A friendly school with the perfect learning environment and a reputation for excellence.
The school is on the first floor of a modern office block. It was established in 1993 and is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, within walking distance of all the major attractions and right next to bus and train services.
The school runs a varied social programme. Outings to pubs, restaurants and parks allow you to develop your English skills outside of the classroom.
Summer activities include cycling, river rafting and hiking; winter activities include skiing, snowboarding and ice-skating. Trips are organised to the Whistler ski resort and the capital city Victoria every month.
The average age of students is 20-25. Students come from Asia, Europe and South America. The top 4 nationalities are Japan, Korea, Mexico and Brazil.
LSI Vancouver uses a Balanced Approach to teaching both Fluency and Accuracy. They advocate English Language Immersion to bring the real world into the classroom.
Most teachers have more than 15 years experience in the ESL field and teach Form (Grammar & Vocabulary), Meaning (visualizing the language), and Use (social use of English in real cultural situations).
The school creates a safe and respectful learning environment where English is always spoken. Students are assessed by their teacher weekly. Test scores become part of a Student Profile so that students can check their progress.
Type of courses
For students who want to learn a new language or develop their present knowledge for private, educational or professional reasons. Courses are taught at all levels, from Beginner to Advanced, with both part-time and full-time intensive courses.
During the lessons you will learn communication skills in a variety of everyday situations. The lessons cover grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and practice skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Teachers use a wide variety of materials and exercises including role-plays, authentic recorded material, newspapers and magazines. There are 20, 24 or 30 lessons a week over 5 days. Maximum class size is 15. Minimum age 16. Courses last from 1-50 weeks.
For people with Intermediate to Advanced English who want to rapidly improve their business communication skills. A special, flexible, 12 module course. Modules are changed every 12 weeks. There are 10 lessons a week and the course lasts from 1-23 weeks.
Each module has a combination of written exercises, presentations, dialogues and role-plays in realistic business situations. You practice and improve your skills in: business vocabulary and “buzz words”, email, memo and letter writing, negotiating, interviewing and communicating by telephone.
Modules can include:
International management styles
Students can take the whole course to improve their business communication skills over a broad range of areas or choose modules that are particularly relevant to them Maximum class size is 15. Minimum age is 16.
For students who want an internationally recognized qualification for professional purposes or for admission into universities in Canada and the USA. The school offers TOEFL preparation as part of its Intensive 30 course. The course has 30 lessons a week. 20 general English lessons and 10 lessons focused on exam practice and study skills. The 20 general English lessons cover grammar, vocabulary, pronounciation, speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Course topics include:
Accuracy with grammatical structures
Exam skills needed to obtain a high TOEFL iBT score
The course lasts from 1-24 weeks. Maximum class size is 15. Minimum age is 16.
For students who want an internationally recognized qualification for professional purposes or for admission into universities in English speaking countries apart from Canada and the USA. The school offers IELTS preparation as part of its Intensive 30 course.
The course has 30 lessons a week. 20 general English lessons, covering; grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, speaking, listening, reading and writing. The additional 10 lessons are focused on exam practice and the study skills needed to get a high score. The course lasts from 1-24 weeks. Maximum class size is 15. Minimum age is 16.
Self Study Room
Vancouver is a multicultural city of stunning natural beauty. It is a modern city, described as “Manhattan with mountains”.
It sits on the Pacific Ocean, with beaches to enjoy in summer and ski slopes 30 minutes from downtown. It is a friendly, clean and safe city with great nightlife and attractions.