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, February 24, 2018

To Give The Benefit of The Doubt

When you “give someone the benefit of the doubt,” you believe them even though they can not prove anything.
Example: During their discussion, Susan gave Kristen the benefit of the doubt, and assumed she was right.
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Live and Learn

 When you say “live and learn,” you are saying that you made a mistake and will learn from it.
Example: While baking her brother a birthday cake, Kelsey used baking powder instead of baking soda and ruined the cake. Live and learn!

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Friday, February 9, 2018

Under the Weather

When you feel “under the weather,” you feel sick.
Example: Yesterday, Susie felt a under the weather. She went to the doctor the next day and found out she caught the flu!

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Saturday, February 3, 2018

To Get Bent Out of Shape

When you “get bent out of shape,” you get upset.
Example: Alyssa got all bent out of shape after she failed her English test.

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Friday, January 26, 2018

A Perfect Storm

When something is “a perfect storm,” it is the worst situation possible.
Example: Allen was planning on going out this weekend but then a perfect storm hit. His professor assigned a lot of homework, his parents were coming to visit, and he had to work an extra shift.
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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Full of Themselves

When someone is “full of themselves,” they are overly confident and arrogant. It is usually used as an insult.
Example: Lucas is so full of himself. He thinks he’s the best basketball player in New York, but he has only been playing for a week!

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

White as a Sheet

When you are as “white as a sheet,” you are extremely pale, usually because you’re frightened.
Example: During the haunted house, Jackson was as white as a sheet.



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