Archive for November, 2012

All About Britain – News & Events from Brighton & Cambridge

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

 New Courses & Facilities at Brighton, & Making the Most of the British Autumn

 

We are very excited here at LSI Brighton with our new Cambridge exam centre! With 15 computers specifically set up for Cambridge exams, students on our courses can now take the exam with us too. We are planning to run PET/KET, FCE and CAE from January 2013, with more exams being added all the time. Contact us for more details.

We are also delighted to be introducing a new evening course. Aimed at people who are already living and working in Brighton but would like to improve their English around their current commitments, the course takes place three nights a week, 6-7.45pm Tuesday-Thursday, and at £35/week represents an extremely cost-effective way to learn English. Please click the link above for more information or to book your place on the course.

Meanwhile, the party season has started! Last week we held another great party at the school, this time for Halloween, with some really amazing costumes made by our students. The winners of our best costume competition are shown here. Students also enjoyed a very traditional English evening at the famous Lewes Guy Fawkes night celebration.

Now that winter is arriving, we recommend you fight the cold with some lovely Mulled Wine (traditional hot, spiced wine) served at most pubs around the city.

We would like to wish the very best of luck to our FCE students, who are taking their exam in less than month. We believe in you guys!!

If you have any memories or photos of your time at LSI, please share them with us on the facebook page. If you are thinking of coming to join us at LSI Brighton, please get in contact if you have any questions on bri@lsi.edu.

 

Busy Having Fun at LSI Cambridge

 

The annual LSI Cambridge Halloween Party produced lots of terrifying faces, some artistic carving and plenty of wet hair!

A lot of time and effort was put into preparing the costumes and the results were spectacular! Beatrice organised a Halloween Quiz, a pumpkin carving competition and the traditional games of ‘apple bobbing’!  For the brave, there was also a late night showing of ‘Boo!’

Hot on the heels of Halloween the annual fireworks display was a big hit with students. Over recent years, the Cambridge display has become quite famous throughout England and is now considered one of the very best!

A little quieter, but no less exciting, the Friday pub night offered the opportunity to sample traditional English beer (not fizzy and served warm!) at a traditional pub.
As well as being cultural, it also gave our students from all over the world a great chance to practice their English in the real world!

LSI Cambridge’s Bowling team were also back in full swing, with some great scores and plenty of strikes!

A little bit of skill together with a ‘whole lotta luck’ made sure that everyone was the winner. Next month, with our training done, we hope to go into competition with another Cambridge language school. They don’t stand a chance!

Improve your English

– Some useful phrases from this month’s blog!

• To put time and effort into something
• Spectacular results
• To be a big hit with
• To be hot on the heels of something
• To be one of the (very) best
• A little + comparative adjective, but no +comparative adjective
• A whole lot of (lotta) luck
• To (not) stand a chance
• To be in full swing.

Can you work out the meaning from the context or by using a dictionary? Answers next time!

For more information about studying at LSI Cambridge, please contact us at cam@lsi.edu

Fun & Games at LSI Schools in London

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

It’s been a busy but very enjoyable month at LSI schools in London – here’s a sample of a few of the fun things students and staff have been getting up to in the British capital…

 

LSI London Hampstead – Table Tennis Mania!
– An LSI Hampstead student writes about the sporting event of the year, the LSI Hampstead Table Tennis Championships.

“This week we arranged a table tennis tournament for our students and staff. For three days, table tennis was the number one topic amongst the students. During every break, table tennis enthusiasts rushed to the table tennis room to practice their skills. In addition to grabbing the attention of students who had some experience in table tennis from before, many students were inspired to try their skills in one of the most popular indoor games.

Traditionally, table tennis is mostly associated with Asian countries. However, students from Europe were almost as interested in testing their skills against their fellow students and staff members.

Since we had to use a round-robin system where the loser was eliminated from the competition, every game was important and filled with drama and big emotions.  The quality of the games was good ­­. One of our older students even commented after one especially exciting game that “this was table tennis, not ping pong”.

All in all, the tournament was a great success in many ways. Students enjoyed the competitive but friendly atmosphere and we all made new friends. So, who won the tournament? The well-deserved winner was Christine, one of our teachers who amazed us all with her precision and speed. Congratulations!”

If you fancy yourself as the next LSI Hampstead Table Tennis Champion, contact ham@lsi.edu for more information.

 

LSI London Central – The Lion King
– LSI London Central students enjoy a night out at one of the West End’s best musicals.

On Tuesday, November 6th, some 25 LSI London Central students went to see the Lion King musical as part of our social programme.

The Lion King is one of the most popular musicals in London and has been running at the Lyceum theatre since 1999. London has the most famous theatre scene in the world with scores of plays taking place every single night from big-budget musicals to intimate fringe shows. There really is something for every taste and every budget.

Students Melodye Alvarez from Chile and Eva Sluismans from Belgium said ‘We love it! The Lion King is just amazing. Decorations and costumes are perfect! This moment is unforgettable for us!’

LSI London Central is located in the very heart of the British Capital, minutes from everything London has to offer. We offer General English, Examination Preparation, Business and Executive Mini Group and one-to-one courses alongside a wide range of accommodation options. We regularly offer cut-price tickets for theatre shows as part of our social programme. For more information, contact lon@lsi.edu .

Welcome to Hell-S-I!

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Things got pretty scary for students and staff at several LSI schools this week as Halloween came around and normality was suspended while everyone got in the holiday spirit.

Halloween 2012 HampsteadAt LSI Hampstead (right), the fake blood was flowing all day as students and staff alike turned up in a variety of fantastic costumes. Pumpkins were carved, games were played, and it was officially declared a party from 4pm, after which time only the dedicated TOEIC students and teachers stayed in class.

 

Raucous parties and pumpkin carvings were also held at the LSI schools in Boston, Cambridge, Brisbane and Toronto, with costumes, spooky decorations and treats (as well a few tricks!) galore.

Boston:
Halloween 2012 Boston

Cambridge:

Halloween 2012 Cambridge

Brisbane:

Halloween 2012 Brisbane

Toronto:

Halloween 2012 Toronto

At London Central and San Diego, the staff made extra special efforts, the London team picking some traditional spooky themes while the San Diego staff coordinated and all came in to work dressed as Greek gods (the San Diego weather being more conducive to wearing sheets than London):
Halloween 2012 London
Halloween 2012 San Diego

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more photos from the parties at Boston, Hampstead and Toronto, please see the photo galleries on the schools’ Facebook pages:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.519625598048389.97983493.309217649089186&type=1

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.362219717198693.94003.290452357708763&type=1

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.479024085471067.109152.308004932572984&type=1