The Truth about Cinco de Mayo – Listening Practice


Cinco de Mayo (the fifth of May) has come and gone. Did you celebrate it? If you did, maybe you ate tacos or had a margarita with your friends. But what were you celebrating? A lot of people think they are celebrating the day of Mexico’s independence from Spain and France, but in this short interview from NPR, Lesley Tellez explains who really celebrates this interesting holiday and why.

Click Here to isten to the interview



Why we love a film that makes us cry

CLICK: Why we love a film that makes us cry

Do you like happy movies or sad movies better?

In this listening practice, BBC Learning English talks about why we all like to cry at the movies.

Study the ten vocabulary items and impress your teacher with all the idioms you know!

Christmas Party 2012

Are you sad that winter is over? Do you miss Christmas? Are you humming Christmas carols alone in your room right now? Well say no more, because just in time for spring, AOI’s Christmas Music Party Video is here!

For those of you who weren’t at the Christmas party, this video may surprise you. But even if you were there, you may have forgotten just how much fun you had–enjoy again.

Yes–it really was that cool.

Valentine’s Day at AOI

AOI’s Valentine’s Day Potluck was a big success. If you have any situation where you combine great food from around the world (mostly from Trader Joe’s), a handsome and clever host, and fun games with prizes, it’s going to be fun. BUT if you take all those things and add a little Romance, you’ve got a real party on your hands.

Here are some of the highlights:Image

Ron made sure the party didn’t stop—and he looked good doing it.

ImageKimkim and Mika sample some of the sweets and treats at the potluck.

Image“Psssst!” What would Valentine’s Day be without secrets? Lots of secrets…

ImageEveryone had fun—it was really crowded!!

ImageThe Men relaxed and talked about manly things—not about girly things like Love…

The games were great fun. People had cookies on their face, were stepping on each other’s feet, sitting on each other, and everyone was laughing a lot.

What was your favorite part of the party? Tell us below!

AOI and Azusa Pacific University agreement!

AOI College of Languages has signed a transfer agreement with Azusa Pacific University. AOI students who have successfully completed Level 6 will be able to apply to the undergraduate program at Azusa Pacific University (APU) without the TOEFL requirement.

Students will receive priority review of your academic records and early admission notification. APU counselors further assist students in the admission process by providing specific guidance about major preparation and general education coursework including transferable credits for transfer students.

Overseas students who apply to AOI in conjunction with APU admissions will receive a letter of support from the university and can be submitted as part of visa supporting documents.

Corona Del Mar Beach BBQ!

AOI students went to Corona for a fun day in the southern California’s sun. We had a BBQ on the beach with the beautiful beach on one side and picturesque view of beach houses on the other. It was a great way to unwind from all of the studying. It was a great experience of California’s beautiful beaches.



Hope to see you here soon!

AOI International Student College Fair at UCI September 28!

AOI is sponsoring the second anual International Student College Fair at UC Irvine, on September 28th from 2-6 pm. Admission is free! The fair will be held at the Student Services building Pacific Ballroom.
For all international students who want to go to a 4 year college and would like to know how to get accepted. Attending the fair: UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Davis, UC Riverside, IVC, Saddleback College, Golden West College, Santa Ana College, Fullerton College, Cypress College, Chapman, LMU, and many more!


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