Learn to teach English on LSI Brighton’s CELTA Course

January 18th, 2018

Would you like to learn to teach English?  Throughout January, LSI Brighton has been running it’s popular CELTA  teacher training programme. The course focuses on the skills needed to become a successful English language teacher. Find out more about the course here.

It seems however that some of our newly trained teachers have plans which go beyond the usual class teaching. Once they have completed their CELTA course, five students plan to use their new skills in a very different way. Instead of basing themselves in the classroom,  they will be leading adventure and activities holidays for international students. They work for the PGL organisation which specialises in outdoor activities for young people.  PGL has used LSI for a number of years to train its staff . The company offers  English Language programmes which combine English courses with Orienteering, Archery, Climbing and Raft Building. It would be true to say therefore that the ability to teach English is a skill that can be used to support many many other skills!

Learn to teach English and open great job opportunities beyond the classromm

The English Coined by Shakespeare

January 17th, 2018

English coined by William ShakespeareThere are few of us who haven’t heard of William Shakespeare, the famous 16th century English playwright. Most of us would even be able to name at least one of his most famous works. Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet or Macbeth perhaps? Far fewer of us though would have claimed to have read one of his plays  or been to see a performance. The archaic language makes comprehension difficult even for native English speakers.

However the language of Shakespeare may not be as out dated as it may at first appear. Many terms that Shakespeare either coined or popularised  are still in common usage even today. The following is a list of our favourites:

In a pickle’ – To be in a difficult position (The Tempest)

‘Waiting with bated breath’ – To anticipate something with great eagerness ( The Merchant of Venice)

‘On a wild goose chase’ – A search for something that is difficult to find or doesn’t even exist (Romeo & Juliet)

‘The be-all and end-all’ – The only thing/person that matters (Macbeth)

‘A heart of gold’ A sincere, generous and kind nature  (Henry V)

‘Fair play’ – Conformity to agreed rules or morally upright conduct  (The Tempest)

A  ‘Gossip’ – A person who habitually reveals personal or sensational facts about others (A Midnight Summer’s Dream)

‘Gloomy‘– Unhappy and without hope (Titus Andronicus)

And last but not least ‘Fashionable’ – Conforming to the current style or fashion (Troilus and Cressida)

Find out more about Shakespeare’s contribution to the English language.

LSI Zurich Celebrates St Lucia

December 19th, 2017

December 13 is Saint Lucy’s Day. Also known as St Lucia, she is mainly celebrated in Scandinavia where her day becomes a festival of light. This year, LSI Zurich celebrates St Lucia with a special evening of ‘light’.

As part of the theme of light, there was an exhibition room where students showed their art & craftwork. Examples of our students creativity included candle holders made by Hans and a photographic slide show produced by Rafael. In the room next door, LSI Zurich’s German students gave performances for all the language students.  Some enacted  a Dürrenmatt poem whilst others presented a sketch based on an old Grimm’s fairy tale. Later in the evening staff and students listened to Christmas stories and pulled crackers. There was even a  blazing fire and soul-warming Christmas food. A hint of Xmas magic was definitely in the air.

However the  highlight of the evening was perhaps the performing dog that brought the Brechtian-style fairy tale to life – it almost stole the show. It  reminds us that our students are not just language learners. We discovered a lot about their hobbies and interests during the run up to the show!

LSI Zurich celebrates St Lucia with an arits and craft exhibition

LSI Berkeley celebrates Thanksgiving

December 4th, 2017

Every year LSI Berkeley celebrates Thanksgiving at the end of November. This is a special day for all Americans when families gather to give thanks and eat a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Many spend a lot of time cooking and preparing for this feast, which includes a turkey and many other side dishes.

In honor of the holiday, LSI Berkeley decided to host our own Thanksgiving meal, but with an international twist. We held a potluck, a meal where everyone contributes a dish, so that students could share traditional food from their home countries. We had an amazing spread of dishes from ten different countries. Dishes included kimchi fried rice from Korea, falafel from Israel, apple cake from Italy and tea eggs from Taiwan. Students loved getting a chance to try their classmates’ home cooking. Some even exchanged recipes so that they could recreate the dishes at home. All in all, it was a really fun event that left everyone very full! We look forward to holding more student potlucks in the future.

