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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

Direct Flights from Zurich to San Diego

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Edelweiss, Switzerland’s leading leisure airline, are now offering direct flights to San Diego. Great news for our Swiss students studying or planning to study at our amazing school in this popular Californian city.

Zurich to San Diego Flights

Flights will be non-stop, flying between San Diego and Zurich twice a week from June to September. The new route marks the first direct flight between the two cities.  Flight time is just 12 hours!

In addition, there are  also three direct flights a week from Zurich to Vancouver. Another opportunity for Swiss students at  LSI Vancouver to benefit.  Flight time is even quicker at just under 11 hours. Flights between Vancouver and Zurich are offered from June to September.

For more details about dates and prices about both these locations  visit the Edelweiss website.

Edelweiss flights between Zurich and San Diego

CELTA training at LSI Brighton

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

LSI Brighton is now offering the Cambridge CELTA teacher training programme. In the first of our blog posts about the course we explain how to apply for the course:

The Cambridge CELTA course is the UK’s gold standard initial English Teaching “TEFL” course. It has straightforward entry requirements and admission to the course is normally by interview which we can organise in person or via a service like Skype.

In addition to this, potential candidates have to show a good familiarity with how the English language works. This is known as “language awareness” and there is a task to complete as part of the application process.

The CELTA course is a very intensive course and involves teaching practice sessions from very early in the programme (the second day on a full time course!) so it’s important that trainee teachers can understand and also explain the structure of English to students.

What qualifications do I need to apply for a CELTA course?

At LSI Brighton we normally expect candidates to have an undergraduate degree or equivalent, but 2 A Levels are the minimum requirement. The school will also consider any relevant experience as part of the application.

How much knowledge of English do I have to demonstrate?

We do expect and recommend that applicants access reference material when completing the language awareness task. If, however, you don’t have sufficient “language awareness” to complete the application form, or we advise you that your awareness isn’t yet comprehensive enough to accept you on the course we can recommend a selection of books and on-line English grammar courses.

English is not my first language, can I apply?

Yes you can. We expect candidates to have to have a near-native level of English. This equates to CEFR C2, IELTS 8.0 or a good pass at Cambridge CAE

Preparing for the course:

After you’ve been accepted it is naturally a good idea to continue to improve your knowledge of both teaching methods and English grammar before you start the course!  Once accepted onto the course, LSI Brighton will give you login information for our e-learning platform E-LSI.

For more information about the CELTA qualification and guidance from Cambridge on application, please see www.cambridgeenglish.org/teaching-english/teaching-qualifications/celta/

For advice from our CELTA team, please contact us on 01273 722060 or email celta-brighton@lsi.edu

Feature Destination – Brisbane

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

This month we would like to share some information about lovely Brisbane, where LSI has a centrally located school.

LSI Brisbane class

 

Here are some quick facts that you may not know about Brisbane:

  • It’s the 3rd largest city in Australia with a population of approx. 2.2 million
  • Brisbane is a very young city – only 189 years
  • The G20 are meeting in Brisbane in November this year
  • The streets of the CBD look like a grid from above. They are named after members of the Royal Family. The “male streets” run from southeast to northwest and the “female streets” run from southwest to northeast
  • Brisbane has some of Australia’s tallest buildings
  • The climate is subtropical – the winter is wonderfully warm in Brisbane, with the temperature during the day usually sitting around 22-24 degrees Celsius
  • Some of Australia’s highest rated universities are in Brisbane: Griffith University, the University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology
LSI Brisbabe building

LSI Brisbabe building

Central Brisbane park with city skyline

Central Brisbane park with city skyline

Brisbane River and City Skyline

Brisbane River and City Skyline

Sports in a central park, in mid-winter!

Sports in a central park, in mid-winter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some top things we recommend you do/visit while you’re in Brisbane!

