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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Best Weekend Getaways

Posted By ColumbiaWestCollege on 05-26-2015 Categories - Blog, Community, ESL, Tags - best, best weekend getaways, Columbia West College,

Best Weekend Getaways

California has many great places to visit for the weekend Weekend trips are a fun way to explore California and nearby popular destinations. Living in Los Angeles is fun, but it’s always nice to get away for the weekend and try some new adventures. San Francisco San Francisco is a fun place to getaway for … Continued

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ESL Los Angeles Adventures

Posted By ColumbiaWestCollege on 05-21-2015 Categories - Blog, Community, ESL, Tags - adventures, Columbia West College, ESL, Los Angeles,

ESL Los Angeles Adventures

ESL Los Angeles students enjoy having cultural experiences and connecting with their community. Artwalks are great opportunities for ESL Los Angeles students to discover new, local art. Each month, ESL Los Angeles students at Columbia West College attend the DTLA Artwalk.  Artwalk is a community event that brings L.A. artists together to show their work. … Continued

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ESL at the Movies

Posted By ColumbiaWestCollege on 05-06-2015 Categories - Blog, Community, ESL, Tags - at the movies, Columbia West College, ESL, ESL movies, movies,

How to Improve Your English by Talking about Movies Watching movies is a fun and fast way to improve your listening skills. Watching movies, you learn how Americans actually speak. Watching movies is a great way to learn slang and idioms, and hear real English pronunciations and accents. Watching and then talking about movies is … Continued

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ESL Los Angeles Adventures

Posted By ColumbiaWestCollege on 04-16-2015 Categories - Blog, Community, ESL, Tags - adventures, Columbia West College, ESL, esl los angeles adventures, la, Los Angeles,

Activities with Columbia West College Los Angeles is an amazing city. Studying ESL in Los Angeles, students have access to many exciting cultural events and activities. ESL Los Angeles students at Columbia West College study hard and play hard. Every week, students at Columbia West get together for a new adventure. Read on to find … Continued

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Understanding American Jokes

Posted By ColumbiaWestCollege on 04-01-2015 Categories - Blog, Community, ESL, Tags - american jokes, Columbia West College, ESL, understanding,

American Jokes American jokes can be hard to understand especially for ESL students. Every country has its own brand of jokes and humor. The British are known for sarcasm, irony, and jokes on dark topics,. (In sarcasm and irony, the joker says the opposite of what is true in a tone that does not match … 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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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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Top 5 Bookstores in Los Angeles

Posted By ColumbiaWestCollege on 10-17-2014 Categories - American Culture, Blog, English Self Study, ESL, Explore ESL, Exploring Los Angles, Making American Friends, Reading & Writing, Tags - American books, American culture, Bookstores Los Angeles, Columbia West Collge, ESL, ESL Los Angeles, LA Bookstores,

Exploring Los Angeles Through Books: The Top 5 Bookstores in Los Angeles Bookstores are great places to find new books, study, meet new people, and get involved in your community. Many of L.A.’s bookstores do more than just sell books. Most of them also have coffee shops with indoor and outdoor seating. They advertise local concerts, talks, … Continued

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American Culture Through Books: Explore ESL

Posted By ColumbiaWestCollege on 10-13-2014 Categories - Blog, English Self Study, ESL, Explore ESL, Reading & Writing, Tags - American books, American culture, Columbia West College, English books, ESL, ESL books,

Explore American Culture Through Books America has a rich literary tradition. You can learn much about American culture through books. The kinds of books Americans enjoy reading say a lot about their values and interests. The New York Times Best Sellers List shows which books are most popular in America. According to their list, the most popular subjects … Continued

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