Archive for October, 2008

English UK invites LSI teacher to speak at Annual Conference

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
James Munday, Director of Studies at LSI Brighton

James Munday, Director of Studies at LSI Brighton

English UK, the prestigious national association of accredited English language centres, has invited James Munday, the Director of Studies at LSI Brighton, to present a talk and workshop at their annual conference in London this November. Although more accustomed to the less daunting environment of the classroom, James has nonetheless presented workshops and seminars for various institutions during his teaching career, and relishes the opportunity.

“It is a real privilege to be invited to speak at such an event. Teachers come to this conference from all over the UK and it will certainly raise the profile of LSI, speaking volumes for the academic excellence we endeavour to develop here. Developing motivation in the classroom is not an easy challenge for teachers and students to meet, but I hope that by sharing some of the tips I have researched over the years everyone can leave the conference with something positive and useful”.

Success with our new Young Learner’s Programme | London Hampstead

Monday, October 27th, 2008
Enjoying the views of London from the London Eye

Enjoying the views of London from the London Eye

Following on from the success of the Young Learner’s course in our Toronto school in 2007, this summer we extended this fantastic programme to one of our UK schools, LSI London Hampstead. This language course, aimed at young people between the ages of 13 to 17, ran between June and August and attracted many eager students from around the world. Carefully designed to provide a balanced mix between formal language classes and informal language learning opportunities via the many social activities offered, the Young Learner’s course has proved to be a roaring success in its first season at London Hampstead.

Whilst only a 15 minute tube ride away from the bustling, cosmopolitan centre of London, LSI London Hampstead is located in one on London’s most beautiful and wealthy suburbs providing the ideal, tranquil environment for younger students.

“My parents choose this course for me and I wasn’t happy to spend all my holiday on a language course instead of being with friends. When I arrived at the course I had so much fun. I made so many new friends and my English improved a lot. I want to go to this school again next summer.” Hans, aged 15, from Germany.

Part of the explanation behind the successful introduction of the Young Learner’s course to LSI London Hampstead, may lie in the family atmosphere offered in the school. School director, Tania Valentin, offers the following insight – “Many people say that the school feels like a family because of the friendly welcoming atmosphere. We get to know all our students as individuals and are there to provide help and advice whenever needed. I think this is especially important for the younger students. Parents want to know their children are being well looked after.”

As a result of the success of the Young Learners’ programmes in the UK and Canada, for 2009 we have decided to extend the programme to the USA. In addition to the Young Learners’ Programmes at Toronto and London Hampstead, we will be also offering the course at LSI San Diego. Find out more about the Young Learners course for 2009.

Student Feedback on LSI London Hampstead

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Kaori Tomioka (33), Student

I really enjoyed spending my time at LSI London Hampstead, as this school was so wonderful for me. All teachers are so friendly, supportive and motivating so I was enthusiastic about their lessons. The atmosphere of this school is calm and peaceful so that I can concentrate on studying English, feeling relaxed.

This school has fantastic Cambridge examination courses as well. FCE course which I studied was well-organized, and helpful for those who want to take exams. I could learn reading, listening, writing, speaking, grammar skills efficiently.

One of the advantages of this school is location. It is close to Hampstead Heath, which is a huge and beautiful park, so I make the most of walking there.

The decision which I chose this school is perfect, because this school never let me down.

LSI.edu | NEW booking engine

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

LSI International – A brand new booking engine has just been activated on LSI.edu, offering faster and easier access to information about all LSI schools and partner schools in LSI’s international network.

The booking engines is already being used regularly for bookings as well as enquiries at various LSI schools: LSI London Hampstead school director Tania Valentin is very happy with the system: “The new booking engine has facilitated booking processes for our clients and enabled us to show them what LSI London Hampstead is really like!”. School director David Immanuel David Immanuel is looking forward to implementing the system also for English Evening courses in the UK, English and French courses in Paris as well as for the English, Spanish, French, Italian and German courses offered at LSI Zurich and LSI Frankfurt language schools: “The feedback by students is very positive!”

Orientation Run | LSI Zurich

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

ZURICH – Despite the Euro 2008 football champtionship LSI Zurich (Switzerland) German students are out and about on a Zurich cultural orientation run, communicating with local people to discover as much as possible about Switzerland’s history, from legend William Tell to local Swiss Cuisine, sites and the Swiss mentality. The students managed “really well”, said American university student Brad, despite this being the first week or learning German. “You kindof have to use your hands and feet a bit, but hey, I understand directions and most Swiss people already – they’re really helpful”, said Juliana from Brazil.

A ‘cheesy’ evening | LSI Zurich

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Zurich – Can it get any cheesier??? We try and do our utmost for our students here at LSI Zurich, even if this means going out for traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue in summer – temperatures reaching between 32°C and 36°C. Japanese lawyer Akiko Isoda from Osaka initiated this ‘cheesy’ experience: “I know this is totally off-season, but this is my first chance to taste real Swiss food and real Fondue not coming from a package!”. Even LSI Zurich teachers were happy about the experience: “Eat a lot of cumin with the fondue and even your stomach finds Cheese Fondue enjoyable in summer.”

2008 Excellence Award | LSI Brisbane

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Excellence award for LSI Brisbane

Brisbane – Good news as LSI Brisbane is once again recognised for its academic and service achievements, this time by global giant Language course.net.

Based on a review of over one thousand of its clients LSI Brisbane’s feedback was universally excellent. The criteria was customer satisfaction about the quality of services provided by various academic institutions.

The win came as no surprise to Business Development Co-ordinator Laurence Stallman “I feel, that although this is obviously an honour, it is also deserved recognition of all the hard work that LSI Brisbane’s staff do.” Principal Ronda Dove added “this is an extremely pleasing result”.

However LSI Brisbane will not become complacent and will continue to strive to improve services and maintain a professional but friendly atmosphere. We would like to add our thanks to our colleagues at LSI worldwide for helping us. Well done also to LSI San Diego which also picked up an award!

Mini UEFA Euro 2008 – Switzerland wins!!!

Monday, October 13th, 2008

ZURICH – Students from all over Europe at Language Studies International have held their own Euro 2008 football championship last weekend. 5 minutes from the Zurich school LSI Zurich the tabvle football tournament led to challenging matches. The finale was played by Italian Carlo Meroni, who lost against his Swiss teacher Tanja Meroni 8-2. Carlo was quite unhappy about his loss: “I was hoping to at least win the Mini-Euro 2008 after Italy had already been unsuccessful in the big Euro 2008!”. Carlo is now on his way to study at LSI London Hampstead: “I’ll teach the British, what real football is”. Carlo has already prebooked tickets for a London derby from Switzerland: “It’s as simple as booking my English course in London on lsi.edu!”