Posts Tagged ‘LSI Toronto’

Meet the New School Director at LSI Toronto

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

JamesBenoit2017 heralds big changes for LSI Toronto. After many years in charge at LSI Toronto, our colleague Linda Walsh took retirement, and LSI appointed a new school director, James Benoit. In the first week back from Christmas, James officially takes the helm at our busy school in Toronto. As way of introduction , we have invited him to share his story and thoughts about teaching.

“It’s a pleasure to meet all of you! I have been working in the ESL field since 1999 having accumulated experience as an English teacher in Taiwan for nearly four years and then switching over to education management as an Academic Director in Korea for almost eight years. After living overseas for such a long time, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work back in Canada at EF Toronto as both the Academic Director and the Interim School Director for around four years.

I am now very pleased to move in to a more permanent position as a School Director at LSI Toronto, as it will allow me to gain further experience in managing a school and leading a team. Everyone both at the school and in the company at large has been very welcoming, supportive and helpful, and I feel confident that we will be able to make some very positive improvements on all fronts as we grow in the coming years.

I truly love working in this field, as it allows me to work with a diverse array of cultures and peoples stemming from all walks of life. It has also provided me with an opportunity to gain very worthwhile experience in education, management, human resources, finance and operations, and I hope that I will be able to transplant these skills to LSI and make valuable contributions to this company in my role. I sincerely look forward to working with all of you either as students or as colleagues!”

World Student Day in Canada

Friday, July 1st, 2016

June 15 was World Student Day in Canada. This annual event, organised by Languages   Canada, was held in cities all across the country.  LSI Toronto students joined students from other Toronto language schools at the University of Toronto for a day of games, talent shows, and food.

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Students taking part in the LSI Word Game

We had an enthusiastic group of LSI student volunteers and staff who helped at our LSI booth and the ice cream stands. At the LSI booth, students could enter the Word Game for a chance to win prizes. Each of the volunteers received a volunteer certificate from Languages Canada. Well done everyone!

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Helping out on the ice cream stand

LSI Toronto Celebrates World Student Day

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

June 12 was World Student Day in Canada. This annual event, organised by Languages Canada, was held in cities all across the country. LSI Toronto students joined students from other Toronto language schools at the University of Toronto for a day of games, talent shows, and food.

We had an enthusiastic group of 11 LSI student volunteers and staff who helped at the LSI booth and the ice cream stand. At the LSI booth, students could enter the Word Game for a chance to win prizes. Each of the volunteers received a volunteer certificate from Languages Canada. Well done everyone!

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Toronto – The Best City in the World

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Those of you already familiar with Toronto won’t be surprised to hear that Toronto has been officially rated the best City in the World by the internationally recognised publication, The Economist. Many factors were taking into consideration when rating 36 major cities including cost of living, sense of well being, liveability and rates of crime. Why not find out more about living and studying in Toronto from our team at LSI TorontoTor_location_cntower.

LSI Team Climbs the CN Tower for Charity

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Last month, Krista Lazarow (LSI Toronto’s Student Services & Homestay Coordinator) and Rafael Cota participated in the 25th Annual WWF CN Tower Climb. They climbed 1,776 steps in one of Canada’s most popular touristic spots.

Krista, the students and LSI Toronto fund raised for those participating and a contest with prizes was held.

Rafael and Krista had an experience of a lifetime in Toronto and were able to help a worthy cause such as a World Wildlife Foundation.  LSI Toronto is incredibly proud to have these two at our school!

 

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LSI Toronto celebrates World Student Day

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

August 8 was World Student Day in Canada.  This event, organised by Languages Canada, was held in cities all across the country.  It was a beautiful summer day and a great chance for LSI students to go to the University of Toronto and meet students from other language schools for a day of games, talent shows, and food.  Five of our LSI Toronto students volunteered for “Make Your Mark on the World”, where students could write their names on a map of the world. We’re looking forward to the next one!

Here are some photos of our students participating in the day’s activities:

Food, games, and fun with friends!

Food, games, and fun with friends!

Food, games, and fun with friends!

Food, games, and fun with friends!

Food, games, and fun with friends!

Food, games, and fun with friends!

An LSI student makes her mark on the world

An LSI student makes her mark on the world

Our LSI student volunteers at World Student Day

Our LSI student volunteers at World Student Day

LSI Toronto Junior Programmes

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

At LSI Toronto, our junior programmes are a great way for students to improve their English, meet new friends from other countries, and visit the attractions that Toronto has to offer.   Students have English classes in the mornings and afternoon and weekend activities, accompanied by an LSI teacher.   This summer, as well as junior students from Portugal, France, Spain, Poland, Croatia, and Mexico, we welcomed a group of students and their group leaders from China, who went on a sightseeing tour of Niagara Falls and French Canada after their programme at LSI before heading home.

We have winter junior programmes available for groups in January/February, and our summer programme is open for individuals and groups. Come join us at LSI Toronto and improve your English while meeting friends from all over the world!

Here are some photos of what our juniors have been up to:

Canoeing on Lake Ontario

Canoeing on Lake Ontario

Making new friends from different countries

Making new friends from different countries

Making new friends from different countries

Making new friends from different countries

Chinese junior students receiving their LSI certificates at graduation, with their group leaders and teachers

Chinese junior students receiving their LSI certificates at graduation, with their group leaders and teachers

LSI Canada Schools Become Designated Learning Institutions

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Good news! Both LSI Toronto and LSI Vancouver have recently been approved by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as Designated Learning Institutions in the International Student Program and therefore are able to accept students who come to Canada on study permits. Under new CIC regulations, as of June 1, 2014, all students who come to Canada on study permits will be required to attend only Designated Learning Institutions.

The new regulations will not affect students who come for less than 6 months, who are still able to study on a tourist visa.

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

Application Deadline for the Language Coop Work and Study Programme in Canada

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Over recent years, LSI have offered study and work programmes to our students at  LSI Vancouver and LSI Toronto as part of the Language Coop Programmes. However, due to new regulations introduced by the CIC (Citizenship and Immigration Canada), the Federal government department that deals with visa applications, students applying from June 1st (2014) onwards will no longer be able to apply for work and study programmes at private language schools, including LSI.

For students who might be interested in a work and study programme at LSI and wish to apply before the new restrictions come into force, it’s essential that visa applications, requesting both study and work permits, are submitted before the May 31st deadline. Read more about the Language Coop Programmes and the application process here or contact LSI Vancouver and LSI Toronto directly.

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