Feature Destination – Brisbane

September 9th, 2014

This month we would like to share some information about lovely Brisbane, where LSI has a centrally located school.

LSI Brisbane class

 

Here are some quick facts that you may not know about Brisbane:

  • It’s the 3rd largest city in Australia with a population of approx. 2.2 million
  • Brisbane is a very young city – only 189 years
  • The G20 are meeting in Brisbane in November this year
  • The streets of the CBD look like a grid from above. They are named after members of the Royal Family. The “male streets” run from southeast to northwest and the “female streets” run from southwest to northeast
  • Brisbane has some of Australia’s tallest buildings
  • The climate is subtropical – the winter is wonderfully warm in Brisbane, with the temperature during the day usually sitting around 22-24 degrees Celsius
  • Some of Australia’s highest rated universities are in Brisbane: Griffith University, the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology
LSI Brisbabe building

LSI Brisbabe building

Central Brisbane park with city skyline

Central Brisbane park with city skyline

Brisbane River and City Skyline

Brisbane River and City Skyline

Sports in a central park, in mid-winter!

Sports in a central park, in mid-winter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some top things we recommend you do/visit while you’re in Brisbane!

“Brisbane Powerhouse” – more than just an arts venue, it’s an essential Brisbane destination – so many things to see and do, music, comedy, theatre, cabaret, visual arts, installation work, food and drinks overlooking the snaking Brisbane River… all situated within the historical building originally built in the 1920s as a powerstation and renovated in 2000.

Brisbane powerhouse

Brisbane powerhouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original Live Music Scene – pioneers of the Punk Era THE SAINTS hailed from Brisbane not to mention the Bee Gees, Savage Garden and Powderfinger.  Brisbane is teeming with live music venues, from boutique style stages to major concert venues.

The music scene in Brisbane

The music scene in Brisbane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery Of Modern Art – this world class art gallery is a building filled with light and space and is a work of art in itself… hosting a huge range of exhibitions, arthouse cinema and next to the Queensland State Library on the bank of the Brisbane River.

Goma, or the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane

Goma, or the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – you are allowed to hold a koala, the only animal sanctuary in Australia where this is permitted.

The famous koala!

The famous koala!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunshine & Gold Coasts – just an hour’s drive either way from Brisbane are Australia’s best beaches and national parks, and just a few hours further north is the beginning of the utterly unique Great Barrier Reef.

The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’d love to see you at LSI Brisbane!

Family program at LSI San Diego

September 5th, 2014

Twice a year we run a family program in conjunction with our Juniors program at LS San Diego. This is an opportunity for families with children as young as 8 to study along with their older siblings and parents. The younger students are in classes with other students of 8 – 12 years of age, the 13 – 17 year olds participate in the juniors program, and the parents can choose to join any one of our regular adult programmes. The 8 – 17 year olds have English classes in the mornings and afternoon activities in and around San Diego. This year was our most successful family program ever, with the class running for the entire summer session at near capacity. Students from Brazil, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland participated and had a great time, both in class and on activities. Here are some photos of our July/August program! If you’d like more information, please contact LSI San Diego!

LSI San Diego Juniors at the playground

Juniors at the playground

Juniors on the ferry

Students at the chalkboard

Juniors at a baseball game

LSI Toronto celebrates World Student Day

August 21st, 2014

August 8 was World Student Day in Canada.  This event, organised by Languages Canada, was held in cities all across the country.  It was a beautiful summer day and a great chance for LSI students to go to the University of Toronto and meet students from other language schools for a day of games, talent shows, and food.  Five of our LSI Toronto students volunteered for “Make Your Mark on the World”, where students could write their names on a map of the world. We’re looking forward to the next one!

Here are some photos of our students participating in the day’s activities:

Food, games, and fun with friends!

Food, games, and fun with friends!

Food, games, and fun with friends!

Food, games, and fun with friends!

Food, games, and fun with friends!

Food, games, and fun with friends!

An LSI student makes her mark on the world

An LSI student makes her mark on the world

Our LSI student volunteers at World Student Day

Our LSI student volunteers at World Student Day

LSI Toronto Junior Programmes

August 21st, 2014

At LSI Toronto, our junior programmes are a great way for students to improve their English, meet new friends from other countries, and visit the attractions that Toronto has to offer.   Students have English classes in the mornings and afternoon and weekend activities, accompanied by an LSI teacher.   This summer, as well as junior students from Portugal, France, Spain, Poland, Croatia, and Mexico, we welcomed a group of students and their group leaders from China, who went on a sightseeing tour of Niagara Falls and French Canada after their programme at LSI before heading home.

