Introducing our New ESL + Hospitality and Tourism Management Certificate + Paid Internship Program!

Posted By ColumbiaWestCollege on 10-19-2015 Categories - ESL, ESL Activities, ESL Classes,

Introducing our New ESL + Hospitality and Tourism Management Certificate + Paid Internship Program!

The English language skills you’ll learn in the ESL courses at Columbia West College will give you a great foundation for future success, whatever your goals or plans might be. But for those of you specifically interested in the hospitality and tourism industry, we have partnered with Vatel/CIBU to create our new ESL + Hospitality … Continued

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25 fun ways to practice your English in December

Posted By ColumbiaWestCollege on 12-16-2014 Categories - Blog, English Self Study, ESL, ESL Activities, Tags - English, Los Angeles, practice your English,

1. Wear an ugly Christmas sweater with a funny phrase. 2. Watch movies like: It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, Elf, The Grinch, and Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer. 3. Go ice skating. You can go ice skating in Pershing Square if you are in Los Angeles.   Click here for more information about times and prices:  http://holidayicerinkdowntownla.com/ 4. Go to see a live performance of The Nutcracker. 5. Learn the words to a Christmas song. The most popular songs are: Silent Night, White Christmas, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, I”l Be Home for Christmas, Little Drummer Boy, Twelve Days  of Christmas, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.  Spotify has many  Christmas and holiday playlists to help you practice your English. 6. Write a letter to Santa. Read some sample letters to Santa to get some ideas. 7. Make a Christmas list. Making lists is a great way to warm up to practice your  English. 8. Send Christmas cards. Make them yourself.  Common phrases on Christmas cards are listed on this site: http://www.homemade­gifts­made­easy.com/christmas­card­messages.html#nonreligious 9. Try eggnog, then describe how it is made or how it tastes to a friend. 10. Make a gingerbread house.  Step­ by­ step instructions can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C071lKTa8e0 11. Shop for and decorate a Christmas tree. 12. Make a Christmas ornament (include the year on the ornament).  Here are some suggestions for simple ornaments you can make at home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c2ermQkGao 13. Put up Christmas lights.  Here’s a unique idea for decorating your room or apartment with lights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Urn056uEi8w 14. Say “Happy Holidays”or “Merry Christmas” to strangers 15. Take holiday photos and write captions (caption= a short description of what’s happening in the picture). 16. Write about the first time you saw snow.  You can watch one man’s experience here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWdguqn3zJ8 17. Learn how to make a snowman or snowwoman.  Here’s an instructional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=206yVUMtQBs 18. Make snowflakes from paper.   There’s a helpful video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AfT­w5vH2w 19. Learn about the history of Santa Claus.  Here is one of the cutest videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbUVKXdu4lQ 20. Learn about the history of Hanukkah.  You can watch a cartoon about Hanukkah here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tws_uMAEOs 21. Learn about the history of Kwanzaa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j9VWLKarpw … Continued

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Top 5 Los Angeles Movies

Posted By ColumbiaWestCollege on 12-02-2014 Categories - Blog, ESL Activities, ESL Los Angeles, Explore ESL, Exploring Los Angles, Tags - #top5moviesSub Hash Tag Key, english learners, ESL, ESL movies, practice english, Top 5 Los Angeles Movies,

Top 5 Los Angeles Movies There are many movies that take place in Los Angeles. This is a list of the top 5 Los Angeles Movies. These movies are all very different, and each one is famous. You can practice English, and learn about Los Angeles culture by watching these top 5 Los Angeles movies. … Continued

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Favorite American Movies

Posted By ColumbiaWestCollege on 10-31-2014 Categories - American Culture, Blog, ESL, ESL Activities, Videos, Tags - American Movies, English movies, ESL, ESL films, ESL movies,

Favorite American Movies Hollywood movies are the safest choice. These movies appeal to everyone. One of the best ways to find the best American movies is to read reviews. You can also watch previews. Another way to find the best American movies is to look at how much money each movie made. By reading comments … Continued

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