Posts Tagged ‘LSI New York’

Travel tips New York: Williamsburg – America’s Hippest Neighborhood

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Williamsburg is the epicenter of Brooklyn and the most happening neighborhood in New York City. Once largely industrial with modest housing for immigrants, it is now a mix of renovated luxury loft buildings, art galleries, shops and eateries, all geared toward the artistic, music-loving stylish hipsters that now populate the local streets.

Brooklyn Bowl
An unusual venue: half bowling alley and half concert venue. Bowl, have dinner and see a concert all at the same time. Food is prepared by one of Brooklyn’s leading names in restaurants. Concerts are sometimes sold out, so buy tickets in advance.
Shop Vintage
If you love vintage clothing and shoes, Williamsburg has a lot to offer in different price ranges. Don’t miss the huge and popular Beacon’s Closet. For designer labels visit Fille de Joie, Malins and Amarcord, among others!
Mast Brothers Chocolate
Owned by two brothers, this award winning chocolate shop features a storefront and factory where the chocolate is made. Various flavors are wrapped in their own individually handmade paper designed by family and friends. You can also take a tour of the factory!
Black and White Gallery
An art and project space that features the work of emerging artists and those advanced in their careers. They have another space in Chelsea, but this location is specifically designed for installations. The typical style is aggressive and avant-garde. Free of charge!
Eat at Diner
Have lunch or dinner inside a genuine 1950’s railcar. The food is a healthy and delicious version of neo-Americana, and the intimate, retro ambiance is unique!

For information about New York and studying at LSI , contact us at LSI New York .

LSI New York end of month Pizza Party!

Monday, October 13th, 2014

On the last Thursday of every month at LSI New York we throw a Pizza Party at lunch time. Students and teachers come together and socialize for a fun hour. Every month teachers nominate a Student-of-the-Month; this student is chosen based on overall academic performance and advancement, excellent attendance, helpfulness to other students, amongst other things.

At this last pizza party in September we tried something different: in the week running up to the event we patrolled the halls and handed out raffle tickets to anyone speaking English. We called this our Caught Speaking English event. At the pizza party a raffle was drawn and the winners walked away with Yankee baseball caps, I Love NY Tees and two $50 gift certificates for any event offered by ISX, the student travel company that organizes weekend and day trips for students in the NY area.

Fun was had by all, as seen in the pictures on our facebook page. Here is just a sample of some of our students eating pizza and winning prizes!

Eating pizza and making new friends, New York style!

Eating pizza and making new friends, New York style!

Pizza pizza pizza!

Pizza pizza pizza!

Students enjoying pizza

Students enjoying pizza

Our English speaking raffle prize draw rewarded students for speaking English in between classes

Our English speaking raffle prize draw rewarded students for speaking English in between classes

More prizes from our raffle!

More prizes from our raffle!

Students won t-shirts in our English speaking raffle draw

Students won t-shirts in our English speaking raffle draw

More pizza!

More pizza!

LSI New York students enjoying pizza together

LSI New York students enjoying pizza together

New Mini Group for Pre-intermediate Students

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Due to increasing interest in our Mini Groups courses, LSI are now offering a new type of Mini-Group course. In addition to our existing Mini-Groups for intermediate to advanced level students, we are now introducing a course for pre-intermediate level students allowing them to benefit from the intensive, more tailored-made character/structure of small group classes. Whilst the main focus of language teaching will be on General English, there will also be opportunities to cover aspects of Business English specifically requested by the students. The small group environment ensures students profit from more in-depth teacher feedback about their language learning and how to achieve their next language targets.

Key Features of the course:

  • Pre-intermediate level of English required
  • 20, 30, 40 lessons per week (check with individual schools for lesson options available)
  • Participants: maximum 5
  • Minimum age: 21
  • 1 lesson: 45 minutes (in the USA and Canada 50 minutes)
  • Courses begin every Monday

The new Mini Group is available at our schools in  Auckland, Berkeley, Boston, London (central)  , New York, San Diego, Toronto and Vancouver. For more details contact the schools directly.

