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Finding Love at LSI Auckland

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

Many LSI students form deep and lasting friendships with fellow students, often travelling the world to visit each other once their studies are over. We’ve also had several LSI marriages over the years. We love to hear these stories, and none has put a bigger, collective smile on our face than the recent marriage of Maryam and Jonathan.

Our story begins with Jonathan Serna Solórzano. Jonathan arrived at LSI Auckland in January 2016. His aim was to improve his English for his job as an engineer in Colombia. Immediately he impressed his teachers with conscientious approach to his studies. In March, Maryam Widmann joined the school. Back in her native Germany she worked in healthcare and was enrolled at LSI Auckland to take the CAE exam. Maryam and Jonathan found themselves in the same advanced class and over 4 months their love blossomed. Love did not distract Maryam from her studies though and she achieved an excellent result in her exams.

Brad Roberts, the academic director in Auckland, remembers the couple with affection.”From my point of view, you couldn’t meet two lovelier students. Both were conscientious, hard-working language learners, and they brought a certain joie de vivre to their lessons and the school. It makes sense that they should end up together, both good, decent folk with wonderful senses of humour. Their teachers fill with pride when we think of them finding love at our school, although the occasional snog in the five-minute breaks was sometimes a bit odd to witness. Oh, to be young and in love! We wish Maryam and Jonathan all the best for their bright future.”

The happy couple have since tied the knot in Germany in front of family and friends, including fellow LSI students. Everyone at LSI Auckland wish Jonathan and Maryam a happy life together!

FCE now accepted by Immigration New Zealand

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Immigration New Zealand  are now accepting Cambridge FCE (First Certificate of English) for visa applications where students must demonstrate their English language level. Prior to this IELTS was the only English test accepted by Immigration New Zealand. However since November, applicants can also apply for visas with an FCE score of 176 or higher.

Advantages of Cambridge FCE Certificates

This is great news for students who already have the First Certificate of English. Unlike some examinations, the Cambridge certificate courses have lifetime validity. In addition to being useful for visa applications, some UK universities accept Cambridge ESOL qualifications as proof of English language level.

LSI Auckland offers preparation courses for students who want to sit the First Certificate of English. The courses run for  8, 10 or 12 weeks and start in January, March, June or October.

Students sitting Cambridge FCE exam

English for Nursing at LSI Auckland

Friday, July 11th, 2014

If you are involved in, or interested in the medical industry, then this course may be for you. English for Nursing is ideal for students who wish to study a Bachelor of Nursing degree, gain valuable work experience in an English speaking environment, and go for NZ Nursing Registration. It is also good for qualified nurses who want to work in the same job in English.

Nursing is one of the careers on New Zealand Immigration’s Long Term Skill Shortage list. Applicants who complete an NZQA-approved Bachelor of Nursing Programme and register as a comprehensive nurse in New Zealand are seen as desirable by the New Zealand government. Approval rates for NZIS’s visa applications are higher when applying to study nursing as it is a more attractive occupational target than many other careers.

The course is made up of General English, IELTS Exam preparation, and specific English for Nursing Modules. The Nursing English modules cover such subjects as Language of the Hospitals, the Healthcare System, Health and Disease, Medical and Anatomical Terminology, Patient Assessment, Diet, Elderly Care, Alternative Treatments, and Medication. We offer the course as a 24 week or 36 week programme. There are minimum entry requirements, so please be sure to contact the school for further information or click here to access our information sheet. The other important thing to note with this programme is that LSI Auckland students are permitted to work for up to 20 hours per week on their Student Visa, giving students the opportunity to find part time work during their stay in NZ.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us! We look forward to welcoming you to LSI Auckland.

Feature Destination: Auckland – the sports Kiwis love

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Our feature destination this month is Auckland and we thought we would take the opportunity to introduce you to some of the popular sports that New Zealanders love to participate in, so you have some background knowledge before heading to LSI Auckland! Kiwis, as New Zealanders are affectionately known as, are keen sports people, and love to observe as well as participate in a range of sports. Here is a collection of favourites – some you may know well, and others may be quite foreign!

