Meet our CISL Pathway Partner, California College of the Arts!
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Meet our CISL Pathway Partner, California College of the Arts!

“Make art that matters” is the motto of our CISL Pathway Partner, California College of the Arts. Are you looking for a career in the arts? A degree from this college might be for you! Meet our CISL Pathway Partner, California College of the Arts! California College of the Arts (CCA) was founded in 1907...

50 Verbs of Analysis for English Academic Essays
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50 Verbs of Analysis for English Academic Essays

In English, we often have to analyze data, research, or facts. Do you know how to do this effectively, while using the appropriate verbs of analysis? This list of 50 verbs of analysis in English will help you. Note: this list is for advanced English learners (CEFR level B2 or above). All definitions are from...

5 Podcasts for the Academic English Student
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5 Podcasts for the Academic English Student

Forget listening to podcasts about learning English: instead, learn about English through podcasts about interesting subjects! If you need to improve your academic English skills for the American college or university setting, spend some time listening to these fascinating podcasts about science, the humanities, culture, and technology. 5 Podcasts for the Academic English Student Astronomy...

Academic English Vocabulary: Verbs To Use for Citations in Research Essays
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Academic English Vocabulary: Verbs To Use for Citations in Research Essays

When CISL English for Academic Purposes students learn to write academic English research papers, students often have difficulty citing their sources. The problem? Finding synonyms for the word “say” in order to avoid repetition in their paper. The following verbs for citations can be used in place of “say.” Some are more appropriate than others depending...

Meet CISL’s Pathway Partner, Santa Barbara Community College!
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Meet CISL’s Pathway Partner, Santa Barbara Community College!

CISL’s Pathway Program is for international students who dream of learning English and then attending an American college or university. Do you share these academic and language goals? CISL Pathway is for you! Meet CISL’s Pathway Partner, Santa Barbara Community College! CISL partners with incredible colleges and universities in the U.S., which ensures students a smooth...

Meet our Pathway Partner, American Aviation Academy!
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Meet our Pathway Partner, American Aviation Academy!

With CISL’s Pathway Program, students can attend an American college or university. In addition to having agreements with traditional schools, such a Palomar College, CISL is also partnered with vocational schools such as American Aviation Academy. After studying at CISL and completing our English for Academic Purposes course, students can get their pilot’s license in...

Exam Prep Writing: Beginning an Essay with an Effective Hook
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Exam Prep Writing: Beginning an Essay with an Effective Hook

Many writers (both native English speakers and English learners) agree that beginning the essay is often the most difficult part. For English proficiency exams such as TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge FCE and CAE, this is certainly the case! Take a look at this sample TOEFL Agree/Disagree statement. How would you begin an essay? (For tips on...

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...