Phrasal Verbs for the ESL classroom
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Phrasal Verbs for the ESL classroom

Phrasal verbs are an important part of the English language, and we find them used in the business setting, while using public transportation, when talking about love, and–you guessed it–in the classroom! Academia is common place for phrasal verbs: read on to learn more about phrasal verbs for the ESL classroom! Phrasal verbs for the...

Sales and Marketing Vocabulary for English Learners
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Sales and Marketing Vocabulary for English Learners

CISL is proud to offer students our Career English program, where students master business English and communication skills before spending time in an American company. Past students have experienced architecture, marketing, event planning, and even real estate through CISL! One of the most requested areas of interest for students is sales and marketing. Do you know...

YouTube Vocabulary + Awesome Videos of SD
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YouTube Vocabulary + Awesome Videos of SD

We can’t hide our excitement for San Diego. The stunning beaches, the sunny skies, the gorgeous Downtown, the trendy neighborhoods and the charming seaside towns . . . there’s a little of everything for everyone in SD! Just when we think we can’t get any more excited, we see beautiful footage of San Diego on...

English for Engineers: Vocabulary for Dimensions
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English for Engineers: Vocabulary for Dimensions

English is quickly becoming the language of engineering, which is why CISL now offers the English for Engineers program. With this program, Upper Intermediate and Advanced students learn the skills necessary to help them succeed in an English speaking Engineering environment. Among other things, students learn: Language related to engineering (such as design, procedures, and...

Meet our Pathway Partner, American Aviation Academy!
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Meet our Pathway Partner, American Aviation Academy!

With CISL’s Pathway Program, students can attend an American college or university. In addition to having agreements with traditional schools, such a Palomar College, CISL is also partnered with vocational schools such as American Aviation Academy. After studying at CISL and completing our English for Academic Purposes course, students can get their pilot’s license in...

Meet our CISL Pathway Partner, Palomar College!
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Meet our CISL Pathway Partner, Palomar College!

CISL’s Academic Pathways program provides English students the opportunity to attend a college or university in the United States (often, without taking the TOEFL or IELTS exam!). Today on the CISL Blog, we are interviewing Yasue O’Neill, the Coordinator of International Education at Palomar College in San Diego. Yasue is an excellent resource for international...

What IS academic English? (+ 10 words for academic writing)
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What IS academic English? (+ 10 words for academic writing)

When selecting an English course, many students look for a class that has a specific purpose. Some courses are designed to prepare students for an English proficiency exam, such as CISL’s TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge FCE and CAE courses. Others, like CISL’s Premier English classes, focus on the business English skills necessary for professionals and...

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...

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Meet our Career English Host Company, Gaslamp Event Management!

CISL’s Career English Program provides students with the opportunity to spend time at an American company and use their English skills in a business setting. But what’s life like for a Career English student? We decided to interview one of our CISL Host Companies, Gaslamp Event Management, Inc. to learn a little more about the...

SD Gaslamp + “nightlife” idioms
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SD Gaslamp + “nightlife” idioms

Sure, San Diego is all about beaches and beautiful weather, but did you know that Downtown San Diego is home to a beautiful, historic, and exciting area called the Gaslamp Quarter? SD’s Gaslamp Quarter, called “The Historic Heart of San Diego,” is located just a few streets from CISL San Diego. The streets are lined...