Deep inside the depths of our school in London Hampstead, it’s possible to discern the faint tap tap tapping of a table tennis ball in constant motion. This year’s table tennis tournament has proved to be highly popular and hotly contested by both the LSI staff and students. For weeks before the tournament started competitors found themselves vying for time slots to hone their skills. Due to the high numbers of entrant (twenty-four in total!) it was decided to make it a doubles tournament. Spread over an entire week, disappointed contestants were knocked out in first rounds, quarter finals and semi-finals. Nicely representing different sections of the LSI population, students Yusuke Yamauchi and Kota Kimura, both from Japan, faced teachers James Butcher and Michael Sisley in the finals. With fellow LSI students and staff watching in support, the contestants battled for points over two closely fought matches with the teachers finally emerging victorious. Lifting the trophy (a box of chocolates) both James and Michael claimed the moment as the highlight of their table tennis careers to date! Watch the match highlights below.
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LSI London Hampstead experienced a rare treat last week when Ukrainian student Milana Sarukhanya performed Opera and Modern Classics to an enraptured audience. Despite being a busy lunchtime, the hall and stairways were packed with students, teachers and staff as hush descended as school director Sally Muse introduced Milana. Incredibly at only 18, Milana is already a consummate performer singing an aria from the Italian opera Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini, a Russian romance and finishing with the George Gershwin classic Summertime (click here to listen to the full audio recording or see below a short video extract ). It’s difficult to believe with her talent and confidence that Milana is not already treading the boards of more prestigious stages than LSI so we had to find out more about her plans for the future and where she got her love of Opera .
Milana grew up in the Crimea in Ukraine and whilst none of her family were musicians, her mother had always dreamed of becoming an actress and so when Milana started to show interest in singing and opera at the incredibly young age of 5, her mother was eager to nurture her fledging talent. From the age of 8 years old Milana received singing lessons and finally at 15 years old she began the rigorous training to become an opera singer.
“My mother was the one who has really supported and inspired me to achieve my ambition to become a professional opera singer. I owe so much to her. For me London was the best place to come to pursue this dream. England and Germany are universally acknowledged as the best places to study opera right now to be trained in the best techniques. Also there are many more job opportunities here than at home.”
It seems that Milana is now close to achieving her dream as she has been offered a place at the prestigious Royal Academy in London to study Opera and has applied for the “Raffy Manoukian” scholarship to help fund her course. As a non-native English speaker Milana is also required to demonstrate her English language level and so she is currently studying on the IELTS course at London Hampstead.
“I have enjoyed my time here at LSI. The teachers are great and I have made lots of friends. It was so nice that so many students and staff came to watch me perform. I really appreciated it guys!”
All of us at LSI wish Milana all best with her future studies and career. We’re sure we’ll see her name up in lights sometime soon!
Last Friday LSI London Hampstead raised a fantastic £500 for Comic Relief, a charity working across the world to combat poverty and social injustice. Students and teachers came together to participate in a range of money making activities including the buying and selling of cakes in the school lounge and singing karaoke in front of the whole school. Some brave teachers even volunteered to have wet sponges thrown at them in an attempt to raise more money for the Comic Relief cause.
Every class played their part: Intermediate 3 sang a version of the Beatles song ‘Ob la di ob la da’, and an Upper-Intermediate group were sponsored to wear their pyjamas to school, making an impressive total of £92 in sponsor money in the process.
School director, Greg Wickline, praised the efforts of the staff and students “Everybody put a lot of work into making the day a really special one. Not only did we manage to make a lot of money for charity, but we also had a good laugh!”
Congratulations to Jonathan Goldberg for coming second place in the regional East Anglia Trophy meeting! Jonathan only took up go-karting two years ago and regulary competes for his local club (AS Kartland, Nelun) in the 125 gearbox category.
“My parents were always worried about how aggressively I used to drive on the roads and so they were really happy when I took up go-karting as I can now take my aggression out on the track.”
