Archive for March, 2017

Special Offer on Courses in the USA

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

The Offer

LSI are running a fabulous promotion on our 2017 General English courses in the US. For every week of tuition paid for on our General 20, Intensive 25 and Intensive 30 course, you will receive one week’s free tuition. The more weeks you book the better the value. So for example, a 40 week course will only cost the regular 20 week price. There’s no catch. You simply need to book before April 30th 2017 and pay the registration fee of $150 to reserve the booking. Whilst the course start date must be this year, the course finish dates can roll into 2018.  In addition, for courses running in July and August, we’re even waiving the summer supplement on our homestay accommodation.

Where is it available?

LSI has schools in Boston, New York, San Diego and Berkeley ( San Francisco) and all offer the full ranges of General English courses. General 20 courses focus on grammar, vocabulary and the four key skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. This course runs in the morning. The Intensive 25 and Intensive 30 cover the same content as the General 20 but in the afternoon offer options such as fluency classes, business English and exam preparation. You can find out more about our General English courses on our website.

There’s never been a better time to book. Contact LSI Marketing for more details.

Write A Review & Win An Amazon Fire Tablet

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Coursefinders.com is a website dedicated to helping international students find their perfect language course. Many well known language schools, including LSI, are listed on their site.

The Competition

Coursefinders are running an exciting competition to encourage past students to leave reviews about their language schools. Every month Coursefinders offer free Amazon Fire Tablets to 10 lucky reviewers.

Who Can Enter

Any student currently studying at LSI or anyone who has studied with us in the last two years. LSI will be unable to edit reviews submitted on Coursefinders ensuring that all reviews are independent. Coursefinders does run checks with all language schools to ensure that all reviews are written by genuine students. Any false reviews will be taken off the site and will not be entered into the monthly competition.

How to Enter

Go to Coursefinders.com and search for your LSI school in the search bar. On the school page , click on the review button and sign into Facebook. Fill out the review and then share on your facebook page adding @coursefinders to the post. Make sure the post is public so that Coursefinders can see your post and enter you for the competition.

Calling all past and current students. Why not take advantage of this great competition and leave a review for us? It could be your lucky day!

Cambridge ESOL Testing Centre at LSI San Diego

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

LSI San Diego is a Cambridge ESOL testing centre. In March we ran our first computer-based Cambridge Exam.  Taking a computer-based exams offers many advantages for students:

  • More test dates offered: 13 test dates per year for First (FCE), 16 for Advanced (CAE) and 4 for Proficiency (CPE)
  • Faster results: scores available online after only three weeks
  • Convenient: can edit answers on screen during the exam and the use of headphones mean students can adjust volume to suit their individual needs
  • Easy to understand: A time on the exam screen helps students manage their time better during the exam

With a minimum of 5 students, LSI can offer the exam on any of the approved dates from Cambridge English.

LSI can also run the computer-based Cambridge Exams in the UK. We have testing centres at LSI Brighton, LSI Cambridge, LSI London Central and LSI London Hampstead.

Who chooses Homestay accommodation and why?

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

LSI Paris approached one of their host families to discuss their views on why students choose homestay accommodation.

Mme B. is one of the school’s longest standing hosts living in the 15th arrondissement, a lively shopping area near Montparnasse. Her family owns several apartments in the same building ensuring that her LSI students will receive a welcome from not just Mrs B. but her extended family. We asked her the following …

Are homestays popular with young, independent students?

Mrs. B: Yes, undoubtedly, because there are many benefits of  a homestay: they are living with a family so students feel at home more quickly plus they get the opportunity to speak French all the time speeding up the learning process.  Homestay students also don’t have any of the concerns involved with renting a flat. Staying in a homestay is no more restrictive than  living with other students in a flat as there are always house rules.

Do homestays mean lots of rules?

Mrs. B. Only common sense rules.. do not leave the door unlocked, le me know if they’ll be late for dinner,  be considerate of  noise levels to avoid annoying the neighbors …  that sort of thing. Some of my students prefer to let me know where they are and when they are back. It makes them feel more secure that someone is looking out for them. Basically homestay rules are pretty much what they’d expect in their own home.

How old are homestay students ?

Mrs. B. It depends. The majority are  around 20 to 25 years old, but I do get more mature students in their 40s and 5os who are learning French for their work . Once I had an Irish woman who had just retired but wanted to keep her brain active. Coming to learn French for a few months in Paris was at the top of her priority list.

Does speaking a homestay student’s native language help?

Mrs. B. I do speak English and Spanish and in the beginning, this helps to facilitate communication and to put the student at ease. But generally this is only for emergencies, otherwise I’ll always speak in French to the students.

How to avoid problems arising with homestay students?

Mrs. B. Making time and communicating with my students properly usually avoids problems from happening, but where they do, we always manage to find a solution. It’s easy to think that young people are all the same- they use the same technology and social media. But this is not true. Cultural differences remain, and they can be very important and lead to mutual misunderstandings. Often, even if the student does not ask questions, I explain things. Why we do this. Why we wouldn’t do that. What would that be acceptable in their home country.  This leads to an appreciation of other ways of doing things and prevents misunderstandings.

General advice to students?

Mrs. B. Do not put too much into their suitcase! In Paris they will find everything they might need. And don’t hesitate to contact the host family by e-mail before coming. This gives the host family and student a chance to start building a relationship even before the students arrival.

Mrs B and Futaba from Japan cooking together

FCE now accepted by Immigration New Zealand

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Immigration New Zealand  are now accepting Cambridge FCE (First Certificate of English) for visa applications where students must demonstrate their English language level. Prior to this IELTS was the only English test accepted by Immigration New Zealand. However since November, applicants can also apply for visas with an FCE score of 176 or higher.

Advantages of Cambridge FCE Certificates

This is great news for students who already have the First Certificate of English. Unlike some examinations, the Cambridge certificate courses have lifetime validity. In addition to being useful for visa applications, some UK universities accept Cambridge ESOL qualifications as proof of English language level.

LSI Auckland offers preparation courses for students who want to sit the First Certificate of English. The courses run for  8, 10 or 12 weeks and start in January, March, June or October.

Students sitting Cambridge FCE exam