We have winter junior programmes available for groups in January/February, and our summer programme is open for individuals and groups. Come join us at LSI Toronto and improve your English while meeting friends from all over the world!

Here are some photos of what our juniors have been up to:

Canoeing on Lake Ontario

Canoeing on Lake Ontario

Making new friends from different countries

Making new friends from different countries

Making new friends from different countries

Making new friends from different countries

Chinese junior students receiving their LSI certificates at graduation, with their group leaders and teachers

Chinese junior students receiving their LSI certificates at graduation, with their group leaders and teachers

LSI Paris recent student activities

August 8th, 2014

Our students at LSI Paris have really been enjoying the summer months and getting out and about to see some of Paris. Activities have included visits to:

Père Lachaise cemetery: the biggest cemetery in Paris – home of the graves of major celebrities such as: Guillaume Apollinaire , Honoré de Balzac , Maria Callas, Frédéric Chopin, Eugene Delacroix, Isadora Duncan, Paul Eluard, Jean de la Fontaine, Molière, Yves Montand, Jim Morrison, Édith Piaf, Camille Pissarro, Marcel Proust, and Oscar among others.

Carnavalet Museum: a Museum dedicated to the history of Paris, with beautiful paintings, sculptures, and photography.

Opéra Garnier: the famous Paris major opera house

If you’re interested in exploring this wonderful city, come and study with LSI in Paris

Here are some photos of our students out and about in Paris:

 

Students in front of the famous Sacre Coeur

Enjoying the views of Paris

Checking out the museums

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Enjoying discovering the city and making new friends

 

August Feature Destination – LSI Vancouver

August 8th, 2014

Last week students at LSI Vancouver decided to visit one of the most popular parks in Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Park. Students had a chance to check out one of the best views in the city from Queen Elizabeth Park! Next they went inside the Bloedel Conservatory to visit with some noisy parrots and enjoy the beautiful plants and flowers. It’s totally worth the $5 entrance fee! Later, some of them decided to end the day with some delicious beers from around the world. We thought it would be a perfect opportunity to provide you with a bit more information about these activities in Vancouver!

 

LSI Vancouver students enjoying the view from Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park:Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver’s horticultural jewel, is a major draw for floral display enthusiasts and view-seekers, and as a popular backdrop for wedding photos. At 152 metres above sea level, it’s the highest point in Vancouver and makes for spectacular views of the park, city, and mountains on the North Shore. The 52-hectare park is home to the stunning Bloedel Conservatory. There is also a gorgeously landscaped quarry garden, the arboretum with its collection of exotic and native trees, sculptures including one by internationally renowned artist Henry Moore, and diverse recreational offerings such as tennis, lawn bowling and pitch & putt. The park is also the perfect setting for fine dining at Seasons in the Park, a picnic or stargazing!

Students enjoying the tropical plants in Bloedel Conservatory

Bloedel Conservatory:Experience the colours and scents of the tropics year-round! Bloedel Conservatory is a domed lush paradise located in Queen Elizabeth Park atop the City of Vancouver’s highest point. More than 200 free-flying exotic birds, 500 exotic plants and flowers thrive within its temperature-controlled environment. Constructed through a very generous donation from Prentice Bloedel, Bloedel was dedicated at its opening in 1969 “to a better appreciation and understanding of the world of plants.” Designated as a heritage building, it is jointly operated by Vancouver Park Board and the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association. Together, these partners also operate VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Students at Biercraft Restaurant sampling the specialities

Biercraft Restaurant:With 2 locations, Biercraft is a restaurant with an extensive list of over 120 Belgian and Craft beers, local cask beer and a regionally inspired menu of tapas and bistro food. Using local producers and suppliers whenever possible, Biercraft uses the freshest ingredients and supports the local economy.

Craft-beer is growing as an industry in Vancouver

Vancouver’s booming craft-beer industry:Over the past several years, Vancouver has seen a shift in consumption from imported to the less expensive domestic beers and a move away from the brand name beers to beers made by microbreweries. Many microbreweries use the crystal-clear waters of the Rocky Mountains and the rich ingredients produced by BC’s mild climate, including hops, barley, honey, yeast, raspberries, cherries and other season fruits which results in fresh-tasting beer with more complex flavors.

