10 Phrasal Verbs for Casual Conversation
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10 Phrasal Verbs for Casual Conversation

Phrasal verbs are a part of everyday conversation for English speakers. The following are commonly used in casual conversation. Understanding them will allow you to confidently have a casual conversation. 10 Phrasal Verbs for Casual Conversation Be up to Definition: Doing something. Example: What have you been up to lately? Example: What are you up...

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...

Grammar Lesson of the Month: Transitive vs. Intransitive Verbs
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Grammar Lesson of the Month: Transitive vs. Intransitive Verbs

Do you know the difference between transitive and intransitive verbs? Understanding the difference will improve your English speech and writing. Grammar Lesson of the Month: Transitive vs. Intransitive Verbs Types of Transitive Verbs Transitive verbs use an object. The object can be a noun, a phrase, or a pronoun. Transitive verb with a noun A...

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...

Why Your English Isn’t Improving
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Why Your English Isn’t Improving

Do you study and study English but feel like your language skills are not improving? Perhaps you are making some of these very common mistakes. Why Your English Isn’t Improving You aren’t getting enough practice speaking Speaking skills can be some of the most difficult to improve, mainly because it requires many hours of speaking...

5 Common Mistakes International Students Make
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5 Common Mistakes International Students Make

Moving to the U.S. to study English is an exciting opportunity. For many, it’s also a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Make the most of your time in the U.S. and avoid these 5 common mistakes international students make. After 45 years of providing English instruction, we at CISL continue to see these mistakes made again and again!...

“SO” + Adverbs and Adjectives (+ Things that are “SO” San Diego)
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“SO” + Adverbs and Adjectives (+ Things that are “SO” San Diego)

In the English language, we use the word “so” in several different ways. Each way allows us to speak with more emphasis; some uses of the word “so”  are more typically “Southern Californian” than others. Learn the most common ways of using the word “so” here! “SO” + Adverbs and Adjectives (and Things that are...

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...

Meet our CISL Career English Host Company, Martinez + Cutri Corporation!
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Meet our CISL Career English Host Company, Martinez + Cutri Corporation!

With CISL’s Career English program, students attend English classes at CISL and improve their language skills. Students then interview with an American company and are placed in a host company where they practice their English skills in a business setting (and learn many things about an industry). We interviewed Anthony G. Cutri who is the...

How to Overcome a Fear of Speaking English
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How to Overcome a Fear of Speaking English

Are you shy, nervous, or embarrassed to speak English? Even in a warm and welcoming environment (such as the CISL classroom), students can still have difficulty feeling comfortable speaking English. Do not worry: we have some tips to help students speak up in class in order to overcome their fear of speaking English. With these...