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Halloween Party for LSI students in London

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

This year, the teams at LSI London Hampstead and Central went all out to celebrate Halloween. A Halloween party was organised in a hip Islington Venue, the Taproom, and students from both schools were invited to attend. As usual there was a fancy dress competition during which even Santa made an appearance. Students and staff had great fun parading along the Halloween catwalk. The LSI London Central team then had the solemn task of choosing the winner. A scary drag queen was presented the winning prize of a day trip to a UK destination of their choice.

In addition to the fancy dress parade, students were treated to the screening of short horror films. These films had been made by students in class earlier in the week, and were watched with great hilarity. There was also a scary quiz with students teaming up to beat students from the opposing school.  A Halloween party celebrated with much fun and frivolity and without a single pumpkin in sight!

Halloween Party organised by LSI London Central and London Hampstead

Find out how students in other LSI schools celebrated Halloween.

Impressions of Paris – A Source of Eternal Love and Inspiration

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

One recent student at LSI Paris, discusses her impressions of Paris and of LSI. Rebecca Rosen is from Denmark and it appears that living in Paris has been a long held dream.

“My first trip to Paris was when I was 8 years old. I was on a trip with my mum who used to live and work as an au pair there when she was younger. I clearly remember my first impressions of Paris, its people and its contagious spirit. According to my mum I was so taken by Paris that I said: “Mum, I want to live here some day.”

In March 2017 I decided to follow these dreams. For six months, I stayed in the city and was able to experience Paris at first hand . It was a snap decision made a few weeks beforehand and not particularly well-planned . I had no specific aim apart from at long last getting the chance to explore and experience the culture of the French city that had stolen my heart as a child.

Having studied basic French in school for 5 years, I had some knowledge of the language. However this was an opportunity to learn more and I was eager to reach a higher level. So, one afternoon upon wandering around le Marais I went to enrol at LSI Paris. I followed the course for four weeks and  vastly improved my language skills. More importantly, though, I met some truly wonderful people, some of whom I still speak to regularly.

Looking back at my trip I’m very glad that I found someone with whom I had a common ground.  Going to LSI for the first month of my stay definitely helped me to settle into my new, though temporary, life. During my stay I got to further indulge my interest in fashion and art. The streets of Paris have an inspiring, creative spirit that  is absolutely contagious.

If, like me, you appreciate aesthetics and thrive on beautiful surrounding, history and interesting people, Paris is definitely the place to be. It’s a place that I plan on returning to as soon as the chance presents itself. Allez! Découvrez Paris – la meilleure source d’amour et d’inspiration éternelle.”

Find out more about study at LSI Paris.

Rebecca Rosen Impressions of Paris - Eiffel Tower and Marais District

Halloween activities at LSI Berkeley

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Halloween activities at LSI Berkeley including the Mummy dressing competitionAs the end of October approached, LSI Berkeley held its annual Halloween party and students had a great time getting dressed up in Halloween costumes. Risa from Japan won the costume contest with her spooky nun costume. And what a fabulous prize – a gift card and two movie tickets! Students also got the chance to partake in other traditional Halloween activities at LSI Berkeley. There was pumpkin carving and a mummy wrapping contest! Another favourite game for students is bobbing for donuts. This is where these tasty treats are suspended on strings and students try to eat them. Not easy to do when your hands are tied behind your back!

For many students it was their first time celebrating the holiday and they really enjoyed getting to chance to experience this aspect of American culture. After all, the USA is often considered to be the home of Halloween! Find out more about the origins of Halloween.

Halloween costume competition

Read more about real American culture at LSI Berkeley.

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

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

Thank You to LSI Brisbane

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

Hello everyone! My name is Adriano Felix and I come from Brazil. I’d like to tell you about my time at LSI.

Six years ago I was a student at LSI Brisbane and I gotta say that it was one of the best experiences ever! The staff were so helpful and kind. Considering that I couldn’t speak a word of English, it was a hard job for them. They really made me feel like I was in the right place and such an amazing atmosphere.  I would say that  it was at LSI that I met some of my best friends. I was really living the dream!

I’ve never taken the opportunity to thank  the people who helped me along the way. Especially as they made my days easier while studying there. I don’t even know if they are still working there but I would like to say a big thanks to David, Sandy, Chris and the whole LSI crew.

After studying at LSI Brisbane I decided to stay a bit longer in Australia, and guess what? I met my wife, a beautiful Australian woman. Yet another reason to say thank you to LSI. IT’s down to LSI that I was able to speak to her and even more, I convinced her to marry me . Now we are living in Brasil and waiting for our first baby. Perhaps I should stop here, but really the whole point of this message was to say a huge thanks to you guys, and keep doing it right!

Thanks to LSI Brisbane - Adriano with wife

 

Soccer is coming to San Diego

Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Adding to San Diego’s already existing attractions, it now appears that major soccer league is coming. NASL (the North American Soccer League) have just announced the setting up of a new club in the city ready for the 2018 season. Initially the team will play at the University of San Diego. However plans are afoot to build a purpose built stadium complex. The city will be home to NASL’s 10th club, following  the recent addition of  the San Francisco Deltas. Find out more about the new club.

LSI San Diego plans to add trips to the soccer matches to our 2018 leisure programme for our students. Alongside our famous beaches the soccer will be yet another fun thing to do during a stay with LSI.

Soccer coming to San Diego

University Pathway with Berkeley City College

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

LSI is now able to offer our students a great new University pathways partner. This opportunity is open to students with a high level of English who have completed an intensive course with us. Once LSI students have matched these criteria they can then transfer to Berkeley City College (BCC). Luckily BCC is conveniently located just across the street from LSI Berkeley!

Berkeley City College

Berkeley City College is a highly respected community college. Students can complete the first two years of their undergraduate college credit, working towards their four year Bachelor’s Degree.  Once the student completes their program at BCC they can then apply to state universities throughout the USA. As students will have already done two years at BCC they will need to do just two more to complete the four year  degree.

This new pathway partner is a great new addition to our growing lists of partners. More information can be found on our website.

 

World Student Day in Canada

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Every year Languages Canada holds a ‘World Student Day’. The event celebrates the international student community in Canada and the contributions they make to Canadian education, culture and economy.

This year the event took place on  July 7th in 14 cities right across Canada. Over 7000 international language students, from all over the world,  attended and took part.  Games, music, shows and all kind of entertainments were  organised by the language schools who were invited to set up tables at each event.

World Student Day in Vancouver

At the Vancouver event, LSI set up our own table and almost 200 of our students took part. At our table, we offered fellow students the chance to play the LSI Flip Cup game. Suggested by one of our students, it involved flipping plastic cups. Many LSI volunteers were on hand to explain the rules and to supply the cups. Lucky contestants who managed to flip the cup successfully received a small chewy reward. Despite the simplicity of the game, this fun, high paced game proved highly popular!

World Student Day in Canada , LSI Flip Cup Game

Over for this year, our thoughts turn to next year. Any suggestions for new games ideas are always welcome!