Swedish Swallows Return to LSI Zurich

July 6th, 2017

The return of swallows to northern skies is usually taken as one of the first signs of summer. At LSI Zurich our swallows return in June every year and they come from Sweden!

For over 15 years LSI Zurich have been hosting Swedish students from STAFFANGYMNASIET, a grammar school in Söderhamn, about 180km north of Uppsala. LSI Zurich director, Ian Cryer met up with the group over lunchtime sandwiches to find out what they thought about the classes and their overall experience with us.

Swedish Swallows at LSI Zurich - Swedish group over lunch

First, how did they find the teaching at LSI? It seems the students were both surprised and challenged by their classes. Apparently teaching in their Swedish school focuses on language recognition, not production. So whilst many of the group could read and understand complex texts, they still had difficulty speaking full sentences. The LSI approach of presenting language items, practising them, then moving on to free production was new and enjoyable. It meant our having to adapt by relocating some of them into lower level classes and their having to adapt by stepping up to the plate.

Only two of the students chose to stay with host families this year. The rest found furnished flats in the Sihlcity area of town about 20 minutes tram ride away from school. While missing out on the built-in language practice that living with a host family provides, they appreciated the independence. This was, after all, their first adventure abroad without adult supervision. Not that they weren’t checked up on! During the second week, their school principal and two other members of staff came by to visit. They sat in lessons with their students, recorded feedback and before leaving we discussed how the programme can be fine-tuned next year to make it even more successful.

All in all, a positive experience for everyone involved. We look forward to welcoming more Swedish swallows in June 2018.

LSI Zurich welcomes our Swedish swallows

 

 

A Successful Year at LSI Independent Sixth Form College

July 1st, 2017

LSI  Sixth Form College has come to the end of a very busy, productive and successful year.

In all, 54 different A level exam papers were taken by our students in a wide variety of subjects between April, when the Modern Foreign Language oral exams started and the end of June. The list of subjects demonstrates the diversity of A Levels taken this year.

Full List of A levels taken this year

  • Economics
  • English Language
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Maths
  • Modern Hebrew
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
  • Statistics

With students preparing for exams in other subjects such as Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics and Politics next year, the range will be even wider.

Our students are now going on their long summer vacation, to recuperate from their exertions.  We wish them a well deserved break.  They are eagerly waiting for their results on Thursday 17th August.

 Class at LSI Independent Sixth Form College

 

LSI London Hampstead Receives Special Visitors

June 10th, 2017

At LSI, we love to receive visits from past students. One recent visit at LSI London Hampstead was extra special though. Akiyo and Takashi Yoshinaga were returning to the school after 29 years!

Akiyo and Takashi have more reason than most to remember the school fondly. This was the place where they first met in March 1988 as young students eager to explore the world. At 23, Takashi had just finished his degree in Japan and Akiyo, only 21, was still in her second year. Both viewed the opportunity to study English abroad as part of the common rites of passage that so many of their contemporaries pursued whilst at university.

In 1990, two years after returning to Japan, Akiyo and Takashi got married, and in 1992 they moved to New York for work. This is currently where they live with their two sons. Akiyo works as a music teacher and having completed an MBA, Takashi now runs his own company.

 

AKiyo and Takashi on the steps of LSI London Hampstead

 

We asked Akiyo and Takashi what they remembered about the school and what has changed.

Takashi: “The school was quite small back then, probably around 40 students, of which 95% were Japanese. We made so many close friends and when we returned to Japan we stayed in touch with them. The teachers were very good but of course the classrooms were a lot more basic back then. Looking around the school now, I can see how everything is far more high tech these days. There seems to be far more facilities and the classrooms are definitely more colourful. From the outside though, the school still looks much the same – the imposing façade and of course the lovely back garden.“

Akiyo: “Hampstead has changed too. When we studied here, there wasn’t really much to do at lunchtimes. It was quite a sleepy place. There weren’t many shops and only one pub that I remember. It’s so different now – so many shops, restaurants and bars.“

Akiyo also remarked on the changes in London over the decades. “You can still see the lovely old, historic buildings but now parts of London have the tall skyscrapers we are used to in New York. The weather also seems to be better – we’ve even seen some sunshine!”

It was lovely to see Akiyo and Takashi at LSI London Hampstead. We hope they don’t leave it so long for their next visit!

Immunization Requirements in Boston

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

June 2nd, 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.

New Summer Teenager Programme in London

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

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

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 Berkeley Students Indulge in a Typical American Pastime

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

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