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Mini Group at LSI London Central

LSI New York student talks about getting around New York and the school in a wheelchair

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Dennis Bliek student with LSI New York staff

Standing: Registrar Andrew Jump & Interim Ass. Director Cindy Pack
Sitting: Director Kerry Linder, Dennis Bliek & Ass. Director Victoria Reis

LSI New York have recently played host to student Dennis Bliek. Mr. Bliek, a sports-marketing professional from the Netherlands, chose LSI NYC very carefully: as he is confined to a wheelchair, his options for language schools are more limited than many international students. LSI’s accessibility was, therefore, a big factor in his choice of our school. Victoria Reis, the assistant director at LSI New York, talked briefly with Mr. Bliek about his experience here at LSI and NYC. The following is a transcript of their conversation.

VR: How did you hear about our school?

DB: I had planned to come to America for years, and I wanted to combine my trip with some kind of course, an English course or a business course. I was always in love with NYC, as well. So I searched on the internet, found your school, and got in contact—that’s how I got here.

VR: How’s your experience been so far?

DB: The first week was a little unsure—I wasn’t sure which way I was going, left or right. But now, I’ve gotten used to NYC and feel very comfortable here. As for my classes, the level of English in class is such that you learn every day. In general, I’m very happy with my course; very satisfied.

VR: Tell me more about the experience in light of your particular situation, being in a wheelchair.

DB: First of all, of course, I need to be able to get into the building; there can’t be any bumps [steps.] Your building meets this criteria. Furthermore, here at LSI, if there’s a door I can’t open, there is always someone helping me out—guards or other students. So it’s been very easy for me to get around. Also, in the classroom, there is always a podium that I can use as a desk.

VR: How about getting around in NYC? How’s that been?

DB: Before I came, I did a lot of research about public transport. NYC itself is pretty good, even compared to Amsterdam. If there’s any bump, they put a ramp here in NYC. Also, people here ask me if they can help me with anything way more than they do in Holland.

VR: That’s great! So would you recommend LSI NYC to other students in your position—that is, other students in wheelchairs?

DB: Definitely!

LSI New York student Lev Chesnov puts newly learnt vocabulary to the test with this cooking demonstration

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Lev (Leo) Chesnov is from Moscow, Russia. He has a degree in cinematography and spent many years working in the Russian film industry. When his teacher, Cindy, gave his class an assignment to create a presentation about how to make their favorite food, Leo decided to draw on his cinematography background to create a video presentation about borscht, a traditional Russian beet soup. The video is informative and entertaining, and the soup looks really enticing. Good job, Leo!

David Hughes, ex-director of LSI New York, reminisces about his 20 years at LSI

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

After 20 years working at various LSI schools, David Hughes is now reaching the end of his last week as the school director for LSI New York. Whilst it will be hard for LSI to see him go, we wish him all the best for his exciting new plans for the future. Here David tells us a little more about the wonderful years he has spent at LSI.

LSI New York School Director David Hughes“How long do you think you will stay at your next job? A year, three years? More? Well, when I started teaching at LSI Vancouver twenty years ago, I thought I would stay for a little while and then move on. After all, I had never lived in the same house for more than three years, and I’d just come back to Canada after five years of teaching English in Tokyo, Tunis and Barcelona. Vancouver was nice, but I didn’t expect to be there for very long. And I was right. Less than two years later, I agreed to move out to Toronto to open LSI’s second Canadian school. The plan was to supervise that project, hire teachers and staff, then hire a permanent Director and come back to Vancouver after about six months… HA!!”

