Language Studies International (LSI): Paris
Course Overview includes:
• 30 lessons per week (6 lessons per day)
• Duration: 30 x 50 minutes (25 hours per week)
• 15 students max. per class
• Beginner to Advanced levels
• Course length: 1–23 weeks
• Age 16+
The LSI Intensive 30 Course is for students who want to maximize their language learning practice during their stay. The Intensive 30 Course concentrates on all the areas that students need to achieve a much greater fluency in a short period of time. This course is suitable for students who wish to study intensively and get a well rounded insight into the language and country. The courses focus heavily on speaking and communication skills: the morning consists of four lessons in communication skills, while the afternoon classes further intensify the tuition and consolidate what students have learnt through fluency practice and a comprehensive review of the culture and customs of their host country. For those studying English who work in business or are planning a career in business, we offer the LSI Modular English for Business Course, which can be incorporated into your Intensive 30 Course as an afternoon or morning option. Students may also follow examination preparation courses as part of this course.
The classes stress the use of language in everyday situations. In 2 lessons each day, students will work on grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary, while in the other 2 lessons, they will focus on reading, writing, speaking and listening. Textbooks and a variety of other materials are used in instruction, including role-playing, newspapers, magazines and other materials. Students focus on special topics and classes in the afternoon. Topics include: fluency practice, media studies, film and theater, local culture, current events, politics, and research using the internet. Intermediate and advanced students also have the option of studying in the test-preparation and business classes.
LSI Paris does not hold classes on the holiday dates above. The school does not compensate for these holidays, so make sure to choose your start date accordingly.
Class schedule may change depending on availability and season.
|Age range||16 years old and older|
LSI Paris is situated at the historical heart of the city, in a listed, 18th century building.
It is close to the Louvre, the world's largest museum, the Place Vendome, the Opera and the sophisticated yet bohemian Saint-Honore district. LSI Paris offers various classes and both group and individual learning programs. Computer facilities, a common room and daily newspapers and magazines are provided for students use. The school is easily accessible by Metro, with Tuileries Concorde, Opera and Pyramides stations all close by. Students will also find a variety of nearby shops and cafes to study in and practice their new language skills.
The nationality and age mix at Language Studies International (LSI): Paris varies over different time periods, courses and levels.
LSI Paris teaches students from all over the world, including:
LSI Paris does not hold classes on the holiday dates below. The school does not compensate for these holidays, so make sure to choose your start date accordingly.
Situated in the historical heart of the city, LSI Paris is right by the Centre Pompidou and close to Notre Dame de Paris, and the sophisticated yet bohemian Marais and Les Halles districts. The school is easily accessible by Metro.
The school were very welcoming, their facilities were great you had everything you needed and the teachers were friendly and very helpful. It was a great way to meet new people, I real enjoyed the lessons and found them helpful but I think they need more variety as we tended to do the same thing most daysShow details » Read more...
Very friendly and competent teachers. The School is locates at the heart of Paris.Show details » Read more...
The LSI did not inform us during the registration that their is open strike in Paris will start on December 5th.
The strike will negatively effect the transport from and to the school and Airport.
I had to Cancel my school after 2 days of study and change my flight to leave Paris before the strike start.
I lost lots of money (school fee, housing fee & Air ticket fee and flight change fees)
I did both small group classes with LSI and one-on-one conversations privately while in Paris so can comment on the benefits and difference of both.
I will say that the experience that I had with LSI administration was excellent - super welcoming, very organised. The enjoyment/value of the classes was unsurprisingly dependent on the teacher - there are some teachers who are excellent - super engaged, truly loving their jobs and others who are not quite as interested.
Overall while the small group classes didn't extend my language skills as much as the 1-on-1, they were excellent for meeting people and expanding vocabulary.
I found that I was very well welcomed in the house, the teacher was energetic and the group of students had a variery of age, which I apreciated.
I had a cource of two weeks which is not so much, but I was able to revitalise my french a bit - it is 3o years since I last was on a scool bench.
My experience at LSI Paris has been one of the best in my life in all aspects. First, the support of the staff and the teachers are amazing. I was so lucky to stay at my host family with kind, funny and nice people, which I am still in touch. All the classes and friends that I have made there were amazing and definitely my week at LSI Paris have improved a lot my French skills on grammar, listening, vocabulary and pronunciation. I had a lot of fun and a lot of learning!Show details » Read more...
The teacher and the location were excellent. The school is situated next to Centre Pompidou, Hotel de ville and the Marais district, only a short walk to Notre Dame and river Seine. Nice rooms and really engaged teachers!