“Brisbane Powerhouse” – more than just an arts venue, it’s an essential Brisbane destination – so many things to see and do, music, comedy, theatre, cabaret, visual arts, installation work, food and drinks overlooking the snaking Brisbane River… all situated within the historical building originally built in the 1920s as a powerstation and renovated in 2000.

Brisbane powerhouse

Brisbane powerhouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original Live Music Scene – pioneers of the Punk Era THE SAINTS hailed from Brisbane not to mention the Bee Gees, Savage Garden and Powderfinger.  Brisbane is teeming with live music venues, from boutique style stages to major concert venues.

The music scene in Brisbane

The music scene in Brisbane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery Of Modern Art – this world class art gallery is a building filled with light and space and is a work of art in itself… hosting a huge range of exhibitions, arthouse cinema and next to the Queensland State Library on the bank of the Brisbane River.

Goma, or the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane

Goma, or the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary – you are allowed to hold a koala, the only animal sanctuary in Australia where this is permitted.

The famous koala!

The famous koala!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunshine & Gold Coasts – just an hour’s drive either way from Brisbane are Australia’s best beaches and national parks, and just a few hours further north is the beginning of the utterly unique Great Barrier Reef.

The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’d love to see you at LSI Brisbane!

LSI Paris recent student activities

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Our students at LSI Paris have really been enjoying the summer months and getting out and about to see some of Paris. Activities have included visits to:

Père Lachaise cemetery: the biggest cemetery in Paris – home of the graves of major celebrities such as: Guillaume Apollinaire , Honoré de Balzac , Maria Callas, Frédéric Chopin, Eugene Delacroix, Isadora Duncan, Paul Eluard, Jean de la Fontaine, Molière, Yves Montand, Jim Morrison, Édith Piaf, Camille Pissarro, Marcel Proust, and Oscar among others.

Carnavalet Museum: a Museum dedicated to the history of Paris, with beautiful paintings, sculptures, and photography.

Opéra Garnier: the famous Paris major opera house

If you’re interested in exploring this wonderful city, come and study with LSI in Paris

Here are some photos of our students out and about in Paris:

 

Students in front of the famous Sacre Coeur

Enjoying the views of Paris

Checking out the museums

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Enjoying discovering the city and making new friends

 

Travel Tips – New York City

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Staying Connected
Here’s a
 guide to WiFi and other Internet connections in NYC. Remember that power sockets in the United States deliver 120 volts at 60 hertz, and you may need a converter to use your apparatus here.


 

 

 

 

NYC Mobile Apps
Want to navigate the City, scout out great food—and, of course, find public restrooms? There are apps for that. Here’s
 our roundup of some useful mobile tools that help make NYC more manageable than ever.


 

 

 

 

 

 

CITIBIKE NYC

This summer NYC joined the ranks of cities encouraging bike use for a greener and healthier living environment! Citibikes offer a convenient solution for quick trips around NYC. Here’s how it works:The Citi BikeSM system, operated by NYC Bike Share features thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations around New York. Citi Bikes are available 24/7, 365 days a year. Station locations are based on population and transit needs, and were selected through a participatory public input process. Each station has a touchscreen kiosk, a map of the service area and surrounding neighborhood, and a docking system that releases bikes for rental with a card or key. You must be 16 or older to ride a Citi Bike. For more information visit http://citibikenyc.com/


 

 

New York City Trivia

 

New York City is the safest major city in America, with the lowest crime rate of the 25 largest U.S. cities since 2005. And it’s still dropping.
Wall Street’s Federal Reserve Bank guards the largest gold bullion deposit in the world, thought to be well over 400 billion dollars in value. Tours are offered, but no free samples.
Gennaro Lombardi opened the first U.S. pizzeria in 1895 in New York City. Hold the anchovies.
More than 4,000 street food vendors set up shop every day in New York City, feeding the teeming masses with bagels, pizza, hot dogs and pretzels, kabobs and falafel.
  NYC’s Chinatown is the biggest Chinese society in the Western Hemisphere with an estimated population of 100,000.
Uncle Sam was a real person. Sam Wilson was a Troy meatpacker who stamped “U.S. Beef” on all his products before shipping them to U.S. troops, who quickly coined the name.  
  Completed in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is the world’s oldest suspension bridge and also the first bridge to be lit using electricity. Today it still carries 150,000 vehicles and pedestrians daily.
Coney Island is home to the oldest amusement park in the U.S.  

