Friday, September 22, 2017

Futsal Tournament

This year’s Futsal tournament was quite competitive and filled with drama from beginning to end.  

There were some dominant teams that showed they were there to display their abilities and add points to their lead.  

Students from every campus were enthusiastic and supportive of their teams and made every effort to keep their spirit alive. 

And although not everyone can win, we all won a good time and the opportunity to meet our fellow students from other campuses and use the English abilities students came to learn.  

Torrance and OC battled it out in the end with Torrance coming out victorious.  

After the tournament, everyone was ready to take down a couple of slices of pizza and refreshments, while taking advantage of the photo booth opportunities.  

We’re sure students had a great time and made some great memories with their friends.  

We look forward to next year’s Futsal tournament and hope it will be just as fun as this year.

 By Carlos Takashima, Program Coordinator at Pasadena Campus 

Korean BBQ night

With the term coming to an end, the Pasadena evening students decided to take a rest from test preparation and spent the evening enjoying a savory meal.

The students found an all-you-can-eat restaurant to eat as much as they could. After a couple of hours of eating KBBQ, they decided to go home and recover from all the delicious food. It was a great way to initiate the weekend.

By Marco Cervantes, Teacher at Northeast Campus 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Afternoon at Mt. Sierra College's Campus

On Wednesday, September 13th, around 30 students from the Pasadena school visited Mt. Sierra College's campus, located in Monrovia. 

LSI currently has an MRP with Mt. Sierra, so LSI students finishing level 5 are able to transfer there without a TOEFL score. 

Many students signed up because they were curious to see what this college had to offer. 

The tour started out in the beautiful lobby area where students checked in and had lunch with Mt. Sierra professors and representatives. 

After lunch, the students all moved to an auditorium where Dr. Eric Tao, the President of Mt. Sierra, welcomed the students and described the benefits of its programs, including the smaller class sizes and individual attention each student receives.

Several department heads and professors also addressed the students, talking about the practicality of each program and applying what students learn in the real world. 

After the presentations, the LSI students went on a campus tour where they viewed classrooms and resources available to Mt. Sierra students. At the end of the tour, LSI students were treated to ice cream while they practiced English with Mt. Sierra representatives and professors. 

It was a pleasant and informative visit for all the LSI students!

 By Michelle Buell, Academic Director at Language Systems International

Thursday, September 7, 2017

626 Night Market

On a Friday afternoon the Pasadena campus braved the heatwave but it turned out that it was the right atmosphere for an outing.

The students walked around from booth to booth as they enjoyed tasting and sharing the different types of street food. 

It was quite satisfying to have a "cool" drink on such a warm evening. 

After exploring the venue for some time, we sat down and enjoyed the musical acts that were part of the event. 

Overall, this culinary excursions satisfied most of the senses. 

 By Carlos Takashima, Program Coordinator at NELA

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Labor Day field trip

​Some students from
 LSI Downtown enjoyed a fun day in Santa Barbara with teacher John on Labor Day last Monday. 

There was no school since it was a holiday. We all bought our lunch at a country grocery store and deli, then took it up to John's favorite winery, Koehler Winery & Vineyards, to have a picnic under the trees. 

With our lunch, the students enjoyed five of Koehler's most popular wines, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose', Syrah, and Pinot Noir. 

For those who wanted to taste more wines, the students could take their glass into the Tasting Room and ask to try any of the other wines that Koehler makes. 

After a relaxing lunch we drove to the quaint Danish style town of Solvang for sightseeing, shopping, and sweets. 

Most students could be seen looking into souvenir shops with chocolate fudge or an ice cream cone in their hands. The beautiful weather helped make it the perfect day spent in one of the most beautiful places in California!!

By John Bury, Teacher at Language Systems International