On the other hand the website didn't contain any homework or class' summaries (probably only for long term arrangements).
Location is fantastic. It is a heart of Paris, close to major tourist places. Teachers have kind approach. Small groups. And inside, people form all over the word. It was nice, interesting and profitable (I learnt a lot) experience.Show details » Read more...
The school is situated in a great area, next to Centre Pompidou and a short walk from the Notre Dame cathedral. The rooms were nice and the teacher absolutely lovely! She supported us and encouraged us in the best way and never let us give up when we struggled. There were many warm and good laughs in the classroom!
As I had arranged to stay in an airbnb I didn't use the school's housing arrangements.
The teachers and staff were great. Though I did not partake in the after-class activities, I appreciated the option of an organized outing.Show details » Read more...
I loved learning at LSI. I find that I learned much about not only the French language but French culture as well. Despite this, during the first couple weeks I felt little, if not any, improvement in proficiency in French. The expectations for my comprehension were higher than I expected, and I felt lost and without guidance. Strangely, I understood more and was able to participate more after moving up to the B2 class, more was explained and the teacher catered to both our understanding and lack of understanding. Coming out of this experience, I felt like a proficient French learner, more able to understand spoken French and written French, as well as becoming a more confident speaker.Show details » Read more...
I had a great time at LSI. It was short (just one week), but very productive.
The location was very good. Just a walking distance from where I stayed. I had two different teachers, one in the morning and a different one in the afternoon. Both were great. If there is anything to suggest, I would recommend to take more time at each activity. A few times I had the feeling that we were moving too fast from one subject to another.
Besides that, everything else was perfect.
The teacher and the location were excellent. I think that the classes should be upgraded with more advanced tech, and that we lacked afternoon activities. The website didn't really contain any homework or class' summaries.Show details » Read more...
We were online 3 in class. The expedition to the galleries was nice, because It was sosialistit activity in a Group.Show details » Read more...
Language International was overall a good experience. The staff there were very nice and accommodating. I was also very appreciative of the teaching style; it was diverse and enabled improvement in the various aspects of French comprehension. Paris was very navigable so traveling to and from class was not too much of an issue. The only discourse I have with the school was the classroom setup. Even though class sizes were small, it still felt cramped and the desks were very awkward to write on. Also, each day we were provided printouts of the day's lesson. These immediately became overwhelming and hard to keep track of. I think it would be better to advise students to purchase the workbook to save time and space.Show details » Read more...
I really liked the classes. My teacher was really good. Location was easy to get to. There were good activities such as excursions and there was a fun end of year party. I liked the facilities a lot. Overall, it was a really good experience however, it could have been more affordable since it was quite expensive.Show details » Read more...
A great school with very professional teachers. My teachers Léa and Mélanie were engaging and made it a great learning experience with their energy and enthusiasm. It’s a perfect location in Paris and the facilities are more then adequate. The reception and owner/ Director were also extremely friendly and helpful...Show details » Read more...
My teacher, Madame Maryse Emery, was exceptional. I loved the class format with students from many different countries and the personal attention provided me for the art history portion of the class. Madame Emery explained everything in French and encouraged us all to participate. Her passion for teaching and her love of French art is apparent and she has the ability to successfully explain French grammaire and art history in French in a way that makes sure that her students understand. I made so very much progress and gained tremendous confidence in conversing with local Parisiens.
My homestay was also exceptional. Madame Dominique Lacourte openly shared her beautiful home and she was an excellent cook. She was also very kind. In addition to cleaning and cooking, she felt responsible for helping me learn French and spent hours discussing virtually everything with me including events at school, local and world news, our families, our interests, French culture, etc.
Location and facilities were super! I was unable to participate in the single social activity planned weekly because it conflicted with my art class. I would have enjoyed spending more time with my fellow students.
I simply could not have imagined a better, more productive or more enjoyable educational experience.
I'm a slow learner and was concerned that doing a short course, I wouldn't get much out of it I was completely wrong. I Highly recommend this school to anyone wanting to study French.
I had a fantastic teacher that was understanding and catered to every students individual needs including my own. The class was a good size so that the teacher could listen to our individual pronunciations of words when we where doing group role plays. The people in my class where from all over the world and we got along great and organised outings together after class.The school reception staff where genuinely very helpful about things to see and do in Paris and how to get their. The school organised free group tours or activities once a week so we could socialises with other students in the school and explore new exciting areas of Paris. The location of the school was in an amazing area of Paris the facilities and general set up of the school was very organised tidy and well maintained.
