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Welcome To LSI Portsmouth The city has lots to offer and there is something for everyone here. Our weekly social programme will introduce you to our unique waterfront city and to many other interesting places within easy reach of Portsmouth.

Founded in 1985, LSI has grown into a large, popular, dynamic school with a reputation for academic excellence and putting students’ needs first. We believe in giving our students personal care and attention and have created a friendly, supportive and happy atmosphere.

Our teachers will give you the best teaching programme to suit your individual academic needs and help you learn in a positive, fun and stimulating way. All our staff will make sure you are taken care of in the best possible way.

If you wish to do a Cambridge or IELTS exam (we are one of the few UK schools that is an IELTS test centre), to travel and meet new people or improve your future job prospects, we are here to help you achieve your goals. Every student is unique, with their own personal ambitions for studying with us - we aim to keep everyone happy.

We look forward to welcoming you into the LSI family and to our historic and lively university city by the sea!

Portsmouth is a great city for students and we are in the heart of the university area, with lots of cafés, shops, theatres, pubs, live music venues and restaurants full of British and overseas students. Our students can join the university union sports clubs and societies - a great way to make friends with British students and get a taste of UK university life. Portsmouth is also the UK’s only island city, with miles of beaches and the sea on three sides. You can even see the sea and the Isle of Wight from many of our classrooms on the higher floors!

Best wishes

Andrew Andrew Edwards

MA PGCE Cert. TESOL Principal

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Our School Our Teaching Approach Our teachers try to make learning fun and enjoyable as well as helping you to reach your academic goals. They are well-qualified and very experienced and two of our teachers are even published authors of IELTS and Business English books. Over the years, LSI has developed a substantial resource of inhouse materials of which we are especially proud and our teachers try to keep learning activities as varied and as stimulating as possible.

Our Facilities • 55 well-equipped classrooms • 2 student lounges (for General English and Executive students) • General English lounge with sofas, comfortable chairs, large widescreen TV, table tennis and pool table • Cafeteria selling hot and cold food, drinks and snacks at reasonable prices daily. Drinks machine • Self-access centre and language laboratory • Computer centre • Free internet and WIFI throughout the building

Your English Level LSI LEVEL (CEF*)

Can do

Advanced (C2)

Understand native speakers extremely well

Pre-Advanced (C1)

Understand familiar registers of spoken English even at sustained

IELTS level

Cambridge Exam

7.5 - 9

CPE Certificate of Proficiency in English

6.5 – 7

CAE Certificate of Advanced English

5.5 – 6

FCE First Certificate In English

Communicate ideas and opinions with considerable clarity levels of discourse Communicate on a wide range of subjects effectively

Upper-Intermediate (B2)

Understand native speakers in stock or job-related situations

Intermediate (B1 - B2)

Understand familiar and simple texts competently

Lower-Intermediate (B1)

Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters

Communicate adequately in a range of situations Can communicate adequately in most everyday situations Sustain dialogues on topics which are familiar or of personal interest

4.5 – 5

4 – 4.5

Understand basic notices, instructions or information Elementary (A1 – A2)

Interact in a simple way and describe in simple terms aspects of

Beginner (A1)

Initially a non-user of English, working towards being able to

his/her background understand and use correctly simple words or stock phrases

*Common European Framework Progress – on average, students tend to complete an LSI level (e.g. Intermediate) approximately every 12 weeks

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IELTS Preparation

Our IELTS course is an intensive preparation course which aims to provide you with the skills you need for the Cambridge IELTS exam. We understand the time pressures you may have and our intensive programme has been designed with this in mind.

• Focus on all the skills required for the exam, as well as specific areas of grammar and vocabulary necessary for IELTS • Learn a variety of exam techniques through a range of activities • Fully-trained and experienced IELTS teachers • Dynamic lessons to keep you motivated and encourage maximum progress • Modern course books and a range of materials included in the fees

• Our IELTS course manager is a published IELTS author and teacher trainer • Regular practice exams to help you measure progress and identify areas for improvement • Daily homework to consolidate the lesson • Detailed feedback on your written work • A wide range of self-access material to help you progress quickly • LSI is a British Council-approved IELTS test centre so you can take your exam in an environment where you feel comfortable. There are many exam dates to choose from, especially in spring and summer

“The professional teachers are so lovely and the class atmosphere is very lively”

FACT CHECK • Minimum age: 18 • Average age: 23 • Maximum class size: 12 • 22.5 hours (60 minutes) per week, plus 5-10 hours self-access • Start any Monday • Minimum 2 weeks • All levels

Jeong Jong Wok, Korea

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Optional self-access

Grammar/ Speaking/ Listening/ Pronunciation

Morning coffee break

Grammar/ Speaking/ Listening/ Pronunciation

Lunch/ Optional self-access

Reading/ Vocabulary/ Exam Skills

3:00 3:15

3:15 4:30

Afternoon Writing/ coffee break Vocabulary/ Exam Skills

No lessons on Friday afternoons, leaving students free to do self-access study. Alternatively students can choose this time to do 1:1 classes (at extra cost).

