Welcome from the Director

 Greg DegnanI had an all-American childhood living in Chicago, New Jersey and Florida. After college, I had the opportunity to teach English in Latin America, Europe and Asia.
In 2003, we started SBL in Miami Beach with 1 room and 1 student.
His name was Mauricio. He needed to practice English conversation for a job interview at a hotel in Miami Beach. I offered him a coffee and peppered him with questions. He called later saying ‘I got the job’!
We have taught thousands of students in the 15+ years since Mauricio, but it has always been our mission to focus on individual student’s needs. And we still offer free coffee.
Join us and let SBL be your ‘home away from home’!
  Greg D.

Our mission is to meet individual student needs by providing exceptional programs, instructors and activities within a diverse, immersion environment.  Our language classes emphasize communication for academic, social and professional development.

Why Choose Us?

  • Teachers: Experienced, certified, dynamic teachers coach students through the learning process.
  • Academics: Student progress is continuously measured through homework, quizzes, written essays, verbal presentations.
  • Schedules:  Choose a morning, afternoon or evening option.
  • Locations: Learn English in world famous South Beach or 30 minutes north in trendy Hollywood, Florida.
  • Prices: Intensive (18 hours per week) English classes starting at $449/month.
  • Personal Attention: Offering customized assistance for your academic, housing and visa needs.

Learning Approach

Our Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) emphasizes interaction and ‘learning by doing’ as the means and the goal of learning a language.With our CLT learning approach:

  • Students learn conversation, grammar, vocabulary and other skills through context.
  • Students learn by immersion, studying English with native English speakers.
  • Students communicate with their teachers, classmates and staff using English Only.
  • Students participate in group activities that focus on English collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.
  • Teachers connect classroom learning with practical, real-life activities outside of the classroom.
  • Teachers leverage the latest online tools and technologies to accelerate student acquisition of English.

More About South Beach Languages

South Beach Languages teaches American English.  We welcome adult International students (16 years and up) from Europe, Latin America, Asia and all parts of the world.  The school focuses on conversational English and practical English for real-life situations.  We provide certified, experienced, dynamic American English teachers.

Since our school was founded in 2003, South Beach Languages has taught over 5,000 students.  Check out some of their testimonials.  In 2018, South Beach Languages received its 10-year re-accreditation (currently accredited through 2028).

There are 2 main programs, ‘English Intensive’ and ‘English Vacation’.

The English Intensive program offers 12 levels of intensive English, from the beginner level to the advanced level.  These classes focus on English speaking, grammar, writing, reading and vocabulary.  We also offer Business English and TOEFL preparation.  There is a morning, afternoon or evening schedule.  Students study 18+ hours per week. We offer English Intensive classes in both locations, Miami Beach & Hollywood.
The English Intensive program is designed for International students that are in the United States on the F1 student visa.  South Beach Languages has permission to issue the I-20 form for F1 visa applicants who are not yet proficient in English.  There is an initial placement test to determine the student’s level and a certificate is given upon completion. There are 3 types of incoming International students:

1-Students can apply as Initial students from their home country.  The first step is to email your documents, including copy of passport, SBL school application and a bank statement showing ‘proof of funds’ to live and study in the USA.

2-Current F1 students, from other US language schools, can also apply as Transfer students. The first step is to email your documents, including copy of passport, F1 visa, I-20, I-94, SBL school application  and a bank statement showing ‘proof of funds’ to live and study in the USA.

3- In some cases, tourists (holding the B1/B2 visa), may apply for a Change of Status to the F1 visa.  For potential ‘Change of Status’ students, we ask to make an appointment to meet with our designated school official.

The English Vacation program offers 12 levels English, from the beginner level to the advanced level. These classes focus on English speaking, grammar, writing, reading and vocabulary.  We also offer Business English and TOEFL preparation. There is a morning, afternoon or evening schedule.  We offer English Vacation classes in both locations, Miami Beach & Hollywood.  English Vacation classes are designed for tourists, who are permitted to take leisure classes, less than 18 hours per week.  There is an initial placement test to determine the student’s level and a certificate is given upon completion.

Our Miami Beach English school is located in the heart of world-famous South Beach, 2 blocks from the ocean at 930 Washington Avenue, (4th floor), Miami Beach, FL, 33139.

Our Hollywood English school is located between North Miami and Fort Lauderdale at One Oakwood Blvd., #150, Hollywood, FL, 33020.  Nearby areas include Aventura, North Miami Beach, Sunny Isles, Pembroke Pines and Davie.

The English centers in Miami Beach and Hollywood also provide school activities and assistance with accommodations.

SBL’s Miami Beach Business English program offers Business English vocabulary, idioms, writing, Business English case studies and profiles of American business leaders.  In the Business English class, students create resumes, cover letters and business plans. After studying with South Beach Languages, many business English students apply to undergraduate business or graduate (MBA) programs in the Miami area and throughout the United States.

SBL’s Miami Beach TOEFL preparation program prepares International students to take the TOEFL examination. A good score on the TOEFL exam is normally required to enter competitive US Colleges and Universities.

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