I liked the teachers "no non-sense" attitude. We are here to learn French, so not too much of any other language would be accepted except when it helps in the understanding of a word or phrase.
The location is excellent in the very heart of Paris.
I rented an apartment myself.
The teacher the first week was well organized and covered all areas of language learning with more emphasis on oral and less on grammar. The oral was the main area of interest for me. I enjoyed the topics of study and discussion and also learning a bit about France and French culture.
The second week was quite different even though the class was the same level. The teacher spend about 50% of the time on grammar , all which was below my level. I did not score well on my assessment test so I was put in a lower class than my ability in grammar. Also, the teacher the second week was not as well organized and this wasted time as a result.
There were students in the class who did not speak any French. The class was not well balanced according to abilities.
The blue room was a disappointment compared to other rooms at the centre, and compared to pictures on the website. Also, it was too small for 13 people. And, the chairs were in 2 tight rows which wasn’t good for communication. A semi circle would have worked better the first week.
Overall, I was engaged , especially the first week, and experienced learning in grammar, comprehension , oral, writing and vocabulary.
The staff was very friendly and helpful.
I studied for only a week - from February 5 to 9, when a lot of snow fell and the train service was paralyzed and our teachers were missing. I liked the school. But there was a teacher (a young lady) who gave us classes on Wednesday afternoon and Friday morning that did not correct our pronunciation and gave English synonyms to understand the meaning of the words in French. If I travel to France to improve my pronunciation it is unacceptable that the teacher does not correct us.
Another: I attended classes in the morning and in the afternoon. If I had to go back, I would only do it in the morning. Afternoon class does not pay off very well.
And lastly, not all teachers do well for some students who are already in school for a long time and become inconvenient playing and monopolizing the classes.
My personal experience has been excellent!
The teachers very willing.
The work group very well leveled.
It generates a very good atmosphere.
Daniel Quinteros, referring hispanoparlando, like the other teachers, have maximum friendliness with the students.
Experience = excellent
I liked the teacher a lot and I found the class enjoyableShow details » Read more...
The location of the school was very convenient. Also the school was well organized but I would like to have a free snack. Furthermore the facilities were very good and the teachers were easy to follow. I would prefer later classes and better positioning of the tv cause it wasn't visible from all the angles.Show details » Read more...
The classes were well organized and the teachers were professionals. A small objection is about the new students. I mean it's okay to meet new people, the only problem was when the new students arrive and start to have a classes with others, they can not follow the classes properly and the teachers are often forced to return back to lessons that the others have already done.
About the location nothing to add.
Small objection about he facilities. It's not always easy to manage all files, documents and notebooks on a small chair tables. But in general for me was not a big problem because I always tried to sit next to window and had more space around me.
Housing was excellent too. I only had a problem with my working desk, because it was a little bit narrow and low for my legs. But I had a big bed so I switched from studying on my desk and on my bed.
I had a realyl good experience with LSI.
I enjoyed the classes and the activities, the location of the school is perfect and the teachers were fantastic.
I've not only found classmates, but friends to share a great experience. I've spent every afternoon with them, speaking French, visiting museums and walking around the city
What I didn't like? Nothing!
Overall LSI Paris was fantastic, no complaints other than slightly slow WiFi. The classes were very enjoyable and not harsh, perhaps a little bit too laid back rather than focusing on the work, but that could be from lack of personal effort. While maintaining a lively and joyful atmosphere in the classroom I also learned a lot of French words and phrases within four weeks. Going from beginner level A2 to intermediate level B1. Great teachers, people, activities, and facility!Show details » Read more...
The host family was the best part of the my experience, it was the thing that I learned from the most. The school was so good, the lessons were a balance of both academic and casual French. I made friends, and I got to know people.
Maybe I was hoping for more activities, since it was only a one time trip because I think this is the best way to learn.
I would like to express my deep gratitude to William Courtney, as he was very helpful. He has helped me step by step to finalize booking and find the perfect accommodation.
The teaching level was pretty good. The 1:1 sessions were great for me.
The group classes could have been better - the students preparing for the DELF exams got disproportionate attentions at the expense of the other students.
The B2 level students were not really all the same.
We could have received more individual feedback after the placement test - we received no feedback so this dampened the experience.
I enjoyed going to the course because we talked about situations from everyday life, which gave me information of other countries. The teachers were nice and they always tried to talk and describe things in French. The school is at a good location, everyone could get there in 30 minutes from almost everywhere in the city. My host lady was really kind, and she also rejected talking in English so I was forced to speak only in French.Show details » Read more...
