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.

Friday, May 27, 2016

By the Skin of Your Teeth

When you do something "by the skin of your teeth," you just succeeded/ nearly failed.

Example: Dan passed his English class by the skin of his teeth.

Happy tooth Royalty Free Stock Image
image courtesy of dreamstime.com

Friday, May 20, 2016

Cool as a Cucumber


When you are "cool as a cucumber," you remain calm or untroubled by heat, stress, or exertion.

Example: Even though Luke has 4 tests tomorrow, he is as cool as a cucumber.

Cucumber on White Royalty Free Stock Images
image courtesy of dreamstime.com

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Like a Bump on a Log


When someone is "like a bump on a log," they are not doing anything.

Example: While the rest of her group was working, Sally just sat there like a bump on a log.

 Log. Stock Photos
image courtesy of dreamstime.com

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Give Someone the Boot

When you "give someone the boot," you remove them from your life.

Example: Jackson gave Rebecca the boot after Rebecca cheated on him.

image courtesy of dreamstime.com

Friday, April 29, 2016

To Jump on the Bandwagon

When you "jump on the bandwagon," you join a trend or activity just because it is popular.

Example: Lucy jumped on the bandwagon when she bought the same bracelets as the popular girls in her school wear.




image courtesy of dreamstime.com

Saturday, April 23, 2016

"Hit the Sack"


To "hit the sack," means to go to bed.

Example: Jenny couldn't wait to hit the sack after a long day of work.


image courtesy of dreamstime.com

Saturday, April 16, 2016

To be Two Faced

When someone is "two faced," they act differently in front of different people.

Example: Jane is so two faced; she says rude things about her friends behind their backs.




Image courtesy of dreamstime.com