Archive for August, 2014

LSI Toronto celebrates World Student Day

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

August 8 was World Student Day in Canada.  This event, organised by Languages Canada, was held in cities all across the country.  It was a beautiful summer day and a great chance for LSI students to go to the University of Toronto and meet students from other language schools for a day of games, talent shows, and food.  Five of our LSI Toronto students volunteered for “Make Your Mark on the World”, where students could write their names on a map of the world. We’re looking forward to the next one!

Here are some photos of our students participating in the day’s activities:

Food, games, and fun with friends!

Food, games, and fun with friends!

Food, games, and fun with friends!

Food, games, and fun with friends!

Food, games, and fun with friends!

Food, games, and fun with friends!

An LSI student makes her mark on the world

An LSI student makes her mark on the world

Our LSI student volunteers at World Student Day

Our LSI student volunteers at World Student Day

LSI Toronto Junior Programmes

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

At LSI Toronto, our junior programmes are a great way for students to improve their English, meet new friends from other countries, and visit the attractions that Toronto has to offer.   Students have English classes in the mornings and afternoon and weekend activities, accompanied by an LSI teacher.   This summer, as well as junior students from Portugal, France, Spain, Poland, Croatia, and Mexico, we welcomed a group of students and their group leaders from China, who went on a sightseeing tour of Niagara Falls and French Canada after their programme at LSI before heading home.

We have winter junior programmes available for groups in January/February, and our summer programme is open for individuals and groups. Come join us at LSI Toronto and improve your English while meeting friends from all over the world!

Here are some photos of what our juniors have been up to:

Canoeing on Lake Ontario

Canoeing on Lake Ontario

Making new friends from different countries

Making new friends from different countries

Making new friends from different countries

Making new friends from different countries

Chinese junior students receiving their LSI certificates at graduation, with their group leaders and teachers

Chinese junior students receiving their LSI certificates at graduation, with their group leaders and teachers

LSI Paris recent student activities

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Our students at LSI Paris have really been enjoying the summer months and getting out and about to see some of Paris. Activities have included visits to:

Père Lachaise cemetery: the biggest cemetery in Paris – home of the graves of major celebrities such as: Guillaume Apollinaire , Honoré de Balzac , Maria Callas, Frédéric Chopin, Eugene Delacroix, Isadora Duncan, Paul Eluard, Jean de la Fontaine, Molière, Yves Montand, Jim Morrison, Édith Piaf, Camille Pissarro, Marcel Proust, and Oscar among others.

Carnavalet Museum: a Museum dedicated to the history of Paris, with beautiful paintings, sculptures, and photography.

Opéra Garnier: the famous Paris major opera house

If you’re interested in exploring this wonderful city, come and study with LSI in Paris

Here are some photos of our students out and about in Paris:

 

Students in front of the famous Sacre Coeur

Enjoying the views of Paris

Checking out the museums

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Enjoying discovering the city and making new friends

 

August Feature Destination – LSI Vancouver

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Last week students at LSI Vancouver decided to visit one of the most popular parks in Vancouver, Queen Elizabeth Park. Students had a chance to check out one of the best views in the city from Queen Elizabeth Park! Next they went inside the Bloedel Conservatory to visit with some noisy parrots and enjoy the beautiful plants and flowers. It’s totally worth the $5 entrance fee! Later, some of them decided to end the day with some delicious beers from around the world. We thought it would be a perfect opportunity to provide you with a bit more information about these activities in Vancouver!

 

LSI Vancouver students enjoying the view from Queen Elizabeth Park

Queen Elizabeth Park:Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver’s horticultural jewel, is a major draw for floral display enthusiasts and view-seekers, and as a popular backdrop for wedding photos. At 152 metres above sea level, it’s the highest point in Vancouver and makes for spectacular views of the park, city, and mountains on the North Shore. The 52-hectare park is home to the stunning Bloedel Conservatory. There is also a gorgeously landscaped quarry garden, the arboretum with its collection of exotic and native trees, sculptures including one by internationally renowned artist Henry Moore, and diverse recreational offerings such as tennis, lawn bowling and pitch & putt. The park is also the perfect setting for fine dining at Seasons in the Park, a picnic or stargazing!

Students enjoying the tropical plants in Bloedel Conservatory

Bloedel Conservatory:Experience the colours and scents of the tropics year-round! Bloedel Conservatory is a domed lush paradise located in Queen Elizabeth Park atop the City of Vancouver’s highest point. More than 200 free-flying exotic birds, 500 exotic plants and flowers thrive within its temperature-controlled environment. Constructed through a very generous donation from Prentice Bloedel, Bloedel was dedicated at its opening in 1969 “to a better appreciation and understanding of the world of plants.” Designated as a heritage building, it is jointly operated by Vancouver Park Board and the VanDusen Botanical Garden Association. Together, these partners also operate VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Students at Biercraft Restaurant sampling the specialities

Biercraft Restaurant:With 2 locations, Biercraft is a restaurant with an extensive list of over 120 Belgian and Craft beers, local cask beer and a regionally inspired menu of tapas and bistro food. Using local producers and suppliers whenever possible, Biercraft uses the freshest ingredients and supports the local economy.

Craft-beer is growing as an industry in Vancouver

Vancouver’s booming craft-beer industry:Over the past several years, Vancouver has seen a shift in consumption from imported to the less expensive domestic beers and a move away from the brand name beers to beers made by microbreweries. Many microbreweries use the crystal-clear waters of the Rocky Mountains and the rich ingredients produced by BC’s mild climate, including hops, barley, honey, yeast, raspberries, cherries and other season fruits which results in fresh-tasting beer with more complex flavors.

The best way to sample Vancouver’s locally brewed beers is to visit the many brewpubs around the city.

We’d love the opportunity to introduce you to some more wonderful places in Vancouver – come study with us at LSI Vancouver!