Posts Tagged ‘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!

A great course! The verdict of our Young Learner Courses from one student’s family

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

LSI has been successfully running Young Learner courses at our schools in London Hampstead, Toronto, Brighton and San Diego for two years and for 2010 we have also introduced a campus programme at Chichester. These courses are proving to be increasingly popular with record numbers booking the courses this summer. Below you can read some recent feedback that we have received from the family of one of our students on our London Hampstead Young Learners Course.

Laura Navadijos Peral wrote the following to school director Greg Wickline, ” I would like to thank you and congratulate you for the quality of the study programme your school has offered my nephew Jorge Calvo Navadijos. Jorge finished a two weeks young learners course on Saturday 24th of July and he has repeatedly told us how happy he has been with the classes. Jorge has greatly appreciated having more than one teacher every day with different styles and accents and he has found that the rhythm and the exercises were very fresh and different from the methodology he has always followed in his home country Spain.”

Laura continues, ” From my side, his uncle and his family in Spain we would like to thank you for making us feel he was in safe hands. We felt he was given the protection that was needed at his age and level of English and we sense he has not felt overprotected. Greg, from my first interaction with you a few months back I had the feeling we were choosing the right school and I am glad we were right. We will recommend your school wholeheartedly to our friends in England and Spain with children in similar ages and situations.”

We thank Laura for taking the time to give us feedback on our Young Learners Course and for the helpful suggestions she has made to improve the course even further. It’s great to know when we have happy students!

The value of LSI Multi-Center courses – a student’s view

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

At LSI we have always promoted our Multi-Center courses as a unique way to combine travelling the world with study and the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of different cultures. Don’t think that just because English is spoken in Australia, Canada, the USA , the UK and New Zealand that our students will have the same experiences wherever they study. Even the language itself can change depending on where you study!

Back in March, the LSI blog featured Japanese student Kayo Yamaguchi as she was leaving the 2010 Winter Olympic host city of Vancouver for sunny San Diego. We caught up with her again in the beginning of May during her last week at LSI San Diego. We were curious how she enjoyed her multi-center experience:

LSI San Diego students on Multi centre course“At first I wanted to go to Vancouver because of the Olympics, but actually I like to stay in hot weather and I wanted to live in California so that is why I decided to move to California after Vancouver. It was a nice decision because I could feel the atmosphere of two countries and compare the two countries. I liked that the student makeup of each school was different. It was very interesting for me to meet people from so many different countries.”

Kayo explained her reasons for learning English:
“I’d like to study at university using my English. I want to study sports management which is why I went to the Olympic city of Vancouver. I am going to study in the UK since London is hosting the next Olympics in 2012.”

From what Kayo was saying it seems we may be seeing her sometime soon at one of our London schools, LSI London Central or LSI London Hampstead.

Movie making at LSI San Diego

Friday, May 7th, 2010

At LSI we recognise that there are many ways in  which our students can learn and practice newly acquired language skills. We have always adopted many different techniques that often challenge students both inside and outside the classroom and encourage great team work. One recent example of this innovative teaching methodology occurred at our LSI San Diego school.

Teacher Jovana Poduje gave her Upper Intermediate class a unique opportunity to write and perform their own movie!  They spent time in the classroom writing their film, A Random Act of Kindness, which showed an old woman being helped by a stranger.

Jovana’s friend, film maker Elizabeth Spitsbergen, volunteered to help them out.  Here you can see the class on a Saturday afternoon while Elizabeth films them. All the students claimed that they had thoroughly enjoyed the experience and would love to do it again.

A Big Thank You to LSI San Diego

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

All of LSI San Diego is very sad to say good-bye to our wonderful long term student Bandar from Saudi Arabia whose last day will be this Friday. Bandar has been studying English here since last July! When he was asked about what he will miss from our school it was easy for him to find his answer:

“The teachers. All the staff is very good – especially the teachers. LSI is a very good school. They are very flexible. They helped me with many many things. A big thank you to everyone at LSI San Diego”

It is always sad for us to say good-bye to students. But we always hold out hope that they will be back soon!