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New Summer Teenager Programme in London

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

LSI’s English programmes for junior and teenagers have become increasingly popular. Alongside our already established programmes in Vancouver, Toronto, Boston, New York, San Diego, Berkeley, Cambridge and Brighton, we will be operating a second junior programme in London this summer. We will continue to run our highly successful programme English for teenagers in London Hampstead (for ages 12 to 17) and our English for juniors programme (for ages 7 to 1 1). In addition, we are now offering a programme for teenagers (13 to 17 years) in Ealing, West London.

English for Teenagers in London Ealing

This summer the programme will take place at Ealing Green College just 10 minutes walk from Ealing Broadway Station. Ealing is a pretty, family-oriented, residential area of London, full of cafes, shops and parks. Located in Zone 3, it takes just 20 minutes to reach central London by tube.  The College overlooks Ealing’s main park, Walpole Park, and has an onsite canteen. Throughout the building students have access to the free WiFi.

English for teenagers in London Ealing

In line with our other programmes, students will receive 20 lessons of English language tuition, accommodation and activities. Accommodation is offered in twin rooms on a full board basis with local families. In most cases students will be hosted by families who live within walking distance of the college. Often students will be staying The programme also includes afternoon activities, an evening activity and a full day excursion at the weekend.

The programme will run between 26th June and 4th August. Students can book up to 4 weeks on the course. Students will have a placement test on their first day and then placed in a class appropriate to their level. On leaving, each student will also receive a and end of course certificate.

English for teenagers in London - images of Ealing

Finding Love at LSI Auckland

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Many LSI students form deep and lasting friendships with fellow students, often travelling the world to visit each other once their studies are over. We’ve also had several LSI marriages over the years. We love to hear these stories, and none has put a bigger, collective smile on our face than the recent marriage of Maryam and Jonathan.

LSI wedding for LSI Auckland students Jonathan and Maryam

Jonathan and Maryam

Our story begins with Jonathan Serna Solórzano. Jonathan arrived at LSI Auckland in January 2016. His aim was to improve his English for his job as an engineer in Colombia. Immediately he impressed his teachers with conscientious approach to his studies. In March, Maryam Widmann joined the school. Back in her native Germany she worked in healthcare and was enrolled at LSI Auckland to take the CAE exam. Maryam and Jonathan found themselves in the same advanced class and over 4 months their love blossomed. Love did not distract Maryam from her studies though and she achieved an excellent result in her exams.

Brad Roberts, the academic director in Auckland, remembers the couple with affection.”From my point of view, you couldn’t meet two lovelier students. Both were conscientious, hard-working language learners, and they brought a certain joie de vivre to their lessons and the school. It makes sense that they should end up together, both good, decent folk with wonderful senses of humour. Their teachers fill with pride when we think of them finding love at our school, although the occasional snog in the five-minute breaks was sometimes a bit odd to witness. Oh, to be young and in love! We wish Maryam and Jonathan all the best for their bright future.”

The happy couple have since tied the knot in Germany in front of family and friends, including fellow LSI students. Everyone at LSI Auckland wish Jonathan and Maryam a happy life together!

Open Afternoon at LSI Independent Sixth Form College

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

LSI Independent Sixth Form College held a very successful Open Afternoon on Wednesday 10th May.  The London college welcomes UK and international students, aged 16 to 19,  who want to take A level qualifications. A levels are the standard qualifications accepted by UK universities.

Parents and students were very interested in hearing about the recent ISI Inspection report, which highlighted the excellent and outstanding features of the Sixth Form College such as the high standard of teaching, the outstanding pastoral support for students and the excellent further study and careers advice.  On their tour of the college, parents and students were able to see Economics, Mathematics, Spanish, Sociology and Psychology lessons in action. There were also opportunities to talk to some of our current students and teachers.  All in all, it was a very pleasant occasion.

LSI Independent Sixth Form College class

Fun classes, informal approach !

Future Open Days at LSI Independent Sixth Form College

The next Open Afternoon is at 3pm on Wednesday 21st June. If you would like to attend please email the college on admissions@lsi.edu. In addition,  you call the school directly on +44 (0)20 7794 8111.

LSI Student Wins A Free Amazon Fire Tablet

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Last month we highlighted a competition run by CourseFinders.com.  Visitors to the site are asked to leave  reviews for language schools where they have studied. In return, ten lucky winners every month receive free Amazon Fire tablets.

Already quite a few LSI students, both past and present, have entered the competition and have left lovely reviews.  One lucky student, Lutfu Aksel, hit the jackpot with his review.  He was one of the 10 lucky winners in April. Lutfu is Turkish and arrived at LSI Boston in November to study on our General 20 course. Originally he planned to study until February but has enjoyed his time so much that he has extended his course three times. We asked him to tell us his thoughts about LSI Boston and his reaction to his win.

“I am excited to win tablet at LSI! I love studying at LSI. When I first came Boston, I don’t speak any English, but now, I can speak English with my friends from many countries. I can get better job in Turkey because of English and LSI. Teachers and staff and LSI are very friendly and very helpful. I enjoy studying at LSI so much, I extended my class 3 times.”

Thank you to Lutfu and to all the other students who have left their reviews for LSI on Coursefinders.com.

competion winner

New University Pathway for LSI Vancouver

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

LSI Vancouver have just signed a university pathway agreement with the prestigious Acsenda School of Management. This local business college offers degree programmes in business management.  LSI students will now be accepted onto the college’s undergraduate courses once they have attained a C grade or higher on the LSI Cambridge CAE course .

Business Courses at Acsenda

A BA in Business Administration takes 4 years to complete. However students with credits from degree programmes at  recognised universities worldwide can transfer these to Acsenda. In this case, degrees courses at the college can take up to 2 and half years to complete. While studying at Acsenda,  international students can work up to 20 hours a week. After finishing their programme they can apply for a post graduate work permit, enabling them to work in Canada for as long as they had studied on their degree course.

We feel that this new pathway agreement presents an exciting opportunity for both current and future LSI students.  Our students can continue their studies whilst acquiring highly marketable skills in business management.

New Student Residence in Brighton

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

The Phoenix Hall student residence is a great new addition to accommodation options at LSI Brighton. Based in the city’s main student area and centrally located, the halls are ideally placed to explore Brighton. Nearby there are a wide variety of bars, restaurants and cafés. Key tourist spots such as the Pavilion, Pier and the beach  are a 10 minute walk away.

Phoenix Hall consists of self-contained flats for 6-8 people. Guests stay in single en-suite bedrooms with access to a fully equipped shared kitchen and communal lounge. Free WIFI and parking are also included. 

The Phoenix Halls will be available to book during the summer months only, from July to September. It’s proving to be a popular choice already, so book early to avoid missing out!

View our brochure for all the options at LSI Brighton.

Bedrooms and kitchens at Phoenix Halls Student Residence

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 now 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 into 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