Archive for March, 2011

LSI London Hampstead celebrates ‘Red Nose Day’ and raises £500 for charity!

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Last Friday LSI London Hampstead raised a fantastic £500 for Comic Relief, a charity working across the world to combat poverty and social injustice. Students and teachers came together to participate in a range of money making activities including the buying and selling of cakes in the school lounge and singing karaoke in front of the whole school. Some brave teachers even volunteered to have wet sponges thrown at them in an attempt to raise more money for the Comic Relief cause.

Every class played their part: Intermediate 3 sang a version of the Beatles song ‘Ob la di ob la da’, and an Upper-Intermediate group were sponsored to wear their pyjamas to school, making an impressive total of £92 in sponsor money in the process.

School director, Greg Wickline, praised the efforts of the staff and students “Everybody put a lot of work into making the day a really special one. Not only did we manage to make a lot of money for charity, but we also had a good laugh!”

LSI London Hampstead students and teachers having fun on Red Nose Day

Latest Update on LSI Christchurch

Monday, March 7th, 2011

We are happy to report that most students from LSI Christchurch have already transferred up to LSI Auckland, and have settled into their new host families and classes. LSI Christchurch remains closed until further notice.

We strongly urge any remaining students to transfer to Auckland as soon as possible. Please note that our building is inside the Red Zone and therefore there is no Public Access to the building at this stage. If you have belongings inside LSI Christchurch please don’t worry – when we are allowed access, we will make sure that your belongings are retrieved and returned to you as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact LSI New Zealand – auc@lsi.edu . For all students, please remember that the emergency number is 021644033. Thank you for your understanding. Our sincerest condolences go out to all those who have lost people in the quake, both New Zealanders and foreigners alike – Kia Kaha Christchurch.

Learning a second language improves your Health!

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Great news for all those language students out there! The latest medical research indicates that you might actually be improving your health by keeping mind degenerating diseases such as Alzheimer’s at bay. Not only that, but those of us who become bilingual are better at multitasking and priotising tasks than the rest of the population.

A team of researchers at York University in Toronto have been looking into the effects of bilingualism on the brain.

According to Ellen Bialystok, a psychologist working on the project, “Being bilingual has certain cognitive benefits and boosts the performance of the brain, especially one of the most important areas known as the executive control system. We know that this system deteriorates with age but we have found that at every stage of life it functions better in bilinguals. They perform at a higher level. It won’t stop them getting Alzheimer’s disease, but they can cope with the disease for longer.”

The study suggests that bilingual speakers can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s for an extra four years when compared with monolingual speakers. Early results from the research even suggest that learning additional languages may help to change brain size!

It seems that learning a second language really is an investment in your future – in more ways than one! Visit the following Guardian article for more details regarding this research.