Language Studies International (LSI): Vancouver
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: 1–50 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.
*Minimum 12 weeks booking required for Beginner.
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 Vancouver 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|
|Average||21 years old|
LSI Vancouver is located in the heart of the downtown district, on the first floor of a modern office tower. The Granville Entertainment District, found in Downtown Vancouver, is full of bars and clubs for the younger crowd and has plenty of venues offering live music. The school is conveniently located for bus, Seabus and Skytrain transportation links and the city’s main attractions. LSI offers comfortable classrooms, a computer lab with Internet access, a wide variety of self-study materials, and a common room for student use. English courses are structured so that each student improves all areas of their English including speaking, listening, reading, writing, and skills practice. The school's social calendar is full of excitement, including cultural activities (Vancouver Art Gallery and the UBC Museum of Anthropology), visits to parks (Lighthouse Park, Lynn Canyon, Queen Elizabeth Park), professional sports (NHL Canucks and CFL Lions), outings to pubs, restaurants, or picnic areas. Excursions to the city of Victoria, British Columbia’s capital, or the mountain resort of Whistler/Blackcomb are arranged every month. Summer activities include cycling, river rafting and hiking. Winter activities include skiing, snowboarding and ice-skating.
The nationality and age mix at Language Studies International (LSI): Vancouver varies over different time periods, courses and levels. Throughout the year, the average age is 21. In the summer, the average age is 21.
LSI Vancouver teaches students from all over the world, including:
LSI Vancouver 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.
Vancouver is a dazzling, modern city, nestled between lush mountains and forests and the Pacific Ocean – a truly stunning destination for anyone who wants to learn English in Canada.
Our language school is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, within walking distance of all the major attractions and transport services.
Definitely great experience. Introductory session and welcome done personally by the director Kevin, who impressed me. He was perfectly clear and easygoing person, highly appreciated! Linda and Bernard were my teachers and they were truly knowledgeable, kind and understanding. I also met lots of people from different countries, with different cultures and found new friends! I also learned many things about myself that I didn’t even suspect. I know now how it feels when people say they are open-minded, I’ve been convinced to be alike too, but found out that there’s still some room to improve my mindset.
In fact, whole the team of LSI has been doing an extra mile for each of us, I’ll do my best to come over to say hello as soon as I’m back in Vancouver! A huge thank you!
My experience was too short, only 30 hours in May, Spring. However the classes was intensive, certainly to getting my best. In the morning grammarly lessons and afternoon I chose business class. The both teachers was lovely, amazing and focused. The students at the mornings classes was 10, I guess. Only girls :). Afternoon was more closely, me and maximum other 3 guys. We learned and always in Monday they applied the test. Depending on my score I would starting in a new class.
The LSI location is perfect, they're located in downtown wich have Starbucks, a lot of food stores to have lunch and dinner.
I liked the school environment. At the time was may many Korean and Brazilian students but unfortunately most of them so young and shy and it was difficult to make new friends.
The director was educated and lovely.
I had 30 lessons per week and private lessons too. I didn't like the private classes because I didn't have a purpose in them. LSI has excellent teachers, great location and good equipment. I liked the warm atmosphere and also the location of the school, the neighborhood also provides opportunities to reach cinemas, restaurants, cafes a short walk.Show details » Read more...
In general, I really liked the teachers, classes, location, facilities and activities, however there were some things which were not clear for me from the beginning on. I expected for example to get a full TOEFL preparation course (morning and afternoon), but in the end I only had those classes in the afternoon. That might have been a misunderstanding, but I also find out that a lot of other people had the same experience as I did. After all I reached my aim and the TOEFL preparation course with Bernhardt were very good. He is the best teacher I had and I really appreciate his work and effort. Also when I was not happy with my morning classes, everyone in the school tried to help me and tried to find a solution. Overall, LSI is a good language school, but for the specific classes there should be more detailed information in advance.Show details » Read more...
The English course was very helpful and I had a great time with new friends.Show details » Read more...
Classes were great because we had the ability to talk a lot but also review some grammar. Our teacher asked us what is best to work on and that was great because you could improve your skills. Linda understood every student and knew his strength and weaknesses.Show details » Read more...
