Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

World Student Day in Canada

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Every year Languages Canada holds a ‘World Student Day’. The event celebrates the international student community in Canada and the contributions they make to Canadian education, culture and economy.

This year the event took place on  July 7th in 14 cities right across Canada. Over 7000 international language students, from all over the world,  attended and took part.  Games, music, shows and all kind of entertainments were  organised by the language schools who were invited to set up tables at each event.

World Student Day in Vancouver

At the Vancouver event, LSI set up our own table and almost 200 of our students took part. At our table, we offered fellow students the chance to play the LSI Flip Cup game. Suggested by one of our students, it involved flipping plastic cups. Many LSI volunteers were on hand to explain the rules and to supply the cups. Lucky contestants who managed to flip the cup successfully received a small chewy reward. Despite the simplicity of the game, this fun, high paced game proved highly popular!

World Student Day in Canada , LSI Flip Cup Game

Over for this year, our thoughts turn to next year. Any suggestions for new games ideas are always welcome!

The Best Country In the World to Live In – the Millennials’ Vote

Monday, May 9th, 2016

Millennials,  20 to 35 year olds,  represent the largest living generation  with an estimated 1.8 billion in 2015  falling into this age group. Often described as the first global generation,  Millennials  grew up with the internet and social media. They share their views from fashion and entertainment , to politics and human rights across informal global platforms such as Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram. As such Millenials are considered to be highly influential.

In 2015 6,000 Millennials took part in a survey  and were asked to rank countries in terms of  which ones they would like to live in. They were asked to consider many factors including housing, education, career prospects,  and lifestyle. Out of the top five, three are countries where LSI has schools : Canada, United Kingdom and USA.

  1. Canada
  2. Germany
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Japan
  5. USA

Read more about these fascinating survey results at USNEWS . Learn more about our schools in Canada, USA and the United Kingdom.

We’ve always known that we offer great locations to learn a language in – great to have it confirmed by the Millennials.


Former Student Joins the LSI Vancouver Team

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Vancouver students with Vancouver in background“As a former student and now the summer activities coordinator at LSI Vancouver, I am in a great position to come up with  fun activities for after school,” states Dalibor Vartovnik, the newest member of the LSI Vancouver team. “Vancouver is known as an active city with plenty of opportunities to enjoy free time outside. For example, last week I took our students to explore the beauty of Stanley Park, the largest urban park in not just Canada but North America. It takes just about 20 minutes on foot to reach this amazing place, which should be the envy of every other city. We rented bikes and had an astonishing ride around the seawall. The many attractions such as Siwash Rock, Lost Lagoon, Lions Gate Bridge and the Totem Poles make Stanley Park the best place for relaxing and recharging yours batteries after a long day of studying.”

LSI Vancouver students on beach“If I haven’t convinced you yet what about kayaking in Deep Cove, hiking in Grouse Mountain, swimming in the ocean or playing volleyball on the beach. All these activities keep our students in good shape and eager to study English here at LSI Vancouver. Summer is the best season in Vancouver and all us here at LSI Vancouver welcome anyone who wants to share joy and broaden his/her English. At LSI Vancouver you will never be bored!”

A unique experience – a report from Kayo Yamaguchi

Monday, March 15th, 2010

“I have been lucky enough to be studying at LSI Vancouver during the last few months and was  in this wonderful city when the Oympics was on. I really enjoyed the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.  Of course, some problems happened too.  For example, I needed to line up everywhere for a long time.  Even at pubs where I didn’t need to line up at before the Olympics, and at stations and pizza stands! There were just so many visitors. All the famous places like Robson Street and Granville Street were impossible to walk down because of all the people. It wasn’t all problems though…”

“I was really moved so much by everything, and it was especially great to see the Opening Ceremony at BC Place because the audience was like one big team.  They cheered for the Olympics and enjoyed it together.I also enjoyed the atmosphere in Vancouver and I was especially impressed about how much Canadians love ice hockey!  Everybody was staring at the TV watching ice hockey and screaming and getting very excited during ice hockey matches. I had never seen an ice hockey game in Japan, but when I return to Japan I will watch Canadian ice hockey game on the internet. I really love it now.”

“Sadly my studies are coming to an end in Canada. I have really enjoyed my time here at LSI Vancouver  and I love the Canadian people. I am not returning home to Japan quite yet. As I have enrolled on one of LSI’s multicentre coures I will now be going to study at LSI San Diego. I am looking forward to seeing what it will be like to study and live in the the USA. I hope I enjoy it as much as my stay in Canada”

The Winter Olympics – Reviews by LSI Vancouver Students

Friday, March 12th, 2010

All eyes were on Vancouver recently as Canada hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics. We asked some of our students at LSI Vancouver to give their thoughts about what it was like to live and study in an Olympic city.

Marvin Muñoz is currently studying for a Cambridge exam (CAE – Certificate for Advanced English ) at LSI Vancouver.

