Thursday 27 November 2014

Be a Stamp Collector - for a really good cause

Everyone loves receiving mail - the hard solid kind (as long as it isn't a bill), and as more and more of us buy online, although the letter writing industry has been hugely reduced in recent years, the Post Office is still going strong delivering all those lovely parcels.  So, now, rather than throwing the wrapping away, help us (or help the charity directly) and save those stamps.

Against Breast Cancer is collecting all donated stamps, and as they explain on their site, they can receive money which can then go towards the fight against breast cancer.

So you now know what to do - go shopping online (guilt free) and save the stamps!  If you are in LSI give them over to (Elly or Anna) reception, if you are not, then read below and maybe send them to Against Breast Cancer.

"We're raising money by recycling postage stamps. Whether they're British or overseas, new or used, send them to us and we'll turn your old postage stamps into funds to support breast cancer research.
Stamps are sold by weight. As a general guideline we can expect to receive around £20 for one kilogram of stamps, so do encourage your friends and family, at home and abroad, to save their stamps for us.

How to donate used stamps:
Please cut the stamp off the envelope. When cutting, leave approximately 1cm of envelope bordering each stamp. The rest of the envelope can be discarded (which will make it cheaper to send)."

Wednesday 19 November 2014

English vs Bangladeshi weddings - Money or Gifts?

This week we have a lovely video - Arif and Alan talk about the differences between traditional English and Bangladeshi weddings.  Listen to the video to see who gets money and who gets gifts.

How are weddings different in your country? Leave a comment below.

Wednesday 12 November 2014

Aiming for the Top - LSI Teachers following the DELTA

Five of our top teachers (Joel, Jenni, Tom, Anisa and Jon D) have been following the DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults) qualification at LSI since September.  The DELTA is the highest English as a Foreign Language qualification that teachers can get, and focuses on improving teaching skills and developing teachers advanced level knowledge of grammar, linguistics, phonetics and so on.  As part of LSI's commitment to helping our teachers become as good as possible, LSI is helping to finance the DELTA course for these five teachers this year, and five more next year.   

Going round the table from the right: Jenni, Jon D, Tom, Richard (tutor) Joel and Anisa
At present this lovely group are working really hard, and we all appreciate all the effort they are putting in.  We know they will benefit from it in the end.  

Thursday 6 November 2014

How to improve fluency and vocabulary - tip from Matt.

A great new Quick Tip today from the lovely Matt!

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Tuesday 4 November 2014

How to Have a Scary Party - Just Ask Us!

We know how to have a party!!  over 100 LSI students came together to celebrate Halloween in typical LSI style- with a huge party! From cute cats and girly witches to zombie brides and terrifying clowns, our students certainly looked scary.  

We are lucky enough to have an amazing DJ among our teaching staff, and he always knows how to get our students up and dancing. There was an amazing atmosphere, with DJ Hugo playing an strange mix of Halloween classics and current chart favourites. 

 Prizes were awarded for the best costumes, including the beautiful zombie bride Ryo (from Japan), and the bizarrely horrifying mad doctor Arthur (from Holland). However, the top prize was rightly awarded to the lovely Saudi Arabian boys, who arrived as a group, dressed as cloaked skeletons and who really made the party a scary success.

The whole event was a great success, and although there were a few tired faces in the morning, everyone agreed that it was certainly worth it. 

We would just like to say thank you to everyone who came, and we look forward to hosting the next big LSI party.