Tuesday, August 15, 2017

OC Fair 2017

On Wednesday, August 10, 20 students and the program coordinator from our Orange County campus spend the afternoon and evening at the OC fair. 

This is a summer tradition in Orange County, and the fair comes to an end this Sunday, August 13. Most of us got a little wrist band for just $30 and this allowed us unlimited rides on all the roller coasters plus two free games.  

It was a bargain!  

Some of the rides were fast, and others went really high in the sky. I (the program coordinator) am actually afraid of heights, so for the ride that went super high in the air, I had to literally close my eyes.  

One big part of the fair is all the BBQ food, so one of our students tried the huge BBQ turkey leg.  It was so huge that we passed the thing around and shared it between 5 to 6 students.  We also tried the roasted corn on the cob.  

It was delicious too.  We all hung out the whole day and got to make new friends and practice English.  

At the end of the night, we got to see a few fireworks, and everyone made it home safely.  It really was an awesome trip!

For photos, please see the album I created on the LSI Facebook page.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Six Flags Magic Mountain trip

LSI South Bay's 2nd Annual Six Flags Magic Mountain trip was amazing! Unfortunately, there was a hold up at the van rental place that caused a delay in the morning.

"Mr. Analog", our rental agent, had to use 4 computers for one transaction: one to scan, one to charge, one to "push" print and another to actually print. But I digress. After picking up the excited students, we started our road trip while singing Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, and Beyonce along the way. 

Even after our unplanned delay we still arrived 5 mins before the gates opened and started our adventurous day.  The first coaster we planned to ride was X2 but after waiting an hour, the park suddenly announced the ride would be closed until further notice. 

After sulking for 30 seconds, we were off to the next! The Viper, Tatsu, Green Lantern, Superman, Goliath, River Run and The Lex Luther Elevator Drop were all more than enough excitement for one day, not to mention we were finally able to ride X2, which we all agreed was the best. 

We planned to leave early, but ultimately we stayed until closing. We happily sang our way back home to the South Bay campus to end an exhausting but entertaining day!

By Sylvia Sunada, Program Coordinator at Language Systems International

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Taco Tuesday

Taco Tuesday. Arguably the two greatest words in the English Language. 

On a recent Tuesday afternoon, some LSI South Bay students and teachers headed to Hermosa Beach eatery American Junkie to experience the splendor of $8 all you can eat tacos. 

The sea air was fresh and the vibe was very relaxing. 

It was a great opportunity for teachers and students to truly let their hair down together outside the classroom. 

Hopefully this becomes a regular activity!

By Sylvia Sunada, Program Coordinator at Language Systems International

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium

Last Sunday, July 23rd, 13 students from LSI Downtown enjoyed a very exciting Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium with teacher John. 

It was a beautiful, warm, sunny day, and for many students, it was their first time to experience "America's favorite sport". 

The students also enjoyed ticket prices that were less than half of the price at the stadium, which gave them extra money for Dodger (hot) Dogs and drinks. 

It was a dramatic game, in which the Braves hit a home run in the 9th inning, tying the score. The 1st place Dodgers were finally able to ​w​in with a walk-off hit in the 10th. 

Way to go, Dodgers!! ​We love attending Dodger games! Make sure to join us next time!​

By John Bury, Teacher at Language Systems International