When Jonathan finished his masters in marketing and business last year he knew he needed to improve his English to enhance his job prospects. However , whilst he was able to leave family and friends behind in France during his 5 month course at London Hampstead, his precious go-kart just had to come with him. Even choosing accommodation proved to be problematic as he needed to have access to a garage where he could store his go-kart.
It seems Jonathan is a one man team fulfilling the role of mechanic, engineer and of course driver. “To win you need to be lucky, have achieved the best setting for the chassis, and maybe have a little bit of skill and courage,” he stated modestly.
The competition took place over two days at Hunts Kart Racing Club, near Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire. With over 200 competitors this is a popular meeting. In the 125 gearbox category ten people were competing. During the qualifying and heat 1 rounds , Jonathan did not get off to a flying start. After a poor time in the qualifiers , he was only able to line up on sixth position of the grid for Heat 1.
“The first day was a really bad day. In Heat 1 I had my worst crash ever when I swerved to avoid a car in front that had spun after a slight collision. It forced me onto the grass at 100 mph. I was lucky that all I did was to bruise my back but I ruined my steering column and had to buy another so I could be ready to compete the next day. I felt really depressed by the end of Saturday but I was determined to do better the next day”
Due to the accident Jonathan had been unable to finish Heat 1 and therefore was only placed eighth on the grid for Heat 2 . Jonathan though had the ride of his life moving up into third. Similarly in the pre-final Jonathan finished the race second having started sixth on the grid. In the final, lining up second on the grid , Jonathan felt very confident and was able to maintain his position to win second overall position in the 125 gearbox category.
Speaking to school director Greg Wickline about his recent success, Jonathan claimed, “I am so happy to have won this trophy. When I go home to France I am going to give it to my father. If it wasn’t for his encouragement I wouldn’t still be go-karting.I feel so lucky.”
Our London school, LSI London Hampstead, holds a special place in company director David Immanuel’s heart. It is from this spot back in 1965 that Language Studies International first took tentative steps into the world of language teaching. Certainly the school building is an impressive one. Built in the late 1870s this large Victorian building, orginally a home for a wealthy London family, is ideally suited to its present day educational use.
“All the classrooms here are a generous size and with the high ceilings it makes the rooms feel even more spacious. We have an amazing garden too which is in constant use during the summer with a whirl of BBQs and sporting activities. The students just love it,” comments school director Greg Wickline.
Over the last year there have been quite a few changes to the building itself. This winter the entire outside of the building has been given a fresh new coat of paint, the reception area has had a revamp and some toilet facilities have been redecorated (with plans to do two more this year). All in all it is a much smarter place to study and work. Why not come and find out for yourselves?
The British council is inviting all international students presently studying in the UK to participate in their online survey (last date of entry 2 April). The survey is aimed at finding out students’ attitudes towards their own personal safety. Questions are asked regarding how safe students feel in their schools, in the city locations where they are studying and in their accommodation. The survey is undertaken every couple of years to help the British Council update the information booklet Comfort Zone which provides useful advice to students about ensuring their stay in the UK is safe and enjoyable.
If you are one of LSI’s students at our schools in London Central, London Hampstead, Cambridge or Brighton, why not take part in the survey and get entered for the prize draw? The survey takes about 15 minutes to fill in and who knows, you might be the lucky person who walks away with the top prize, £100 worth of Amazon tokens courtesy of the British Council.
Good news for any potential student wishing to come to the UK to study ; it seems that applying for a student visa has never been so simple. In the past visa applications could be fraught with unforeseen problems causing considerable heartache to disappointed applicants. The new points based system, introduced at the beginning of April, attempts to rectify this uncertainty by setting out clearer guidelines.
A spokeswoman for the UK Border Agency outlined the benefits of the new system.
“The UK has a lot to offer international students. Now they see whether they are eligible for a visa before they even apply – making the system much clearer and easier to understand. The aim is to make the application process more transparent and straightforward.”
From the 1st April Students will need to provide evidence of the following
- A visa letter from the school where the students intends to study.
