Valentine Day’s Charity Bake at LSI Berkeley

February 22nd, 2017

Every year LSI Berkeley  holds a bake sale for charity. This year the event was held on Valentine’s Day. Teachers and staff bought in homemade cakes to sell to students during morning break. It seems not only can our teachers explain complicated grammar points, they can also bake! Everyone enjoyed sampling a tasty array of treats such as brownies, cake pops and cookies. More importantly, the bake sale was for a good cause. All the proceeds of the bake sale were donated to our local chapter of the International Rescue Committee.

Valentine's Day Charity Bake at LSI Berkeley

 

English Language Teacher Training – Free Online Introductory Course

February 2nd, 2017

Future Learn, an online learning platform, is offering a free English Language Teacher Training course aimed at prospective TEFL teachers. The course, entitled ‘Exploring the World of English Language Training‘, discusses what TEFL teachers need to know about the language, the skills they will need and the type of resources available. The courses starts on 13th February and runs for 6 weeks. Future learn have produced a short video outlining the course.

Who can take the free English Language Teacher Training course?

If you live in the UK and English teaching is something you might be considering then this course is perfect. You’ll get the chance to watch practising TEFL teachers and listen to feedback from their students. During the course, experienced teacher trainers will cover different aspects over 6 weeks. Requiring only 2 hours of study per week, this taster course may help you to decide whether TEFL teaching is for you. Click here to enrol on the February course or to register and interest in future ELT courses.

The Next Step

Past students have used this free course as a preparatory course for the Cambridge CELTA courses. The CELTA qualification is becoming essential for those interested in working in ELT in the UK and elsewhere. LSI Brighton run CELTA courses throughout the year.

For more details  about CELTA dates and prices contact the school.

Student teacher on English Language Teacher Training course

Programming And English Courses at New York

February 2nd, 2017

Programming with English tuition at LSI New YorkIn March LSI New York are launching a brand new course ‘Intro to Coding and Intensive English’. LSI will be working in conjunction with TechToTech, the Technology training company which will be providing the programming lessons.

The course combines English lessons with afternoon classes in coding. Aimed at students with little or no experience of coding, the programming classes move at a steady pace, building on a student’s confidence with a step-by-step approach. Over eight weeks students get the opportunity to build their own website and develop a smartphone ap. Whilst the ‘Intro to Coding & Intensive English’ runs for eight weeks, students can book additional weeks of English tuition.

Key Points for our English with Programming Course

  • Course duration is 8 weeks but possible to extend the English tuition
  • Choice of 20 or 30 lessons of English tuition per week
  • Coding classes: Two per week , each class lasting 3 hours
  • At least two office visits to New York based technology companies
  • Weekly technology events on the campus
  • English level: Intermediate level or higher (B1 of the CEFR)

Check out our webpage for more details about the course including dates and prices.

FCE now accepted by Immigration New Zealand

February 1st, 2017

Immigration New Zealand  are now accepting Cambridge FCE (First Certificate of English) for visa applications where students must demonstrate their English language level. Prior to this IELTS was the only English test accepted by Immigration New Zealand. However since November, applicants can also apply for visas with an FCE score of 176 or higher.

Advantages of Cambridge FCE Certificates

This is great news for students who already have the First Certificate of English. Unlike some examinations, the Cambridge certificate courses have lifetime validity. In addition to being useful for visa applications, some UK universities accept Cambridge ESOL qualifications as proof of English language level.

LSI Auckland offers preparation courses for students who want to sit the First Certificate of English. The courses run for  8, 10 or 12 weeks and start in January, March, June or October.

Students sitting Cambridge FCE exam

Teachers’ Longevity at LSI Vancouver is Sign of a Great School

January 24th, 2017

At LSI Vancouver, we’re proud of our teachers and our school. Apparently our teachers are so happy at the school that once they start they never want to leave. Most of LSI Vancouver’s teachers have been with us for 15 years or more including the star team Bernard and Steve (both 22 years), Linda (21 years), Chloe (21 years) and Ken (17 years).

With all those years of teaching behind them, we are confident of the excellent learning environment we offer.  Our teachers know how to inspire our international students teaching them not only English but the local culture too. Thanks to all the amazing teachers for all those years of hard work!