“A year went by. I assembled every kind of school furniture you can imagine, hired a group of teachers and staff that are still among my good friends, typed invoices, responded to faxes and sent confirmations by Canada post. We leased more space in the building. Three years went by. I assembled more desks. I bought a Compaq computer for $1200 and Microsoft Office (for $200 or something). I still typed invoices every Friday, but there were rumors of a computer system that would make my Smith-Corona redundant. Once, I rented walls to make additional classrooms in the empty suite next door. We had picnics on Toronto Island in the summer and rented a church refectory for Christmas dinner. We took dozens of students to Niagara Falls, up the CN Tower, and to Canada’s Wonderland. We even went skiing in winter until a Brazilian student stepped into his bindings, went backwards through the shop, zipped across the parking lot, over a snow bank and into a tree. Not bad, considering he was registered blind!”

“And so it went on for five or six years. Toronto was growing, the school was doing well. And when the chance came to buy a small building in Rosedale, LSI took it. Busy summer! Two locations, lots of students. More picnics on the island, but fewer nights playing pool at the Pilot. Every day I jumped on the streetcar, rolled past Kensington Market and the University of Toronto. Our teachers were great, the folks in the office really knew what they were doing, and the students were determined to keep things interesting. They studied hard, sure, but they also started a fire in the student lounge, bought old cars and drove to Vancouver, played guitars downstairs, walked to Downsview Park to see the Pope and almost won the first ever Toronto ESL idol contest!”

“And then I heard that Rosemary, the Director in LSI New York, was retiring and that old rambling feeling was awakened. I talked about it with my girlfriend. We decided it was worth a try. She’s a visual artist, and a wanderer, too. I asked , and LSI said yes. In December of 2008, I said goodbye to the best group of friends I’d ever had and headed off to the Big Apple, to a house in Queens with a crazy roommate. A year later, Sherri and I got married – in Las Vegas, by Elvis – and she and the cats bundled down from Toronto. No more interrogations at the border for her! Finally, we moved to Bed-Stuy, in Brooklyn – Jay-Z, Chris Rock, Norah Jones and Mike Tyson all lived there when they were kids. Then it was a no-go neighborhood but things have changed here so much. And all for the better.”

“LSI New York is a great school. It’s got that LSI family feel and the students are extremely cool (of course). We have some good things going with the Metropolitan College of New York, including taking a group of their MBA students to LSI Zurich and London as part of a case study. Every year some of our students enroll there and there’s an international student association coming soon. New Yorkers are a nice bunch of people as long as you don’t waste their time. And everywhere you go, you feel like you’re in a movie.”

“But that spell of staying has been broken and I decide that changing cities isn’t enough. I have been studying for a Masters in Non-Profit Management offered by the New School University and I’m just about to finish my first semester but come the Fall I want to go full-time. Hence my decision to say a sad farewell to LSI.”

“So that’s where I’m at. This is my last week at LSI. After twenty years. Who knew? All the best to everyone I have worked with both students and staff.”

And all the best to you David from all of LSI. Thanks for everything!

Fancy doing an internship abroad? Read about the experiences of LSI New York’s Japanese Intern Ms. Mai Kubota

Friday, October 28th, 2011

In spite of her diminutive size Ms. Kubota is a force to be reckoned with! Since her arrival here on March 1st, 2011, Ms. Kubota has become an integral part of the staff and wears many caps in the office:  at times receptionist, bulletin board art director, master office clerk, LSI NY Facebook page administrator, new student orientation guide and slang-of-the-week curator, Ms. Kubota is not one to shy away from a new challenge.

Currently 22 years old, Ms. Kubota will be a senior when she returns to Tokyo University of Foreign Studies where she is majoring in Spanish and Gender Studies. Upon completion of her studies, Ms. Kubota hopes to work for a NGO in the field of education, specifically in the developing world. Ms. Kubota is fluent in English, having spent six years of her childhood in Los Angeles, USA, where her father was transferred for work. 

Ms. Kubota says she is grateful for the experience of interning here at LSI New York. “So far it’s been wonderful! One good thing about working in a language school is that I can meet students from many countries.”  Ms. Kubota says she is learning valuable skills on the job, such as learning how to answer the phone and respond to students’ questions in English. She also feels much more confident now when it comes to speaking in public: every Monday, Ms. Kubota is in charge of introducing the school’s activities calendar to the new students at orientation.

