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CEO of LSI Interviewed by Pie News

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Pie News, a website dedicated to news about International Education, recently approached the CEO of LSI, David Immanuel, to discuss his views on a range of topics from LSI’s background and future plans, the recent company merger, and the current issues and  trends in the Language Training Industry. Here are just a few snippets of the topics discussed.

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Pie News: How many language schools do you have now? And how has it changed since you started in 1970?

David Immanuel: We have 14 schools. And of course I also have the prep school. We started with two schools in London and Paris, and I’ve gradually built it up – the next one came in Germany, but you could say that my first serious language school was Berkeley in 1979.

When we organised the school, we modelled it on the Berlitz style of one to one teaching of foreign languages and we did quite well during the 70s, but then gradually English took over and for us the foreign language business in the UK shrank. We still do teach some foreign languages to a few companies but it’s a very minor, minor part of it now.

And if you had said to me then I would have been doing it 46 years later, I’d have been shocked.

Pie News: You recently acquired LTC. Is finding schools and acquiring them now is that part of your strategy for expansion?

David Immanuel: Well it’s slightly opportunistic ,… We work with strong individuals – the merger is going well. The [LTC] London school has closed by agreement, so we have by default inherited some of the business. I would definitely be interested in other opportunities if  they [mergers] came about, not only over here [UK] but also in the United States

Pie News: We often hear stakeholders say that general English is dead – nobody’s interested in it. But others say English remains their biggest seller. Which is the case for you?

David Immanuel: Yes, I mean it’s our core business. It’s been our strongest year ever in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, so it’s certainly not dead. There are a number of factors tying together have damaged the market: the finishing of the Saudi scholarships; the downturn of the currency in Brazil, Venezuela, Russia; economic problems, sanctions etc, … but there is a market. And new markets are opening up… South America opened up, and then Eastern Europe – there’s Vietnam and there’s the big one, China.

[In 2016] We opened a flagship school at $10m investment, we bought half a floor in a 20 storey in downtown New York. We’ve decided we are sharing the space now with a software training school, and I was just talking to them last night about a co-operation about programmes. I know there is space for that, but I think learning English will remain our core business

Pie News: So you talked about diversification, and lots of other people are trying to diversify through pathways. Is your sixth form college [in London]  a kind of pathway?

David Immanuel: The sixth form college is really about pathways, but doing it in the way of A Levels. We may well start foundation programmes from that college next year but if we do it, it will be one that’s recognised by the whole group of universities, rather than running around trying to get one university to recognise it.

Click here for the  full interview on the Pie News Website.

 

London Hampstead’s Recent ISI Inspection Report

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

We’re very proud of our recent Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection report and thought we’d share some highlights with you:

The quality of the curriculum, teaching and learners’ achievements is excellent.

There is outstanding support for students with specific educational needs on the A level programmes.

Students’ work is regularly assessed and they receive very high quality feedback on what they need to do to improve.  Consequently, students make excellent progress in their studies.

The systems for supporting students under 18 years are excellent, contributing to effective safeguarding practice.  Pastoral care is excellent with staff promptly identifying and supporting students’ individual needs.  Students receive high quality information and advice on further study options.

Pastoral support is excellent.

Students under 18 years are well monitored and teachers provide highly effective support and care.

Further study and careers advice is excellent, providing plenty of opportunities for students to consider and plan their future study and career options.  Support for A level students is outstanding, providing students with very high levels of support and guidance.

Students receive excellent levels of individual support, attention and care. 

Student support and care are outstanding, contributing to high educational standards.

The policy and procedures to advise and assess students applying for A level courses are excellent.

Teachers have excellent subject knowledge and are highly skilled.

Achievement levels are high.

Attainment and progress are excellent.

Students report that they are very happy with the progress they are making.  Attendance levels are high and punctuality is excellent.

The arrangements for health, safety and security of premises are excellent.

The quality of premises is excellent.  Buildings are comfortable, clean and well maintained, providing an attractive and safe environment for everyone.

Student areas provide refreshments and a comfortable environment well used by students who report high levels of enjoyment in socialising with their peers.

 

Christmas & Origami at LSI London Hampstead

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

The Christmas tree at LSI London Hampstead has a unique new look this year. For Christmas 2016 the tree has been decked out with beautiful origami decorations all hand made by LSI Hampstead students.  Many students took part in the origami workshop including students from Switzerland, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Colombia and of course Japan. The workshop was led by Japanese student Hideko Azuma who is currently on her second stay with LSI.

Hideko’s first visit, 5 years before, was totally different as her 6 months stay was during the spring and summer months. She enjoyed the first experience so much.

‘I felt it changed me as a person. Before , life had all been about work, but coming here made me realise how much more there is to experience. It was a wonderful time in my life, I made so many friends who I am still in contact with. I”ve travelled from Turkey, through Italy, Switzerland, France and Spain visiting my LSI friends. I remember one of my first impressions of London was how green it was compared to Japanese cities. This time it isn’t so green, ‘ she joked, ‘but of course, it winter and time for Christmas!”

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Autumn Term Update on LSI Independent Sixth Form College

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Since the launch of the LSI Independent Sixth Form College in October, we’ve had a lot of interest and already have 8 students enrolled on our A levels courses. A levels are the standard qualifications required for entry into most UK universities. With more enrolments in January, it’s been a great start and passed all previous expectations.

Our students are both local and international students and the college has been able to accommodate all our students requirements in terms of subjects they wish to study and exam boards, alongside our published subjects list. Our students are enjoying their lessons in a wide range of subjects, from Modern Foreign Languages such as French, German and Spanish, to Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Business, Mathematics, Religious Studies and Latin. Our newly-built Science lab stands ready to welcome Science students in the near future.

