After some stunning refurbishments in our London schools, LSI Marketing has moved into their spacious, new office at London Hampstead. For the first time all the marketing team based in the Uk, including the web and publishing departments and direct sales will be working under one roof enhancing the coordination of our sales and marketing services. The office includes a conference area, where our team can host meetings with agents in a comfortable, relaxing space. If you’re passing LSI London Hampstead, why not drop in and meet our team !
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We’d like to extend a warm LSI welcome to our new school director and assistant director at LSI London Hampstead, Maggie Carruthers and Kat Holloway.
Maggie Carruthers, our new school director, comes to us after seven and half years working as a school director for Kaplan in southern Brazil. Despite her rather Scottish sounding surname, Maggie actually hails from Brazil but has spent several years in London. With a CELTA, a BA in Law, and a Masters in International Law under her belt, Maggie is highly qualified and with a total of 14 years working in EFL as a teacher, senior teacher, academic director and school director, can call upon a vast amount of experience for her new role with LSI. Despite a busy schedule, Maggie still finds time to study for the diplomat exams, her long term goal being to work as a diplomat in Afghanistan.
Maggie: ” I want to make a difference to people’s lives , which is one of the reasons I love teaching. As a diplomat though , especially somewhere like Afghanistan, I feel I could really help to change people’s lives for the better .”
Our new assistant school director, Kat Holloway, also has plenty of international experience and excellent EFL credentials with both DELTA qualifications and a Masters in English. Earlier customer focussed roles included advising on unforgettable gap years for eager but often inexperienced students, looking for their first independent, global adventure. In Kat’s first ever teaching role, she was thrown straight in at the deep end. She spent 18 months working in Taipei teaching students ranging from the Kindergarten all the way up to international businessmen, surely a challenge even for the most experienced teacher!
Kat flourished though and was soon looking for a fresh challenge. Moving to Madrid, she worked at both the Chester School of English and Hylands working as a teacher, then teacher trainer and finally during the last year as the Director of Studies. Kat is really happy about her move to London.
Kat: “I’m sure I’m going to love living in London, there’s always so much to do. The atmosphere at LSI is so friendly so I know I’m going to love working here and being part of the LSI London Hampstead team. ”
Welcome on board guys!
On Friday 24th October school director, Sally Muse, said a sad farewell after seven years at LSI London Hampstead. It was a poignant moment for all the staff at the school as Sally has become such an established and valued member of the Hampstead team.
It only seems like yesterday when the then school director Tania announced that one of our newly appointed teacher’s was a dead ringer for American actress Cameron Diaz – that was our introduction to Sally!
An amazing teacher ( student feedback can’t be wrong !), and highly driven, Sally studied for both her DELTA and a Masters in TESOL whilst working as both a teacher and then Assistant School Director at London Hampstead. At times it’s been gruelling as Sally worked hard, putting in long hours to achieve the highest standards in both her work and studies – successfully so in both cases. Her highly professional approach was recognised by our management team and when the previous school director Greg relocated to our school in Berkeley, Sally was the natural choice to replace him.
On Friday the staff at Hampstead organised a little ‘goodbye’ party. Just to ensure that she won’t be forgetting us too quickly, Sally was presented with a fun ‘class’ photo of the LSI London Hampstead staff ( in their younger days !)
” I’ve had a wonderful time at London Hampstead, ” commented Sally. “I’ve learnt so much and have had so much support from my colleagues. That’s what I’m going to miss most – the staff and the students but I’m so excited about starting out on a new phase of my life.”
From everyone at LSI we wish Sally well with her upcoming wedding and plans to pursue a career in EAP in a university setting back in her home town of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
When it comes to giving advice about language learning, no one comes more qualified than Patricia Vonscheidt, our Junior Programme Director at LSI London Hampstead. Patricia has hosted workshops and delivered talks to national TEFL conferences. Here are a few of her words of wisdom…
When learning a language abroad, we should try to take advantage of everything that comes our way to enhance our experience and improve our listening and speaking skills, and more so if we can get our hands (or ears) on authentic materials, such as TV programmes, radio shows and even everyday conversations with host families!
How can you use authentic materials to improve our everyday conversation? And how can we practise them?
TV: soap operas like Doctors, EastEnders, Coronation Street, to name but a few, can provide ‘colourful’ colloquial language which can be put to practice immediately with classmates or friends. Here are some tips:
- Watch programmes live at home with subtitles: if you hear new words or phrases, you can quickly write them down, and try repeating them (you can check the meaning later!)
- Watch them on iplayer services: this is a great option as you can stop and go back as many times as you want, to repeat, and practice the new phrases or structures
Radio: news programmes, interviews, adverts and songs can offer excellent ways to develop our skills further:
- Listen to your chosen programme and be ready to write as many words as you can, don’t worry about spelling, or meaning. More often than not, these words or expressions will be spoken again and you’ll get a chance to check them.
- As with TV, most radios are available online and therefore it is possible to listen, pause, and play again. This gives you the chance to repeat and write down what you hear.
Host families: when having a meal or sharing some time with them, always ask them when they use new words you don’t know, have your notebook at hand and make sure you write an example of the new vocabulary. Your hosts will always be happy to explain and be of assistance in your language learning experience!
Try out our tips and see the difference it makes to your language skills in no time at all!
Our LSI team in London have put together some of their favourite facts about this fascinating city.
If you have some interesting trivia you’d like to share about London send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org . Why not come and join us in London– we look forward to welcoming you to LSI London Central or LSI London Hampstead !
Here are our top tips to get some amazing views of London!
Try our tips out and let us know your opinions at email@example.com .
As is customary many of our LSI schools celebrated Easter this year with the eternally popular Easter Egg hunts around the school. This year however LSI London Hampstead decided to add even more fun and hilarity to the proceedings by turning it into a race.
Students were asked to assemble in the garden grouped in their classes and the rules were then announced. Each class or ‘team’ had 10 minutes to find as many tiny eggs as they could hidden somewhere around the garden with the winning team receiving a special prize. During ten minutes of mayhem, around 50 teachers, students and staff rushed around the garden with the occasional collision, ferreting around in bushes, clambering up trees and delving through the bins to root out the chocolaty treasures.
Way in the front with an amazing 42 eggs, the winning team was led by teacher James Butcher. The special winners’ prize? An even bigger chocolate Egg!
As LSI London Hampstead says a fond farewell to our wonderful ‘yankee’ director Greg Wickline, the doors are thrown open to a warm welcome at LSI Berkeley as Greg steps into the director’s shoes there in March. Greg has been with LSI since 2003 starting off as a teacher working in both our London schools.
From everyone at LSI London Hampstead we wish you well at LSI Berkeley. We miss you!
All LSI UK schools accept students from ages 16 years and upwards and in addition LSI London Hampstead, LSI London Hampstead Residential (King’s College), LSI Oxford and LSI Cambridge accept students from 13 years and upwards on our summer English for Juniors course. Presently any group leaders that come with a group are now required by law to demonstrate their suitability to work with children by providing a Police ‘Certificate of Good Conduct’ or ‘ Certificate of Criminal Record’ from their country of residence.
The UK schools have been informed by the British Council Accreditation Body that in cases where leaders arrive at the schools without the appropriate checks completed, the group leaders will only be able to have limited access and responsibility for their students and any additional supervision will be undertaken by the school staff and thus may result in additional costs for the group. LSI therefore stresses to all the groups we work with the importance of obtaining the necessary documentation before arrival.