Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NBA Game at the Staples Center

On November 21, 2016 a group of 25 students from Language Systems Orange County carpooled their way up to downtown Los Angeles for an NBA game at the Staples Center.

We had so much fun! The LA Clippers played against the Toronto Raptors.

That night there was a free hat giveaway, so we all got these cool hats.

We saw some amazing slam dunks too. The Clippers won the game by a final score of 123-115.

On the way back to our cars, Ty, the program coordinator, introduced some of the students to bacon-wrapped street dogs... yum!! It was an awesome night.

By Ty Mussack, Program Coordinator at OC

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Dr. Strange

This weekend our group hit the weird Matrix/Inception/Harry Potter like world of Marvel's epic hero Dr. Strange. And strange and cool it was!  

We reserved our seats for the 3:40 show in the newest Dolby Surround Sound Luxury Seating. 

The seats were super comfortable and easy to operate. 

The movie had a good mix of reviews but all were positive getting an average score of 4 out 5 stars. Before we left to eat at BJ's, we had to take pics with Dr. Strange (poster).

BJ's was crazy busy but luckily we found a table in the bar area where we ate burgers, spaghetti, salads, a few beers, a coffee whiskey martini, and ice cream.

After that it was time for us to part. My students however had other plans.They decided to go to Karaoke until midnight. My students never get tired until it's time to study but I still love them!

By Sylvia Sunada, Program Coordinator at SB

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Awesome Halloween Party 2016!

Halloween is such a fun time and a special experience for international students living in the United States. Language Systems campuses were filled with lots of fun activities during the Halloween season this year. 


This year, we tried a couple of new activities with our students in addition to our standard costume contest, and pumpkin carving.

One of the new activities was the 1st Annual Halloween Door Decorating Contest.

The students worked together in their 3rd hour classes to create one-of-a-kind designs. 

Each morning class received the same supplies which included balloons, construction paper, tape, scissors, glue, streamers, and spider webs. 

The results were all so different, yet all spectacular. Once the doors were completed, the afternoon and evening students voted on their favorites. The winner was chosen by an overwhelming number of votes. 

You can see from the picture, the winning door has many components and extends beyond the door to include a police outline, a TV set, caution tape, and many other outstanding details. 

The winning group will get a pizza party later this week! 

Another new activity was Trick-or-Treating. 

In America, many children and teens dress in costumes and go from door to door in their neighbors asking for candy. With Trick-or-Tricking, however, you don't say "may I have some candy please?" 
You must say "Trick-or-Treat!" and you will receive some candy! 

It's a tradition that dates back to the early 20th century and we wanted to share this experience with our student since many of them will have the chance. 


Each teacher were in the classroom which represented the "house" and students Trick-or-treated from class to class. At the end, they collected a lot of candy!


We hope our students have enjoyed their Halloween experience with us!! Looking forward to the rest of the holiday season! 

By Sylvia Sunada, Program Coordinator at SB