Posts Tagged ‘LSI New York’

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Near You

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

Maybe you’ve never heard of St. Patrick’s Day before? Now’s your opportunity to experience this fun filled festival for yourself if you are studying at an LSI school in the US or UK.

From Boston to San Francisco, New York to London, streets and squares will be decked out with everything Irish from the familiar orange, white and green flag, to lucky shamrocks and crazy leprechauns hats. Expect to see parades with colourful floats accompanied by bands playing the haunting sounds of traditional Irish music and groups of mesmerising fleet footed, Irish step dancers. To fit in with the crowd, wear something green or, to go the whole hog, dress from head to foot in green. Iconic landmarks such as the Empire State Building and the London Eye light up in green for the occasion. And don’t forget to try the traditional Irish beer, Guinness. Be warned though, even the beer will be turned a shade of Gaelic green for this special fun filled day.

Whilst St. Patrick’s Day celebrates Irish culture, its roots began with Irish immigrants and soldiers who settled in the USA. The day was first marked in cities such as Boston (1737) and New York (1762) by homesick Irish settlers and soldiers who were keen to celebrate their common heritage. By the 19th century the tradition had spread to other American cities with large Irish populations. These days, all Americans, no matter their cultural background, embrace these annual celebrations.  It’s the perfect excuse for going a little crazy and having fun.

So what would St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, make of it all? Probably not much. Ironically this 5th century saint was actually British rather than Irish. He was also far more focused on bringing Christianity to the wild, unruly Irish pagans than partying. A far cry from the celebrations held in his name!

Find out more about celebrations near you. Check out the timeout guides for: London, New York, Boston, San Francisco and San Diego.

St. Patrick's Day Parade with costumed dancers

LSI New York Working With The New York Film Academy

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

The New York Film Academy is an LSI Partner University. The Academy offers a wide range of diploma courses from film making and animation to acting and musical theatre. As a LSI Partner, students at LSI New York with an upper-intermediate level of English or higher, can apply for diploma courses at the Academy.

One recent LSI student did just that. In his native Corsica, Marcello Valery is a film maker, photographer and actor. Marcello decided to enrol on the General 20 course at LSI New York from September until May. At the same, during the evenings, he enrolled on film and acting courses at the Academy. For him, it was a chance to improve not just his English , but his professional skills.

Whilst Marcello enjoyed his studies at LSI and the New York Film Academy, he claims that he has been inspired most by the chance to meet and form friendships with the wide variety of students at LSI New York. As a result of the happy time he spent in New York, Marcello now plans to return to the West Coast in the Fall to continue his film studies. We wish him success with his future studies.

Marcello Valery studied at LSI New York and LSI Partner University the New York Film Academy

Learn more about LSI Partners here.

Special Offer on Courses in the USA

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

The Offer

LSI are running a fabulous promotion on our 2017 General English courses in the US. For every week of tuition paid for on our General 20, Intensive 25 and Intensive 30 course, you will receive one week’s free tuition. The more weeks you book the better the value. So for example, a 40 week course will only cost the regular 20 week price. There’s no catch. You simply need to book before April 30th 2017 and pay the registration fee of $150 to reserve the booking. Whilst the course start date must be this year, the course finish dates can roll into 2018.  In addition, for courses running in July and August, we’re even waiving the summer supplement on our homestay accommodation.

Where is it available?

LSI has schools in Boston, New York, San Diego and Berkeley ( San Francisco) and all offer the full ranges of General English courses. General 20 courses focus on grammar, vocabulary and the four key skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking. This course runs in the morning. The Intensive 25 and Intensive 30 cover the same content as the General 20 but in the afternoon offer options such as fluency classes, business English and exam preparation. You can find out more about our General English courses on our website.

There’s never been a better time to book. Contact LSI Marketing for more details.

Programming And English Courses at New York

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Programming with English tuition at LSI New YorkIn March LSI New York are launching a brand new course ‘Intro to Coding and Intensive English’. LSI will be working in conjunction with TechToTech, the Technology training company which will be providing the programming lessons.

The course combines English lessons with afternoon classes in coding. Aimed at students with little or no experience of coding, the programming classes move at a steady pace, building on a student’s confidence with a step-by-step approach. Over eight weeks students get the opportunity to build their own website and develop a smartphone ap. Whilst the ‘Intro to Coding & Intensive English’ runs for eight weeks, students can book additional weeks of English tuition.

Key Points for our English with Programming Course

  • Course duration is 8 weeks but possible to extend the English tuition
  • Choice of 20 or 30 lessons of English tuition per week
  • Coding classes: Two per week , each class lasting 3 hours
  • At least two office visits to New York based technology companies
  • Weekly technology events on the campus
  • English level: Intermediate level or higher (B1 of the CEFR)

Check out our webpage for more details about the course including dates and prices.