I really enjoyed every experience and activity in LSI because the teacher (Barclay) was fantastic, since he was interested in listening to us students and we could see his passion for his work. All the staff in LSI was really nice, kind and helpful and I'm just looking forward to come back to Vancouver as I loved the city!Show details » Read more...
The school in general (classes, teachers, location and activities) is great and my experiences doing trips around vancouver with my friends were amazing but i need to say that my homestay family was not good at all... the breakfast and dinner were poor and awful, they didn't give me any toilet paper or towel, I never had any access to the laundry and sometimes Mrs. Fong looked like she was mad at me...
I really recomend the school but not my homestay family.
Teachers at LSI were very polite. They were really very attentive..
In January and February LSI receives lots of teenagers - in my opinion it was annoying because some of them are not worried about learning. If LSI needs to replace teacher, you would have a big problem! If you have a very nice teacher, you would have a new one who is not good so far.
The classes were so interesting, the most important thing was of course the teachers, especially Bernard and Claudio. They had a lot of knowledge and experience, especially Bernard and I appreciate that, because I went to Vancouver to learn English that wasn't a tourist trip for me, because of that my skills improved and I'm really happy with my experience in Vancouver.Show details » Read more...
The school is located downtown.
I decided to stay at the YWCA hotel instead of host family because it was closer and easier every day (just a 15-minute walk).
The teachers and staff were really kind and helpful.
I only participated in the afternoon (conversation) classes for 14 days. My teacher was very good and I think he's an experienced teacher. The location was easy to access and the facilities were good enough. The activities for students were interesting but the number of places was limited, maybe more students would have liked to participate. Concerning the housing - I cannot evaluate because I've stayed with my father (he has dual citizenship and since 1968 has been living in Vancouver). I liked the attitude of the school staff to every student.Show details » Read more...
Every thing was okay. The home-stay host was very gentle but the house was a bit far from the school.
The school principal was super nice and they had excellent teachers . An excellent stay.
Classes were interesting especially business classes with teacher Ken (was really funny with him). Morning classes were interesting, too, but I found the afternoon definitely better.
Teachers were great. I mean compared to teachers I was used to in my country at most schools, the teachers were great. Could explain everything as well as tell jokes, etc. Also some of them used to tell us interesting stories in connection with different cultures.
The location was great to me since I was staying with my uncle in Vancouver Downtown on Smithe Street, so it was like 7 minutes for me to get there on foot.
Activities looked nice but since I was staying with my uncle I did most activities with him and my aunt. And so I didn't really try any of those activities even though they looked really nice.
I did not like only one thing but maybe that's just me. On the first day I couldn't find the school. I was expecting a sign or something but after 10 minutes of walking around the address I realized that I could ask somebody at the reception and they helped me.
My overall experience was amazing, my teacher, Steve, was unbelievable teaching me the English tricks that helped me when I went to the street to meet new people.
The LSI location is the best place in the city; it is in downtown near the best places in Vancouver.
The activities arranged by Holly were awesome; all students went and we enjoyed our moments together. We became good friends during these moments.
My home stay was great too; I could sleep, eat, and arrive at home whenever I wanted.
Congratulations LSI and employees. Maybe in the future I´m going to go back to Vancouver and study more.
I spent a really great time in Vancouver. The school is very well located in Vancouver. The teachers are very kind and very professional! I've made a lot of progress with LSI. I did the Cambridge Test in Vancouver. Thanks to my teacher I passed the test easily. Everything in this school is well done. The activities are diversified and fun.
My home stay family was great! I had a very good relationship with them. We watched movies together and visited Vancouver together.
I will never forget my stay in Vancouver and I will probably go back to this great city.
I enjoyed LSI Vancouver.
The location is excellent, very easy to arrive, the director Chris and also Livia are very kind persons. Kevin always had the best attitude to show us nice places at Vancouver in the Activities Program, he is very friendly.
I had 2 teachers, Sharon that put a lot of games in classroom to practice English and Ken that has the knowledge and the pedagogy to teach the language and motivate me a lot to try to improve every day. He is an excellent teacher, loves his job.
