Archive for June, 2017

LSI London Hampstead Receives Special Visitors

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

At LSI, we love to receive visits from past students. One recent visit at LSI London Hampstead was extra special though. Akiyo and Takashi Yoshinaga were returning to the school after 29 years!

Akiyo and Takashi have more reason than most to remember the school fondly. This was the place where they first met in March 1988 as young students eager to explore the world. At 23, Takashi had just finished his degree in Japan and Akiyo, only 21, was still in her second year. Both viewed the opportunity to study English abroad as part of the common rites of passage that so many of their contemporaries pursued whilst at university.

In 1990, two years after returning to Japan, Akiyo and Takashi got married, and in 1992 they moved to New York for work. This is currently where they live with their two sons. Akiyo works as a music teacher and having completed an MBA, Takashi now runs his own company.

 

AKiyo and Takashi on the steps of LSI London Hampstead

 

We asked Akiyo and Takashi what they remembered about the school and what has changed.

Takashi: “The school was quite small back then, probably around 40 students, of which 95% were Japanese. We made so many close friends and when we returned to Japan we stayed in touch with them. The teachers were very good but of course the classrooms were a lot more basic back then. Looking around the school now, I can see how everything is far more high tech these days. There seems to be far more facilities and the classrooms are definitely more colourful. From the outside though, the school still looks much the same – the imposing façade and of course the lovely back garden.“

Akiyo: “Hampstead has changed too. When we studied here, there wasn’t really much to do at lunchtimes. It was quite a sleepy place. There weren’t many shops and only one pub that I remember. It’s so different now – so many shops, restaurants and bars.“

Akiyo also remarked on the changes in London over the decades. “You can still see the lovely old, historic buildings but now parts of London have the tall skyscrapers we are used to in New York. The weather also seems to be better – we’ve even seen some sunshine!”

It was lovely to see Akiyo and Takashi at LSI London Hampstead. We hope they don’t leave it so long for their next visit!

Immunization Requirements in Boston

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

If you are planning to study in Boston, you will need to know about the following changes.  Due to a recent outbreak of mumps, the local authorities are tightening up on existing regulations regarding vaccinations. To be allowed to study at any language school in the Boston area, you will need to prove you have had the vaccines in question.

Which Vaccines will you need?

You will need to have received these 5 key vaccines: Tdap, Hepatitis B, MMR, Varicella and Meningoococcal.  You will also need to provide proof of these immunizations.

For more details contact LSI Boston.

LSI New York Working With The New York Film Academy

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

The New York Film Academy is an LSI Partner University. The Academy offers a wide range of diploma courses from film making and animation to acting and musical theatre. As a LSI Partner, students at LSI New York with an upper-intermediate level of English or higher, can apply for diploma courses at the Academy.

One recent LSI student did just that. In his native Corsica, Marcello Valery is a film maker, photographer and actor. Marcello decided to enrol on the General 20 course at LSI New York from September until May. At the same, during the evenings, he enrolled on film and acting courses at the Academy. For him, it was a chance to improve not just his English , but his professional skills.

Whilst Marcello enjoyed his studies at LSI and the New York Film Academy, he claims that he has been inspired most by the chance to meet and form friendships with the wide variety of students at LSI New York. As a result of the happy time he spent in New York, Marcello now plans to return to the West Coast in the Fall to continue his film studies. We wish him success with his future studies.

Marcello Valery studied at LSI New York and LSI Partner University the New York Film Academy

Learn more about LSI Partners here.