I've learned a lot, and my teacher Marise was great. The location in Paris is really central and in a good position.Show details » Read more...
Loved the class, teacher was good and had a nice sense of humor. Classmates were lovely people. I especially liked how he took one of our mistakes and used it as a basis for teaching a grammar point.Show details » Read more...
I liked the teaching techniques and also the fact that I was forced to speak. Teachers were very creative when preparing topics for our lessons. In my opinion, the feedback given at the end of each week is a great tool to allow teachers to react promptly to students´ needs.
I was accommodated by Madame Doux´. I was very much satisfied and would recommend her to other students.
The professor (Sylvia) was very professional, and the students were very committed to learning. The school's location is great and Paris is an amazing city to visit.Show details » Read more...
The school is in the center, which is really cool. It's very difficult to get lost. The house is also good for staying for some time. The classes are interesting and the manner of teaching is good for studying a language. I like everything. Two weeks are not that much to conclude anything but I can say that the school is really nice. I was the only Russian in the group, which was really, really awesome, especially for language.Show details » Read more...
I attended LSI Paris for 5 weeks during the summer of 2013. In the first week I was impressed with which class I ended up in. It was a huge shock as I was not really up to it but I persevered and soon found myself able to cope. Nevertheless the teachers were very understanding about my concerns and were even happy for me to swap class twice in two days - down and back up again! - showing that they clearly respected how I as a student felt.
The teaching here is excellent and I would like to make special mention here to Léa Borrelli. She is without doubt the best french teacher I have ever had in my life. While being flexible and understanding, she was also a solid professional who always had a clear lesson plan with her material prepared beforehand. She also showed a keen interest in her students and started every lesson asking students what they had done the afternoon before. I can't praise her highly enough and instead I feel the need to endorse her for a raise of some kind! The school is lucky to have her.
With regards to the school itself I have mixed feelings. While it does have everything you need, I felt they were underprepared for a lot of things. For example in my fourth week they failed to find a replacement teacher for us and so one of the staff was forced into action. She promptly began teaching us with a different method, textbook and topics! Also as there weren't enough teaching they were forced to mix what should have been 3 different levels of classes into 2 for the afternoon. The result was an overcrowded classroom with too many levels of students. A shambles really considering how much money we paid for it.
Another issue is the atmosphere. I was someone who worked damn hard to earn the money that I used to pay for this course and on occasions I felt treated like I was a under aged student still at school. As many people who attend the school are not funding themselves I can see how such an atmosphere would develop. Yet when I arrived late one morning after spending the weekend on my hands and knees trying to stop a big leak in my bathroom I was met being told that I 'could not enter the classroom' by admin staff and that I should have been on time. Now I fully respect rules but the lack of asking WHY I was late was too much and I was not about to be spoke down too like a naughty schoolboy. Therefore I would advise LSI to remember who is paying you this money and to show a bit more understanding to those who might be in need. And I would advise anyone who does attend to keep in mind how much you are paying and not to be pushed around by staff who might just want to make it easy for themselves.
However in general I was deeply impressed with how much my french improved and the standard of teaching in general. I would advise it to anybody as long as you attend a minimum of 6 weeks. I went for 5 and understood (I think) that teachers can plan 6 week courses and otherwise you're joining in half way. Still though I did it and still found it excellent. :) Vivre la LSI!
It was not my first time living with the host family and I can say only good things about them. But my host family in Paris was so bad, that I had to move out. I sent the email with the details to Natalia. The school is ok, but it does not do much for students to interact with each other after the classes. However, I want to thank Daniel from the school, he helped me find the solutions for my problems so many times! He is very polite and friendly.Show details » Read more...
The ambiance at school, the camaraderie between teachers and students and the friendships made my stay at LSI excellent. Although small, the school provides excellent teachers and teaching methods. The activities, including museum/exposition visits and picnics, were enriching.Show details » Read more...
I spent only one week there, so I can't say much. In general, I am very satisfied, and the teacher was really professional.Show details » Read more...
The initial test that I took to determine my level did not properly reflect my actual grasp of the French language, but after a week there the teacher herself acknowledged this, and I was sent to a more challenging class. I was able increase my vocabulary and overall conversation skills in a satisfactory way.Show details » Read more...
