Meet our CISL Pathway Partner, Santa Monica College!
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Meet our CISL Pathway Partner, Santa Monica College!

CISL is proud to announce a partnership with Santa Monica College in beautiful Southern California! With this new partnership, CISL’s English for Academic Purposes graduates can attend Santa Monica College (SMC) without taking the TOEFL. Learn about your future with SMC below. CISL’s Newest Pathway Partner, Santa Monica College What is Santa Monica College? Santa...

The Most Beautiful Places in LA + 5 Beautiful English Words
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The Most Beautiful Places in LA + 5 Beautiful English Words

In a city of nearly 4 million people, is it possible to find beautiful escapes? In Los Angeles, there certainly is. The area’s parks and beaches provide plenty of natural escapes for its residents and visitors, and there are many man-made gardens to provide relaxation and beauty. During your next trip, be sure to see...

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...

The Hollywood Sign + TOEFL Reading Section 1 Practice
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The Hollywood Sign + TOEFL Reading Section 1 Practice

In a previous article, we looked at the types of questions that students can encounter in the TOEFL Reading Section 1. Today we are applying this information to a practice test on an article about the history of one of the most famous California icons: The Hollywood Sign. This practice test contains all of the...

Northern California vs. Southern California Slang
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Northern California vs. Southern California Slang

If you ask a Californian, they will tell you that Northern California and Southern California are different worlds. Because California is such a large state, it is split by different climates, different cultures, and (of course) different language. Do you know the difference between Northern California and Southern California slang? While it is difficult to...

Using the Imperative Voice for Giving Directions in English
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Using the Imperative Voice for Giving Directions in English

San Diego and San Francisco are incredible places to study English, and each city offers so many exciting activities that sometimes, it is hard to leave! But the mountains, beaches, charming towns, gorgeous nature, and fast-paced cities of California beckon. CISL students often take road trips while studying in SD or SF, and part of the...

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In-N-Out and California slang

There’s fast food . . . and then there is In-N-Out. Californians will go on and on about how delicious In-N-Out is: the freshness of the burger, the soft bread, the delicious cheese, the “animal style” grilled onions, the special sauce: the ingredients come together to make one very delicious burger! In-N-Out was founded in...

Restaurants with the best beach views in San Diego
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Restaurants with the best beach views in San Diego

San Diego received its nickname “America’s Finest City” for many reasons, and one is of course its stunning beaches. What better way to enjoy the views of the city’s rocky coastlines and sandy beaches than by combining the view with delicious foods? We have a list of some of the best restaurants for CISL students...