Study Digital Marketing At LSI New York

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Digital Marketing with English tuition at LSI New YorkAs part of an exciting new range of combined English with technology classes now running at LSI New York, you can now study Digital Marketing. The course is run in collaboration with TurnToTech, a technology company which specialises in digital marketing training.

The course covers paid and earned media, search engine optimization (SEO), paid Google/Twitter/Facebook campaigns, content marketing and data-driven strategies for managing your campaigns. By the end of the course you will understand  all the latest trends in digital marketing.

Courses last for eight weeks combining English lessons with afternoon classes in digital marketing. Students don’t need to have any previous knowledge in this field but should have an intermediate level of English. Students can also book additional weeks of English tuition either before the start or end of the course.

Key Points for our English with Digital Marketing Course

  • Course duration is 8 weeks but possible to extend the English tuition
  • Choice of 20 or 30 lessons of English tuition per week
  • Digital Marketing classes: Two per week , each class lasting 3 hours
  • At least two office visits to New York based technology companies
  • Weekly technology events on the campus
  • English level: Intermediate level or higher (B1 of the CEFR)

Check out our webpage for more details about the course including dates and prices.

LSI New York has Moved!

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

On April 18 LSI New York moved to our new, custom-built premises in the hip and prestigious Financial District in lower Manhattan. Since the opening of the first LSI New York school in 2000 in the Soho district of Manhattan, the school has gone from strength to strength. Whilst it was sad to leave our old home, the new school boasts state-of-the-art facilities and the new neighbourhood has amazing restaurants, parks, and landmarks alongside the all important transit links.The new school contains 9,000 square foot of space and  has fully-equipped, bright, and comfortable classrooms, a large student lounge, free WIFI and a computer room.




Top Taiwanese Company Executive Talks about his 10 Year Love Affair with New York and LSI

Monday, November 30th, 2015

It was over 10 years ago, when a Taiwanese student, Johnson Chang, first fell under the spell of New York. It was May 2004 and he had just begun his language studies at LSI New York.

Dec2015JohnsonChang“It has been a really joyful, and also fruitful process for me to think back to the early days. There were always so many things to do in or out of class. As I remember it, during the last afternoon session the teachers would ask what we’d done the previous evening. There always seemed so much to share from discussing the New York skyline, the beauty of Central Park, the cultural melting pot of Washington Square, the fascinating interweaving subways … These opportunities to share gave us the chance to express and practice what we’d been taught in class.”

“This is now my fifth time in 10 years going back to New York. You’ll never find any city so diversified with people from many cultures – it is truly cosmopolitan. Now, in December 2015, all the many months of learning at LSI still play an important part for me professionally communicating with clients in English as well reaching out to my local customers in New Yorker.”

“I would recommend LSI New York to any student who wants to improve their English rapidly:  firstly  for  the attentive teachers in the school and secondly  for being close to some of  the  best attractions in the world and lastly for the tolerant day to day culture  and attitude of New Yorkers.”

Social Programme Fun in New York

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Last week LSI NY students joined teacher Hannah for a game of pool, ping-pong dinner and music! This ever-changing, always fun weekly activity began at Fat Cat in the West Village. Here students had the opportunity to mingle in English with other students and challenge each other in a few friendly games of ping-pong and pool, which proved interesting as the rules for these games are so different in each country.


After an hour or so of games and laughs the students (and teacher) worked up an appetite and walked over to Red Lion, a favorite spot amongst students. Here they have half priced appetizers, drink specials and on Tuesdays, 10 cent chicken wings. Who said New York is expensive? Everyone gorged on chicken till their bellies were full and their wallets were happy while listening to amazing live music performed by local artists.

Overall everyone enjoyed the experience and bonded over fun games and good food! Check in next week for our scenic walk over the Brooklyn Bridge.

Hot Spots in NYC as Chosen by Our Own LSI Students

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

NYC is a place where you can find anything—from opera uptown, to experimental performance art in the East Village, to a hockey game at Madison Square Garden, to a carnival on the beach on Coney Island—and everything in between! The difficult thing about NYC is not finding something to do, but finding time to do it all. It’s always good to come to this diverse, vibrant city with an idea of what you would like to see and do. We asked our student body for some tips on fun and memorable places to go, and things to do. Here ‘s their list …