I was put in a class the first day that was too difficult. This situation was rectified immediately on my arrival the second day. I was put in a class that was quite appropriate for my needs. Unfortunately, it was mostly comprised of teenagers who obviously did not want to be there. It hurt the class having them there. At least I was in the correct class, though, so I was optimistic at this point. Then, we were squeezed into a room that was much to small for the amount of people (and the size of the table); if one person in the back of the room needed to get up and leave the room, we all had to get up to let this person out. The chairs were uncomfortable as well; much too uncomfortable if you are in a tight place for over 3 hours. I felt bad for the teacher. She was very compitent and patient even though the room was obviously sub-standard. I think the more advanced classes were in the other rooms. This was just silly.
At the end of the second day of classes, we were all told that we had no school the next day (Bastille Day). I paid for 5 classes. I wanted to be compensated. I was told ""no"" by the people in Paris and by the person in the US (you guys!) as well. Apparently, there is a ""no refund"" policy. Well, I have a policy of not paying for things I DON""T GET. I will be contacting the Better Business Bureau regarding this. After all, I do have a written contract from you stating that I am to received 5 days of classes from July 10 through July 14. The person in charge in Paris said that the people in the US were supposed to tell me I was only getting 4 days of classes. I guess the lawyers can figure out who is responsible for my reimbursement.
The next 2 classes were adequate enough. It just was a shame that I really only got 3 classes (due to the holiday and the wasted first day) and they were ruined due to the other students.
The teacher was very good. I think that the facility itself was also quite good for the other students who were in normal rooms.
I just wish I had never signed up for this class. What a waste of time and money. I could never recommend it. Perhaps if I received 5 full days of classes in a regular room with students like me, who wanted to learn, I might feel differently - but we will never know, will we?
Overall, very good! I learned a lot. I liked the fact that the teachers would review and grade my homework if I brought in extra work, exercises, essays. I enjoyed the work, but my partner Robin isn't that much of a language lover, so she thought 2 months of classes was a bit too long. She did it anyway, taking a day off from time to time. For people like Robin it might be nice if there was an arrangement wherein a student might attend classes only 4 days/week rather than 5! Maybe you have that arrangement already, I don't know.
I liked our home host in that she would work with us on our french; it was as if we had a private tutor in the evenings. She was quiet interested in our progress. I would encourage the school to more or less train the home-hosts in how to help students with their language difficulties.
Again, my experience was fruitful. I enjoyed the work!
the teachers were really good.
but we've paid for some material that we hadn't.... the books, we were not able to take them for us. we were taken just the fotocopies.
Everything was awesome !Show details » Read more...
I really liked the teachers, they are all great and helpful. However, classes were not filled with students of the same level from time to time, so I felt at times that classes were too easy even though I was in the most advanced one. This is to say that school is great for beginners and mid-intermediates.
The course in the afternoon was a lot better as I was mostly the only student that was preparing for DELF.
Homestays are carefully selected and offer students the opportunity to learn more about the local culture in a comfortable setting while studying French in Paris. These homes are often between 25 - 50 minutes away from the school by public transport. Families usually offer affordable meal plans that allow you to sample the local cuisine. If you have special requests or diet restrictions (because of religion or health reasons), please let us know in advance. Your housing starts on the Sunday before your first day of class and ends on the Saturday after your last day of class, unless otherwise noted. Learn more about homestay housing
Student residences are more suitable for an independent student, who is looking for clean, basic accommodation at an economic price. All students must be 18+. Your housing starts on the Sunday before your first day of class and ends on the Saturday after your last day of class, unless otherwise noted. Learn more about student residence accommodation
We cannot apply for visas on behalf of students. However, the school can supply you with all the documentation you need to support your visa application.
Your letter of acceptance will be sent to your home address by regular mail at no charge to you. If you wish to receive your paperwork by express mail, you will be charged 115 € when you register.
The closest airport to the school is Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).
The school offers airport pickup services. If you wish to be picked up, just give us your flight details and arrival date. The price of a one-way airport transfer from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport is 85 €. You must book your airport transfer in advance when you register.
Please note that we do not book flights for our students. If you are researching airfare costs, we recommend using Kayak.com, a search engine that lets you compare flight options from your home country to Paris based on your budget, schedule and preferences.
Study abroad worry-free with Language International's health and personal effects insurance coverage. When you book a course with us, you can opt to purchase an international insurance plan that covers not only your health care cost but also loss of your personal belongings. You must book your insurance in advance when you register.
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The placement test is taken upon arrival on the first day of course
We can accept a 15 years old student without accommodation. If the student would like to book an accommodation with LSI he must be 16.
1. Unfortunately, we can't make an exception for a beginner student.
2. The student can start on a Wednesday but no discount will be applied.