4:30 5:30 Optional self-access


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Cambridge Exam Preparation

Our full-time Cambridge exam preparation courses are designed specifically to help you learn and improve the language skills necessary to get the best possible grade in your chosen exam, but also to improve the general level of your English in all areas of communications. • Courses focus on the Cambridge syllabus by following Cambridge exam course books • Teachers will incorporate a wide range of other materials and activities appropriate to the level and aims of the lessons • First Certificate (FCE), Advanced (CAE) and Proficiency (CPE) preparation offered • Self-access centre fully resourced with lots of Cambridge exam practice materials

•A  ll course books and materials included (exam fees not included) •C  omplete course is 12 weeks, but students may join the course for a minimum of 4 weeks •C  ambridge exam classes are also open to non-exam students studying at that level • S peaking exams take place in the 2 weeks leading up to the exam date •M  ock exams take place approximately 3 weeks before the exam •A  ccredited exam centre within easy walking distance of school

“Learning English became a real pleasure and passion without having the feeling of being at school”

FACT CHECK • Minimum age: 18 • Average age: 23 • Maximum class size: 12 • 22.5 hours (60 minutes) per week, plus 5-10 hours self-access • Start any Monday • Minimum 2 weeks • All levels

Jasmin, Switzerland

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Optional self-access

Grammar/ Speaking/ Listening/ Pronunciation

Morning coffee break

Grammar/ Speaking/ Listening/ Pronunciation

Lunch/ Optional self-access

Reading/ Vocabulary/ Exam Skills

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3:15 4:30

Afternoon Writing/ coffee break Vocabulary/ Exam Skills

No lessons on Friday afternoons, leaving students free to do self-access study. Alternatively students can choose this time to do 1:1 classes (at extra cost).

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Full-Time General English

Our full-time General English Course focuses on grammar in the morning class and skills, such as speaking and listening, in the afternoon classes. Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to widen your vocabulary and improve your pronunciation. • The main focus is on communication with plenty of opportunity to practise using new grammar and vocabulary • Lessons are dynamic with a variety of activities • We encourage pair-work and discussion to improve fluency and confidence

• You’ll have the chance to learn English for ‘everyday situations’ • Course books supplemented with authentic material, all included in course fees • A test at least every 2 weeks and regular homework so you can monitor your progress

“You learn a lot of English without getting bored” Jesus Pereira Quintas, Spain

FACT CHECK • Minimum age: 18 • Average age: 23 • Maximum class size: 12 • 22.5 hours (60 minutes) per week, plus 5-10 hours self-access • Start any Monday • Minimum 2 weeks • All levels

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Optional self-access

Grammar/ Speaking/ Listening/ Pronunciation

Morning coffee break

Grammar/ Speaking/ Listening/ Pronunciation

Lunch/ Optional self-access

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Speaking / Afternoon Speaking Optional Listening / coffee break / Listening self-access Everyday English / Everyday functions English themes

No afternoon classes on Fridays, leaving students free to do self-access study. Alternatively students can choose this time to do 1:1 classes (at extra cost).


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General English Plus Business English

This course gives you the opportunity to combine English for day-to-day communication with the specific English skills you need at work.

The General English morning class has many benefits: • The opportunity to extend your grammar knowledge and practise using it in a communicative way • The chance to widen your vocabulary and improve your English skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) • Lessons are dynamic with a variety of activities • Modern course books supplemented with authentic material

In the afternoon classes, you will be in a minigroup of maximum 4 people from different countries in a simulation of a real, multinational context: negotiating, discussing current business issues, socialising, giving presentations, participating in meetings, teleconferencing, etc. • Communicative, practical English to meet the professional needs of your work • Experienced teachers, many of whom have real business experience • Lunch and evening programme to give you the opportunity to practise your socialising skills and improve cultural awareness • Exclusive Executive coffee lounge for you to use, with free WiFi

“In my opinion, LSI is the best way to combine business experience and business English”

FACT CHECK • Minimum age: 25 • Average age: 32 • Maximum class size: - GE morning: 12 - Business afternoon: 4 • 25 hours (60 minutes) per week plus 5-10 hours self-access • Start any Monday • Minimum 1-week course • Minimum level: lower-intermediate • Business lunch with teachers optional

Yves, Switzerland

Scan for more intensive Executive courses 8:30 9:30

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3:00 3:15

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Optional self-access

Grammar/ Speaking/ Listening/ Pronunciation

Morning coffee break

Grammar/ Speaking/ Listening/ Pronunciation

Lunch/ Optional self-access

Business Skills

Afternoon coffee break

Business Skills

Optional self-access

No lessons on Friday afternoons, leaving students free to do self-access study. Alternatively students can choose this time to do 1:1 classes (at extra cost).