Top restaurants: Students recommended a few great restaurants in NYC. First was a restaurant right in our building, EET. It’s located on the 3rd floor, and it’s a great place to get a quick, healthy, delicious lunch before afternoon classes, or a latte or kombucha at break time.  Students also are crazy about Shake Shack, a chain burger joint that has locations all throughout the city. They are best known for their milkshakes, as you may have guessed by the name. Another special mention was Momo’s Sushi Shack in Bushwick, Brooklyn. If you are a foodie who likes creative, modern takes on Japanese food, Momo’s Sushi Shack is the place for you.
Top night spots: Students were all about rooftop bars and clubs! Drinking, socializing and dancing in the open air, with a unforgettable view of the New York City skyline at night, was recommended by many students. There were a couple of specific places they suggested: The Top of The Rock was the main one, which is located on the rooftop of Rockefeller Center. Other honorable mentions were PhD rooftop, 230 Rooftop, and the Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel
Top places to shop:  The Blue Lagoon. LSI NY is located in the heart of Soho, a neighborhood which offers endless shopping opportunities, with boutiques from top designers like Maison Martin Margiela, Alexander Wang, Chanel, and Ralph Lauren right around the corner. Century 21, a downtown boutique in the Financial District, received top marks from students who like designer clothes and accessories at markdown prices. For students who like to travel farther for even lower prices, Woodbury Commons, an outlet mall in New Jersey, is the best place to go—you can take a bus from 42nd street and 8th avenue for $5. And for students who prefer treasure-hunting for vintage or secondhand clothing, Beacon’s Closet is the place to go, with multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn..
Top weekend activity: Brunch!  New Yorkers love to enjoy a leisurely mid-day meal on the weekends, laughing with friends at a sit-down diner or restaurant and accompanying the delicious food with bottomless cups of coffee and a mimosa or bloody mary. Our students have a similar fondness for brunch; it was their top recommendation for a must-do on an NYC weekend. A couple great restaurants to try: Clinton Street Baking Company (famous for their pancakes, on the Lower East Side); Diner NYC (a hipster staple in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn); and Edward’s (great for groups, just a few minutes from LSI NYC in TriBeCa).
Out of doors:  Though NYC is known for its skyscrapers and its culture, you can still enjoy a taste of nature while you are here! Our students know that if you would like to hug a tree or smell a flower or two, but stay in the city, you should visit the High Line Park, Central Park, The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, or the Bronx Botanical Gardens. If you would like to collect a seashell or dip your toes in the ocean, take the N,Q, or F train to Coney Island, or the Far Rockaway A train to Rockaway Beach. And if you need a longer getaway, make sure to take a trip up to Niagara Falls and bask in the majesty of this world-renowned, powerful waterfall. No matter when you come to NYC, you can find lots to do and to see. Make sure to check out to stay abreast of all of the goings-on in this city that truly never sleeps.


World Etiquette Expo at LSI NYC

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

The nuances and implications of behaviour around the world can be mind-boggling. The same gesture can mean totally different things in two different countries. For example, slurping your noodles in the USA can be quite rude, but in Japan, it is a sign of respect for the cook! Each country and culture has specific methods of interacting and demonstrating politeness, and especially for international business-people, learning these cues can be a big help to getting along and getting ahead in different settings.

Takao Kuki at LSI New York

Takao Kuki at LSI New York

For Takao Kuki, a Mini Group student at LSI NYC, our international student body was a great source of information on global etiquette. He realized that students from around the world could clue him in on how to behave in different places and spaces. With the help of his teacher, Ada Petty, he designed, developed, and carried out a “World Etiquette Expo” where along with improving his English and making friends from other classes, he gained information about polite behaviours around the world.

Highlighting differences in etiquette between Japan and the USA

Highlighting differences in etiquette between Japan and the USA

Takao’s expo, set up on a table in the spacious hallway connecting our classrooms, had 5 different interactive elements: a presentation, a brochure, a video, a questionnaire, and a world map. The map was a big highlight of the event: students were encouraged to leave short blurbs about etiquette in their countries and cities stuck to the map on neon sticky notes. Watching the notes accumulate over the course of the two-day Expo really demonstrated the interactivity of the project, and it was also wonderful to see students pouring over the contributions from one another.

Expo Map and Video Presentation

Expo Map and Video Presentation

Takao, a consultant from Japan, was here at LSI for three weeks, combining our Mini Group 20 class in the morning with 5 individual lessons in the afternoon. He said that the Expo was an unforgettable capstone to his time here: “It was an impressive experience to communicate with worldwide students from the Middle East, Asia, South America and Europe. I was very, very happy to hear their positive comments.” The Expo caused quite a buzz throughout our student body: at the monthly pizza party, students from different classes were caught in conversation with one another, comparing and contrasting rules of politeness they had seen on the map.

Many thanks to both Takao and Ada for this thought-provoking, fruitful Expo! This interactive project designed especially to suit the needs and objectives of one Mini Group student, Takao Kuki, had a multiplier effect, generating international discussion and understanding throughout our student body. Well done!