 

Come and join us in New York – we look forward to welcoming you to LSI New York!

LSI Boston Talent Show & Potluck Lunch

Thursday, August 29th, 2013
LSI Boston hosted its first ever talent show, and it was a great success! Students and teachers sang, danced, played instruments, rapped, did gymnastics, and showed off their sports and martial arts skills (including a push-up contest between some male students and female martial arts—trained teacher Melanie, resulting in a tie after 60 push-ups). Everybody had a great time, learned new things about their fellow students and teachers, and we are definitely planning to do it again next year!

As an English Language school we are committed to providing our international students with the necessary skills to learn English and about American culture. At the same time we also have a unique opportunity of being surrounded by the different cultures and languages of our students. With students from 22 different countries represented at LSI Boston in August, we decided to embrace the diversity of our school by having an International Potluck lunch. Students either made or bought traditional food—main dishes, desserts, drinks, and appetizers—that represented their culture. From Turkish Delight to French Tarte Tatin to Brazilian Coxinhas to Korean Kimchi Pancakes, our palates were pleased! The lunch also sparked dialogue among the students to share information about their cultures.
In conjunction with the food, our Saudi students provided entertainment to celebrate the end of Ramadan by performing a traditional folk dance. After they performed, they taught other students and LSI staff how to perform the dance!

Due to the overwhelming popularity and success of the potluck lunch, and countless requests from students to do it again soon, we plan to have similar parties four times per year. Next up: Halloween! Be sure to check out more photos and videos of the Talent Show and Potluck Lunch events at the LSI Boston Facebook page.

Here are the winners of the July Photo Contest, announced at the end of the Potluck Lunch:

Best Representation of Boston Category - Faces, by Lilla HERMAN, 23, Hungary

Most Creative/Unique Category - Painting, by Gonzalo Hernan ROJAS OYANEDEL, 25, Chile

Best Overall Photo: Fireworks, by Ru Ri LEE, 21, Korea

Honorable Mention - Students Jumping, by Veronica ORTIZ PARRA, 32, Spain

Due to the overwhelming popularity and success of the potluck lunch, and countless requests from students to do it again soon, we plan to have similar parties four times per year. Next up: Halloween! Be sure to check out more photos and videos of the Talent Show and Potluck Lunch events at the LSI Boston Facebook page.

Experience the World with LSI – Special Events in September 2013

Friday, August 9th, 2013

This month we are highlighting a special event in each of the LSI cities around the world that will be happening next month! We hope you find the information interesting – language courses are a great way to combine studies with tourism and learning about a new culture. If you’re interested in learning more about any of our courses around the world please visit us here!

 

LONDON On 7th September 2013 the famous BBC Proms in the Park is happening in Hyde Park – it’s Britain’s largest outdoor classical music event, and is being headlined by Brian Ferry. It also includes performances by Nigel Kennedy, Joseph Calleja, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Craig Charles and his Fantasy Funk Band. Tickets start from GBP 35.
BRIGHTON The Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival is happening for 10 days from 5th – 15th September 2013. It’s a wonderful showcase of food, drink and hospitality that can be found in Brighton and surrounding areas. If you’re a lover of food, don’t miss this festival – it has been rated as one of the world’s leading local food events by the New York Post!
CAMBRIDGE The Chariots of Fire relay race through Cambridge is one of the area’s largest charity events. It follows in the footsteps of the famous movie, with a scenic route through the streets and colleges of Cambridgeshire. Teams of six will run a 1.7 mile course in relay format, raising money for the disability charity Papworth Trust!
SAN DIEGO The 15th Annual Trolley Dances festival will be happening at the end of September – this is a one-of-a-kind ride to see spectacle! You ride the trolley to see site-specific dance performances. Your ticket includes an all-day trolley pass and cost just $15 for students. A great way to explore downtown San Diego, whilst seeing some impressive dance performances!

