Archive for August, 2013

LSI Boston Talent Show & Potluck Lunch

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
LSI Boston hosted its first ever talent show, and it was a great success! Students and teachers sang, danced, played instruments, rapped, did gymnastics, and showed off their sports and martial arts skills (including a push-up contest between some male students and female martial arts—trained teacher Melanie, resulting in a tie after 60 push-ups). Everybody had a great time, learned new things about their fellow students and teachers, and we are definitely planning to do it again next year!

As an English Language school we are committed to providing our international students with the necessary skills to learn English and about American culture. At the same time we also have a unique opportunity of being surrounded by the different cultures and languages of our students. With students from 22 different countries represented at LSI Boston in August, we decided to embrace the diversity of our school by having an International Potluck lunch. Students either made or bought traditional food—main dishes, desserts, drinks, and appetizers—that represented their culture. From Turkish Delight to French Tarte Tatin to Brazilian Coxinhas to Korean Kimchi Pancakes, our palates were pleased! The lunch also sparked dialogue among the students to share information about their cultures.
In conjunction with the food, our Saudi students provided entertainment to celebrate the end of Ramadan by performing a traditional folk dance. After they performed, they taught other students and LSI staff how to perform the dance!

Due to the overwhelming popularity and success of the potluck lunch, and countless requests from students to do it again soon, we plan to have similar parties four times per year. Next up: Halloween! Be sure to check out more photos and videos of the Talent Show and Potluck Lunch events at the LSI Boston Facebook page.

Here are the winners of the July Photo Contest, announced at the end of the Potluck Lunch:

Best Representation of Boston Category - Faces, by Lilla HERMAN, 23, Hungary

Most Creative/Unique Category - Painting, by Gonzalo Hernan ROJAS OYANEDEL, 25, Chile

Best Overall Photo: Fireworks, by Ru Ri LEE, 21, Korea

Honorable Mention - Students Jumping, by Veronica ORTIZ PARRA, 32, Spain

Due to the overwhelming popularity and success of the potluck lunch, and countless requests from students to do it again soon, we plan to have similar parties four times per year. Next up: Halloween! Be sure to check out more photos and videos of the Talent Show and Potluck Lunch events at the LSI Boston Facebook page.

Experience the World with LSI – Special Events in September 2013

Friday, August 9th, 2013

This month we are highlighting a special event in each of the LSI cities around the world that will be happening next month! We hope you find the information interesting – language courses are a great way to combine studies with tourism and learning about a new culture. If you’re interested in learning more about any of our courses around the world please visit us here!

 

LONDON On 7th September 2013 the famous BBC Proms in the Park is happening in Hyde Park – it’s Britain’s largest outdoor classical music event, and is being headlined by Brian Ferry. It also includes performances by Nigel Kennedy, Joseph Calleja, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Craig Charles and his Fantasy Funk Band. Tickets start from GBP 35.
BRIGHTON The Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival is happening for 10 days from 5th – 15th September 2013. It’s a wonderful showcase of food, drink and hospitality that can be found in Brighton and surrounding areas. If you’re a lover of food, don’t miss this festival – it has been rated as one of the world’s leading local food events by the New York Post!
CAMBRIDGE The Chariots of Fire relay race through Cambridge is one of the area’s largest charity events. It follows in the footsteps of the famous movie, with a scenic route through the streets and colleges of Cambridgeshire. Teams of six will run a 1.7 mile course in relay format, raising money for the disability charity Papworth Trust!
SAN DIEGO The 15th Annual Trolley Dances festival will be happening at the end of September – this is a one-of-a-kind ride to see spectacle! You ride the trolley to see site-specific dance performances. Your ticket includes an all-day trolley pass and cost just $15 for students. A great way to explore downtown San Diego, whilst seeing some impressive dance performances!

 

 

SF/BERKELEY This September the city of San Francisco will host the America’s Cup yachting finals in San Francisco Bay. Experience exciting catamaran racing up close, and watch the impressive (and fast) yachting races!

 

 

BOSTON The Berklee Bean Town Jazz Festival is happening in Boston’s South End at the end of September, with free and ticketed events by local musicians and jazz superstars. The theme for this year is “The Next Generation”.

 

 

NEW YORK New York is host to the US Tennis Open at the beginning of September. Experience some of the world’s top tennis players hitting it out on the courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York. Tickets start from $60!

 

 

VANCOUVER The Vancouver International Fringe Festival is happening from the 5th – 15th September and is British Columbia’s largest theatre festival. More than 100 different theatre artists and companies join for 11 days to share their creativity onstage in more than 700 performances. A truly unique festival, which is described as part theatre, part party!

 

 

TORONTO The Toronto International Film Festival is on for 10 days in various locations around Toronto. The streets of Toronto are filled with international stars and fans hoping to meet their favourite stars. Tickets are available for all movies at the moment, so get online if you’re interested in booking tickets!

 

 

BRISBANE The Brisbane Festival is on for almost all of September, and is one of Australia’s premier festivals and cultural events. There are free outdoor events and paid events, with international and Australian artists performing dance, theatre, opera, classical music, circus, sideshow and contemporary music.

 

 

AUCKLAND In early September, Auckland is host to the New Zealand Fashion Week, with the opening weekend, NZ Fashion Weekend, being open to the public. If you are passionate about fashion it’s an excellent opportunity to experience top NZ designers’ work up close and personal!

 

 

PARIS The Festival Ile-de-France is on for all of September, celebrating the end of summer with concerts spread out all over Paris and the surrounding region. Venues are selected for their beauty and cultural significance, and it’s a great way to visit special places around Paris with wonderful live entertainment!

 

 

ZURICH Zurich ends August and kicks off September with a 4 day open air festival, to celebrate the end of summer. National and international acts from the indie, alternative and electro genres come to Zurich and lead a 4 day party in the city!

 

 

English for Juniors Summer Camp Programme at LSI Toronto

Friday, August 9th, 2013

LSI Toronto has courses for students of all ages!  Our English for Juniors programmes are designed for students 13 to 17 years of age. This summer we have students from many different nationalities- France, Brazil, Austria, Turkey, Japan, Russia, Venezuela, and China.  On weekdays, students take morning English classes followed by afternoon activities.  At weekends they have day trips to places such as Niagara Falls or Canada’s Wonderland.  Students are accompanied by an LSI teacher on all their activities.  Toronto is located on Lake Ontario and favourite activities include an afternoon at the beach, a trip to the Toronto Islands, and boat rides around the Toronto Harbour.  Indoor activities at LSI include movies (complete with popcorn!).  Of course, a visit to Toronto’s famous CN Tower is enjoyed by all!

Some LSI Toronto English for Juniors students on one of their afternoon activities at the Royal Ontario Museum, which has a world class exhibit of dinosaurs:

 

On the boat at Niagara Falls!