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.
November 30th, 2016
Every 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:
- Student welfare
- School building
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!
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.
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 !
Why not come and experience this amazing course for yourselves at LSI Paris. We run courses every month from April to November.
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.
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.
For more information about the courses, prices and dates , visit the LSI Independent Sixth Form website.
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.
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!
Helping out on the ice cream stand
June 17th, 2016
French cuisine is often acknowledged as one of the best in the world and at LSI Paris we are now offering our students an amazing opportunity to develop their knowledge of French culture, their culinary skills and have great fun on our French with Cooking course.
During afternoon classes, our students cook French classics such as Boeuf Bourguignon, Cassoulet, Coq au Vin, Onion Soup, Profiteroles and Tarte Tatin in our fully equipped kitchen. Each cooking session is instructor led, practical and fun. The course runs for two weeks and includes French language classes every morning and three afternoons a week of cooking.
On our most recent course in June, we had a brother and sister from Mexico, Jimena and Jaime Perez de la Sierra. During the sessions they cooked six classics. Their favourite dishes? Blanquette de veau (Jaime) and Tarte Tatin (Jimena).
May 9th, 2016
Millennials, 20 to 35 year olds, represent the largest living generation with an estimated 1.8 billion in 2015 falling into this age group. Often described as the first global generation, Millennials grew up with the internet and social media. They share their views from fashion and entertainment , to politics and human rights across informal global platforms such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram. As such Millenials are considered to be highly influential.
In 2015 6,000 Millennials took part in a survey and were asked to rank countries in terms of which ones they would like to live in. They were asked to consider many factors including housing, education, career prospects, and lifestyle. Out of the top five, three are countries where LSI has schools : Canada, United Kingdom and USA.
- United Kingdom
Read more about these fascinating survey results at USNEWS . Learn more about our schools in Canada, USA and the United Kingdom.
We’ve always known that we offer great locations to learn a language in – great to have it confirmed by the Millennials.
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.