It was also very pleasing to get our first offer from UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service), a very good one from the University of Nottingham, and we hope to have more UCAS news in due course.

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3 Star Inspection for LSI Paris

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

logofle_marianneEvery four years our school in Paris is visted by the inspection team from Label Qualité FLE. This accreditation body was set up in 2007 as part of the drive by various government ministries ( including the Ministry for National Educational, Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) to promote French as a foreign language and monitor standards in the French language schools. The Label Qualité FLE certification is awarded to ‘educative institutions that consistently present language instruction and services of a guaranteed high quality’.

Following our recent inspection in November, LSI Paris was awarded 3 stars, the highest possible score.  Two inspectors spent 3 days in the school assessing the school on the following criteria:

  • Training
  • Teachers
  • Student welfare
  • School building
  • Management

Inspectors had full access to the building and classes during their visit and met with teachers, staff and students. Particular points of strength mentioned by the inspection team included the class preparation and quality of the teaching, welcoming and supportive staff and the school environment.

We’ll be linking to the full published report once it’s ready, but for now we’d like to congratulate the team at LSI Paris for all their hard work!

Halloween Celebrations at LSI Berkeley

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

LSI Berkeley recently held a Halloween celebration complete with costumes, pumpkins, games and of course, lots of candy! Staff and students dressed up in a variety of costumes ranging from Harry Potter to witches to a Sriracha hot sauce bottle.  A costume contest was held, with Kenya from Japan receiving the top prize for his Alice in Wonderland costume.

Students also got a chance to partake in other traditional Halloween activities, such as pumpkin carving and bobbing for donuts. Bobbing for donuts is a game in which participants have to eat a donut hanging from a string without using their hands. Students quickly realized that this is a lot trickier than they expected! Overall it was a very festive day and students enjoyed getting to see how Halloween is celebrated in the U.S.

Halloween fun at LSI Berkeley

History of Art at LSI Paris

Monday, October 24th, 2016

In 2016 LSI launched an exciting new programme – French with History of Art. This course is aimed at our language  students who have a love of Art, and where else best to study Art than in Paris, home to some of the most famous art galleries in the world!

In the morning students study French and then three afternoons each week they visit a Museum of their choice with an expert guide on hand to tell them more about the history of the paintings. The course runs for 2 weeks, although students can book for longer for the French language classes. This course can be tailor made to student’s particular interests.

In our most recent course, we had a lady from Argentina, Romina Pasucci,  and a gentleman from Brazil,Rafael Macedo who had a particular interest in impressionism. They visited the Louvre, The Musée D’Orsay, the Musée du Jeu de Paume and Musée du Luxembourg. The visits were led by LSI teacher Maryse Emery  who has a PhD in the History of Art !

Students visiting the louvre and Musee d'Orsay to see impresssionist painting

Why not come and experience this amazing course for yourselves at LSI Paris. We run courses every month from April to November.

LSI expansion in the UK – LSI merger with LTC

Friday, September 30th, 2016

LSI is growing from strength to strength in the UK following LSI’s recent acquisition of  the LTC language school chain. LTC has schools in Brighton and London which have now been acquired as part of  LSI Group.

In Brighton the two schools are only a short ten minute walk from each other. Like the current LSI Brighton building, the LTC school is housed in four elegant interconnecting townhouses and with an extra 18 classrooms at our disposal, LSI will be able to accommodate over 200 additional students in the two buildings. The new facilities include a large student lounge that can seat 50 students and a large patio garden with space for over 100 students. There is also a student kitchen and a computer lab. LSI plans to extend the Junior summer camp in Brighton to make full use of the newly acquired building and the nearby St Christopher’s preparatory school.

In London, LSI are planning to run an additional junior summer camp programme from LTC’s London Ealing campus.  LSI London Ealing junior programme will take place at Ealing Green College located just 10 minutes walk from Ealing Station (west of Central London). The College has a warm, friendly atmosphere and students enjoy a canteen overlooking Walpole Park, and free internet access, among other amenities. Ealing is a hot spot for London families seeking  a safe environment for their children whilst being close enough to central London to enjoy all the fun things London has to offer.

 

LSI offers A levels at our new Sixth Form College in London

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

In September LSI opens its inaugural sixth form college aimed at London based and international students intending to study A levels for access to UK universities.

LSI Independent Sixth Form College offers A and AS level courses in a wide variety of subjects. A levels are the standard  entrance qualification accepted by UK universities. In addition, the College provides Oxbridge preparation for students who wish to study at the University of Oxford or Cambridge, two of the world’s most prestigious universities. College director, Dr. Sean Buckley, brings 30 years experience in the teaching of A levels and is the best selling author of ‘Getting into Oxford and Cambridge’.

The college is located in an large, elegant, 19th century building in the leafy London suburb of Hampstead. Classrooms are large and fully equipped with the latest technology including interactive whiteboards and large screen TVs. There is also a brand new , specially designed laboratory for our science programmes. Class sizes are small and led by experienced and committed teachers.

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For more information about the courses, prices and dates , visit the LSI Independent Sixth Form website.

World Student Day in Canada

Friday, July 1st, 2016

June 15 was World Student Day in Canada. This annual event, organised by Languages   Canada, was held in cities all across the country.  LSI Toronto students joined students from other Toronto language schools at the University of Toronto for a day of games, talent shows, and food.

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Students taking part in the LSI Word Game

We had an enthusiastic group of LSI student volunteers and staff who helped at our LSI booth and the ice cream stands. At the LSI booth, students could enter the Word Game for a chance to win prizes. Each of the volunteers received a volunteer certificate from Languages Canada. Well done everyone!

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Helping out on the ice cream stand