The best way to sample Vancouver’s locally brewed beers is to visit the many brewpubs around the city.

We’d love the opportunity to introduce you to some more wonderful places in Vancouver – come study with us at LSI Vancouver!

English for Nursing at LSI Auckland

July 11th, 2014

If you are involved in, or interested in the medical industry, then this course may be for you. English for Nursing is ideal for students who wish to study a Bachelor of Nursing degree, gain valuable work experience in an English speaking environment, and go for NZ Nursing Registration. It is also good for qualified nurses who want to work in the same job in English.

Nursing is one of the careers on New Zealand Immigration’s Long Term Skill Shortage list. Applicants who complete an NZQA-approved Bachelor of Nursing Programme and register as a comprehensive nurse in New Zealand are seen as desirable by the New Zealand government. Approval rates for NZIS’s visa applications are higher when applying to study nursing as it is a more attractive occupational target than many other careers.

The course is made up of General English, IELTS Exam preparation, and specific English for Nursing Modules. The Nursing English modules cover such subjects as Language of the Hospitals, the Healthcare System, Health and Disease, Medical and Anatomical Terminology, Patient Assessment, Diet, Elderly Care, Alternative Treatments, and Medication. We offer the course as a 24 week or 36 week programme. There are minimum entry requirements, so please be sure to contact the school for further information or click here to access our information sheet. The other important thing to note with this programme is that LSI Auckland students are permitted to work for up to 20 hours per week on their Student Visa, giving students the opportunity to find part time work during their stay in NZ.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We look forward to welcoming you to LSI Auckland.

Feature Destination: Auckland – the sports Kiwis love

July 11th, 2014

Our feature destination this month is Auckland and we thought we would take the opportunity to introduce you to some of the popular sports that New Zealanders love to participate in, so you have some background knowledge before heading to LSI Auckland! Kiwis, as New Zealanders are affectionately known as, are keen sports people, and love to observe as well as participate in a range of sports. Here is a collection of favourites – some you may know well, and others may be quite foreign!

Summer Sports:

A cricket game in action

Cricket – A traditionally British game, cricket is a popular summer game in New Zealand. It’s a great non-contact sport for children to participate in. There are two teams, with one team batting, whilst the other fields – they then swap once their number of overs is up! The National team is called the Black Caps, and they play in NZ during the summer, and tour during the winter to such countries as India, the West Indies, Australia, South Africa and England. Games last for a day, through to 5 days! Some may find this a little hard, as the games are long, but it is really entertaining to attend a One Day Test, or a Twenty 20 game – give it a go while you’re in Auckland!

Yachts on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour

Sailing – Auckland is also known as the City of Sails, as there are more yachts per capita in Auckland than in any other city in the world. Aucklanders love to sail – the city is positioned on two harbours – and it’s a great place to learn to sail, if that’s something you’re interested in. New Zealand is a keen participant in the America’s Cup sailing competition, and although we were unable to win the cup back in the competition in 2013, Team New Zealand is hoping to bring the cup back to NZ in the future.

LSI Auckland students during their surf lesson

Surfing – As an island nation, there is no shortage of beautiful beaches in New Zealand, and a lot of surf! Surfing is a favourite pastime of Kiwis, and is a year round sport (as long as you have a wetsuit for winter J). The surf is definitely better on the West Coast of New Zealand, with our wild black sand beaches – the tides can be strong though, so always go surfing with a buddy, and make sure there are other people around so you can signal for help if you need it. At LSI Auckland, we arrange surfing lessons out at Muriwai Beach – so if you are interested in learning, it’s a perfect opportunity to do so, by combining your English Lessons during the week with Surf lessons on the weekend.

Windsurfing in Auckland

Wind surfing – As Auckland is surrounded by water and beaches, it’s a perfect place for water sports such as wind surfing. There’s never any problem with a bit of wind to get out on your board, and there is a range of options for learning and practising wind surfing. New Zealanders have traditionally done very well in the wind surfing at the Olympics. Why not give it a go when you travel to Auckland?

