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...

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...

Tips and Practice for CAE Listening Part 3
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Tips and Practice for CAE Listening Part 3

Students preparing for the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) Exam often have difficulty preparing for the Listening Module. How can you actively improve your listening skills for this part of the exam? Follow these tips for Part 3 of the CAE Listening test. Tips and Practice for CAE Listening Part 3 CAE Listening Part...

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...

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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...

Cambridge FCE and CAE Speaking Part II Vocabulary and Tips
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Cambridge FCE and CAE Speaking Part II Vocabulary and Tips

CISL is proud to have taught intensive Cambridge FCE and CAE  exam preparation classes for the last 25 years (and is equally proud to be a Cambridge Testing Centre)! Would you like some Cambridge FCE and CAE Speaking Part II vocabulary and tips? Read on for some of our expertise! Cambridge FCE and CAE Speaking...

The Best of TED: 5 Great Videos for English Learners
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The Best of TED: 5 Great Videos for English Learners

TED.com is a much-loved website for learning about everything from the wonders of the ocean to how the internet is so powerful. Because of its vast amount of videos on many subjects, its transcripts, and its subtitles in many languages, TED is also a great place to learn English! Want to learn a little more...

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...

“Heat” Expressions in English + Water Parks in California
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“Heat” Expressions in English + Water Parks in California

The weather is heating up, but in California there are plenty of places to cool off! In addition to exploring California’s many beautiful beaches, lakes, and rivers, CISL students have the option of enjoying some of the world’s best water parks. Check them out: but first, learn some expressions with “heat!” Expressions with “Heat” In...

5 Golden Gate Bridge Facts + Idioms with “bridge”
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5 Golden Gate Bridge Facts + Idioms with “bridge”

It’s a world famous landmark, #1 on Trip Advisor’s list of “Things to do in San Francisco,” and it’s the undisputed symbol of SF. The Golden Gate Bridge is special for so many reasons! But did you know these facts about the most famous bridge on the West Coast? 5 Golden Gate Bridge Facts It’s...