The Christian Language Study Center (CLSC), formerly called the Interchurch Language School (ILS), is an ecumenical institution catering to the language needs of a wide variety of students.
It opened its doors on August 1, 1961 with the expressed purpose of teaching the major Philippine languages to missionaries. Soon, however, it also opened its doors to non-missionaries including businessmen, embassy personnel, students, etc.
In 1972 English became part of the curriculum.
In 1981, the School was incorporated as a non-stock, non-profit corporation and was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). It is likewise accredited with the Bureau of Immigration for student visa application and extension.
Students come from all over the globe with the majority coming from Asia.
Overseeing the Center is a Board of Trustees whose members are chosen in the Corporation’s annual meeting. The Board of Trustees are composed by five (5) representatives from the institutional members and four (4) elected members. The Institutional Members are: Far East Broadcasting Company, Inc. (FEBC); Lutheran Church of the Philippines (LCP); Translator Association of the Philippines (TAP); United Church of Christ of the Philippines (UCCP) and the United Methodist Church (UMC).
The present Officers of the Board are : Ms. Rhoda C. Bruno, BOARD CHAIRPERSON (UCCP Representative ) ; Atty.Herman Atuel, Board Vice Chairperson(UMC Representative; Ms. Rose Marie P. Regalia, Corporate Secretary; Dr. Evelyn A. Palarca, Corporate Treasurer; Mr. James Daguman (TAP Representative); Rev. Gwan Hyun Kim; Mr. Eddie Senturias; Pastor Daniel Pondevida (LCPRepresentative), Atty. Leven Puno, Chairman Emeritus
In our history of more than 50 years, we are proud to have served some 3,000 students individually or in partnership with the following:
Mission Organizations: Missionaries Servants of the Word; Missionaries of Charity Brothers; Canossian Daughters of Charity; Carmelite Sisters of Vedruna; Congregation of the Holy Family; Faithful Companions arsof Jesus; Instituto Verbo de Cervantes; Little Missionary Sisters; Missionaries of the Sacred Heart; Missionaries of St., Francis; Montfort Missionaries; Order of Friars Minor Cappucine; Order of the Holy Cross; Presbyterian Church of Korea Mission in the Philippines; Redemptorist Mater Missionary; Sisters of Mary Auxiliatrice; Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco; Sisters of the Holy Cross; United Evangelical Mission; Xavierian Missionaries; Youth with a Mission.
Development Institutions: Association of Compassion Asia Youth; Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development; Children of Mekong; Korea Food for the Hungry, Tulay Foundation, Inc.
Schools/Universities: Kansai University; Keio University; Northern Illinois University (USA) Osaka University; Sugiyama Women’s University; Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.