Archive for January, 2009

End of Year Celebration at LSI New York

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

On Friday, December 19, LSI New York held its annual end-of-year holiday celebration. The classes spent the last week of school preparing and practicing for their holiday presentations; then on Friday, all the students and teachers gathered in the conference hall and each class performed for their fellow schoolmates. Some of the classes prepared holiday poems and traditional Christmas songs, while others wrote and presented skits.

One skit offered a funny –and fairly accurate!—picture of daily life here at LSI New York, including sleepy LSI students on the crowded NY subway, fire-drill alarms going off in the middle of class and students trying to get out of doing homework! Our advanced class presented a clever skit that dealt with international stereo types, the action taking place at the airport where visitors from abroad were confronted with two unsavory customs officers. The homemade costumes were a big hit, particularly the adorable reindeers! Kudos to all our students and wonderful teachers who put a lot of thought and hard work into this special event. The morning ended with –what else!—delicious New York pizza. Phone numbers were exchanged and adieus were bid, and thus began the two-week winter holiday here at LSI New York!

English at Work – successful start into 2009

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

LSI Zurich – LSI’s Zurich school is extending their ‘English at Work’ program run on LSI Zurich’s LSIcorporate platform, an e-learning tool successfully developed and implemented in 2007 and 2008 by LSI Zurich’s Stephan Lendi for a major Swiss insurance. The program was tested and was first used in continental Europe with over 2500 employees at the insurance. Further ‘English at work’ sessions are being planned, fostering not only grammar, reading, writing and listening skills but also stressing cultural aware issues, i.e. cross-cultural training, which has been highly appreciated by employees, as much as HR, as cultural awareness skills have been becoming crucial in organizations operating globally. Three further sessions at various levels of the European language portfolio are planned for 2009.

LSI Paris Halloween – Fête d’Halloween

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

LSI Paris – Halloween festivities at LSI Paris turned the Paris language school into a haunted mansion with ghosts, cats, devils and pirates living the spirit of Halloween the Paris way.  João from Brazil who lives in the U.S. and has been preparing for the TEF exam at LSI Paris, dressed as an evil pirate of the Caribbean, was thrilled by the party: “It’s as much fun as the Halloween parties in the U.S., only that French food adds the French ‘savoir vivre’ spirit to a great occasion to party”. Christian from Germany stated: “It’s great to be with students and teachers also outside the classroom and make great friends!”

Santa comes early to LSI Vancouver…

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

At one of our  language schools in Canada our students tried to be good all week in anticipation of our holiday party on Friday December 12th, hoping Santa would stop by for visit. Luckily he did not disappoint! He came by LSI Vancouver while students were enjoying a delicious international potluck lunch provided by students and staff. The front room of the school was transformed into an impromptu cafeteria and everyone enjoyed a huge variety of food from around the world, including guacamole, sushi, salad and chili. There were also two tables full of desserts including traditional Swiss chocolates and very Canadian Nanaimo bars!

When Santa came by he brought candy canes, chocolates and lots of hugs for everyone. After lunch was finished teachers Steve and Cris pulled out their guitars and everyone joined in with them to sing traditional holiday songs. We were even treated to a version of Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer in Korean and beautiful Spanish and German versions of Silent Night. The day was bittersweet though as our Cambridge exam preparation course had just finished that week and many students returned to their home countries the following weekend. However a great time was had by all and everyone appreciated the opportunity to enjoy a meal and celebrate the holidays together – and to meet Santa!

Mister and Miss LSI Paris Pageant

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
LSI Paris – in a major event at LSI Paris Mister and Miss LSI Paris have been elected. Both winners, Mitsu and Yoko from Japan have been thrilled to have won the election.  Mitsu, who has returned to LSI Paris this January to continue his French studies and prepare for the TEF language exam stated: “I would have never thought to be so famous at LSI Paris!” A fellow student of  kew exactly why she voted for Mitsu: “He is always really helpful. I sometimes struggle with the French-only policy at LSI Paris and he is always there to help. We study together in class, join LSI activities together and spend a lot of time enjoying the French culture and all there is to discover in Paris”.