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...

The Differences Between Academic English and Conversational English
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The Differences Between Academic English and Conversational English

  When choosing English classes, students are often confused about the difference between Academic English and Conversational English. Do you know the difference? Understanding the advantages of both will help you decide which course is right for you! Academic English vs. Conversation English: What’s the Difference? Conversation English: Overview The goal of conversational English classes...

Meet our CISL Pathway Partner, California College of the Arts!
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Meet our CISL Pathway Partner, California College of the Arts!

“Make art that matters” is the motto of our CISL Pathway Partner, California College of the Arts. Are you looking for a career in the arts? A degree from this college might be for you! Meet our CISL Pathway Partner, California College of the Arts! California College of the Arts (CCA) was founded in 1907...

English Capitalization Rules + A Trip to Sacramento, California’s Capital
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English Capitalization Rules + A Trip to Sacramento, California’s Capital

Do you know the basic English capitalization rules? Stick with these simple guidelines and you will understand the majority of the times that we capitalize something in English. Basic English Capitalization Rules The first letter of the first word of a sentence This basic rule is something we always follow in English. The thing I...

American Business Traditions + Common English Business Idioms
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American Business Traditions + Common English Business Idioms

Business English is more than just learning the language, phrasal verbs, and vocabulary that you need to be confident in a professional setting: it also includes learning the American business traditions that you need to know in order to conduct business in the U.S.! Do you know these American business traditions? See how they differ...

5 Things You Need To Know Before Taking The Cambridge CAE or FCE Exam
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5 Things You Need To Know Before Taking The Cambridge CAE or FCE Exam

Are you taking the Cambridge CAE or FCE Exam soon? Studying can be stressful, and so is test day! How should you study? What should you study? And what should you expect on test day? There are so many questions students have! Here are 5 things you need to know before taking the Cambridge CAE...

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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...