IELTS Writing Part II + Lyrics Training
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IELTS Writing Part II + Lyrics Training

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.” ― Albert Einstein Would you like to use music to improve your English? We suggest an incredible website, Lyrics Training! With this website, you...

Proficiency Test Practice: CAE Reading and Use of English Part III Tips
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Proficiency Test Practice: CAE Reading and Use of English Part III Tips

CISL provides intensive Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English and First Certificate of English courses to prepare students for these rigorous exams; in addition, the CISL Blog provides students activities and tips on each of the test modules. Today we are looking at Reading and Use of English Part III, which is called “Word Formation.” Before...

TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge CAE and FCE Scores Equivalency Chart
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TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge CAE and FCE Scores Equivalency Chart

CISL is proud to have 45 years of English test preparation experience, including Cambridge preparation and TOEFL preparation classes at CISL San Diego and CISL San Francisco and IELTS preparation courses at CISL San Diego. Are you taking an exam soon to meet your personal, professional, or academic goals? We can help! Our small class sizes...

Career English Student Success: Desiree’s architecture firm!
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Career English Student Success: Desiree’s architecture firm!

CISL’s Career English Program provides students an incredible opportunity to learn English in a small classroom setting, then spend time at an American company. Desiree, from Switzerland, shared her experience with Studio E Architects. Thanks for sharing, Desiree! After spending four months learning English at Converse Languages School in San Diego, Desiree began the Career English program....

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...

5 Business Idioms for New Employees + Ways to connect in SD and SF
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5 Business Idioms for New Employees + Ways to connect in SD and SF

The business world is the world of idioms: from sports related expressions to idioms about financial problems, office conversations are filled with phrases and expressions English learners quickly pick up! If you are a new employee (or, if you are a CISL Career English student and are spending time at an American company), the following...

Career English Success Story: Katrin from Austria learns all about event planning!
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Career English Success Story: Katrin from Austria learns all about event planning!

What do Austria, mustaches, and marketing have in common? Everything (if you’re CISL Career English student Katrin!). Katrin recently completed her Career English course with CISL. After taking classes at Converse to improve her English, Katrin worked with Gaslamp Event Management (GEM) in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. Katrin shared her positive experience with the...

Idioms about “Importance” for TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge CAE and FCE
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Idioms about “Importance” for TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge CAE and FCE

Are you planning to take a proficiency test (like IELTS or TOEFL or Cambridge FCE/CAE)? If so, your writing, reading, speaking, listening, and grammar skills will be tested. But what exactly is an examiner looking for, and how can you improve your score? One of the most important things that you can do is learn to...

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Career English student success: Antonio’s experience with an SD real estate company!

Are you interested in gaining work experience in English? With CISL’s Career English Program, students first attend classes to gain the English skills they need in the business environment. During this time, students work closely with the Career English Coordinator to find a company that meets their interests and career goals. After interviewing (in English!) students...