Tuesday 26 January 2016

100% Pass Rate on Cambridge Proficiency Exam! - Not bad eh!

Many congratulations to our students who took the CPE exam at LSI in December – everyone passed!  Congratulations to Sarah, Noemi, Felizia, Claire, Pippa and Judith.  CPE is the highest level English qualification there is, so it’s an amazing achievement.  Well done everyone!

We started teaching CPE courses at LSI three years ago, and since then we have had an 
amazing 100% pass rate
 A big thank you to all our CPE teachers, especially our CPE expert, Alan, who has taught every CPE class we’ve had, and is famous for his amazing phrasal verb and idioms series of lessons!
From left: Judith, Noemi, Felizia, Claire, Pippa, Sarah.

Monday 25 January 2016

Burns night - What is it?

What is Burns Night?

Burns Night is celebrated every year on January 25, which this year falls on a Monday. Burns night is mostly celebrated in Scotland, but is also celebrated across parts of the United Kingdom, as well as other places around the world. Burns Night is a Scottish tradition which marks the life of Scottish bard (poet) Robert Burns. His most well-known and popular poem is ‘Auld Lang Syne’, which is traditionally sung at midnight during New Year’s Eve celebrations.
One of the most important things about Burns Night is the food that is eaten during the celebration. There will be lots of traditional Scottish dishes cooked. The most important part of the meal is usually the haggis, a traditional type of sausage consisting of minced meat, mixed with oatmeal, animal fat, and seasoning, and boiled in a bag. The bag is traditionally made from the animal’s stomach.
Other dishes which are served include neeps and tatties, which are mashed turnips, swedes and potatoes, and the meal is often served with Scotch whiskey. Burns Night celebrations will also include a lot of laughter and fun, with the sound of bagpipes playing in the background. Bagpipes are a musical instrument with reed pipes, and they are considered Scotland’s national instrument.
Burns Night started shortly after the poet’s death in 1796. His friends in Ayrshire, Scotland wanted to celebrate his life and poetry, and the first Burns supper was held on the anniversary of his death on July 21st 1801.  However, Burns Night was moved to the day of Robert Burns’ birthday, and Burns Night has been celebrated ever since.

Happy Burns Night to All our Scottish teachers and friends who will be celebrating today ;-)

Thursday 14 January 2016

The Two Best Events This Weekend

Although the nights are dark and the holidays are finished January has some great events happening.  

The first is local and is in Southsea at the Kings Theatre.
This Saturday the 16th January sees a day of tours, activities and workshops all for just £5. Don't miss the opportunity to visit this beautiful old building and see what most people never get to experience.

For more details click the link here.

The second is in London, so get out of the house, put a warm coat on and visit the capital to see Lumiere London.  You can see from the short little video below that it makes no difference if it rains or is fine it is a truly spectacular treat not to miss.

It is on from the 14th to the 17th January from 6.30pm to 10.30pm each night.  For more details click the link here

If you get to see either of these events, do let u sknow what it was like, photos would be even better ;-)

Thursday 7 January 2016

LSI Portsmouth is now a BULATS Testing Centre!

LSI are delighted to announce that from January 2016, we are now an official BULATS (Business Language Testing Service) testing centre.

There are so many good reasons why BULATS could be useful for you:
  • A flexible and fast way of getting certification for your language level: you only need to give us 7 days notice to book the test
  • Validation of your English courses for employers. For example, in France, you can use your CPF (Compte Personnel de Formation) to come and study with us – but only if the course is  validated ; and  BULATS is one of the approved tests.
  •  Impress new and potential employers with BULATS on your CV: It’s an exam specifically focused on business or professional English
  • Worldwide recognition as a University of Cambridge exam
The addition of BULATS to the existinging exam options of IELTS, Cambridge FCE, CAE and CPE really does cement our reputation as THE school to prepare for and take an English language exam in the UK.

For more information click cross (far right) below picture for full screen or get in touch with us.