It will be very useful to find a way to improve our pronunciation. In general all of my classmates, most of them Asian, have a bad pronunciation, me too, and LSI will have a complete program if all of us, the students, could improve our pronunciation too.
I didn't request housing.
Thanks for your interest in improving LSI !!!!
Unfortunately I only stayed for 2 weeks, but right from the beginning you are part of the LSI family. At LSI Vancouver they find a very good balance between learning English and having fun.
As Chris said "Its all about communication between people!"
The choice for Vancouver as the city was for discovering the culture and enjoying the landscape and I have no regret.
That trip although quite an expensive one, is the most exciting adventure for anyone who loves nature and a wonderful experience for the one who loves people.
The school located in Downtown made it really convenient for taking a stroll in the city after the lessons. There are many restaurants and a theater nearby. Many fun events are held in summer and you just have to take the bus or seabus to find yourself in one of the many magnificent parks around Vancouver.
Also, there are so many cool activities available like biking in the Stanley park and bungee jumping .
The facilities were clean, they have an elevator and a crowded coffee corner but no room for lunch...
Overall, the warmth and kindness of the people make it the best place to practice language.
LSI is a very good school. The class dynamics are constructive and you can learn in a comfortable environment.
All the teachers had a great level, not just because they are native speakers but because they know how to teach.
LSI offers to you a bunch of extracurricular activities. You can make many friends at the same time you are learning.
This trip was awesome. I met wonderful people and I saw remarkable places. I will never ever forget this summer.Show details » Read more...
I enjoyed my stay in Vancouver a lot. The school was very nice and people there were so kind! The location was great and I could arrange my own activities. The only thing I didn't like was housing. It was like living in a hotel (I was living completely apart from the family).Show details » Read more...
LSI is a good school to learn English. Both in Toronto and Vancouver they make their best so that we can improve our English skills. The classmates, and in general all the people who is involved in make you feel comfortable, and like I say, I had not had such a great time in years. Nevertheless, there are some negative points:
1- In Toronto there were only three teachers, so there were only three levels, so people in intermediate and advanced levels (like me) were mixed together, and I think that is unfair since we all were paying to be in the correct grade, that generated that people in intermediate level felt stressed because the rhythm of the class was so fast, and people who were supposed to be at advanced level felt bored or disappointed. Because of the very few number of teachers, the number of afternoon classes was two, I wanted to take a TOEFL preparation course, but there was not any, so they just put me in a conversation class. The computers available for the students were 7, but 3 of them were broken, and the other 4 worked with Windows 2000 (ten years later), so they were so slow, and only 2 or 3 had real access to internet; even worse, by the end of January, the internet went off, so nobody at LSI had internet in my last week.
2. The HI in Toronto was great, the people were really helpful, they had lots of activities, but there were a lot of robberies, so, even if that is not the fault of the people who work there but of the guests, they should pay more attention to that.
In Vancouver the school was different, they had more computers, all of them were working, the wireless internet worked as well, the number of teachers was enough, they had a variety of options for the afternoon classes, so everybody was satisfied. Although the people who work there are not as friendly as people at LSI Toronto, they are more professional, so that is a real school. Even though in Vancouver the classes were more demanding, I had more fun there than in Toronto, and I am sure that I would have improved my English skills in a better way if I had spent the two months there rather than what I actually did.
The accomodation was very very nice, I've stayed there for six days. I've visited the school only three times, the first time we had to do a test and then there was a greeting, the next two days were fine.Show details » Read more...
I met wonderful people! The teaching was great and I improved my language skills a lot. My classmates were really nice people. Of course I not only studied English, I also learned a lot from other cultures and different lifestyles. Now, I have to visit many new friends in different parts of the world. I would like to go back to Vancouver and repeat this adventure. Moreover the city is a wonderful place.Show details » Read more...
Homestays are carefully selected and offer students the opportunity to learn more about the local culture in a comfortable setting while studying English in Vancouver. These homes are often between 20 - 60 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 19+. 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. Student residences often do not include any meal plan. 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 C$ 100 when you register.
The closest airport to the school is Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
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 Vancouver based on your budget, schedule and preferences.
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