The Differences Between Academic English and Conversational English
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The Differences Between Academic English and Conversational English

  When choosing English classes, students are often confused about the difference between Academic English and Conversational English. Do you know the difference? Understanding the advantages of both will help you decide which course is right for you! Academic English vs. Conversation English: What’s the Difference? Conversation English: Overview The goal of conversational English classes...

American Business Traditions + Common English Business Idioms
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American Business Traditions + Common English Business Idioms

Business English is more than just learning the language, phrasal verbs, and vocabulary that you need to be confident in a professional setting: it also includes learning the American business traditions that you need to know in order to conduct business in the U.S.! Do you know these American business traditions? See how they differ...

5 Things You Need To Know Before Taking The Cambridge CAE or FCE Exam
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5 Things You Need To Know Before Taking The Cambridge CAE or FCE Exam

Are you taking the Cambridge CAE or FCE Exam soon? Studying can be stressful, and so is test day! How should you study? What should you study? And what should you expect on test day? There are so many questions students have! Here are 5 things you need to know before taking the Cambridge CAE...

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English Prepositions of Location (AT, ON, and IN) + SF’s Best Beaches

Prepositions are some of the most difficult aspects of English for many language learners: especially English prepositions of location such as AT, ON, and IN. (These are also called prepositions of place.) Learn how to use them properly to avoid confusion! Since CISL offers English courses in San Diego and San Francisco, we can’t think...

ESL Vocabulary for Videos + Awesome SF Videos
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ESL Vocabulary for Videos + Awesome SF Videos

From gorgeous parks to its iconic plazas and bridges, San Francisco is a city recognizable by most. But new drone videos on YouTube are providing us with birds-eye views of SF (and a perspective of the City by the Bay that we’ve never seen before)! Have you checked out some of these incredible videos? Enjoy...

Phrasal Verbs for the ESL classroom
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Phrasal Verbs for the ESL classroom

Phrasal verbs are an important part of the English language, and we find them used in the business setting, while using public transportation, when talking about love, and–you guessed it–in the classroom! Academia is common place for phrasal verbs: read on to learn more about phrasal verbs for the ESL classroom! Phrasal verbs for the...

Sales and Marketing Vocabulary for English Learners
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Sales and Marketing Vocabulary for English Learners

CISL is proud to offer students our Career English program, where students master business English and communication skills before spending time in an American company. Past students have experienced architecture, marketing, event planning, and even real estate through CISL! One of the most requested areas of interest for students is sales and marketing. Do you know...

What IS academic English? (+ 10 words for academic writing)
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What IS academic English? (+ 10 words for academic writing)

When selecting an English course, many students look for a class that has a specific purpose. Some courses are designed to prepare students for an English proficiency exam, such as CISL’s TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge FCE and CAE courses. Others, like CISL’s Premier English classes, focus on the business English skills necessary for professionals and...

Grammar Lesson of the Month: Preposition/gerund combinations + things a CISL student can be thankful for
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Grammar Lesson of the Month: Preposition/gerund combinations + things a CISL student can be thankful for

November 1st marks the day that Americans put away their Halloween decorations (and costumes!) and turn their focus to the next exciting holiday: Thanksgiving! Many Americans consider this to be their favorite holiday because of the warm traditions surrounding it: dinner with friends and family, lots of delicious home-cooked food, and a holiday focused on...

Top U.S. majors for Pathway students
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Top U.S. majors for Pathway students

Are you considering getting your degree from a U.S. college or university? With programs like CISL’s University Pathway, you easily can! First, you attend CISL classes and complete Converse’s rigorous English for Academic Purposes program to make sure that you have the English skills necessary to succeed in the American university classroom. Then, you work...