 

Winter Sports:

The World Champion All Blacks

Rugby Union – Arguably our most popular sport, Rugby is like a religion in NZ. The World Famous All Blacks are the national team, and current World Cup holders, and the team members are like national heroes. Children start playing rugby as young as 5 (a less physical version of the game) and it is played right through schools, universities, and on a national club level. Rugby is an 80 minute game, with 2 40 minute halves – each team has 15 members on the field, in a range of positions – and the aim is to score tries! You score a try by placing the ball down in the goal area – you also score points by kicking the ball between the goal posts (the very tall white posts at each end of the field). Although there is a whole host of rules, the big rule is that you cannot pass the ball forward – you must pass it to a player behind you. If you are fortunate enough to attend an All Blacks game, you’ll also get to see them performing the famous haka “Ka Mate”. We highly recommend you take the opportunity to attend a rugby game in NZ – it’s very exciting to watch!

Rugby league players in action

Rugby League – Although they may look like quite similar games, there actually is a big difference between Rugby Union and Rugby League. In rugby league, there are only 13 players on the field per team. You still have to pass the ball backwards only (although you can kick it forwards), and there are still tackles, but in league, you are allowed 6 forward movements before you have to hand over the ball to the other side – each movement ends when you are tackled. Auckland is the home of the national team which competes in the Australian competition (the NRL) – the Vodafone Warriors. They are yet to win the competition, but they have come close a few times now! League is a popular sport amongst youth as well, and you’ll often see games being played on sports fields around the country on Saturday mornings.

Our students playing Wednesday football

Football – Although it is not as popular as rugby, football has grown in popularity, ever since NZ’s participation in the last World Cup – NZ was the only team to not be beaten at the World Cup in 2010! (we drew or won each game we played). It is particularly popular in schools, as it is seen as less dangerous than rugby, and therefore more attractive for parents! At LSI Auckland, our DOS Grant is a keen football player, and takes the students each Wednesday afternoon for a game in the Auckland Domain. Our students are all keenly following the Football World Cup at the moment, and Grant has set up one of our classrooms as football central!

We look forward to welcoming you to LSI Auckland, and introducing you to our sporting culture!

LSI Cambridge’s Garden Transformation

July 11th, 2014

LSI Cambridge was delighted to finally complete the renovations to the garden this month, a project that has made a real difference to the students and staff of the school.

Over the past three months, we have cleared away an old building at the back of the garden and replaced it with a brand new office and library – a beautiful, purpose built space for students to self study in a peaceful, comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.

At the same time, we have increased the social space in the garden, removing an area of old scrub and bushes and replacing it with a beautiful wooden deck, where the students can socialize and chat at lunchtimes and after school and where we will be holding more and more of our world famous barbeque parties!

Cambridge garden before

Cambridge garden before

New Cambridge garden deck

New Cambridge garden deck

The new deck area for BBQs

The new deck area for BBQs

This part of the garden was used for bike storage

This part of the garden was used for bike storage

Now it's a beautiful new study space for students

Now it’s a beautiful new study space for students

And after!

And after!

And how did we manage all of this? The power of Ali and Agnes…

Ali and Agnes getting their hands dirty!

Ali and Agnes getting their hands dirty!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come and visit us at LSI Cambridge and see the improvements for yourself!

Malta – ‘Unmissable’ Places to Visit

June 13th, 2014

Malta might be small in size  but it has an amazing variety of places to visit so deciding on a shortlist of five was difficult.

Here are the LSI top 5 ‘unmissable’ places to visit in Malta

June2014Valetta 1. Valetta. Packed into just one square mile, Malta’s capital city has been described by UNESCO as “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world”. Brimming with cultural influences and architectural styles from the many different settlers and traders to the island, Valetta is a harmonious melting pot. Definitely one for culture vultures.
June201Gozo 2. Gozo. With its slower pace of life, welcoming locals, open countryside, raw rugged coastlines, sleepy unconverted villages and traditional crafts, Gozo show a glimpse of what it’s larger sister Malta was like a few decades ago. A slice of old world charm.
June2014MaltaBlueLagoon 3. The Blue Lagoon. Situated on the sparsely inhabited island of Comino, the blue lagoon, renowned for it’s clear, turquoise coloured water, is the perfect spot for diving and snorkeling. Don’t forget to pack your own lunch though.
June2014Club 4. Paceville. The liveliest, hippest place to hang out in for those who love to party. St Julian’s nightlife district is second to none with its multitude of clubs, music venues, bars, restaurants and cafes. Learn what it really means to party hard!
June2014Hypogeum 5. The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum.  A fascinating underground necropolis discovered as recently as 1902, this UNESCO World Heritage site is packed with tombs, paintings, statues and rock carvings. Worth visiting just for the  spooky Oracle Room where a woman’s voice will not echo, but a man’s will.