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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...

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...

Weekend getaway: exploring Portland (+ some Portland slang!
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Weekend getaway: exploring Portland (+ some Portland slang!

Living and studying English in San Francisco or San Diego is a dream to many international students: the cities are alive with options for activities, festivals, shopping, eating, socializing . . . the list goes on and on! As great as SD and SF are, we encourage our students to see more of the U.S.:...

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...

SF’s SoMa “StrEat” Food Park + Ordering Vocabulary
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SF’s SoMa “StrEat” Food Park + Ordering Vocabulary

San Francisco is known as being a hub of cultures, so it comes as no surprise that you can find incredible food in the City by the Bay! But after checking out the clam chowder bowls of Pier 39, eating some chocolate from Ghirardelli, and trying some of the fusion restaurants in San Francisco, there’s...

Beach activities + beach vocabulary
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Beach activities + beach vocabulary

“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.” —Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty Whether you are on dry land or in the water, there is always something to do at the beach! How many of these activities have you tried as a CISL student in beautiful California? Equally as...

“Heat” Expressions in English + Water Parks in California
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“Heat” Expressions in English + Water Parks in California

The weather is heating up, but in California there are plenty of places to cool off! In addition to exploring California’s many beautiful beaches, lakes, and rivers, CISL students have the option of enjoying some of the world’s best water parks. Check them out: but first, learn some expressions with “heat!” Expressions with “Heat” In...

California Surfer Slang for English Students
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California Surfer Slang for English Students

If you’re in California studying English, one thing is certain to happen: you’ll pick up some California slang! Not surprisingly, a lot of California slang has its roots in the surfing culture. Below are some words often used by surfers, but you don’t have to be a surfer to use these slang words; in fact,...

Career English Student Success: Desiree’s architecture firm!
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Career English Student Success: Desiree’s architecture firm!

CISL’s Career English Program provides students an incredible opportunity to learn English in a small classroom setting, then spend time at an American company. Desiree, from Switzerland, shared her experience with Studio E Architects. Thanks for sharing, Desiree! After spending four months learning English at Converse Languages School in San Diego, Desiree began the Career English program....