Friday, 20 October 2017

How To Choose Your Ideal Location To Study English In England?

 How to Choose Your Ideal Location to Study English in England?

When trying to decide where you want to study English in the UK, we understand it can be a little overwhelming. With so many cities to visit and so many schools to choose from, how do you decide? Here’s our little guide to help you with your decision…

Big or Small City?

You may realise by know that there are many English courses in the South of England. One question you may want to ask yourself is whether you want to stay in a big or small city. Of course, London is the largest city in the South of England, which also means it is very busy. If you like the atmosphere of a capital city, then maybe London will suit you. However, many students prefer to have all the amenities of a large city, but that is a lot less busy and crowded.
Portsmouth is a great city in this regard. There is everything you could possible need, such as great nightlife, shopping, history and culture and great local transport links. However, the streets are less crowded, and most things are within walking distant. Students often feel much involved with the community and quickly adapt to the lifestyle of the city. It’s also not too small, so you will never get bored, for this reason a lot of students choose to learn English in Portsmouth.

Countryside or Coast?

When searching for English courses in the South of England, ask yourself this question. Do you want to be by the sea, or would you prefer to be in the English Countryside? Portsmouth is a city on the coast, so you can will always be close to the wonderful British seaside. However, Portsmouth is located within Hampshire County, renowned for its beautiful countryside. A few stops on a train and you can visit a traditional English village, or take a long walk along a river.

Traditional or Modern?

Another thing to consider when looking for English courses in the South of England, is whether you want your location to be traditional or modern. Portsmouth is a very modern city, with a huge student population and a great, lively atmosphere, it is a great place to learn English. Gunwharf Quays is a modern leisure and retail complex, home to the impressive Spinnaker Tower, The Marina, and loads of modern bars and restaurants. However, Portsmouth is also famous for its rich naval history. The city has the Historic Dockyards, loads of museums and ‘Old Portsmouth’, the traditional, old part of town. Whether it’s traditional or modern you’re looking for, Portsmouth has the best of both worlds.

We hope this guide as helped! If you have any more questions about Portsmouth, or about English courses in the South of England, please feel free to email us at [email protected]

Friday, 13 October 2017

British Culture - 9 Things that Make Britain Different to the Rest of the World.

Continuing our series on British Culture: 

A Few Little Differences

A few little differences

In an increasingly global world it can be difficult to see the differences between countries, but if you look closely you can always find them. Here’s a few you might come across in the UK.

  • Driving on the left! Perhaps because we are an island the Brits have never seen the need to go over to driving on the right. However, we are not alone. 76 other countries and territories also drive on this side of the road, including several in Europe (Ireland, Cyprus and Malta).
  • Talking about driving, when on the road you should remember that all distances are measured in miles and not kilometres. There are about 1.6 kilometres to the mile. Very few countries still use this form of measurement though the United States still does.
  • Like in most of the rest of the world, when you stop at a petrol station you will buy your petrol in litres. Naturally, some Brits still insist on using the old measurement when calculating liquids, which is the gallon. There are about 4.5 litres to the gallon. 
  • By law, all shops must calculate weight in kilos and grams. However, a lot of Brits still like to use the old Imperial forms such as stones, pounds and ounces. There are 12 ounces in a pound, 14 pounds in a stone. Easy to understand, isn’t it? OK, to understand it more clearly there are about 2.2 pounds in a kilo.
  • Generally, height is calculated in centimetres. Nevertheless, lots of people like to use the Imperial forms of feet and inches! There are 12 inches in a foot. What does this mean?? Well there are 30 centimetres in a foot. Clear??
  • When you are in a pub, do not say when ordering drinks ‘I’d like a beer, please’. The bartender might start laughing! Instead use the correct size of glass as well as the name of the beer you would like. So, for example, you might say ‘I’d like a pint of Carlsberg, please’. If you wanted a smaller size you could say ‘I’d like half a pint of Carlsberg, please’. One pint is about 0.56 litres. Still clear??
  • Opening times tend to be shorter in the UK. Most shops open at 9.00am and close at between 5.30 – 6.00pm, though most supermarkets stay open for longer as do many shops in London and other large cities. Unlike in a lot of countries many shops are also open on a Sunday. Pub opening times tend to be 11.00am to 11.00pm, though in recent years a lot of pubs stay open until midnight or even later, especially in the big cities.
  • Remember that British electricity sockets take a three prong plug compared to the two prong variety used in many other countries. You will need to buy an adaptor if you want to use your electrical equipment here.
  • Though more modern bathrooms are different, many wash-basins and baths still come with separate taps for hot and cold water. Do not worry, they are really easy to use!