Summer Sports:

A cricket game in action

Cricket – A traditionally British game, cricket is a popular summer game in New Zealand. It’s a great non-contact sport for children to participate in. There are two teams, with one team batting, whilst the other fields – they then swap once their number of overs is up! The National team is called the Black Caps, and they play in NZ during the summer, and tour during the winter to such countries as India, the West Indies, Australia, South Africa and England. Games last for a day, through to 5 days! Some may find this a little hard, as the games are long, but it is really entertaining to attend a One Day Test, or a Twenty 20 game – give it a go while you’re in Auckland!

Yachts on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour

Sailing – Auckland is also known as the City of Sails, as there are more yachts per capita in Auckland than in any other city in the world. Aucklanders love to sail – the city is positioned on two harbours – and it’s a great place to learn to sail, if that’s something you’re interested in. New Zealand is a keen participant in the America’s Cup sailing competition, and although we were unable to win the cup back in the competition in 2013, Team New Zealand is hoping to bring the cup back to NZ in the future.

LSI Auckland students during their surf lesson

Surfing – As an island nation, there is no shortage of beautiful beaches in New Zealand, and a lot of surf! Surfing is a favourite pastime of Kiwis, and is a year round sport (as long as you have a wetsuit for winter J). The surf is definitely better on the West Coast of New Zealand, with our wild black sand beaches – the tides can be strong though, so always go surfing with a buddy, and make sure there are other people around so you can signal for help if you need it. At LSI Auckland, we arrange surfing lessons out at Muriwai Beach – so if you are interested in learning, it’s a perfect opportunity to do so, by combining your English Lessons during the week with Surf lessons on the weekend.

Windsurfing in Auckland

Wind surfing – As Auckland is surrounded by water and beaches, it’s a perfect place for water sports such as wind surfing. There’s never any problem with a bit of wind to get out on your board, and there is a range of options for learning and practising wind surfing. New Zealanders have traditionally done very well in the wind surfing at the Olympics. Why not give it a go when you travel to Auckland?


Winter Sports:

The World Champion All Blacks

Rugby Union – Arguably our most popular sport, Rugby is like a religion in NZ. The World Famous All Blacks are the national team, and current World Cup holders, and the team members are like national heroes. Children start playing rugby as young as 5 (a less physical version of the game) and it is played right through schools, universities, and on a national club level. Rugby is an 80 minute game, with 2 40 minute halves – each team has 15 members on the field, in a range of positions – and the aim is to score tries! You score a try by placing the ball down in the goal area – you also score points by kicking the ball between the goal posts (the very tall white posts at each end of the field). Although there is a whole host of rules, the big rule is that you cannot pass the ball forward – you must pass it to a player behind you. If you are fortunate enough to attend an All Blacks game, you’ll also get to see them performing the famous haka “Ka Mate”. We highly recommend you take the opportunity to attend a rugby game in NZ – it’s very exciting to watch!

Rugby league players in action

Rugby League – Although they may look like quite similar games, there actually is a big difference between Rugby Union and Rugby League. In rugby league, there are only 13 players on the field per team. You still have to pass the ball backwards only (although you can kick it forwards), and there are still tackles, but in league, you are allowed 6 forward movements before you have to hand over the ball to the other side – each movement ends when you are tackled. Auckland is the home of the national team which competes in the Australian competition (the NRL) – the Vodafone Warriors. They are yet to win the competition, but they have come close a few times now! League is a popular sport amongst youth as well, and you’ll often see games being played on sports fields around the country on Saturday mornings.

Our students playing Wednesday football

Football – Although it is not as popular as rugby, football has grown in popularity, ever since NZ’s participation in the last World Cup – NZ was the only team to not be beaten at the World Cup in 2010! (we drew or won each game we played). It is particularly popular in schools, as it is seen as less dangerous than rugby, and therefore more attractive for parents! At LSI Auckland, our DOS Grant is a keen football player, and takes the students each Wednesday afternoon for a game in the Auckland Domain. Our students are all keenly following the Football World Cup at the moment, and Grant has set up one of our classrooms as football central!

We look forward to welcoming you to LSI Auckland, and introducing you to our sporting culture!

