Innovative-Theme based Workshops at English Immersion Camps
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Innovative-Theme based Workshops at English Immersion Camps

CISL Cultural Workshops are an immersion into culture in the United States, and a unique opportunity to experience life at our university locations and their surrounding cities.. Each theme is a springboard for conversation allowing students to engage in an authentic, cultural experience outside of the regular classroom setting. Workshops emphasize mainly speaking and interaction...

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COVID-19 Update from the CISL Team

Updated March 6th, 2021 As of Monday June 15, 2020, CISL San Diego is open for in person (face-to-face) courses. We have taken all necessary safeguards to ensure a healthy environment for our students and staff. These include a maximum of 6 students per class, limiting the number of hours the school is open, requiring...

Top 10 reasons to study English in the USA
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Top 10 reasons to study English in the USA

Do you want to study English? Have you always dreamed of visiting the United States? If so, keep reading. According to Research Gate, a professional network for scientists and researchers, ‘enhanced communication skills in English can result to not only an improved social life, but also better job opportunities in the future’. In this blog,...

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...

Turkey Idioms
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Turkey Idioms

In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, we have some turkey-related idioms that are sure to make you laugh! Cold Turkey Stop something immediately. Some people quit smoking by smoking less and less each day until eventually, they do not smoke any cigarettes at all. Not me. I quit cold turkey.  Have you ever quit...

Celebrating Thanksgiving in the U.S.
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Celebrating Thanksgiving in the U.S.

Halloween has passed, the daylight hours are getting shorter and shorter, and the weather has turned colder. Every American knows that this means one very important thing: Thanksgiving is coming! Many students are curious about the origins and the traditions of Thanksgiving and we are happy to share this information with them. The Origins of...

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...

San Francisco Mission District Dining Guide
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San Francisco Mission District Dining Guide

“There is no better food neighborhood in America than San Francisco’s Mission District.” -Paolo Lucchesi, San Francisco Chronicle   San Francisco’s Mission District is known for its restaurants, art, shops, culture, and Latino/Latina history. If you live in the Bay Area, then a trip to the Mission District isn’t just a one-time experience: it’s something...

Vocabulary for TOEFL Speaking Part 1
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Vocabulary for TOEFL Speaking Part 1

Can you speak about a topic in English for 45 seconds? Then you’re ready for TOEFL. Or are you? TOEFL Speaking Part 1 does require you to respond to a question and speak for 45 seconds, but being able to speak for that length of time does not ensure that you will score well in...