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...

Useful Vocabulary for Creating a Resume
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Useful Vocabulary for Creating a Resume

How can you describe yourself, your experiences, and your education in a way that will make you stand out? Language can help! Using creative and original vocabulary will make your resume more interesting to read. Try this useful vocabulary for creating a resume to improve your resume (and perhaps improve your chances of getting an...

Academic English Vocabulary: Verbs To Use for Citations in Research Essays
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Academic English Vocabulary: Verbs To Use for Citations in Research Essays

When CISL English for Academic Purposes students learn to write academic English research papers, students often have difficulty citing their sources. The problem? Finding synonyms for the word “say” in order to avoid repetition in their paper. The following verbs for citations can be used in place of “say.” Some are more appropriate than others depending...

Academic English: Writing a Paragraph + CISL’s EAP and Pathway
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Academic English: Writing a Paragraph + CISL’s EAP and Pathway

Are you an international student preparing to attend college in the United States? With CISL’s Pathway Program, students first attend CISL’s English for Academic Purposes Program and master the academic English skills necessary to succeed in the rigorous American classroom. Students then transfer to one of CISL’s esteemed Pathway Partner schools, such as Palomar College...

Exam Prep Writing: Beginning an Essay with an Effective Hook
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Exam Prep Writing: Beginning an Essay with an Effective Hook

Many writers (both native English speakers and English learners) agree that beginning the essay is often the most difficult part. For English proficiency exams such as TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge FCE and CAE, this is certainly the case! Take a look at this sample TOEFL Agree/Disagree statement. How would you begin an essay? (For tips on...

Grammar Lesson of the Month: Irregular Verbs in Christmas poetry
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Grammar Lesson of the Month: Irregular Verbs in Christmas poetry

One of the most difficult aspects of learning English is the language’s irregular verbs. These verbs make it tough for students to correctly use grammatical structures that require a past tense or past participle verb, such as the Simple Past, the Present Perfect, or the Passive. Students spend hours practicing long irregular English verb lists,...

TOEFL Writing: Agree or Disagree Prompt Tips
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TOEFL Writing: Agree or Disagree Prompt Tips

The TOEFL Agree or Disagree prompt can be challenging. Do you know the tips you need to succeed? Read on and learn how to master this writing section of the TOEFL exam. Note: The TOEFL Writing section can include many other types of prompts: check out our article on Types of TOEFL Writing Prompts to learn...