English Tenses Used in Interviews
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English Tenses Used in Interviews

Interviews are always stressful, but they can be incredibly stressful when you are expected to speak in your non-native language. Before your next job interview, make sure that you master the English tenses used in interviews. English Tenses Used in Interviews The Simple Present Use the Simple Present to talk about general truths or states....

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 college 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...

Meet our CISL Pathway Partner, Palomar College!
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Meet our CISL Pathway Partner, Palomar College!

CISL’s Academic Pathways program provides English students the opportunity to attend a college or university in the United States (often, without taking the TOEFL or IELTS exam!). Today on the CISL Blog, we are interviewing Yasue O’Neill, the Coordinator of International Education at Palomar College in San Diego. Yasue is an excellent resource for international...

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...

Novels for ESL Students + “Page” Idioms
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Novels for ESL Students + “Page” Idioms

What is one of the best ways to study English on your own? Read! CISL students often ask what novels they can read to improve their language skills. CISL teachers put together a list of some of their favorite books to read and teach. Try some of these and see how quickly your reading and...

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Meet our Career English Host Company, Gaslamp Event Management!

CISL’s Career English Program provides students with the opportunity to spend time at an American company and use their English skills in a business setting. But what’s life like for a Career English student? We decided to interview one of our CISL Host Companies, Gaslamp Event Management, Inc. to learn a little more about the...

CAE Reading and Use of English, Part 4
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CAE Reading and Use of English, Part 4

CISL has been offering intensive Cambridge CAE and FCE classes for over 25 years. We are also a certified testing center, so all CISL students have the advantage of taking their exam in the comfortable CISL setting they are comfortable with! In honor of our intensive classes and dedicated staff, we are looking at each part...

English for Engineers: 5 must-know adjectives
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English for Engineers: 5 must-know adjectives

CISL’s English for Engineers program offers students the opportunity to learn engineering-specific vocabulary and grammar. However, when we say “engineering,” many things can come to mind: mechanical engineering, civil engineering, chemical engineering . . . there are so many fields within this industry! Regardless of the industry you are in, the following English adjectives will...

TOEFL Writing: Agree or Disagree Prompt Tips
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TOEFL Writing: Agree or Disagree Prompt Tips

The TOEFL Agree or Disagree prompt can be challenging. Do you know the tips you need to succeed? Read on and learn how to master this writing section of the TOEFL exam. Note: The TOEFL Writing section can include many other types of prompts: check out our article on Types of TOEFL Writing Prompts to learn...