Friday 31 July 2015

August Vocabulary Calendar - Holiday Phrases

Each month we print a vocabulary calendar to help our students add to their vocabulary base.  We suggest they print it out and stick it up somewhere they will see it everyday!

Tuesday 28 July 2015

America's Cup Comes to Portsmouth

This weekend's America's Cup event was the first of its kind in Portsmouth and really put Portsmouth on the map as far as sailing goes. Slightly marred by the typical British weather, however the Saturday of the event was just as exciting as it was expected to be.

Below are a few pictures to show what was on offer to sailing enthusiasts, who travelled far and wide to see Sir Ben Ainslee and Team Land Rover get one step closer to bringing the cup home after winning the Portsmouth leg of the race, which will finish in Bermuda in 2017.

Skipper and Team Principal; Ben Ainslie: “I’m really proud of what the team has achieved this weekend, not just on the water but with our team here at the facility in Portsmouth. To win the first Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series of 2015 in front of our home crowd is massive for our team, and sets us up for a very exciting future.” (as quoted on The Land Rover BAR site)

First sight of Ben Ainslee and Team Land Rover
A taste of how busy the sea was
All in a row - With Team Land Rover at the front!
Close up of Team Land Rover in action.
The sea was thronged with spectators
Entertainment for all the family available at the site
A short video from Lisa Marsh who was out on the water as the contestants went past.

Lisa is in white in the middle of the picture
Our very own Lisa Marsh (Accommodation Manager) was on a boat watching the sailing and got papped by the Portsmouth Evening News!

Thursday 23 July 2015

The America's Cup is coming to Portsmouth

Today is the day the America's Cup starts at Portsmouth.  Rather than try and report it, here is the link to the evening news page with all the news.

Click here to see all the news

Wednesday 22 July 2015

We had a visitor!

Hannah, who left us in February to have a baby, brought him in today to meet the staff. Here is the proud dad Adam with the lovely Oscar. GORGEOUS!

The original story when our first 'working couple' were about to have their baby.

Thursday 16 July 2015

Where are they now - Hiwa from Kurdistan

Update: 30.09.14

Update (16.07.2015): Hiwa Graduated this week - we are so proud of him!

Hiwa had his MA in Fine Art Final exhibition at the University of Portsmouth last week.  We thought it would be nice to show some of his pictures here.  He explained how learning English opened up a whole new world of art to him, as there had been relatively few art books in his own language available.

Elly contemplating! (It would be true to say that this particular picture 'Shingal'  is an incredibly
powerful piece, depicting the struggle that is happening in Hiwa's homeland at the moment.

Hiwa with his picture 'Shingal' which shows the struggle of the Kurdish people.


We were delighted to catch up with Hiwa recently, who attended LSI Portsmouth from 2012 until last year. He went on to attend Portsmouth University to study fine art. 

"Well, I had such a great and fantastic year at Lsi, met so many good people.. friends and teachers which i always appreciate that lovely time I had with them .. '' I started October 2012 in IELTS course .. In the morning with (Nick Rickard) and afternoon (first week with Yvonne) then moved to (Rebecca Scott-Becky) .. I stayed in that course until I got 5.0 in IELTS and changed to General English. So, my teachers in G.E were (Kelly, Edmond, Robyn and Nick Rickard) .. After couple of months holiday I started in Pre-sessional course in May 2013 (Becky Elliott) in the morning and (Jessica) in the afternoon .. Until finishing and moving to Uni .. I was at Lsi for almost 10 months"

Hiwa A Perdawood
This is how Hiwa describes his art:

Hiwa A Perdawood (1987, Hawler (Erbil), South of Kurdistan/ Iraq

Makes paintings, photos and drawings. By rejecting an objective truth and global cultural narratives, Perdawood creates with daily, recognizable elements, an unprecedented situation in which the viewer is confronted with the conditioning of his own perception and has to reconsider his biased position.
''My work urges society to renegotiate painting as being part of a reactive or - at times – autistic medium, commenting on oppressing themes in our contemporary society. By exploring the concept of landscape in a nostalgic way, I investigate the dynamics of landscape, including the manipulation of its effects and the limits of spectacle based on our assumptions of what landscape means to society. Rather than presenting a factual reality, an illusion is fabricated to conjure the realms of society imagination.

Moreover, to establish a link between the landscape’s reality and that imagined by its conceiver. These works focus on concrete questions that determine our existence. By applying abstraction, I create intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.
Also, work doesn’t reference a recognisable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. Currently I live and work in Portsmouth - United Kingdom''.

at work


To see more of Hiwa's beautiful art see his website or instagram page:

His website:
He is on Instagram as @hiwaart

Sundays at Southsea Bandstand- a MUST this summer!

Now we are in July and the tennis has ended, we can safely say that summer is nearly here. Although Portsmouth is a great city to visit at any time of the year, it’s particularly fun and exciting during the summer months. Southsea, the 'music heart' of Portsmouth, plays host to a whole array of exciting outdoor events, many of which are free to attend. One of our absolute favourite events is the live music concerts every Sunday at Southsea Bandstand, held throughout the summer period.