LSI Berkeley celebrates Thanksgiving with a Pot luck lunch

Find out more about other recent events at LSI Berkeley.

LSI Scholarship Awarded to Princess Sirindhorn

November 24th, 2017

The York Institute in Bangkok recently presented an LSI Scholarship to Princess Sirindhorn. The Thai princess is the daughter of the late and much loved King Bhumibol. The scholarship consists of an intensive 8 week course at LSI Canada with free half board accommodation. The princess received the scholarship during a formal ceremony. Whilst the Princess herself will not be taking up the award she will be choosing a member of her own staff to attend.

LSI Scholarship awarded to Princess Sirindhorn in a ceremony at the palace

LSI Scholarship Awards and the York Institute

The York Institute is one of the twelve companies which set up the Thai International Education Consultants Association (TIECA). Since the 1980s  the association has set up exchange programmes between Thailand and the US and Canada. Many Thai students have benefited from these exchange programmes. More recently the York Institute have been working to attract Thai students to Northumbria University and Birmingham University in the UK.  Over  the last few years,  TIECA has approached LSI to offer scholarships. We have been more than happy to help!

Halloween Party for LSI students in London

November 3rd, 2017

This year, the teams at LSI London Hampstead and Central went all out to celebrate Halloween. A Halloween party was organised in a hip Islington Venue, the Taproom, and students from both schools were invited to attend. As usual there was a fancy dress competition during which even Santa made an appearance. Students and staff had great fun parading along the Halloween catwalk. The LSI London Central team then had the solemn task of choosing the winner. A scary drag queen was presented the winning prize of a day trip to a UK destination of their choice.

In addition to the fancy dress parade, students were treated to the screening of short horror films. These films had been made by students in class earlier in the week, and were watched with great hilarity. There was also a scary quiz with students teaming up to beat students from the opposing school.  A Halloween party celebrated with much fun and frivolity and without a single pumpkin in sight!

Halloween Party organised by LSI London Central and London Hampstead

Find out how students in other LSI schools celebrated Halloween.

Impressions of Paris – A Source of Eternal Love and Inspiration

November 2nd, 2017

One recent student at LSI Paris, discusses her impressions of Paris and of LSI. Rebecca Rosen is from Denmark and it appears that living in Paris has been a long held dream.

“My first trip to Paris was when I was 8 years old. I was on a trip with my mum who used to live and work as an au pair there when she was younger. I clearly remember my first impressions of Paris, its people and its contagious spirit. According to my mum I was so taken by Paris that I said: “Mum, I want to live here some day.”

In March 2017 I decided to follow these dreams. For six months, I stayed in the city and was able to experience Paris at first hand . It was a snap decision made a few weeks beforehand and not particularly well-planned . I had no specific aim apart from at long last getting the chance to explore and experience the culture of the French city that had stolen my heart as a child.

Having studied basic French in school for 5 years, I had some knowledge of the language. However this was an opportunity to learn more and I was eager to reach a higher level. So, one afternoon upon wandering around le Marais I went to enrol at LSI Paris. I followed the course for four weeks and  vastly improved my language skills. More importantly, though, I met some truly wonderful people, some of whom I still speak to regularly.

Looking back at my trip I’m very glad that I found someone with whom I had a common ground.  Going to LSI for the first month of my stay definitely helped me to settle into my new, though temporary, life. During my stay I got to further indulge my interest in fashion and art. The streets of Paris have an inspiring, creative spirit that  is absolutely contagious.

If, like me, you appreciate aesthetics and thrive on beautiful surrounding, history and interesting people, Paris is definitely the place to be. It’s a place that I plan on returning to as soon as the chance presents itself. Allez! Découvrez Paris – la meilleure source d’amour et d’inspiration éternelle.”

Find out more about study at LSI Paris.

Rebecca Rosen Impressions of Paris - Eiffel Tower and Marais District

Halloween activities at LSI Berkeley

November 1st, 2017

Halloween activities at LSI Berkeley including the Mummy dressing competitionAs the end of October approached, LSI Berkeley held its annual Halloween party and students had a great time getting dressed up in Halloween costumes. Risa from Japan won the costume contest with her spooky nun costume. And what a fabulous prize – a gift card and two movie tickets! Students also got the chance to partake in other traditional Halloween activities at LSI Berkeley. There was pumpkin carving and a mummy wrapping contest! Another favourite game for students is bobbing for donuts. This is where these tasty treats are suspended on strings and students try to eat them. Not easy to do when your hands are tied behind your back!

