Archive for September, 2017

LSI Paris Over the Decades – a Teacher’s Prospective

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

LSI Paris is one of LSI’s oldest language schools being founded back in the early 1970s. Since its early beginnings the school has been relocated on numerous occasions and seen many changes in staff, teaching methods and students. One constant at the school for the last 33 years is the academic director, Sylvia Kabbani. We talked to her about her time at LSI and what keeps her here after so many years.

Sylvia Kabbani Director of Studies at LSI ParisSylvia: I started working for LSI Paris in August 1984 as a French foreign language teacher. From the start, I really liked the friendly atmosphere in the school. The relationship between colleagues was excellent with the sharing of professional good practice being commonplace. It gave me the chance to meet students from all around the world. It made me want to travel myself!

In the early 1990s we moved to rented premises in the 12th arrondissement.  At this time I was teaching and acting as centre manager. Then, little by little, I was given more and more responsibilities. By the mid 1990s I was supervising a small team, organising excursions to Provence. After LSI became an approved TEF centre in 1998 and received its accreditation from the  Private Institution of Higher Education in 2003,  I was appointed to my current post,  Director of Studies. From this point onwards my main role has been to look for ways to improve the quality of teaching in the school.

Thirty-three years later, I am still here and happily so. It is such a great chance to work with people from all over the world. Meeting students from so many different cultures helps me to stay open minded.

LSI: So what does the future hold for Sylvia?

Sylvia: Maybe another thirty-three years (jokes). I think I’m spoilt after working at LSI. It’s truly the best place to be!

 

 

Successful First Year for Junior Programme at London Ealing

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

This summer LSI ran their first ever junior programme at London Ealing. Our new junior programme took place at Ealing Green College, located in the leafy west London suburb of Ealing. This was an ideal venue, providing large, bright, well-equipped classrooms. Across from the college, was Walpole Park – the perfect place for our students to picnic at lunch time.

The 300 students who attended the summer school were a mix of mainly European nationalities, aged 12-17. Our course Co-ordinator, Elena Darnell, ensured that most host families were within walking distance or a short bus ride away. The daily programme involved morning English lessons from 9.00 to 12.50.  Classes were followed by afternoon social activities and sightseeing trips. Full-day excursions were also organised every Saturday.

Gavin Taylor, centre manager, comments on the atmosphere in the school. “I had a great team of teachers who fully embraced the summer- school remit to deliver fun. The lessons were all student-centred, focusing on getting them to talk. Activities such as role plays, debates, games and projects all helped the students to open up more and get to know each other. ”

So what did our students enjoy the most? It seems from the feedback we’ve received that our social programme was especially successful. Highlights included a boat trip on the River Thames, a day trip to Brighton, a shopping trip to Camden Town and a guided tour of Kew Gardens. Another favourite was the Friday night disco which saw 200 students going crazy to the music of our resident Spanish DJ. Even one of two of the teachers were encourage to get down and get funky much to the amusement of their students! In addition to the social programme there were  many positive comments about our homestay families. All in all, our first year in Ealing, has been a total success.

Finally we’d like to thank all the students, teachers and group leaders who made the summer school such an enjoyable experience. See you again next year!

Junior programme at London Ealing

LSI San Diego at Comic Con

Friday, September 1st, 2017

LSI San Diego student meets the Avengers at Comic Con

This summer San Diego hosted the annual International Comic Con. So what is Comic Con and why do LSI San Diego students love it? Comic Con is a huge convention which focuses on comics and comic inspired artforms. The event is a chance to see the amazing impact comics have had on today’s art and culture. If you have ever wanted to meet your favourite superhero in person, this is the perfect place to do it!

Unsurprisingly our students at LSI San Diego were more than happy to go along and explore the events downtown. The many different events feature well known movies, comics, cartoons and lots more!  Apart from meeting their favourite superhero characters, our students were also able to take part in a free laser tag course.

It is always an exciting and busy time in San Diego. Not to mention an ideal opportunity to celebrity watch as many famous faces can often be spotted amongst the crowds! And although badges sell out every year well in advance, even just walking around downtown outside of the convention is a summer highlight for many of our students!

If comics are your scene, then maybe next July, you can join us at LSI San Diego to catch Comic Con 2018.