The English Language Institute (ELI) of the Center for International Service has offered innovative academic programs for students learning English as a Second Language since the late 1970’s. Our course of study is designed to challenge and engage students. Students are immersed in the language, culture, and ethnicity of New York City. Classes range from beginner to the advanced level.

Saturday, January 14, 2017


When something is "A1," it is very good.

Example: My moms' cooking is A1!

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Friday, January 6, 2017

To Chew the Fat

When you "chew the fat," you chat or gossip.

Example: all the coworkers stood around the water cooler and chewed the fat during their break.  
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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Take one for the team

When you "take one for the team," you make a sacrifice.

Example: Joey took one for the team when he worked on Christmas Eve.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016


When someone is a "Scrooge," they are cheap or hate Christmas.
This phrase comes from the movie "A Christmas Carol."

Example: Nicole is a real Scrooge! She refuses to come to the restaurant for the reunion because she doesn't want to pay!

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To Trim the Tree

When you "trim the tree," you decorate a Christmas tree.

Example: After dinner, mom said we have to trim the tree!

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

To jump the gun

When you jump the fun, you do something too early.

Example: Josh jumped the gun and told Susanna about the party before the plans were finalized.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

A party pooper

When someone is a "party pooper," they don't want to go out with their friends or want to leave early.

Example: At the party, Nicole kept complaining and wanted to leave early. What a party pooper!

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