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English Prepositions of Location (AT, ON, and IN) + SF’s Best Beaches

Prepositions are some of the most difficult aspects of English for many language learners: especially English prepositions of location such as AT, ON, and IN. (These are also called prepositions of place.) Learn how to use them properly to avoid confusion! Since CISL offers English courses in San Diego and San Francisco, we can’t think...

The 5 Best Sunset Views in SF + Sunset Color Vocab
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The 5 Best Sunset Views in SF + Sunset Color Vocab

California sunsets are one of the best things about living in this beautiful state. When you’re studying English in San Francisco, be sure to enjoy the sunset each evening! These locations offer the 5 best sunset views in SF. How amazing are the sunsets in California? Take a look on Instagram and you’ll see! Each...

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Phrasal Verbs for Cambridge FCE and CAE Speaking Module

During the Cambridge CAE or FCE Speaking Module, examiners look for your ability to use advanced vocabulary, including phrasal verbs, as naturally as possible. Learn these phrasal verbs for the Cambridge FCE and CAE Speaking Module and your score will improve drastically! Phrasal Verbs for Cambridge FCE and CAE Before learning the phrasal verbs, you must...

Omitting “That” in Relative Clauses + 10 Fascinating Facts about SD
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Omitting “That” in Relative Clauses + 10 Fascinating Facts about SD

We all know that San Diego is famous for its stunning beaches and amazing weather, but the city is also impressive for many other things! Before studying English at CISL in San Diego, check out these 10 fascinating facts about SD. They give you a fun look at what makes America’s Finest City so great!...

Useful Vocabulary for Creating a Resume
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Useful Vocabulary for Creating a Resume

How can you describe yourself, your experiences, and your education in a way that will make you stand out? Language can help! Using creative and original vocabulary will make your resume more interesting to read. Try this useful vocabulary for creating a resume to improve your resume (and perhaps improve your chances of getting an...

SD Beach Barbecue Guide + BBQ Idioms in English
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SD Beach Barbecue Guide + BBQ Idioms in English

San Diego is famous for its beaches, but few students take advantage of the many facilities the beaches offer! Did you know that you can have a barbecue on many of San Diego’s beaches? Some even have barbecue pits for you to use. Check out our SD beach barbecue guide before organizing a trip with...

Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Listening Part 4 Tips
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Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Listening Part 4 Tips

Are you taking the Cambridge CAE exam soon? Many students struggle with the Listening Module, particularly with Part 4 of the test. The following CAE Listening Part 4 tips will help our students prepare for this section of the test. Cambridge CAE Listening Part 4 Tips Before reading the CAE Listening Part 4 Tips, let’s...

The Five Best TED Talks about Language
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The Five Best TED Talks about Language

CISL’s English classes give students plenty of opportunities to improve speaking, writing, listening, vocabulary, and reading skills. However, we also believe that learning doesn’t stop when class time does: we encourage our students to continue learning English after the school day ends! The following five best TED Talks about language are designed to motivate our language-loving...