CUNY - College of Staten Island - English Language Institute

CUNY - College of Staten Island: The English Language Institute (ELI) of the Center for Global Engagement 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, September 23, 2017

To Miss The Boat

When you "miss the boat," it is too late to do something.
Example: By the time Louis realized he wanted to ask Cynthia out, he had already missed the boat. She had just started dating Michael.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

On Cloud Nine

When you are "on cloud nine," you are very happy. Example: After getting an A on his test, Jackson was very happy.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

6 simple steps to apply for an English program

Studying abroad may be an impossible goal for many students just because of the application process. Passports, forms, visa, etc. make the wish to study abroad a big nightmare. To study English in the USA, you may need to learn these steps to apply correctly to the English program you want.
If you carefully follow some steps, this may not be a big problem. For example, the English Language Institute (ELI) at the College of Staten Island (CSI) gives you 6 simple steps and information on-line to start with the right foot! To learn English in New York at an English Language Institute, usually called ELI, can only require these simple steps for the application process. You can read the following steps or watch our Youtube video above.
Step 1: Application process - Be prepared to fill it out with personal information, passport number, passport's date of expiration, and emails and telephone numbers. Remember, given name is your first name; surname is your last name. In the USA, dates are usually written with the month first: September 13, 1988 or 09/13/88. You may find this in many forms: MM/DD/YYYY which means month/day/year. As an example, you can find the ELI's application here.

 English Language Institute application process
English Language Institute application process
Step 2: Application fee - Many institutions usually ask for the application fee, which is a small payment to accept your documents. Some other institutions may charge document processing fees. Be prepared to know how to make wire transfers through banks or money transfer services since you will probably need to pay bank transfer fees. If the institution has a payment platform, this will ease the process for credit card payments.

Step 3: Passport - Institutions will ask for a copy of your passport. Some institutions may ask the application form and passport at the same time. With technology, the easiest way is through email with scanned PDF documents and some may still ask for hard copies. Be aware that your passport is at least valid 6 months after the completion of your program; otherwise, the visa may be denied or immigration will not allow the entrance.

Step 4: Bank statement or Financial support - In order to issue the visa, you will need to demonstrate you have the enough funds to study abroad and cover your tuition fee, study expenses, accommodations, meals, transportation, etc. ask your institution how much you at least need to have in your bank account to apply. If you have a sponsor, add additional financial support documents. Here you have an example of minimum funds for semester and summer terms to study English in New York.

Step 5: I-20 - If you study English at the English Language Institute at the College of Staten Island with an F-1 visa, you will receive an I-20 form. After you complete the steps above, we will issue an I-20 form which will be useful for the last step.

Step 6: Visa - With your I-20, you will be able to pay online for the SEVIS and and get your visa interview at the closest US Embassy or Consulate. Be prepared to take necessary documents for the visa interview. You got your F1 student visa? You are ready to go!!!

To study English in New York, or any other city in the USA, learn these steps and you may have a successful application.

Interested in learning English in New York with us? Apply to our ELI at the College of Staten Island!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Like Riding a Bike

When something is, "like riding a bike," it's something you never forget how to do.
Example: "Susana had not ice skated in 3 years; however, once she got on the ice, she skated beautifully. She told her shocked friends that it's just like riding a bike.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

To Keep a Low Profile

When you "keep a low profile," you avoid getting attention.

Example: After a rumor was spread about her, the popular girl tried to keep a low profile.

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Saturday, August 26, 2017

To Think Twice

When you "think twice," you consider something carefully.
Example: Her father advised her to think twice before buying clothes instead of food.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

To Throw in the Towel

When you "throw in the towel," you accept defeat or give up.
Example: The failing restaurant decided to throw in the towel.

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