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.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


If you get an "A" for effort, you get a good grade or recognition for trying to do something, even if you were not successful. 

Example: Little Melissa tried to learn to ride her bicycle. She fell many times, without much success, but she didn't cry once and kept trying again and again. In the end, her mom told her that she deserves an A for her effort, and that they should try again tomorrow.

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Monday, June 30, 2014


The saying "absence makes the heart grow fonder" implies that if something or someone is absent, you will love it or him/her even more.

Do you miss someone you haven't seen in a long time?

This expression is contrary to "out of sight, out of mind," a saying which means that if you do not see someone or something for a long time, you will forget about it, him, or her. 

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Monday, June 23, 2014

A weekend warrior is a person who engages in a strenuous activity, such as a sport, only on weekends, but then does so rigorously. 
For example,  a person who works in an office all week long, but then participates in a triathlon on a Sunday.

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Monday, June 16, 2014


Water under the bridge refers to past conflicts which we have decided to forget. 


Woman: Aren't you still angry about what Jamie has done?
Man: No. It happened so long ago. It's all water under the bridge now.

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Monday, June 9, 2014


The expression "an act of God" is used to say when something, such as an earthquake, a hurricane or another natural disaster, occurred and no human was responsible.

For example: If the house was destroyed due to a typhoon, this would be considered an act of God.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


If a place has "gone to the dogs," it means that it is falling apart and needs to be repaired because no one is taking care of it.

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Mike: Have you seen our old elementary school recently? It's really gone to dogs!
Pete: I know. I walked by last week and almost didn't recognize it. Several windows are broken and the the roof looks like it' s about to fall off. I wonder if they're going to fix it up during the summer, before school starts up again.

Monday, May 26, 2014


To play your music at full blast means to play it at maximum volume or as loud as possible.

For example: John couldn't hear his brother because the music was playing at full blast.

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