modern communicative and task-oriented methodologies, including the use of current news media, role-playing, and interactive practice.

Two students, if travelling together, can request to stay and learn in one teacher’s home. Both students receive the same lessons, must be of the same language level, and must select the same activity, which they will do together.


The benefit to this style of programme is that your homestay is both your home and your school. Your host is your friend, family, and teacher. The more you can tell us about yourself, the better we can match a family to suit your personality and needs. Once a family has been selected, you receive a profile prior to your arrival. 

Your host family welcomes you into their home as part of their family. Your own bedroom is complete with bed, dresser and closet. You also have access to a quiet study area, either in your room or in another part of the home. Three well-balanced and nutritious meals daily are included, and, when possible, are enjoyed with the family. The language spoken in the home will be English, providing you with a complete immersion environment. 

More Details

What is included in the programme price? 

  • Accommodation in the teacher’s home with a private room
  • Three meals per day
  • 10 hours of ESL instruction per week
  • Private language instruction (semi-private if two students travel together)
  • 5 hours of cooking lessons with the teacher host
  • Arrival phone call from CISS coordinator and detailed programme evaluations of both the student and teacher
  • CISS certificate upon completion of the language course

What is not included in the programme price? 

  • Airport meet and greet plus transfer to/from Homestay (Note: students aged 15 to 17 must arrange return transfers through CISS)
  • Personal spending money for items such as toiletries, postage, film, and entertainment
  • Materials, transportation, admission costs, and/or personal spending money for optional activities
  • Study materials
  • Medical Insurance

Do I need a visa to enter Canada or to attend this programme? 

Students who come for a summer programme (or any programme with duration of six months or less) do not require a Study Permit. Students coming from certain countries, however, will require a Temporary Resident Visa (TVR). Please refer to the Canadian Citizenship and Immigration website for a complete listing of countries that require a TVR:

Do I need to purchase emergency travel medical insurance? 

Yes. Emergency medical insurance is not included in this programme. All students traveling to Canada should arrange for emergency medical insurance either through an agency in their home country, or through a Canadian carrier. 

Will I be met at the airport when I arrive? 

Airport Meet and Greet plus transfers are not included in the programme price, but may be requested for an additional fee.  Students aged 18 years+ must arrange their own transfers to and from the host family home, or they may request either a one-way or return transfer service offered through CISS.  Students aged 15-17 years must arrange these transfers through CISS.