Christmas in California: 5 Holiday Traditions to Experience
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Christmas in California: 5 Holiday Traditions to Experience

Will you be studying English in California during the winter? Experience the holidays, Southern California style! Whether you are on the state’s white sandy beaches or in the Sierra Nevada mountains, you can have a “white” Christmas in California. Christmas in California: 5 Holiday Traditions to Experience  See Disneyland at Christmastime Disneyland is known for...

Halloween Vocabulary for English students
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Halloween Vocabulary for English students

This week marks a very special holiday in the United States: Halloween! As our students prepare their costumes, we have prepared a list of common vocabulary words and expressions to help you through the holiday, plus a mini-grammar lesson on Comparatives and Superlatives to help you use correct grammar when talking about the funniest, most...

Celebrating Mardi Gras in the U.S. + Mardi Gras vocabulary
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Celebrating Mardi Gras in the U.S. + Mardi Gras vocabulary

Mardi Gras is here! Are you celebrating? Both San Diego and San Francisco host incredible events for Mardi Gras, but before enjoying the parties, make sure that you know these Mardi Gras-related vocabulary words (and the traditions they are associated with). Celebrating Mardi Gras in the U.S. Mardi Gras Vocabulary  Fat Tuesday “Fat Tuesday” is...

Nicknames for Santa + the Origin of the Word “Nickname”
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Nicknames for Santa + the Origin of the Word “Nickname”

The holiday season means delicious foods, celebrations, decorations, and the appearance of a strange man in a red suit who flies through the air with eight reindeer. Christmas is indeed a strange holiday! To celebrate, we are taking a look at this iconic figure, Santa Claus, and his many nicknames. The name “Santa Claus” is...

Grammar Lesson of the Month: Irregular Verbs in Christmas poetry
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Grammar Lesson of the Month: Irregular Verbs in Christmas poetry

One of the most difficult aspects of learning English is the language’s irregular verbs. These verbs make it tough for students to correctly use grammatical structures that require a past tense or past participle verb, such as the Simple Past, the Present Perfect, or the Passive. Students spend hours practicing long irregular English verb lists,...

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...