Posts Tagged ‘USA’

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.


LSI Berkeley Student Returns to Visit School After 23 Years

Friday, July 31st, 2009

MadeleineMadeleine Walder from Zurich, Switzerland studied a Cambridge course at LSI Berkeley 23 years ago from April to June 1986. Today, she came back into the school with her young daughter, Jennifer and Louise Hendry. Louise was Madeleine’s homestay mother during her stay. They have been in regular contact since then and are still good friends to this day.

Madeleine is also still in contact with friends that she made at LSI Berkeley. When she stopped by the school, she was on her way to visit her old LSI class friend who had married an American and moved to Alameda, California.

LSI Berkeley Students’ Cultural Exchange with High School Students

Friday, June 5th, 2009

brazilians-and-judoThe Berkeley High School Judo Program and LSI, with the help of  Brazilian Senseis Newton Casemiro,  American Dan Augustine,  found a very nice way to teach and learn about  American, Brazilian and Japanese cultures.

LSI  Berkeley students participated in judo lessons and taught American high school students about Brazilian disco dancing and typical food, as well as Japanese origami, sushi and many other interesting cultural activities. It was a great experience for both our LSI students and Berkeley High School.

A Farewell Message from a Valued LSI Colleague

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Helen Davaran, school director at LSI Berkeley, will be leaving us after 27 wonderful years at LSI. Helen wanted to send the following message to her many friends and colleagues at LSI.

Helen Davaran

Helen Davaran

“I am writing to tell you that I will be stepping down from my position as Director of LSI Berkeley at the end of April. I will continue working on some projects for LSI from home on a part-time basis until the end of the year.

When I began at LSI Berkeley, in February 1982, I could never have imagined that I would have remained for 27 years. I thought it would be a temporary assignment, and my husband and I would return to our life and teaching in Iran, where we had lived for almost 7 years, prior to and following the Iranian revolution; I actually lived very close to the American Embassy throughout most of the American hostage crises, which was quite an exciting time. Obviously we never returned there and stayed on in Berkeley.

Time really does fly! When I first arrived at LSI, Berkeley was the only LSI school in the USA. I have had the opportunity to be involved in the growth and development of the USA schools with San Diego opening in1989, followed by Boston and New York. As some of you may recall, we also organized and operated very successful summertime programs on various college campuses in Florida, Los Angeles, as well as in New York City in those early years. Additionally LSI itself has grown worldwide and become internationally recognized and accredited.

I want to thank all of you whom I have worked with; while I will miss the daily interaction with my colleagues, as well as with our wonderful students and agents, I am looking forward to taking it easy and enjoying some free time. Hopefully I will have the opportunity to travel and perhaps visit with some of you in the future.

Again, a big thank you to all of you, and please feel free to keep in touch with me. I would love to hear from you.”

As a parting farewell , LSI Berkeley held a party for Helen. Why not see how the party went by viewing our YouTube video.

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.

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!