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.


Mini Group at LSI London Central

Work Rights For Student Visa Holders

Friday, November 8th, 2013

In October the NZ Government announced that all English Language Students who apply for a Student Visa for courses of 14+ weeks in duration, at a Category 1 provider, will be eligible to work for 20 hours per week for the duration of their studies (no IELTS requirement). We are delighted to confirm that LSI Auckland is a Category 1 provider, and therefore all our students on student visas will be permitted to work for 20 hours per week. Category 1 refers to the NZQA category for high quality schools – at LSI Auckland we are very proud of our Category 1 status, and it is nice to see the Government rewarding high quality schools. For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact our staff at  LSI Auckland.

LSI School Locations in the Lonely Planets Best 10 cities to visit

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

It seems LSI really knows how to pick them when it comes to choosing the best locations for our language schools!  This year the Lonely Planet, the international best selling travel guide, features four of our home cities as fantastic places to visit, and of course to study. Paris topped the list at number one, whilst Zurich, Vancouver and Auckland also gained places in this prestigious top 10.

Paris has been praised for its push towards a greener approach to city life (less car traffic, more pedestrian and cycle ways, the creation of beautiful ‘floating gardens’) and for its renovation of beautiful old building such as the Marais mansion. According to the travel guide, ‘The world’s most beautiful city in now even more beautiful’. Paris
Zurich it seems has been chosen by the Lonely Planet, not for the beauty of its location next to Lake Geneva or the stylish architecture, but for the wonderful nightlife, fine dining and bijou cafes. In short, Zurich is the place to go to have fun and with the European Athletic Championships due to be held in August, it’ll be awash with fit young people wanting to experience all that Zurich has to offer.
According to the Lonely Planet, the beauty of the natural surroundings, the mountains, parks and sandy beaches are the top draw for Vancouver. The city itself is praised for the big city look but small town friendliness that it exudes. We’d certainly agree with the travel guide which says you can never be bored in Vancouver, there is simply so much to do : skiing, snowboarding, biking , swimming ….. Just don’t choose Vancouver for a rest !
Last but certainly not least comes Auckland. This hip capital city, the largest city in New Zealand , boasts a great arts and culinary scene and with an amazing coastal hinterland to explore it offers so much more than most large cities. Auckland’s revitalised waterfront districts such as Wynyard Quarter, offer trendy shopping experiences and great dining precincts. With a packed calendar of festivals and events it’s almost impossible not to visit and find something different and exciting to do!

Take a look at the Top 10 cities for 2014 according to the Lonely Planet.

LSI Auckland Students Witness Solar Eclipse

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Students at LSI Auckland were treated last month to one of nature’s most spectacular shows – a rare eclipse of the sun. From Auckland, there was 87% coverage of the sun by the moon; from Cairns it was 100% coverage. Some of our students took their own photos of this phenomenon – there won’t be another one for 18 years, so it was a very special experience for everyone who saw it!

New 10 day visa processing for students wishing to study in New Zealand

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Great news for any potential student wanting to study at LSI Auckland! The New Zealand government is intending to speed up the visa application process for international students wishing to study English . This could see a dramatic drop in processing time from the current average of 30 days down to just 10. From July onwards, students applying through one of the government endorsed agencies  will have their visa applications processed within just 10 working days. The government has launched this initiative in an attempt to boost the number of international students who study in New Zealand. Read more about this initiative and how to contact one of the endorsed agencies.

LSI Auckland student talks about his experiences of studying and living in New Zealand

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

On Wednesday 21st March Brazilian Picasso Fontenelle was invited by the mayor of  Auckland to make a speech  at the ‘International Student Welcome’ which was held at Auckland town hall. In his speech he outlined his own experiences and advice to all the new students at the event. Here is an excerpt from his speech.

Picasso Fononelle giving his speech at the International Student Welcome“I have been living here in Auckland since July last year, that’s about 8 months. In my country I am in my third year at university studying nutrition. I was born in a small town, called Camocim, and when I was fourteen years old I was sent by my parents from my hometown to live with my aunty and my uncle in Fortaleza, the capital of my state, a place with more opportunities and better schools.