It’s a really great day out at an absolutely stunning seaside location. And did we mention that it is entirely free? The events begin at 12.30pm  till 4.00pm, and will be entirely free and unticketed!

The rest of the summer programme is as follows:

Sunday 12th July - Reggae
Sunday 19th July - no bandstand
The site will be set up for the Americas Cup
Sunday 26th July - no bandstand
The site will be set up for the Americas Cup
Sunday 2nd August - Country Music
Sunday 9th August - 90s and popular hits
Sunday 16th August - Beats & Blues
Sunday 23rd August - 1960s

Please note that the events are prone to cancellations should there be bad weather (after all, this is England!). So grab your blankets, a picnic and your friends, and head down to Southsea Bandstand this Sunday. It tends to get pretty packed out, so get there quite early to secure a spot with the best views. We are proud that our beautiful city hosts such wonderful free events, and we hope you make the most of it!

For up to date information on Sundays at the Bandstand, please see their Facebook page  

Thursday 9 July 2015

Game Set and Match

It’s Wimbledon!
Due to copyright issues we had to use Ellis ;-)
After quite a few months of rain, cloud and the occasional storm, July has finally brought the good weather with it- and we couldn’t be more grateful! In Portsmouth, there are bright, sunshine-filled days, and long, warm evenings, and the same goes for the rest of England. Which is just as well, as it’s the time of year where the British 'go mad for' tennis- it’s Wimbledon season!

Wimbledon is often described as the world’s favourite tennis competition, and for a few weeks in July, the whole country goes tennis mad! We are no exception at LSI Portsmouth, and we have been showing the games in our student lounge during lunch breaks and afternoon coffee breaks. The cafeteria has even been selling strawberries and cream, to really make it feel like an authentic experience! In fact, strawberries and cream are so popular at Wimbledon that each year 23 tonnes of strawberries and 7,000 litres of cream are consumed!

The so-called ‘Wimbledon affect’ has happened at LSI, and our fortnightly outdoor tennis club is becoming busier and busier! We think playing tennis as part of the Social Programme is a great way to get some exercise, take advantage of the beautiful weather and have some fun with fellow students. Our next tennis club is on Wednesday 15th July, and we hope to see you there!

This weekend will be the Wimbledon finals, with the ladies final on the Saturday and the men’s final on the Sunday. Live BBC One will be showing both finals from 1pm each day. Who do you want to win?

Tuesday 7 July 2015

Introducing - Mr Ellis I. Bear ;-)

We are delighted to introduce to the world: the newest addition to our team - Mr Ellis I. Bear (;-) (Ellis for short).  We are hoping that he goes travelling all over the world to wonderful exotic places and his photos are posted online so we can all see them.
He is 10 cm tall, very soft and has a very sturdy key ring attachment.  He is 'unbearably' cute.

At the moment he is available in the school from Belle but we are hoping in the future to make him available to order online.

He has his own Facebook page: Facebook    

If you take a photo and post to Facebook / Instagram / Twitter with him please tag him with his hashtag: #Ellisbear

Friday 3 July 2015

We are looking for a Marketing Officer for China, Hong Kong and Taiwan - Is this you?


We are really sad to know that the lovely Lisa Li has decided to spread her wings and go to pastures new, so now we need to fill her shoes - although that will not be an easy task! Here is the advert that is being posted, if you are interested or know of anyone who might be, please respond to the email address below.


LSI Portsmouth is a large, high quality, year-round English language school, offering a wide range of courses to adults, including IELTS and Cambridge courses, EAP and University Pre-Sessional programmes, and is also one of the UK’s top Executive language training centres.

We are looking to recruit a full-time sales and marketing person to join our team to recruit students from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan for all these programmes, but in particular onto our University Pre-sessional programme. The role will involve active recruitment of partners and students from these countries, as well as providing pastoral, administrative and, where necessary, linguistic support to students in school from those territories. Up to 4 marketing trips per year may be required.

Proficiency in both written and spoken Mandarin Chinese and English.
Excellent admin. and IT skills
Excellent interpersonal, customer service and teamwork skills

Experience in EFL or education marketing/international student recruitment.
University degree
Knowledge and experience of dealing with UKVI and student visa policies
Knowledge of the Chinese student market

Considerable travel (up to 4 times per year) will be required.
For the right candidate with experience, other territories and responsibilities may be offered.

Salary: Competitive and dependent upon experience

Applicants should send a covering letter and CV to by Friday 10th July 2015. Interviews will be held in the week of 13th July and be conducted in both Chinese and English. The role will ideally commence from as soon as possible after that date, but by August 10th at the very latest.

Wednesday 1 July 2015

July Vocabulary Calendar - In the Restaurant

Each month we print a vocabulary calendar to help our students add to their vocabulary base.  We suggest they print it out and stick it up somewhere they will see it everyday!