- Evidence of qualifications required as preconditions for course enrolment by the sponsoring school. The UK Border Agency require that language students have at least an elementary level of English (for the General Student Visa). If at beginner level students can only apply for a Student Visitor Visa.
- Proof of sufficient funds to maintain themselves in the UK.
Students will also need to decide which type of visa to apply for. For adults aged 18 or over, there are two main categories: a general student visa or the student visitor visa. A student visitor visa (SVV) would be suitable for students wishing to study in the UK for six months or less and who do not wish to take up any employment whilst in the country. With the general student visa however, a student can study in the UK for up to 12 months (or more in some cases) and is permitted to work. Watch the video below to learn more about the new General Student Visa or ,to read more about all adult student visas and the child student visas , please visit the UK Border agency website .
Crucially only reputable language schools licensed under Tier 4 of the new Points based System will be permitted to act as sponsoring institutions on student applications. Students will thus benefit by knowing they are applying to bone fide teaching institutions where they will receive an excellent education.
As a company with a long established reputation in the provision of quality language courses , Language Studies International has received licenses for all its UK schools: LSI London Central, LSI London Hampstead , LSI Cambridge, and LSI Brighton.
Something to consider before booking a course with LSI: as the new Points Based System requires a visa application for each licensed institution, if you are intending to split your studies between several of our UK schools you may need to apply for a visa for each school before your arrival in the UK. Please contact our schools directly if you have any queries regarding this.
As a company, Language Studies International likes to think that taking a course at one of our many language schools is more than just a learning experience ; it is infact a moment in your life that you will treasure for many years to come. We recently received the following message from a student who studied at LSI London Hampstead over ten years ago. Judging from her comments below, she obviously enjoyed her time in the UK.
“Hello! The other day I found the website of LSI. My name is Kyoko Hida from Japan. I was at LSI Hampstead for about 2 months to study English, it was a decade ago. Although the time I was there was many years ago, I still remember how wonderful your school was. I felt like my dear old home to know some new information about LSI on the internet, that was why I contacted you.
I enjoyed my stay in the UK very much, especially at your school as all the people there were very nice.The English classes were sometimes very difficult for me to understand, but at least I could enjoy the international atmosphere. And also the English sentences and words I have learn there are still very useful to use my English skills for everything.
I know that it is late to send my thank-you, but I do appreciate all the people there very much.”
According to an English tradition, Friday the 13th is considered unlucky… but not this year and certainly not for Comic Relief !
Started in the UK in 1985, the international charity Comic Relief is already well known for fund raising for worthwhile social projects mainly in Africa. This year the UK branch of the charity selected the 13th of March as its focal point for a huge gamut of fund raising events. A staggering £60 million pounds was raised !
Following on from Comic Relief’s call to Do something funny for money , LSI teachers and students certainly joined in with the spirit of the occasion. Donning their red noses, iconic symbols of the charity, students at LSI Hampstead took part in a variety of events aimed at raising money for Comic Relief. The events ranged from fun auctions where students bid for free One to One lessons, to selling an astonishing array of international foods made by the LSI students themselves, to more sedate quizzes where students were asked to identify their teachers from a series of youthful photos. It was an incredible day with much fun being had by all and an amazing £167 was raised during all the havoc and mayhem.
We’d like to say many thanks to the wonderful generosity and spirit of fun of all the teachers and students at LSI Hampstead.
In February 2009, LSI London Hampstead hosted a group of ten students from Panama. For the majority, it was their first time to the UK and they were justifiably excited to live and study in London for four weeks. During their stay, LSI organised an extensive programme of activities for their afternoons and weekends, which included visits to the main attractions in the city (British Museum, Tate Modern, Science Museum, Tower of London), West End Musical nights (We Will Rock You, Wicked) and trips to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Bath and even a 3-day trip to Paris.
On their arrival, they had the opportunity to experience a snowy London, which they greatly enjoyed as it was the first time they had seen snow!
On their return to Panama they sent a heartfelt thankyou letter and this picture. They loved their stay so much that they all bought the same t-shirt! Thank you, Panama! We hope to see you soon!