Posts Tagged ‘LSI Berkeley’

University Pathway with Berkeley City College

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

LSI is now able to offer our students a great new University pathways partner. This opportunity is open to students with a high level of English who have completed an intensive course with us. Once LSI students have matched these criteria they can then transfer to Berkeley City College (BCC). Luckily BCC is conveniently located just across the street from LSI Berkeley!

Berkeley City College

Berkeley City College is a highly respected community college. Students can complete the first two years of their undergraduate college credit, working towards their four year Bachelor’s Degree.  Once the student completes their program at BCC they can then apply to state universities throughout the USA. As students will have already done two years at BCC they will need to do just two more to complete the four year  degree.

This new pathway partner is a great new addition to our growing lists of partners. More information can be found on our website.

 

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

Special Offer on Courses in the USA

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

The Offer

LSI are running a fabulous promotion on our 2017 General English courses in the US. For every week of tuition paid for on our General 20, Intensive 25 and Intensive 30 course, you will receive one week’s free tuition. The more weeks you book the better the value. So for example, a 40 week course will only cost the regular 20 week price. There’s no catch. You simply need to book before April 30th 2017 and pay the registration fee of $150 to reserve the booking. Whilst the course start date must be this year, the course finish dates can roll into 2018.  In addition, for courses running in July and August, we’re even waiving the summer supplement on our homestay accommodation.

Where is it available?

LSI has schools in Boston, New York, San Diego and Berkeley ( San Francisco) and all offer the full ranges of General English courses. General 20 courses focus on grammar, vocabulary and the four key skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. This course runs in the morning. The Intensive 25 and Intensive 30 cover the same content as the General 20 but in the afternoon offer options such as fluency classes, business English and exam preparation. You can find out more about our General English courses on our website.

There’s never been a better time to book. Contact LSI Marketing for more details.

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

LSI Berkeley holds a Valentine's Day Charity Bake

CEO of LSI Interviewed by Pie News

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Pie News, a website dedicated to news about International Education, recently approached the CEO of LSI, David Immanuel, to discuss his views on a range of topics from LSI’s background and future plans, the recent company merger, and the current issues and  trends in the Language Training Industry. Here are just a few snippets of the topics discussed.

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Pie News: How many language schools do you have now? And how has it changed since you started in 1970?

David Immanuel: We have 14 schools. And of course I also have the prep school. We started with two schools in London and Paris, and I’ve gradually built it up – the next one came in Germany, but you could say that my first serious language school was Berkeley in 1979.

When we organised the school, we modelled it on the Berlitz style of one to one teaching of foreign languages and we did quite well during the 70s, but then gradually English took over and for us the foreign language business in the UK shrank. We still do teach some foreign languages to a few companies but it’s a very minor, minor part of it now.

And if you had said to me then I would have been doing it 46 years later, I’d have been shocked.

Pie News: You recently acquired LTC. Is finding schools and acquiring them now is that part of your strategy for expansion?

David Immanuel: Well it’s slightly opportunistic ,… We work with strong individuals – the merger is going well. The [LTC] London school has closed by agreement, so we have by default inherited some of the business. I would definitely be interested in other opportunities if  they [mergers] came about, not only over here [UK] but also in the United States

Pie News: We often hear stakeholders say that general English is dead – nobody’s interested in it. But others say English remains their biggest seller. Which is the case for you?

David Immanuel: Yes, I mean it’s our core business. It’s been our strongest year ever in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, so it’s certainly not dead. There are a number of factors tying together have damaged the market: the finishing of the Saudi scholarships; the downturn of the currency in Brazil, Venezuela, Russia; economic problems, sanctions etc, … but there is a market. And new markets are opening up… South America opened up, and then Eastern Europe – there’s Vietnam and there’s the big one, China.

[In 2016] We opened a flagship school at $10m investment, we bought half a floor in a 20 storey in downtown New York. We’ve decided we are sharing the space now with a software training school, and I was just talking to them last night about a co-operation about programmes. I know there is space for that, but I think learning English will remain our core business

Pie News: So you talked about diversification, and lots of other people are trying to diversify through pathways. Is your sixth form college [in London]  a kind of pathway?

David Immanuel: The sixth form college is really about pathways, but doing it in the way of A Levels. We may well start foundation programmes from that college next year but if we do it, it will be one that’s recognised by the whole group of universities, rather than running around trying to get one university to recognise it.

Click here for the  full interview on the Pie News Website.

 

Halloween Celebrations at LSI Berkeley

Wednesday, 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.