Ms. Kubota also shared her insights about some of the differences between the workplace here in the USA and in Japan. “At my last job in Japan–a “cram” school where high school students are prepared for high school exams—the staff did everything together. There weren’t specific tasks for each worker, whereas here in the US, everyone has a clearly defined position. Because of this, in Japan people may take less responsibly for their work since everyone shares in each other’s mistakes.”

Ms. Kubota says she enjoys living in New York City but misses Tokyo. She misses her family the most but also the clean and quiet underground service. Overall, Ms. Kubota is very satisfied with her experience here so far and will miss the camaraderie in the office of LSI NY. “I’m having so much fun here and I recommend this experience for any intern from abroad.”

We wish Ms. Kubota the best of luck and hope she will not forget her family here at LSI New York when she returns to Japan in early December!  Genkidene,Mai!

An interview with Brazilian actress Tammy Campos Di Calafiori about her time at LSI New York – by Kerry Linder

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Brazilian actress Tammy Campos di Calafiori when studying English as LSI New YorkFor the past three weeks LSI New York have had the pleasure of hosting Tammy Campos Di Calafiori as a student at the school.  The NY Director of studies, Kerry Linder, managed to catch up with this accomplished young actress from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil after one of the afternoon classes and took the opportunity to find out more about this famous actress …

In her native country, Tammy is best known as “Lorena,” one of the stars of the daytime “novela” Passione. In this popular soap opera, Tammy is part of a love triangle involving her mother and her mother’s boyfriend! Here she is in action.   Recently, Tammy also played the role in the feature film A Suprema Felicidade by acclaimed director/screenwriter Arnaldo Jabor; in this period film, Tammy takes on the part of an ingénue stripper, a role she told me she thoroughly enjoyed researching and playing.

In spite of her star quality, intrinsic beauty and accomplishments at such a young age, Tammy is surprisingly down to earth and friendly, and comes to us after having completed an acting course combining the Suzuki Method and Viewpoints, at SITI Company in NYC. Like Tammy, a growing number of young creative professionals attending LSI New York are choosing to combine an intensive language program with specialized study in their field here in NYC, be it in acting, photography, dance, or some other artistic discipline.

Tammy, whose course is being sponsored by our partner in Brazil SIS Intercâmbio, says she enjoys taking the subway and walking in New York without being recognized. Regarding her courses here at LSI, Tammy says she is very satisfied and plans to extend her course and return to LSI New York at a later date. “I like studying here because I can make friends from all over the world and I get a lot of practice. I really like this school and I think the teachers and methodology are very good. My teacher Anna is great! This week for class, we had to research a famous person and give a presentation to the rest of class. I did a presentation on the artist Jackson Pollock; next time I am thinking of doing a presentation on my city, Rio de Janeiro!”

No doubt we will be hearing a lot more about this talented young actress in the years to come. We certainly look forward to hosting her when she is back in NYC. In the mean time, we wish Tammy boa sorte which means “good luck” in her native Portuguese!

Under the Spotlight – LSI becomes a case study for MBA students

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Based at the Manhattan Campus of the Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) , LSI New York has over many years established a mutually beneficial relationship with MCNY. Indeed, LSI New York offers one of the designated ESL programs  permitting international students to follow on their LSI language courses by studying  a huge array of degree courses at MCNY.

Due to this tradition of close cooperation between  (MCNY) and LSI New York, LSI was only too happy to help out when approached by a group of MBA students asking to use LSI as a case study for their MBA program. These 25 students set out to focus on three main strands of the LSI business: Finance, Media Management and General adminstration. Initially meeting were held with the Director and staff at LSI New York but then spread out to include seminars and discussions with many of the top LSI management, LSI marketing , and culminated in a two-week trip to Europe visiting our schools in London and Zurich. The intention for this first phase of the project is to produce some recommendations for LSI as to how we can further improve our business. We look forward to hearing what they have to say!