Archive for November, 2008

LSI Brisbane praised for the school’s Excellent Service to students

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Our language school in Australia, LSI Brisbane, has been pleased with the result of a recent Routine Monitoring Visit from NEAS, Australia’s National ELT (English language teaching) Accreditation Scheme. The LSI Brisbane report card says that LSI Brisbane meets NEAS Standards and Criteria in all respects.

It goes on to add that the school is professionally managed, with an excellent system of policies and procedures in place. There is a commitment to the provision of a high level of service to the students

Some of the other comments were

  • The English language teaching programs are very well organised
  • There is ongoing evaluation and review of procedures and curricula
  • There is a wide range of resources available for teaching and teacher reference.

We’re delighted that our school has been recognised as providing good service to students. LSI Brisbane is a great place to LEARN AND LIVE THE LANGUAGE.

LSI Australia celebrates Melbourne Cup Day

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

In a celebration of grand Australian tradition, LSI celebrated Melbourne Cup day.  The Melbourne Cup is a famous horse race which is noted for its fashions and in particular hats.  It is a great excuse to dress up and our students here at LSI Brisbane and staff made the most of the opportunity.  As you will see from the photos everyone had a great time and we are all looking forward to the next one!

We would just like to thank all involved for making it such an excellent event!

Movie and Games Nights at LSI Toronto

Monday, November 17th, 2008

At all our LSI schools we always aim to provide our students with not only an excellent learning environment but also with opportunities to relax and have fun. In our Canadian schools we frequently run our popular movie and games nights. Students get the chance to play interactive games and watch movies whilst getting to know their fellow classmates. It’s great fun as our students at LSI Toronto can testify to.

Here, one of our students, Javier from Mexico, focuses on making a-hole in-one. After school, students can play our Nintendo Wii as an alternative to real exercise. With so many sports to choose from you’ll ever get bored!

For those students feeling a little less energetic, at LSI Toronto, we organise movie nights once a week in addition to a full weekday social program. Here we have some eager students gathered in front of the big screen to watch “Edward Scissor Hands”.Do you have a movie you’ve been wanting to see? Just ask us, (and provided it’s not obscene), we’ll get the movie for you and play it after class finishes. At LSI Toronto, there are always plenty of cultural and fun things to do at the end of the school day.

Celebrating Halloween at LSI

Monday, November 10th, 2008

On October 31st many of the LSI schools celebrated Halloween. Whether studying at our schools in the UK, Canada or USA many students got the opportunity to participate in the many traditions that surround Halloween.

Did you know that the name Halloween comes from the religious festival of ‘All Hallows Eve’? Originally a Northern european pagan festival , All Hallows marked the end of harvest, a time when the spirits of the dead could deliver ill omens on the living. Bonfires were often lit on this night to ward off these evils spirits.

These days however, Halloween is simply a time to have some fun. Why not read on and see what some of the LSI students got up to at Halloween?

In New York some of our students attended the annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. Many of the LSI students wore halloween costumes and joined in the parade which featured hundreds of giant size puppets, musical acts, floats, circus performers and thousands of other New Yorkers dressed in costumes of their own creation. The parade stretched for more than a mile and always marches up 6th Avenue through Greenwich Village, a neighborhood known as the bohemian capital of the 1950’s and 60’s, and birthplace of the Beat Movement. The parade is touted as the most wildly creative public participatory event in the United States. Our students had a great time as for many it was the first time they had ever celebrated Halloween.

Perhaps next year it will be your turn to celebrate Halloween at one of the many LSI language schools.

A haunted Halloween | LSI Vancouver

Friday, November 7th, 2008

The ghouls and goblins descended on LSI Vancouver on October 31st to celebrate Halloween at LSI’s haunted Halloween party. There were activities like pumpkin carving, costume making and even a haunted house!

Students learned about the traditions of Halloween by working with their teachers to organize and run games, activities and a very scary house of horrors for their peers. There were refreshments like chips, drinks and candy (of course!) and lots of great costumes. Some students that didn’t bring costumes were dressed up by their classmates using everyday things like string, tape, and even toilet paper with surprising and sometimes hilarious results! Students also put the finishing touches on each other’s looks with Halloween makeup and scary hairstyles. Halloween stories were shared, lots of pumpkins were carved and students even bobbed for apples.

Near the end of the day students with the best costumes paraded in front of their classmates for a chance to win prizes – and the admiration of their peers! Since most students had never celebrated Halloween before, it was a great chance for everyone to learn about a fun Canadian tradition!