Like Auckland, Fortaleza is a coastal city with harbours and bathed by the ocean. The difference between the two places is the weather. In Fortaleza we have a real sunny summer, in Auckland we have to be ready for the four seasons in one day. It’s not a bad thing for me, though. I actually found it refreshing to be in a place with such unpredictable days. After getting used to it, I discovered that is what makes New Zealand an untypical, magical and special place.

The crazy weather, the new school environment, the new food and the new people are all things that may scare overseas students, but they have all, in my case been pleasant surprises. Compared with Brazil, our diet is very unlike the diet here. We don’t eat things such as lamb and potatoes every day. It takes some adjusting to. I know. Never before had I seen someone who can eat a bag of potatoes per week. But stay open and you will see that every day the potato or whatever you eat will have a different flavour.

Of course you will have to process a lot of different reactions while you’re adjusting to a new culture and environment.  But take it day by day. Forget the distance between you and your home country. Use your imagination and you will realise that the strange food you are eating is not only “normal”, but it’s a piece of a new culture that is going into your mouth, becoming part of you.

I recommend you to get to know about the history of New Zealand. Ask your teachers about it. Get to know the European “kiwis” and Maori. Get to know about how these two distinct cultures made this unique country.

When I arrived here, my first impression wasn’t the best. My flight was delayed and instead of arriving at 7 o’clock in the morning in Auckland I arrived at midnight. Transfer was ok, friendly and brought me where it was supposed to. However, finding the homestay house was a problem – and midnight is not the best time to arrive in a stranger’s home. I felt a bit rude, but it wasn’t my fault. My homestay mother gave me a drink, showed me the house and my room and went to sleep. This made me think that I wouldn’t like the place and the people… but, I was completely wrong. Considering that we, Brazilians, are known as friendly and fun-loving people, something made me think that I wouldn’t find these qualities elsewhere. But with the time, I realised that there wasn’t a better place I could be. I discovered new things, new food, new culture, new people, the kiwi lifestyle, having fun… And unexpectedly, I got a mum, a dad, a brother and a sister (I’ve never had a brother and sister before!), aunties, uncles, cousins who now are part of my mind and my heart. People who will be hard to say goodbye to and whom I will never forget. What I got from them was a lot more that I could hope for. They are unique, awesome. Love, this is the word I can define what I feel for them. If you are lucky, you can get the same. There are lots of nice families with big open hearts.

So it’s people that have been the highlight of my trip, the great people I’ve met here. This includes friends. You might think that the friends you make here aren’t forever, mainly when this friend comes from another country far away from where you come from. But that’s not true. You will meet people here that will make a mark in your heart, people who you will rely on and who will make you suffer when you have to part. Because, to tell the truth, it’s impossible to say when will be the next time you are going to see each other again. That’s the tough part of the trip. Great when you make a bond with someone and deeply sad when you see him or her go. But that’s the life, that’s how it works.

For you who have just arrived, never allow yourself to feel bored. New Zealand is a country with a lot to see. Beautiful cities around with impressive scenery. Towns like Taupo, Coromandel and Paihia are must-see places to go. But even if you are only in Auckland, there is a lot to see as well. Entertainment, walking, places and good scenery you will find here. Enjoy your time. But if your purpose is merely to study, you will find it easy do so here. There is always someone who can help you with your difficulties in the language. Just look for someone and you will find help. Of course, nothing in life is easy. But difficulties are here to challenge and teach you, and you have to face them and win the “battle”, an everyday battle that in the end will make you a winner. There are no barriers between us. We are students from different countries who came to New Zealand to learn one language which can help us to communicate with each other. We are all humans, able to communicate independent of origin.

I would like to finish with one final piece of advice. No matter how basic your English is, if you want to say something, say it. Just try. Don’t be shy or afraid about saying something badly. You are here to learn and people will respect you for making the effort. Go ahead; there will be a time when you all will be able to understand each other in any situation. What makes us understand each other eventually is the human interaction that we can’t avoid. The language barrier is nothing compared to the things we can do. Be patient, take it easy and keep your mind clear. Everything comes in the right time. ”