Idioms with “wave” + SD’s Wave House
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Idioms with “wave” + SD’s Wave House

Since sunny SD is synonymous with sunshine and beaches, it’s time we dedicated a post to the word “wave” and  some of its many idioms! A post about waves wouldn’t be complete without mentioning one of the coolest places to catch a wave in San Diego: Mission Beach’s Wave House! Do you know these idioms with “wave?” And have...

Top U.S. majors for Pathway students
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Top U.S. majors for Pathway students

Are you considering getting your degree from a U.S. college or university? With programs like CISL’s University Pathway, you easily can! First, you attend CISL classes and complete Converse’s rigorous English for Academic Purposes program to make sure that you have the English skills necessary to succeed in the American university classroom. Then, you work...

5 Business Idioms for New Employees + Ways to connect in SD and SF
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5 Business Idioms for New Employees + Ways to connect in SD and SF

The business world is the world of idioms: from sports related expressions to idioms about financial problems, office conversations are filled with phrases and expressions English learners quickly pick up! If you are a new employee (or, if you are a CISL Career English student and are spending time at an American company), the following...

Career English Success Story: Katrin from Austria learns all about event planning!
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Career English Success Story: Katrin from Austria learns all about event planning!

What do Austria, mustaches, and marketing have in common? Everything (if you’re CISL Career English student Katrin!). Katrin recently completed her Career English course with CISL. After taking classes at Converse to improve her English, Katrin worked with Gaslamp Event Management (GEM) in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. Katrin shared her positive experience with the...

5 ways to unwind in SD + words for relaxing
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5 ways to unwind in SD + words for relaxing

After a long day of studying English at CISL, you need to relax a little . . . and the laid-back California culture is perfect for doing so! Here are some suggestions for ways to unwind: but first, five words for relaxing to use as you talk about this important part of a study/vacation. Five...

Technology Vocabulary (+ a TOEFL Writing Question 2 Prompt)
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Technology Vocabulary (+ a TOEFL Writing Question 2 Prompt)

Life changed with the invention of technology like the internet and smartphones, but what many do not realize is that language also changed as a result! The development of new technologies means that we are always adding new words to our language: at times, the spelling, capitalization, and correct grammatical usage are points of confusion for...