Posts Tagged ‘LSI San Diego’

Family program at LSI San Diego

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Twice a year we run a family program in conjunction with our Juniors program at LS San Diego. This is an opportunity for families with children as young as 8 to study along with their older siblings and parents. The younger students are in classes with other students of 8 – 12 years of age, the 13 – 17 year olds participate in the juniors program, and the parents can choose to join any one of our regular adult programmes. The 8 – 17 year olds have English classes in the mornings and afternoon activities in and around San Diego. This year was our most successful family program ever, with the class running for the entire summer session at near capacity. Students from Brazil, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Japan, China, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland participated and had a great time, both in class and on activities. Here are some photos of our July/August program! If you’d like more information, please contact LSI San Diego!

LSI San Diego Juniors at the playground

Juniors at the playground

Juniors on the ferry

Students at the chalkboard

Juniors at a baseball game

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.


Mini Group at LSI London Central

LSI San Diego Hosts A University Transfer Fair

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Last week LSI San Diego was happy to host a ‘California State Transfer Fair’. California is rather unusual in that it has  two university systems: the University of California and The California State and it was representatives from the latter ‘California State’ system who attended the fair to talk to LSI students who were interested in transferring from LSI to a university.  Representatives from California State Sonoma, San Francisco, Fullerton, Northridge, Sacramento and San Marcos International Departments set up tables where they handed out materials, and gave a bit of information about their university and answered questions. Navigating the application process at American universities can be quite tricky so the students found the information very helpful!


Easter Celebrations at the LSI schools

Friday, April 25th, 2014
Spot the Easter Eggs at LSI San Diego

Spot the Easter Eggs at LSI San Diego

As is customary many of our LSI schools celebrated Easter this year with the eternally popular Easter Egg hunts around the school. This year however LSI London Hampstead decided to add even more fun and hilarity to the proceedings by turning it into a race.

Students were asked to assemble in the garden grouped in their classes and the rules were then announced. Each class or ‘team’ had 10 minutes to find as many tiny eggs as they could hidden somewhere around the garden with the winning team receiving a special prize. During ten minutes of mayhem, around 50 teachers, students and staff rushed around the garden with the occasional collision, ferreting around in bushes, clambering up trees and delving through the bins to root out the chocolaty treasures.

Way in the front with an amazing 42 eggs, the winning team was led by teacher James Butcher. The special winners’ prize? An even bigger chocolate Egg!

The Race for eggs at LSI London Hampstead

The Race for Eggs at LSI London Hampstead

Quirky facts about San Diego

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Did you know the following interesting facts about San Diego?

San Diego is the birthplace of California. The first European exploration of the West Coast was by Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, a Portuguese navigator sailing for Spain, who landed in San Diego on September 28, 1542.
April2014SomeLikeItHot San Diego has the largest wooden structure in the US. When it opened in 1888 the Hotel Del Coronado was the largest resort hotel in the world. Ten different US presidents have stayed here and it was the location of the film classic “Some like it hot” starring Marilyn Monroe.
San Diego imports 80 to 90% of its water. Around 168 million gallons of water are imported every day and if placed into gallon bottles they would encircle the earth more than one and a quarter times.
San Diego is home to the world’s oldest working ship. The Star of India was built in 1863 and  has completed 21 circumnavigations from her home port of San Diego.
San Diego’s cultural life .The Old Globe and the La Jolla Playhouse of San Diego have sent more shows to Broadway than any other U.S. city.

We’re happy to receive any more fun trivia. Please send any titbits you have to . Why not come and join us in San Diego – we look forward to welcoming you to LSI San Diego!

A beach lover’s paradise – advice from LSI San Diego

Friday, April 11th, 2014

San Diego is well-known for its many beaches, each one with its own personality. Depending on what you want to do, find the beach right for you. Here are our suggestions:

Imperial Beach

Imperial Beach: The Southern-most beach near the border, IB is quiet and most famous for its annual Sandcastle Competition.  A chance to walk on the wooden pier makes the trip worthwhile.
Ocean Beach: A favorite among the hippie and Harley crowd, OB has easy-going surf, fishing off the long pier, and plenty of dog-friendly spots. The unofficial motto of OB is: “Keep Ocean Beach Weird” Hodad’s welcome!
Coronado: A wide, golden sand beach great for family fun and slow strolls by the Hotel Del Coronado.  Voted “America’s Best Beach” in 2012.
Pacific Beach: Another popular tourist beach for the college-age crowd. Garnet Avenue comes alive at night with bars and clubs while Law Street is a local spot for surfing and chilling with friends during the day.

