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Immunization Requirements in Boston

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

If you are planning to study in Boston, you will need to know about the following changes.  Due to a recent outbreak of mumps, the local authorities are tightening up on existing regulations regarding vaccinations. To be allowed to study at any language school in the Boston area, you will need to prove you have had the vaccines in question.

Which Vaccines will you need?

You will need to have received these 5 key vaccines: Tdap, Hepatitis B, MMR, Varicella and Meningoococcal.  You will also need to provide proof of these immunizations.

For more details contact LSI Boston.

LSI New York Working With The New York Film Academy

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

The New York Film Academy is an LSI Partner University. The Academy offers a wide range of diploma courses from film making and animation to acting and musical theatre. As a LSI Partner, students at LSI New York with an upper-intermediate level of English or higher, can apply for diploma courses at the Academy.

One recent LSI student did just that. In his native Corsica, Marcello Valery is a film maker, photographer and actor. Marcello decided to enrol on the General 20 course at LSI New York from September until May. At the same, during the evenings, he enrolled on film and acting courses at the Academy. For him, it was a chance to improve not just his English , but his professional skills.

Whilst Marcello enjoyed his studies at LSI and the New York Film Academy, he claims that he has been inspired most by the chance to meet and form friendships with the wide variety of students at LSI New York. As a result of the happy time he spent in New York, Marcello now plans to return to the West Coast in the Fall to continue his film studies. We wish him success with his future studies.

Marcello Valery studied at LSI New York and LSI Partner University the New York Film Academy

Learn more about LSI Partners here.

LSI Berkeley Students Indulge in a Typical American Pastime

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Baseball is one of the US’s national pastimes, one which we love our students to experience. Consequently our US schools frequently arrange tickets to see some of the top baseball teams.

Student’s at LSI Berkeley recently enjoyed a school outing to watch a game at Oakland Coliseum. The Oakland A’s took on the Seattle Mariners and beat them 4-3. For many students, it was their first time at a Major League Baseball game. Since our director Greg and teacher Andy are big baseball fans, they were on hand to help explain the game. All in all, the students had fun cheering on the home team,  eating hot dogs and enjoying a sunny afternoon at the ballpark.

LSI Berkeley students at Baseball match

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

Valentine Day’s Charity Bake at LSI Berkeley

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Every year LSI Berkeley  holds a bake sale for charity. This year the event was held on Valentine’s Day. Teachers and staff bought in homemade cakes to sell to students during morning break. It seems not only can our teachers explain complicated grammar points, they can also bake! Everyone enjoyed sampling a tasty array of treats such as brownies, cake pops and cookies. More importantly, the bake sale was for a good cause. All the proceeds of the bake sale were donated to our local chapter of the International Rescue Committee.

Valentine's Day Charity Bake at LSI Berkeley

 

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

LSI New York has Moved!

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

On April 18 LSI New York moved to our new, custom-built premises in the hip and prestigious Financial District in lower Manhattan. Since the opening of the first LSI New York school in 2000 in the Soho district of Manhattan, the school has gone from strength to strength. Whilst it was sad to leave our old home, the new school boasts state-of-the-art facilities and the new neighbourhood has amazing restaurants, parks, and landmarks alongside the all important transit links.The new school contains 9,000 square foot of space and  has fully-equipped, bright, and comfortable classrooms, a large student lounge, free WIFI and a computer room.

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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!