Vancouver teachers sitting in front of LSI banner

Study Digital Marketing At LSI New York

January 22nd, 2017

Digital Marketing with English tuition at LSI New YorkAs part of an exciting new range of combined English with technology classes now running at LSI New York, you can now study Digital Marketing. The course is run in collaboration with TurnToTech, a technology company which specialises in digital marketing training.

The course covers paid and earned media, search engine optimization (SEO), paid Google/Twitter/Facebook campaigns, content marketing and data-driven strategies for managing your campaigns. By the end of the course you will understand  all the latest trends in digital marketing.

Courses last for eight weeks combining English lessons with afternoon classes in digital marketing. Students don’t need to have any previous knowledge in this field but should have an intermediate level of English. Students can also book additional weeks of English tuition either before the start or end of the course.

Key Points for our English with Digital Marketing Course

  • Course duration is 8 weeks but possible to extend the English tuition
  • Choice of 20 or 30 lessons of English tuition per week
  • Digital Marketing classes: Two per week , each class lasting 3 hours
  • At least two office visits to New York based technology companies
  • Weekly technology events on the campus
  • English level: Intermediate level or higher (B1 of the CEFR)

Check out our webpage for more details about the course including dates and prices.

Meet the New School Director at LSI Toronto

January 11th, 2017

JamesBenoit2017 heralds big changes for LSI Toronto. After many years in charge at LSI Toronto, our colleague Linda Walsh took retirement, and LSI appointed a new school director, James Benoit. In the first week back from Christmas, James officially takes the helm at our busy school in Toronto. As way of introduction , we have invited him to share his story and thoughts about teaching.

“It’s a pleasure to meet all of you! I have been working in the ESL field since 1999 having accumulated experience as an English teacher in Taiwan for nearly four years and then switching over to education management as an Academic Director in Korea for almost eight years. After living overseas for such a long time, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work back in Canada at EF Toronto as both the Academic Director and the Interim School Director for around four years.

I am now very pleased to move in to a more permanent position as a School Director at LSI Toronto, as it will allow me to gain further experience in managing a school and leading a team. Everyone both at the school and in the company at large has been very welcoming, supportive and helpful, and I feel confident that we will be able to make some very positive improvements on all fronts as we grow in the coming years.

I truly love working in this field, as it allows me to work with a diverse array of cultures and peoples stemming from all walks of life. It has also provided me with an opportunity to gain very worthwhile experience in education, management, human resources, finance and operations, and I hope that I will be able to transplant these skills to LSI and make valuable contributions to this company in my role. I sincerely look forward to working with all of you either as students or as colleagues!”

CEO of LSI Interviewed by Pie News

January 10th, 2017

Pie News, a website dedicated to news about International Education, recently approached the CEO of LSI, David Immanuel, to discuss his views on a range of topics from LSI’s background and future plans, the recent company merger, and the current issues and  trends in the Language Training Industry. Here are just a few snippets of the topics discussed.

DavidImmanuelPieNewsBlog

Pie News: How many language schools do you have now? And how has it changed since you started in 1970?

David Immanuel: We have 14 schools. And of course I also have the prep school. We started with two schools in London and Paris, and I’ve gradually built it up – the next one came in Germany, but you could say that my first serious language school was Berkeley in 1979.

When we organised the school, we modelled it on the Berlitz style of one to one teaching of foreign languages and we did quite well during the 70s, but then gradually English took over and for us the foreign language business in the UK shrank. We still do teach some foreign languages to a few companies but it’s a very minor, minor part of it now.

And if you had said to me then I would have been doing it 46 years later, I’d have been shocked.

Pie News: You recently acquired LTC. Is finding schools and acquiring them now is that part of your strategy for expansion?

David Immanuel: Well it’s slightly opportunistic ,… We work with strong individuals – the merger is going well. The [LTC] London school has closed by agreement, so we have by default inherited some of the business. I would definitely be interested in other opportunities if  they [mergers] came about, not only over here [UK] but also in the United States

Pie News: We often hear stakeholders say that general English is dead – nobody’s interested in it. But others say English remains their biggest seller. Which is the case for you?

David Immanuel: Yes, I mean it’s our core business. It’s been our strongest year ever in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, so it’s certainly not dead. There are a number of factors tying together have damaged the market: the finishing of the Saudi scholarships; the downturn of the currency in Brazil, Venezuela, Russia; economic problems, sanctions etc, … but there is a market. And new markets are opening up… South America opened up, and then Eastern Europe – there’s Vietnam and there’s the big one, China.