“Being in Vancouver for the Olympics was an amazing experience for me, especially because I am from Mexico so perhaps that will be the only chance I’ll ever have to really experience the Olympics from first hand. I even had the opportunity to go to a couple of events (2 hockey games) and I will remember that forever. ”

Fellow student Jeongmin Lee from South Korea also enjoyed the experience.

“I saw the opening ceremony of 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics in a pub with other LSI students. It was really crowded there. It was like when we held the 2002 World Cup in Seoul, Korea. It was such a good experience for me. I am lucky to visit Vancouver during the Olympic season! I will never forget it. Go Canada Go!”

Our next Olympic city will be London in 2012. Can you imagine what it might be like to study at one of our two London schools  (London Central and London Hampstead) whilst the Olympics are on? Judging by the comments from our LSI Vancouver students, it will be an opportunity not to be missed!

The House of Switzerland – Working and studying at LSI Vancouver

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

My name is Anita Kropf and I  studied English at LSI Vancouver. The day I arrived in Vancouver I had no idea what to expect of the adventure I was about to start. From September to December 2009 I worked every morning in the Swiss Consulate General and in the afternoon I studied at Language Studies International (LSI) . LSI is such a nice place with so many friendly people! This was a big opportunity for me to make some really good friends, to have fun and to improve my English. I really loved the mix between school and work.

After leaving LSI I  worked full time at the ‘House of Switzerland in Canada’ , the official Swiss guest centre set up in Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympics. It was a lot of hard work, not enough sleep, but I met some very interesting people (including athletes),and went to many parties … O my god, it was an amazing experience and I shall never forget those days! The House of Switzerland in Canada was a great success as you can see from the numbers:

  • Over 60,000 guests
  • 4 tonnes of cheeses from Switzerland and 2 tonnes of Lindt chocolate consumed
  • 1,700 facebook fans, 580 Twitter followers
  • 8 medal celebrations (6 Gold, 2 Bronze)- including Simon Ammann who won the first Gold medal of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games
  • Anticipated to raise $10,000 Canadian dollars for Streetohome, a Vancouver-based charity, including a sizeable cash donation from Lindt
  • 36,000 Swiss pins given-away

I will never forget the time in Canada and would love to thank everybody who was somehow involved in this great experience! Thank you too to LSI Vancouver who gave me the confidence with my language skills to take on this challenge.

Former LSI Student competes at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Friday, February 26th, 2010

New Picture (7)LSI Canada would like to congratulate Simon Struebin at his inclusion on the Swiss Winter Olympics team. Simon studied for his CAE certicate ( the Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English Cambridge) at our LSI Toronto school back in 2002 . Simon is now back again in Canada, this time in Vancouver, as a member of the Swiss curling team.

Simon has recently been in touch with our school. Whilst at home in Basel he enjoys skiing, running, American football, hip-hop and basketball. Unsurprisingly though his main interest is curling and he is a member of the Basel-Regio Curling club in his home town of Basel. Simon has a successful career as a real estate agent.

Here at LSI Toronto we will be watching closely on February 16th when the curling events begin. All of us here will be cheering Simon on.

The Olympic Flame at LSI Toronto

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

2010 is truly an exciting time to come and study at one of LSI’s schools in Canada. This year the 2010 Winter Olympics will be held in Vancouver, presenting all our students based at LSI Vancouver with an excellent opportunity to see some of the sporting events at first hand. Not to miss out on the fun, the Olympic torch will be passing through many Canadian towns prior to the opening ceremony on the 12 February.

It seems Olympic fever has already hit Toronto. It was a cold evening in Toronto on the 17 December, but hundreds of people lined Yonge Street to cheer on the runner carrying the Olympic flame as he passed by LSI Toronto. Our students wasted no time recording this unique event.

English for Teaching – a New Course Offered by LSI

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

exam-class-june-8-2006-delBrand new for 2009 , LSI are offering  the exciting TKT course to students who, as non native speakers of English, would like to learn more about teaching English. The TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test), one of the widely respected Cambridge ESOL examinations, is ideal for all existing teachers whatever their back ground as well as those who would like to take up teaching. Although the TKT is not a teaching qualification in itself, the course content is primarily about the teaching of English and will therefore give any potential student a good foundation to pursue any further teaching qualification.

The course focuses are the following key areas:

  • the different methodologies of teaching
  • the ‘language of teaching’
  • finding, creating and effectively using resources
  • the main aspects of effective lesson planning
  • classroom management methods for different needs

As a highly specialised course , the course is presently only offered in some of our language schools. At present the following schools offer TKT :

In CanadaLSI Vancouver
In EnglandLSI Cambridge
In the USALSI New York and LSI San Diego
In New Zealand LSI Auckland
In Australia LSI Brisbane.

To read more about our TKT course and dates when this course is available , please read our TKT information sheet.

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!