ESL Vocabulary for Videos + Awesome SF Videos
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ESL Vocabulary for Videos + Awesome SF Videos

From gorgeous parks to its iconic plazas and bridges, San Francisco is a city recognizable by most. But new drone videos on YouTube are providing us with birds-eye views of SF (and a perspective of the City by the Bay that we’ve never seen before)! Have you checked out some of these incredible videos? Enjoy...

Celebrating Mardi Gras in the U.S. + Mardi Gras vocabulary
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Celebrating Mardi Gras in the U.S. + Mardi Gras vocabulary

Mardi Gras is here! Are you celebrating? Both San Diego and San Francisco host incredible events for Mardi Gras, but before enjoying the parties, make sure that you know these Mardi Gras-related vocabulary words (and the traditions they are associated with). Celebrating Mardi Gras in the U.S. Mardi Gras Vocabulary  Fat Tuesday “Fat Tuesday” is...

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...

California Dreaming! A Look at CISL’s Jr. Program California Coastal Trip
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California Dreaming! A Look at CISL’s Jr. Program California Coastal Trip

CISL offers English summer camps for teens in locations throughout the United States, including East Coast camps at prestigious Yale and Georgetown University and West Coast camps in sunny San Diego, exciting Los Angeles, and unique UC Berkeley! After 2 or 3 weeks of English studies, students at our Los Angeles teen camp (held at...

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...

Best bike routes in SD and SF + biking vocabulary
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Best bike routes in SD and SF + biking vocabulary

There are so many ways to enjoy nature and stay in shape while studying English at CISL San Diego or CISL San Francisco. From the running routes to the hiking trails to the yoga classes, there is always something to do that will keep you in shape! Another great way to exercise while you are an...

“Leaf” expressions + fall activities
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“Leaf” expressions + fall activities

“To ask why we fall in love is to ask why the leaves fall. And to ask how we stay in love is to ask how the trees stay.” -Jinvirle Fall is here! With this season comes fall traditions, such as Halloween, pumpkin carving, haunted houses, Thanksgiving, and the famous pumpkin spice latte that many...