Welcome to

Portsmouth Gunwharf Quays and Spinnaker Tower A bright, modern waterfront development, with over 95 designer shops, great restaurants such as Jamie Oliver’s Italian, nightclubs and leisure facilities, all overlooked by the iconic Spinnaker Tower. The perfect place to relax after a hard day’s studying!

Sports Tennis, football, volleyball, golf, squash, windsurfing - whatever your sporting passion, you can enjoy it here. Our island city is the perfect place for water sports or running or cycling by the sea.

Isle of Wight Best known for its music festivals and stunning coastline and just 10 minutes away by hovercraft. Don’t miss this island of holiday nostalgia and its beautiful beaches and countryside.

Old Portsmouth The oldest part of the city, known as ‘Spice Island’, where spices and tobacco first arrived from the new world. Today, this is a popular place to try fresh fish and chips while watching the many ships passing through the harbour.

Maritime History Portsmouth is the home of the Royal Navy and has three historic ships that you can visit: The Victory, The Warrior and The Mary Rose. Explore the city’s rich maritime history at the historic dockyard through its museums and harbour boat tours.


Getting Around

Southsea

Literary Tradition Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth and Conan Doyle wrote his first Sherlock Holmes stories here - come and expand your knowledge of them in one of the city’s many museums!

Southsea With a traditional English seaside feel, Southsea is a town within the city of Portsmouth. Lively student bars and nightclubs, barbeques on the beach and summer music festivals in the vast green parks give this area its unique feel and make it so popular with locals and visitors alike.

Shopping From hunting for discounted designer labels in Gunwharf, to unique vintage finds in Southsea’s boutiques - when it comes to shopping, Portsmouth has it all!

Creative Arts We are a creative city! Enjoy contemporary art at the Aspex Gallery or take in a show at one of Portsmouth’s two theatres. There is something for all tastes here.


Accommodation We understand how important it is for you to be happy where you are living while you are studying with us. We will do everything we can to give you the best option to suit your needs and to help and support you with your living arrangements.

Homestay Staying with a homestay family is the ideal way to improve your English and learn more about British life and culture. All our accommodation is organised by the school and many of our families have been hosting our students for years. There are very few language schools in a city of 200,000, so we have the choice of some of the very best families. • Single study bedroom (doubles available on request) • Breakfast and dinner during the week and all meals at weekends • Bed linen and towels provided • Laundry done weekly • Typically between 15 and 30 minutes’ walking distance (maximum 45 minutes) • Portsmouth is completely flat and there are many cycle paths, so getting to school is easy

Self-Catering Victoria Road South is our new student house and has been recently renovated and re-decorated. • 8 fully-furnished single study bedrooms (doubles available on request) • 4 bathrooms • 2 kitchens with fridge-freezers, washing machine, tumble drier • All pots, pans, crockery and cutlery provided • Bed linen provided (you must bring your own towels) • Living room/dining area with sofas, dining table, chairs and large flatscreen TV • Free WiFi internet • 15-20 minutes’ walking distance from school • Live-in House Manager to look after you and help keep the house organised More self-catering student houses to come in 2013.

Carolina, the House Manager

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Social Life at LSI University Union Sports Clubs and Societies

We are also very lucky that our students can join the University of Portsmouth union’s clubs and societies (www.upsu.net), a great way to make friends with British and overseas students while enjoying your hobbies and interests. Some popular clubs and societies include: • Hockey – men’s and women’s clubs • Football • HipHop and Drum and Bass societies • Cinema society • Surf Club!

The School’s Social Programme • Full and varied programme the whole year, organised by our teachers and other staff • The perfect way to make friends, have fun, see interesting places and enjoy yourself • At least two evening activities per week • An excursion every weekend to places of cultural and historical interest, such as: London Oxford Brighton Stonehenge and Salisbury Cambridge Bath • A weekly football match with our teachers and students every Monday

Typical fortnightly programme (with approximate costs):

Monday

Tuesday

Week 1

Football with the Teachers £2

Bowling £7

Week 2

Football with the Teachers £2

Cinema Evening £7

Wednesday

Salsa Night £2

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Quiz Night £1

School Party £2

Excursion to Stonehenge and Salisbury £16 Excursion to London £16

Live Music Night Free


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