Celebrating Thanksgiving in the U.S.
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Celebrating Thanksgiving in the U.S.

Halloween has passed, the daylight hours are getting shorter and shorter, and the weather has turned colder. Every American knows that this means one very important thing: Thanksgiving is coming! Many students are curious about the origins and the traditions of Thanksgiving and we are happy to share this information with them. The Origins of...

Halloween Vocabulary for English students
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Halloween Vocabulary for English students

This week marks a very special holiday in the United States: Halloween! As our students prepare their costumes, we have prepared a list of common vocabulary words and expressions to help you through the holiday, plus a mini-grammar lesson on Comparatives and Superlatives to help you use correct grammar when talking about the funniest, most...

Casual English for Conversation
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Casual English for Conversation

“Conversation is food for the soul.” -Proverb Conversation is an art and can be difficult in any language. When learning English, it can be even more difficult if you do not have the right vocabulary words to ask the right questions! The next time you have a conversation in English, try using some of these...

CISL Career English Student Tatiane Learns Marketing with an Event Planning Company
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CISL Career English Student Tatiane Learns Marketing with an Event Planning Company

With CISL’s Career English program, students practice their English in the CISL classroom and then spend time at an American company. At their host company, students practice English in the office, in meetings, and through writing emails and creating documents. The CISL Career English program is the perfect way to gain important language skills for...

CISL Career English Student Emanuela Experiences the Biomedical Research Industry
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CISL Career English Student Emanuela Experiences the Biomedical Research Industry

People often say that the American business model and work environment is different than in other countries . . . but exactly how is it different? With CISL’s Career English program, students have the opportunity to experience the U.S. work environment by spending time at an American host company. Italian student Emanuela recently completed the...

Why Your English Isn’t Improving
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Why Your English Isn’t Improving

Do you study and study English but feel like your language skills are not improving? Perhaps you are making some of these very common mistakes. Why Your English Isn’t Improving You aren’t getting enough practice speaking Speaking skills can be some of the most difficult to improve, mainly because it requires many hours of speaking...

5 Common Mistakes International Students Make
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5 Common Mistakes International Students Make

Moving to the U.S. to study English is an exciting opportunity. For many, it’s also a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Make the most of your time in the U.S. and avoid these 5 common mistakes international students make. After 45 years of providing English instruction, we at CISL continue to see these mistakes made again and again!...

Student and Tourist Visa Information for International Students
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Student and Tourist Visa Information for International Students

Are you coming to the U.S. to study English? If so, you probably have many questions regarding your visa: how to obtain it, what to do (and what not to do) during your interview, and how long your visa will be valid. Read on for information about student visas, including the I-94, B2, F1, and...

5 Things You Should Do in Your First Week as an International Student
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5 Things You Should Do in Your First Week as an International Student

Moving to the U.S. to study English is exciting, but it can also be a little scary! Follow these suggestions for the 5 things you should do in your first week as an international student at CISL San Diego or San Francisco and you will feel adjusted and comfortable in your new home in less...

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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...