Posts Tagged ‘LSI Cambridge’

LSI Cambridge now the proud owner of its own student residence ‘The Willows’

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

The new LSI Cambridge residenceLSI Cambridge has become the first LSI school to acquire its own student residence. The Willows is an attractive, three storey Victorian building, located in a quiet suburb close to the town centre and just a 25 minute walk from the school. It provides single, double and twin room accommodation some of which are ensuite. On the ground floor there is a large lounge/dining area perfect for relaxing and dining with other students. The residence is self catering with a spacious, fully equipped kitchen  as well as  free laundry facilites and WIFI. There is also a live-in warden on site.

Phil Scherb, school director of LSI Cambridge, is exicited by the new acquisition. “It’s been a lot of work searching for just the right kind of building and then ensuring that it is fully equipped and ready to go for April. We get a lot of demand from students who want this more independent accommodation option and at times it can be difficult to find spaces in the usual university residences we use. As the Willows is our own residence we can be absolutely sure that the accommodation exactly meets the needs of our students. We have already had our first group of students in and have had a lot of positive feedback  but we are still hoping to make even further improvements to the facilities in the near future.”

Interactive whiteboards making language learning at LSI even more fun!

Friday, November 5th, 2010

LSI UK  has been busy investing in the latest classroom technology,  installing interactive whiteboards in the classrooms. These new additions to the classrooms have been warmly welcomed by both teachers and student alike.

Noah Fisher using the whiteboard

Noah using the whiteboard

Noah Fisher, a teacher at LSI London Hampstead, is a very keen proponent of the electronic whiteboard and has even provided training sessions in its use for other members of staff. “Interactive whiteboards are just great! Thanks to the amazing range of media that can be accessed from the Internet , it allows us teachers to be able to provide a much richer learning experience using the whiteboards. Apart from just being more visually appealing than the usual paper based resources, I find that the students become more engaged when sharing, discussing, even interacting with texts using the Interactive Whiteboard. It really seems to pull them into the tasks. ”

Ana Cristine, an LSI Hampstead student from Brazil, is in total agreement with Noah. “When we work with texts on the normal whiteboard I never finish writing down it all down before we move to the next topic but with the interactive board you can easily go back to previous exercises. Also the teacher is able to use lots of colours to highlight texts which makes it more interesting to look at as well as making each mark more distinct.”

LSI now has interactive whiteboards in all its UK schools at London Central, London Hampstead, Brighton and Cambridge. Learning a language has never been so much fun!

Advantages of the new computer based Cambridge ESOL tests to be introduced at LSI Cambridge

Monday, October 25th, 2010

LSI have recently signed an agreement with Cambridge ESOL to be one of the first language institutes to offer computer based testing (CBT) for the internationally recognised Cambridge ESOL exams. Our LSI Cambridge school has been designated as an official test centre by Cambridge ESOL and will be offering CBT for all our 2011 Cambridge exam preparation courses. In addition, CBT will also be available to students who have taken their exam preparation courses at other language centres.

School director, Phil Scherb, has been at the fore front of introducing CBT to LSI Cambridge and believes there are many advantages over the more traditional paper based testing.

“ I think the new computer based testing will be great for the students. They’ll be able to take the test in a familiar environment and so will feel more relaxed when taking the test. The results are available in only five weeks rather than the usual twelve weeks. Even the application time required to take the test is much shorter – down to one week as oppose to 6 six weeks for the paper based testing. The listening exercises are clearer as students will listen through headphones and being able to do all the writing on a computer is a definitive plus for those of us who have illegible handwriting! The speaking part of the test remains face to face as Cambridge ESOL send out examiners to the centres to carry out the oral part of the examination. As far as I can see there are no downsides to this new form of testing. It’s great for the school too as the increased number of exam testing dates means that’ll we be able to offer more course dates for those students who want to follow our exam preparation courses.”

LSI Cambridge will be offering CBT on our FCE and CAE courses starting in 2011. View details about dates and prices of these courses .

LSI School improvement programme: LSI Cambridge gets a facelift

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Freshly painted corridor at LSI CambridgeAfter a recent facelift to the outside of the building, LSI Cambridge has now added a splash of colour to the inside too.  Working through the night so as not to disturb the students, Cambridge Classics repainted the entire school in just six weeks.  With a different colour scheme on each floor, the school now looks much brighter and all the staff and students are delighted with the transformation.  The painters must have been impressed with the school as well, as one of them has since enrolled on our Cambridge CAE course!

With the help of volunteer students, we have also been planting flowers in window boxes, making sure the building reflects the warm, friendly and inviting atmosphere offered by the staff inside.