Halloween fun at LSI Berkeley

Love in the Air at LSI Berkeley

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Today we celebrated Valentine’s Day with our 5th anniversary Bake Sale. For the past five years we at LSI San Francisco/Berkeley have held a bake sale to earn money for a local charity. The administration and teachers make homemade delicacies and students get to purchase them for $1 each. However, our students surprise us every year by donating more money to the cause. This year Julia, one of our best teachers, won the taste challenge with her spiced cupcakes which included awe worthy accolades.

We hope to continue our tradition for years to come! Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at LSI San Francisco/Berkeley!

The Bake Sale WInner

The Bake Sale WInner

LSI Berkeley Celebrates Memorial Day with an American Bar-B-Q

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

In the US, we celebrate Memorial Day on the fourth Monday of  May to honour the memory of soldiers lost or wounded in war. For many Americans the Memorial Day Weekend also  marks the unofficial start of  summer. The celebrations entail a weekend of parades, pool parties, and Bar-B-Q’s. At LSI Berkeley, we thought we’d celebrate the occasion with a Bar-B-Q of our own.

In amongst the Redwoods - LSI Berkeley Students

In amongst the Redwoods – LSI Berkeley Students

It’s rare we manage to organise an activity which galvanises the whole school but our Bar-B-Q turned out to be a resounding success with all our students.  As with most things at LSI, the event was a great mix of cultures.  Whilst our student services coordinator, Ava, took charge of grilling all -American favourites such as hot dogs and hamburgers, there were also contributions from across the globe including some tasty Libyan steaks, and  a Quebecois delicacy -Poutine, a heart-stopping combination of French fries, gravy, and melted cheese.  Few things say summer more than Frisbee, warm sun, and fresh food on a grill.  We’re happy to report that summer here in Berkeley is off to a great start!

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A Festive Gingerbread House Competition at LSI Berkeley

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Students and staff came together at LSI Berkeley on Friday, December 12th to kick off our holiday celebrations with what has become an annual gingerbread house competition.  As always, this competition was a reminder that there can be so much more to LSI students than English Language Learners.  Our students are architects, marketers, engineers, and story tellers—and today they got to show off some of those skills.

Each class at LSI was tasked with the creation of a gingerbread house to be judged by our administrative staff based on creativity, overall execution, structural stability, and presentation.  The results were incredible.  Some classes went the traditional route and some brought a whole new perspective to gingerbread houses.  There was a ‘Mick Jagger’ gingerbread house, featuring an oversized icing tongue as a welcome mat.  One class decided they’d incorporate a little bit of Halloween charm, and wound up creating a Ginger-House-of-Horrors, complete with front lawn graveyard.  The winning gingerbread house was a retelling of the ‘Three Little Pigs’ story through a gingerbread tableau—students created not one, but three houses, each representing a different one of the houses in the iconic fairy tale.

Happy Holidays from all of us here in Berkeley!

Ann Bassini Milanezi with her Gingerbread House (left) and the winners with the 3 Little Pigs (right)

Ann Bassini with her Gingerbread House (left), the winners with the 3 Little Pigs (right)

Berkeley/San Francisco: A City of Neighborhoods

Monday, November 10th, 2014

While many tourists might flock to some of the San Francisco Bay Area’s more famous attractions like Alcatraz Island, Pier 39, or the Golden Gate Bridge; LSI students know that the real gems of this region are its many multicultural neighborhoods, and the great food to find in each of them!

MissionNeighborhood THE MISSION DISTRICT
This historically Latino neighborhood in the heart of San Francisco has been home to many waves of immigrants from Latin America. Its vibrant murals and famous burritos have made it a favorite haunt of LSI students, and the city’s young high-tech workforce.
Chinatown CHINATOWN
San Francisco is home to North America’s oldest Chinatown, where Chinese immigrants first settled in the 1850’s. This enclave retains many parts of Chinese culture, and is widely known for bringing Chinese cuisine to the United States. The Dim Sum is simply to die for!
GourmetGhetto THE GOURMET GHETTO
Located just North of LSI in Berkeley, the Gourmet Ghetto is widely hailed as being the birthplace of California Cuisine as well as the now world famous Farm-to-Table movement. With incredible restaurants like Chez Panisse, the Gourmet Ghetto has been setting trends in healthy green cooking since the 1970’s.
Castro THE CASTRO
The Castro neighborhood is the longtime home to San Francisco’s vibrant LGBTQ culture. This vibrant neighborhood, centered around the historic Castro Theater, is at the epicenter of LGBTQ politics and culture in the United States. It’s also got some of the best night life and cafés around! The famous Twin Peaks café is a favorite.
RockRidge ROCKRIDGE
This neighborhood, located on Oakland’s north end, is frequently rated one of the best places to live in the Bay Area. At the heart of Rockridge, you’ll find College Ave, teeming with restaurants and cafés, this favorite of local artists and writers can be the perfect place to study, or for a night of fine dining with friends!

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