Posts Tagged ‘LSI London Hampstead’

Working and Studying at LSI – a perspective from London Hampstead student Hanifé Turan

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

French student Hanifé Turan’s first encounter with LSI was back in April 2011 when she worked as an office assistant at LSI London Hampstead. As part of her University studies in International Management in Orleans, Hanife needed to carry out a work placement and as her specialism was in marketing and tourism, the post at LSI seemed perfect. Those first three months at LSI were hard work but rewarding.

“I was given different things to do but mainly it involved welcoming the new students, arranging and accompanying them on social activities and assisting Andras, the school registrar. I loved it but the best bit of the job was being responsible for the social programme. I loved researching the activities and creating the info sheets for the students’ activity board as I felt this was one area where I could work independently and show my initiative.”

After her first stint at LSI, Hanifé returned to France to carry on her studies including further work experience in the historic harbour city of La Rochelle. “Getting work, especially in the tourist industry in France, is highly competitive so I’m sure my work experience at LSI was a key factor in helping me to get my job in La Rochelle.”

After finishing her University studies in July 2013, Hanifé decided to return to LSI but this time as a student. Her plan had been to study for one month, but a chance meeting on the streets of Hampstead with LSI Managing Director David Immanuel changed all that. David remembered Hanifé from her previous trip and asked if she would be interested in working at LSI Oxford with juniors attending the summer school. Hanifé jumped at the opportunity and once again found herself in charge of the social activity programme. “I took them ice-skating, punting on the river, to musicals in London, to Warwick Castle and Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare. It was great. I loved Oxford too. It’s a small city so it feels friendly and homely, and most of all safe.”

Currently Hanifé is back at LSI London Hampstead for a third time and this time she is totally committed to studying . “I’m enjoying being a student and I really feel like I am learning a lot. The grammar classes are especially useful and I am meeting students from around the world who I know I will keep in touch with. In fact I am still in contact with LSI students from my first trip in 2011. It’s a really great place to work and study. Everyone is so friendly and helpful!”

Her plans for the future? “ I am currently on a gap year as I still have one last University exam to do in June. After that though, I’d love to find a job in marketing or tourism in the UK or maybe Canada. I’d even love to work at LSI again if possible.”

Watch this space …

Hanife with Charlotte Burgat

Recent Changes to the Tier 4 General Student Visa for students wanting to study in the UK

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The UK Border Agency have recently announced the following changes for students wishing to study in the UK using the Tier 4 General Student Visas. These changes came into affect on April 21st 2011.

  • Only Grade A and Highly Trusted Sponsors (such as LSI )  will be allowed to issue CAS’s (confirmation of acceptance for studies) to students
  • School tests and skype interviews will no longer be accepted as proof of level. Students must have a valid exam certificate from the proscribed list, or have taken a Secure English Language Test (SELT) at a recognised exam centre. SELTs will also be made available at some consulates and embassies. The UKBA site have more information about the SELTS. Level requirement for Tier 4 visas will stay at Intermediate B1, ready to study at B2
  • Students on Tier 4 visas will no longer be allowed to work in the UK while studying at language schools.
  • All language schools will have a limited number of CAS’s available for students until April 2012. Therefore, LSI will issue only one CAS to each student.
  • A new Extended Student Visitor Visa has been introduced for Highly Trusted Sponsors. Language school students will now be able to apply for a Student Visitor Visa for up to 44 weeks at LSI.

Interactive whiteboards making language learning at LSI even more fun!

Friday, November 5th, 2010

LSI UK  has been busy investing in the latest classroom technology,  installing interactive whiteboards in the classrooms. These new additions to the classrooms have been warmly welcomed by both teachers and student alike.

Noah Fisher using the whiteboard

Noah using the whiteboard

Noah Fisher, a teacher at LSI London Hampstead, is a very keen proponent of the electronic whiteboard and has even provided training sessions in its use for other members of staff. “Interactive whiteboards are just great! Thanks to the amazing range of media that can be accessed from the Internet , it allows us teachers to be able to provide a much richer learning experience using the whiteboards. Apart from just being more visually appealing than the usual paper based resources, I find that the students become more engaged when sharing, discussing, even interacting with texts using the Interactive Whiteboard. It really seems to pull them into the tasks. ”

Ana Cristine, an LSI Hampstead student from Brazil, is in total agreement with Noah. “When we work with texts on the normal whiteboard I never finish writing down it all down before we move to the next topic but with the interactive board you can easily go back to previous exercises. Also the teacher is able to use lots of colours to highlight texts which makes it more interesting to look at as well as making each mark more distinct.”

LSI now has interactive whiteboards in all its UK schools at London Central, London Hampstead, Brighton and Cambridge. Learning a language has never been so much fun!

A great course! The verdict of our Young Learner Courses from one student’s family

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

LSI has been successfully running Young Learner courses at our schools in London Hampstead, Toronto, Brighton and San Diego for two years and for 2010 we have also introduced a campus programme at Chichester. These courses are proving to be increasingly popular with record numbers booking the courses this summer. Below you can read some recent feedback that we have received from the family of one of our students on our London Hampstead Young Learners Course.

Laura Navadijos Peral wrote the following to school director Greg Wickline, ” I would like to thank you and congratulate you for the quality of the study programme your school has offered my nephew Jorge Calvo Navadijos. Jorge finished a two weeks young learners course on Saturday 24th of July and he has repeatedly told us how happy he has been with the classes. Jorge has greatly appreciated having more than one teacher every day with different styles and accents and he has found that the rhythm and the exercises were very fresh and different from the methodology he has always followed in his home country Spain.”

Laura continues, ” From my side, his uncle and his family in Spain we would like to thank you for making us feel he was in safe hands. We felt he was given the protection that was needed at his age and level of English and we sense he has not felt overprotected. Greg, from my first interaction with you a few months back I had the feeling we were choosing the right school and I am glad we were right. We will recommend your school wholeheartedly to our friends in England and Spain with children in similar ages and situations.”

We thank Laura for taking the time to give us feedback on our Young Learners Course and for the helpful suggestions she has made to improve the course even further. It’s great to know when we have happy students!