 

 

SF/BERKELEY This September the city of San Francisco will host the America’s Cup yachting finals in San Francisco Bay. Experience exciting catamaran racing up close, and watch the impressive (and fast) yachting races!

 

 

BOSTON The Berklee Bean Town Jazz Festival is happening in Boston’s South End at the end of September, with free and ticketed events by local musicians and jazz superstars. The theme for this year is “The Next Generation”.

 

 

NEW YORK New York is host to the US Tennis Open at the beginning of September. Experience some of the world’s top tennis players hitting it out on the courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York. Tickets start from $60!

 

 

VANCOUVER The Vancouver International Fringe Festival is happening from the 5th – 15th September and is British Columbia’s largest theatre festival. More than 100 different theatre artists and companies join for 11 days to share their creativity onstage in more than 700 performances. A truly unique festival, which is described as part theatre, part party!

 

 

TORONTO The Toronto International Film Festival is on for 10 days in various locations around Toronto. The streets of Toronto are filled with international stars and fans hoping to meet their favourite stars. Tickets are available for all movies at the moment, so get online if you’re interested in booking tickets!

 

 

BRISBANE The Brisbane Festival is on for almost all of September, and is one of Australia’s premier festivals and cultural events. There are free outdoor events and paid events, with international and Australian artists performing dance, theatre, opera, classical music, circus, sideshow and contemporary music.

 

 

AUCKLAND In early September, Auckland is host to the New Zealand Fashion Week, with the opening weekend, NZ Fashion Weekend, being open to the public. If you are passionate about fashion it’s an excellent opportunity to experience top NZ designers’ work up close and personal!

 

 

PARIS The Festival Ile-de-France is on for all of September, celebrating the end of summer with concerts spread out all over Paris and the surrounding region. Venues are selected for their beauty and cultural significance, and it’s a great way to visit special places around Paris with wonderful live entertainment!

 

 

ZURICH Zurich ends August and kicks off September with a 4 day open air festival, to celebrate the end of summer. National and international acts from the indie, alternative and electro genres come to Zurich and lead a 4 day party in the city!

 

 

English for Juniors Summer Camp Programme at LSI Toronto

Friday, August 9th, 2013

LSI Toronto has courses for students of all ages!  Our English for Juniors programmes are designed for students 13 to 17 years of age. This summer we have students from many different nationalities- France, Brazil, Austria, Turkey, Japan, Russia, Venezuela, and China.  On weekdays, students take morning English classes followed by afternoon activities.  At weekends they have day trips to places such as Niagara Falls or Canada’s Wonderland.  Students are accompanied by an LSI teacher on all their activities.  Toronto is located on Lake Ontario and favourite activities include an afternoon at the beach, a trip to the Toronto Islands, and boat rides around the Toronto Harbour.  Indoor activities at LSI include movies (complete with popcorn!).  Of course, a visit to Toronto’s famous CN Tower is enjoyed by all!

Some LSI Toronto English for Juniors students on one of their afternoon activities at the Royal Ontario Museum, which has a world class exhibit of dinosaurs:

 

On the boat at Niagara Falls!

Fresh Food & Fresh Paint at LSI Vancouver

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Students have been welcoming in the summer at LSI Vancouver with a Food Fair! Students prepared a dish to bring along to school, to share with other students, and they also had the opportunity to explain how to prepare their dish (along with supporting preparation posters to help them describe the cooking process). The students and staff had a great day, and really enjoyed the cultural exchange – and of course all the yummy food!!

The school has also recently had a fresh paint job, and is looking really smart! Here are some photos of the food fair and around the school.

If you would like to learn more about LSI Vancouver and all the courses on offer, please click here.