Friday, 6 October 2017

Hello Sophie - Good Bye Elly

Little mini quiz game at the end of this blog

We are so sad to be saying Goodbye to Elly this week, and Hello to Sophie.
Back in 2015, Sophie joined us working in Admissions and then for a short time as Reception Officer. She is therefore already quite familiar with the ways of the school. The oddest thing is that she sounds just like Elly on the phone ;-)

Sophie has come to us from a stint of travelling and working in London and while she has big shoes to fill, we know she will and we want to say a huge 'welcome' to her.

We are really genuinely sad to be saying goodbye to our lovely Elly. Elly has been with us since 2010, first as a teacher and then as Reception Manager. For anyone who doesn't know Elly, she may be little but she is a massive powerhouse of energy, efficiency, sage advice and attention to detail, and just an all-round joy to know.

She has given all of us pause for thought as she is leaving to go to Australia and is starting up a new business! Proofreading (on the road). Initially, she is heading to Perth, but the plan is to get a van and to drive off into the sunset - proofreading on the way.

This is her new website

We couldn't see Elly leave without a good send-off:

Bye Bye (sob sob) Elly - Hello and huge welcome Sophie.

A little PS
Elly featured quite heavily in our 'We are Happy LSI Portsmouth video - have a watch and see how many times you can see her ;-)

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

LSI Social Programme - A Day In London - We Do Have Fun!

A Day In London with the Students

We know that the best way to improve someone's English is for them to have fun and lots of practice.  This is why we arrange such a wide variety of fun things for the students to do.  By visiting different parts of the south of England, our students get to practise their English, learn about our culture, make new friends and generally have a good time.

Our Social Programme organisers really know how to throw a party!  The students always have such a great time.  We thought we would make a little video to give an idea of some of the things that happen on a day out with the students.  In this video we are visiting one of the most iconic places in the south of England - London.  See just how many landmarks and 'quintessentially' British things you can see. 

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Thank You for Thanking Us

We love hearing from our students when they leave.  This is a little message that was sent to us via Instagram from Patty. She stayed with us from August to September following a joint General English and Business English course.  Her teachers loved her (as they do all their students) and it looks like the feeling was mutual.
Below is what was posted on Instagram.

teachers and students posing

Dear @LSIPortsmouthteachers:

T-H-A-N-K-S. I've enjoyed every minute with you, every difficult question (sorry, Adam!), every discussion (sorry, Jenni!), every Cadbury bar (sorry, Jeremy!), every discovery about the origin of the English language (wow, Peter!), every comment and suggestion on my Instagram project (thank you Neil) and thanks thanks THANKS to all of you (+ Ceri, Dave, Ted, Stuart, Leon...) for this incredible experience!!!
This school is very lucky because counts with you: passionate people, who for me are more than teachers, for me are 'MAESTROS' (*Spanish alert). You're masters, guides, authentic communicators with a big talent to empathize. I don't know what I'm going to live in US the next 3 weeks, but you have left the level quite high ;-)
Please, never change the way you enjoy and share with us this extremely generous work
🙌🏼 Hugs,

neils..Thank you, Patty. It's been a pleasure to work with you. Enjoy those beaches!
patty..@neils I'll do it!! 💪😊Thanks again!!!!!
d.w..Great post Patty! Absolutely agree 👍🏻
mari..Make your words mines! They are the best! PS: loved Jeremy giving a round in its chair hahaha... Already missing everything!
ferr..So true ! 👍
lsiportsmouth @patty thank you for that!! I have put a copy on Peter's desk (lovely photo) and a copy on the teacher's notice board. Really appreciate your words!! xxx
patty..@lsiportsmouth ohhh great! I hope they like it! There are more pics on my post (to the right) from Jeremy, Adam, Neil... hugs from San Francisco!! 🤗
catt..Oh I love that photo of Peter! So nice