Archive for October, 2017

From English Language Student to CELTA Teaching – Anna’s Story

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

At LSI we love to hear what motivates our teachers to teach. We asked Anna about her path to CELTA teaching. What makes her story even more interesting is that Anna comes from Russia. She had to learn English before learning to teach it! Now in her role as a CELTA teacher she shows fellow teachers how to teach English.

“Hello! My name is Anna Neil and I am a teacher and the newest teacher trainer on the Cambridge CELTA course at LSI Brighton. I’ve been teaching English for 7 years and truly enjoy it but my path to this career wasn’t a simple one. Nor was it the most obvious one! In fact you could say I’ve had some career twists and turns on my path to CELTA teaching.

When I first moved to Brighton in 2007 it was to pursue a career in event management. I chose a Master’s programme at the University of Brighton. However as a non-native speaker I needed to improve my level of English first. I was determined to pass the Certificate of Advanced English and the IELTS exam which I managed to do successfully within a year. Living in a foreign country and being immersed in its language has made me aware of the experience that students have when learning a language.

Although my previous studies were in the business field I have always been interested in languages. My fascination with linguistics was formed as a student of English and has continued throughout my career as a teacher. After a short career in business, I moved into English teaching, gaining relevant qualifications between 2010-2011. Soon after, I took a job at LSI and have been teaching there ever since.

In addition to teaching classes, I became interested in preparing and delivering teacher development sessions. Since 2011, I have run a number of workshops in-house as well as sessions for the Sussex Director of Studies Association. All these various forms of teacher development have made me realise that I was ready to further my teaching qualifications and gain deeper insights into the profession. I successfully completed a Diploma in TESOL in 2015 and have recently finished training to become a teacher trainer on LSI’s CELTA courses in Brighton. I am currently teaching on my first CELTA teaching programme.

I’ve found teaching to be a very rewarding and inspiring job. As a teacher I try to plan dynamic and interactive lessons. I have a particular interest in using technology in class as it allows me to achieve this. I believe that on going professional development is an essential part of any job. As such I would encourage all my fellow teachers to never stop learning.”

Anna Neil has gone from teaching English to students to CELTA Teaching

Anna sitting in front her students

Find out more about LSI Brighton’s CELTA training courses.

LSI Building Relationships in China

Monday, October 16th, 2017

We are very pleased to welcome Jess Ge to the LSI team.  Jess will be working as the LSI Marketing co-ordinator in China and is based in Ningbo City, Zhejiang province. Over the last 13 years Jess has had experience of placing A-level students in top sixth forms colleges. LSI plan to utilise Jess’s knowledge to build up closer links for  LSI Independent Sixth Form College.  In addition, Jess will work alongside Chinese agents to place students on language courses  across all our LSI language schools.

One of Jess’s first tasks was to  attend ICEF Beijing alongside Seán Buckley, Principal of LSI Independent Sixth Form College. Seán and Jess were kept very busy during the ICEF workshops. First Seán gave a presentation on “Getting into Top Universities” which was translated by Jess. The talk was very well received by the audience. Then Jess and Seán met with over 30 local agents, who all expressed a strong interest not only in the Sixth Form College but also in the language schools.  Follow-up meetings with a range of agents have already been held, with plans for groups and individuals to attend our courses being made.

As a result of such positive feedback, Seán will return to China in early November. He will attend an international education event at Hangzhou Greentown School, a visit set up by Jess.  He will give a keynote talk on STEM education and will meet students at the school.  Hangzhou Greentown School is very international in its outlook and has a tradition of sending students to be educated abroad.

We all hope that this will be a very fruitful development for LSI.

LSI Marketing in China - Sean and Jess meet agents

An Unforgettable Cultural Exchange!

Monday, October 9th, 2017

LSI London Central student, Vinícius Andrade de Jesus talks about his reasons for leaving Brazil to come and study at LSI . He reveals his thoughts about the whole experience and opportunities for cultural exchange.

“I first came to the UK six years ago, but it was only for a quick sightseeing trip around London. Anyway it was enough time to get me impressed by this fascinating city.  It has an incredible cultural richness, a cosmopolitan spirit and I love that it seems so vast and diverse.

So that’s why this time I decided I was going to come and stay a bit longer. Honestly it was one of the best ideas I’ve ever had. It was great studying at LSI, having classes with a very nice teacher while being in  central London, close to so many amazing places in the capital city of the world. The other great aspect was of course being able to speak English all the time, which surely helped me improve my speaking and listening skills and gave me confidence to talk to people anywhere.

I met people from every corner of the globe and made so many friends. I particularly connected with a guy from Saudi Arabia, but also made friends with people from Turkey, Switzerland, Poland, Japan, Spain, Palestine, France, Chile, and of course Brazil. This was easily one of the best parts of this experience. The possibility to spend time with people from various cultural backgrounds and learn so many things with them.

Add to this the wonderful trips we went on together around Britain. Places such as Cambridge, Bath, Brighton, Liverpool,…) and please believe me when I say that it’s hard to out into words just how exciting and  unforgettable experience this is.

Now I really wish I could go back in time and live it all again. But since that’s not possible, I’ll probably just book another course at LSI next year. Perhaps I’ll see if I can persuade my girlfriend to come with me. I’m sure she’ll love it, as will anyone who decides to take the plunge. It truly is a BRILLIANT life experience!

LSI London Central student Vinicius Andrade enjoying the cultural exchange at the Tower of London