[In 2016] We opened a flagship school at $10m investment, we bought half a floor in a 20 storey in downtown New York. We’ve decided we are sharing the space now with a software training school, and I was just talking to them last night about a co-operation about programmes. I know there is space for that, but I think learning English will remain our core business

Pie News: So you talked about diversification, and lots of other people are trying to diversify through pathways. Is your sixth form college [in London]  a kind of pathway?

David Immanuel: The sixth form college is really about pathways, but doing it in the way of A Levels. We may well start foundation programmes from that college next year but if we do it, it will be one that’s recognised by the whole group of universities, rather than running around trying to get one university to recognise it.

Click here for the  full interview on the Pie News Website.

 

London Hampstead’s Recent ISI Inspection Report

January 2nd, 2017

We’re very proud of our recent Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection report and thought we’d share some highlights with you:

The quality of the curriculum, teaching and learners’ achievements is excellent.

There is outstanding support for students with specific educational needs on the A level programmes.

Students’ work is regularly assessed and they receive very high quality feedback on what they need to do to improve.  Consequently, students make excellent progress in their studies.

The systems for supporting students under 18 years are excellent, contributing to effective safeguarding practice.  Pastoral care is excellent with staff promptly identifying and supporting students’ individual needs.  Students receive high quality information and advice on further study options.

Pastoral support is excellent.

Students under 18 years are well monitored and teachers provide highly effective support and care.

Further study and careers advice is excellent, providing plenty of opportunities for students to consider and plan their future study and career options.  Support for A level students is outstanding, providing students with very high levels of support and guidance.

Students receive excellent levels of individual support, attention and care. 

Student support and care are outstanding, contributing to high educational standards.

The policy and procedures to advise and assess students applying for A level courses are excellent.

Teachers have excellent subject knowledge and are highly skilled.

Achievement levels are high.

Attainment and progress are excellent.

Students report that they are very happy with the progress they are making.  Attendance levels are high and punctuality is excellent.

The arrangements for health, safety and security of premises are excellent.

The quality of premises is excellent.  Buildings are comfortable, clean and well maintained, providing an attractive and safe environment for everyone.

Student areas provide refreshments and a comfortable environment well used by students who report high levels of enjoyment in socialising with their peers.

 

CELTA training at LSI Brighton

December 15th, 2016

LSI Brighton is now offering the Cambridge CELTA teacher training programme. In the first of our blog posts about the course we explain how to apply for the course:

The Cambridge CELTA course is the UK’s gold standard initial English Teaching “TEFL” course. It has straightforward entry requirements and admission to the course is normally by interview which we can organise in person or via a service like Skype.

In addition to this, potential candidates have to show a good familiarity with how the English language works. This is known as “language awareness” and there is a task to complete as part of the application process.

The CELTA course is a very intensive course and involves teaching practice sessions from very early in the programme (the second day on a full time course!) so it’s important that trainee teachers can understand and also explain the structure of English to students.

What qualifications do I need to apply for a CELTA course?

At LSI Brighton we normally expect candidates to have an undergraduate degree or equivalent, but 2 A Levels are the minimum requirement. The school will also consider any relevant experience as part of the application.

How much knowledge of English do I have to demonstrate?

We do expect and recommend that applicants access reference material when completing the language awareness task. If, however, you don’t have sufficient “language awareness” to complete the application form, or we advise you that your awareness isn’t yet comprehensive enough to accept you on the course we can recommend a selection of books and on-line English grammar courses.

English is not my first language, can I apply?

Yes you can. We expect candidates to have to have a near-native level of English. This equates to CEFR C2, IELTS 8.0 or a good pass at Cambridge CAE

Preparing for the course:

After you’ve been accepted it is naturally a good idea to continue to improve your knowledge of both teaching methods and English grammar before you start the course!  Once accepted onto the course, LSI Brighton will give you login information for our e-learning platform E-LSI.

For more information about the CELTA qualification and guidance from Cambridge on application, please see www.cambridgeenglish.org/teaching-english/teaching-qualifications/celta/

For advice from our CELTA team, please contact us on 01273 722060 or email celta-brighton@lsi.edu