For many students it was their first time celebrating the holiday and they really enjoyed getting to chance to experience this aspect of American culture. After all, the USA is often considered to be the home of Halloween! Find out more about the origins of Halloween.

Halloween costume competition

Read more about real American culture at LSI Berkeley.

From English Language Student to CELTA Teaching – Anna’s Story

October 26th, 2017

At LSI we love to hear what motivates our teachers to teach. We asked Anna about her path to CELTA teaching. What makes her story even more interesting is that Anna comes from Russia. She had to learn English before learning to teach it! Now in her role as a CELTA teacher she shows fellow teachers how to teach English.

“Hello! My name is Anna Neil and I am a teacher and the newest teacher trainer on the Cambridge CELTA course at LSI Brighton. I’ve been teaching English for 7 years and truly enjoy it but my path to this career wasn’t a simple one. Nor was it the most obvious one! In fact you could say I’ve had some career twists and turns on my path to CELTA teaching.

When I first moved to Brighton in 2007 it was to pursue a career in event management. I chose a Master’s programme at the University of Brighton. However as a non-native speaker I needed to improve my level of English first. I was determined to pass the Certificate of Advanced English and the IELTS exam which I managed to do successfully within a year. Living in a foreign country and being immersed in its language has made me aware of the experience that students have when learning a language.

Although my previous studies were in the business field I have always been interested in languages. My fascination with linguistics was formed as a student of English and has continued throughout my career as a teacher. After a short career in business, I moved into English teaching, gaining relevant qualifications between 2010-2011. Soon after, I took a job at LSI and have been teaching there ever since.

In addition to teaching classes, I became interested in preparing and delivering teacher development sessions. Since 2011, I have run a number of workshops in-house as well as sessions for the Sussex Director of Studies Association. All these various forms of teacher development have made me realise that I was ready to further my teaching qualifications and gain deeper insights into the profession. I successfully completed a Diploma in TESOL in 2015 and have recently finished training to become a teacher trainer on LSI’s CELTA courses in Brighton. I am currently teaching on my first CELTA teaching programme.

I’ve found teaching to be a very rewarding and inspiring job. As a teacher I try to plan dynamic and interactive lessons. I have a particular interest in using technology in class as it allows me to achieve this. I believe that on going professional development is an essential part of any job. As such I would encourage all my fellow teachers to never stop learning.”

Anna Neil has gone from teaching English to students to CELTA Teaching

Anna sitting in front her students

Find out more about LSI Brighton’s CELTA training courses.

LSI Building Relationships in China

October 16th, 2017

We are very pleased to welcome Jess Ge to the LSI team.  Jess will be working as the LSI Marketing co-ordinator in China and is based in Ningbo City, Zhejiang province. Over the last 13 years Jess has had experience of placing A-level students in top sixth forms colleges. LSI plan to utilise Jess’s knowledge to build up closer links for  LSI Independent Sixth Form College.  In addition, Jess will work alongside Chinese agents to place students on language courses  across all our LSI language schools.

One of Jess’s first tasks was to  attend ICEF Beijing alongside Seán Buckley, Principal of LSI Independent Sixth Form College. Seán and Jess were kept very busy during the ICEF workshops. First Seán gave a presentation on “Getting into Top Universities” which was translated by Jess. The talk was very well received by the audience. Then Jess and Seán met with over 30 local agents, who all expressed a strong interest not only in the Sixth Form College but also in the language schools.  Follow-up meetings with a range of agents have already been held, with plans for groups and individuals to attend our courses being made.

As a result of such positive feedback, Seán will return to China in early November. He will attend an international education event at Hangzhou Greentown School, a visit set up by Jess.  He will give a keynote talk on STEM education and will meet students at the school.  Hangzhou Greentown School is very international in its outlook and has a tradition of sending students to be educated abroad.

We all hope that this will be a very fruitful development for LSI.

LSI Marketing in China - Sean and Jess meet agents