About CILA

Cochin International Language Academy (CILA) is an international institution for English language training and teacher training. We create international opportunities for English Language teachers in Non-English-Speaking regions such as Western Europe, Central / Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East / North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. We also provide English language training to students who wish to study or work abroad particularly in an English speaking country.

COCHIN INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE ACADEMY (CILA) is owned by JS TRAINING SOLUTIONS PRIVATE LIMITED, a company registered and incorporated under the Companies Act, 1956. The school is managed by English teachers with multiple years of experience in teaching English. CILA is a provider of the Trinity College London’s TESOL courses such as the Trinity CertTESOL for candidates to become a qualified English teacher to speakers of other languages and the Trinity DipTESOL for experienced teachers to become teacher trainers, IELTS examiners, directors and curriculum managers.

We also provide training for language exams such as the IELTS for those who wish to work or study abroad, OET for nurses planning to work in an English speaking country and General English for candidates who want to improve their English. All our teachers are highly qualified and trained to teach English using modern communicative methods. Students enjoy learning English in our centre. So, CILA becomes the first choice for language training in Kerala and teacher training in India.

Our History

The Beginning (2013) The inception of CILA can be traced back to the familial predisposition of our founders and a happy accident. The story goes like this –Jaimon George and Sojan Mathew, both teachers, belonging to families of educators had always intended to start a language institute unlike any in Kerala. One opportune day, while driving past the then under-construction INKEL Business Park, they came across a poster advertising Tower 1 as being available. Intrigued, they walked down a long muddy path looking for some sign of urbanisation in the midst of a woodland. They’d almost given up halfway; yet curiosity got the better of them and they dredged on until they finally came upon the building which now houses our beloved CILA. A quick conversation later, they had the 4th floor of the building to themselves and CILA was born.

January 2014What’s in a name? one might say… Well, quite a lot! You see, everything was coming together quite nicely, but CILA did not yet have a name. How would we make a name for ourselves if we did not even have one? Inspiration struck Mr Mathew while driving through Athani – being located near the Cochin International Airport can certainly be an advantage; why not call the institute Cochin International Academy? Mr George chipped in with the need to add Language to the appellation so as avoid confusion and the institute was christened Cochin International Language Academy, or CILA for short.

March 2014CILA was started as the first division of JS Training Solutions, as the only provider of the Trinity College London CertTESOL provider in India and an IELTS training and registration centre. Our esteemed founders were assisted by Helen Macilwaine and David Frontin, who very kindly bestowed their knowledge and experience into the crafting of our initial courses. Taking in our first batch of 15 students, CILA started with a staff of just 5 people and shared dream – to provide the best language learning experience possible.

2017With a strength of 22 staff members and 180 students under our wing, this was a big year for CILA – we began our language improvement courses in partnership with the Cambridge University Press and also began training for the OET, allowing CILA to branch out into previously unchartered waters for the institute.

2018CILA took its first steps to being a validated OET course provider – becoming a certified OET Preparation Provider, gaining first hand access to exclusive content from OET themselves. With 27 staff members and 300 students CILA also expanded to its premises; acquiring a sizeable portion of the ground floor of INKEL Tower 1.

2020Tragedy struck the world with the COVID-19 pandemic; CILA did not escape unscathed – yet we persisted and continued to soar higher. We opened our second branch at Kakkanad. CILA also became an OET Premium Provider, one of only 7 such institutes in the country, gaining exclusive endorsement from OET; and worked on a special program in conjunction with Health Education England (HEE) and the National Health Service (NHS) to train nurses for the OET. But our biggest achievement of 2020 was adaptability – we did something we had never done before; we went completely online, providing access to all our courses to students from the comfort and safety of their homes. 40 staff members worked tirelessly to provide 350 students the best, despite the odds.

2021Another page has now been added to CILA’s history – with a strength of 45 staff members and 400 students, CILA has now become an independent provider of the Trinity College DipTESOL, the only centre in India to provide this course.

Vision and Mission

It has been our strong desire to develop a language training school where the English language is taught using modern communicative teaching methods by properly qualified and skilled teachers. We believed that such a school would bring a plenty of job opportunities both for the learners and the teachers. Keeping this in mind, we brought Trinity College London’s Certificate and Diploma in TESOL courses to India which are recognised worldwide for high level teaching jobs. The arrival of these prestigious qualifications attracted a large number of Indians and foreigners, including native speakers of the English language, to CILA. Now our mission, as before, is to continue in delivering the quality lessons to the trainees joining the Trinity TESOL courses and to the learners of the English language in different modes such as- IELTS, OET and General English.

Looking forward, apart from continuing the international standard in teaching the English language, our vision is to equip all the English language teachers in India, who wish to excel in the English language and teaching skills, with the desirable techniques and skills and to act as a one-stop resource centre for the teachers for continuous professional development.

Our Achievements

100+

Trinity CertTESOL graduates

5000+

IELTS students

500+

OET students

700+

General English students

0+

Trinity DipTESOL graduates

Meet Our Team

John Leonard Duthie

John started his journey in EFL in 1996 after having completed a BA and then MA in English Language.passed Cambridge DELTA He became an examiner for Cambridge Main Suite exams. He’s taught English, trained English language teachers and managed language departments all over the world. He started training teachers for the British Council and have since gone on to become a course director of both Trinity CertTESOL and DipTESOL courses

Mayank Kaushik

After getting an undergraduate degree in Automobile Engineering, Mayank earned his Trinity CertTESOL, and has recently also succesfully completed his Trinity DipTESOL. Apart from India, he has also worked in Colombia, South America. He has been a Trinity CertTESOL trainer at CILA since 2019.

Jaimon George

Jaimon George is one of the Directors, and the Academic Manager of CILA, Kerala. He has an MA in English Language and Literature and Trinity Licentiate Diploma in TESOL (LTCL Dip TESOL). He has 16 years of teaching experience. He is a tutor of Trinity TESOL and also teaches Writings skills of the IELTS test.


Sojan Mathew

Sojan Mathew is one of the Directors, and the Business Manager of CILA. He has an MA in English Language and Literature, a B.Ed in English and Trinity College London CertTESOL qualification. He is an OET Premium Preparation Provider Knowledge Badge holder. He also handles classes for IELTS Reading skills.

Geetha Raj

A B.A (Literature) graduate with a Trinity CertTESOL and degree in Montessori teaching, Geetha has a total of 6 years of teaching experience teaching students from the age of 3 to 40. Currently, she is an OET trainer and has more than 3 years of experience in the field.

Sanchita Paul

Sanchita is a gold medallist in M.A. English from SPPU. She holds a Trinity CertTESOL and is currently pursuing her Trinity DipTESOL. Having been a freelance English language tutor since the age of 16, she has worked with learners of all ages, and has been an OET trainer at CILA, for the past 2 years. She is also an online spoken English coach, training students from India, Vietnam and China.

Abhilash S Kumar

A homegrown Trinity CertTESOL graduate, Abhilash has over 3 years of experience teaching English and has been training OET candidates at CILA since 2019. Being a mathematics graduate, he takes math classes during his free time.

Priya KM

Priya has a Master's degree in Computer Application. After clearing the IELTS and earning her Trinity CertTESOL degree, she started working as an IELTS trainer at CILA in August 2019. She is a language enthusiast and teaching grammar and phonology is her specialty.