Coronado beach

La Jolla beach

La Jolla: The La Jolla Cove provides a perfect chance for amateur snorkeling and La Jolla Shores remains a terrific destination for swimming, kayaking, and other activities. Meet a seal up close!  Definitely the beach you are most likely to spot a Lamborghini.
Torrey Pines State Park: Away from the crowds, you can experience nature by itself at Torrey Pines. Try hiking a trail or searching the beach for shells.
Mission Beach: San Diego icon complete with roller coaster and boardwalk.  A favorite among teenagers, MB is a great locale for people-watching, sunbathing and playing volleyball. The boardwalk links to Mission Bay and is popular among rollerbladers, skaters, joggers and others.
Solana Beach: A short train ride away, SB gives a glimpse at a cozy surf town with simple spots and steady surf.

Mission Beach

In addition to these, you may get curious and want to find smaller, lesser known beaches such as Garbage Beach, Windansea, Sunset Cliffs or Del Mar.


Learning to communicate in a new language ? It’s not all about words!

Friday, April 11th, 2014

LSI San Diego Academic Director Blake Winter discusses the hugely understated importance of body language and gesture in language learning.

Hand gestures aid verbal communication

Hand gestures aid verbal communication

“It has been said that language captures the melodies, rhythms and tones of the people speaking it, that each way of communicating around the world embodies the culture it comes from. And yet, when one travels or is hesitant to fully attempt conversation in a new language, there is a second method of communication that proves equally useful: gesture. Body language, too, goes a long way at showing how a culture interprets the world.

Perhaps you are looking for a bite to eat, a restroom to use, a map to hold or simply trying to find the entrance to a cathedral. In these cases, body language can get your point across without a word being said. At times the same gesture is used differently in two or more cultures, often leading to some interesting confusion. Everyone has an anecdote about trying to use a certain gesture in a foreign land and getting an unexpected result.

When learning a new language, adopting the local gestures and body language as part of that language can be a significant way to reinforce learning new vocabulary, sentence structure and pronunciation. For example, if you see an old friend and remark “Hey buddy, long time, no see!” with your hands at your sides, you are not projecting the idea you are welcoming a conversation. On the other hand, if you have your arms wide and splash a big smile over your face, you are clearly showing that you would like to catch up with this old friend and exchange news.

Matching body movement and language can be categorized as kinaesthetic learning, which utilizes muscle memory and established neural pathways in unison. Think of the easiest way to explain a body movement verb: simply do it. Shrug, wink, clap, cough, sneer, grimace, pout, sigh, yawn—no written definition replaces the directness of action.

If you’re still not convinced gesture is key to language acquisition, compare a phone conversation with a person-to-person encounter. Which is more difficult and why?

When you are picking up new phrases and refining your speaking skills, linking these words to a corresponding gesture is an effective and proven shortcut to help you remember faster and easier.”

Facial expressions and body language help to express meaning

Facial expressions and body language help to express meaning


LSI San Diego celebrates ‘Annual Appreciation Day’

Friday, January 28th, 2011

LSI San Diego teachers receiving flowers on Annual Appreciation DayJanuary 26th, 2011, was “Teachers, Staff & Leaders Appreciation Day” here at LSI in sunny San Diego.Susan and Lauren delivered gift bags to each teacher, presenting them in front of their classes so that their students were able to show their appreciation, as well. The staff were then given gorgeous bouquets in appreciation of all of their hard work. Then at break time, teachers, staff and visiting group leaders enjoyed some delicious “Appreciation Cake”.

LSI San Diego is extremely fortunate to have such wonderful teachers and amazing staff, as well as very helpful group leaders with our Winter Young Learners

Halloween mayhem at LSI San Diego

Friday, November 19th, 2010
LSI student dressed as a pirate - winner of best overall costume

Best costume

At LSI San Diego , Halloween is always celebrated in style and this year was no exception! It seemed noone could resist the temptation to dress up for the occasion. Our students turned into pirates and witches, teachers turned into mummies and hippies, and staff turned into penguins and clowns all accompanied by eating vast quantities of candy, carving pumpkins and learning all about this traditional, crazy holiday! Prizes were given out to the students wearing the sexiest outfit, the funniest and also the best overall costume!

‘Hat Day’ at LSI San Diego

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

At LSI, staff and students can get up to all sorts of weird and wonderful activities in class … and LSI San Diego is no exception! October 15th marked “Hat Day” with teachers, staff and students donning their best, most creative and funniest hats! There were hats of all varieties, from Rastafarian to witches.

After class, everyone met in the Student Lounge, where the student hats were judged for the best one. The winner was Petra Gerig from Switzerland – pictured here in her wonderful, homemade creation. She was the proud winner of a Burger King gift card and the title of “Best Hat”.

Who says studying at LSI isn’t fun!