LSI’s Academic English programme gives you the skills in spoken and written English that you need to succeed at an English speaking university or college. The programme is flexible and can be tailored to meet your individual needs.
Academic English combines general English with a focus on key academic skills and exam English. The programme includes regular, focussed grammar and vocabulary reviews, which allows students to target their individual language needs while developing their academic reading and writing skills. This is all supported by specialised, targeted, online resources through our online learning system, E-LSI.
Academic English is designed for students who need to meet English language requirements to enter an English-speaking university, college or further education programme, or simply wish to expand their ability to use English in an academic setting. Academic English is appropriate for students who have at least a strong intermediate level of English. We recommend that students who do not yet have a sufficient level of English to join the general English programme until they reach the necessary level. This is an excellent way to reach your goals as quickly as possible from a lower starting point.
LSI’s Academic English programme uses the LSI Language Learning System, a complete package with quality instructors and the latest language learning materials and technology for each level and phase of learning. Each student receives personal supervision from our academic team in conjunction with the school’s university counsellor to ensure that his or her academic goals are met. Students can also choose classes in English for Business and exam preparation classes for the Cambridge English Language Assessment, IELTS, TOEFL iBT or TOEIC as part of the programme. This can be an excellent way for students to improve their CV and gain qualifications as they prepare for the next stage in life.
Regular testing and multi-skill evaluations track exactly how far you have progressed and ensure that our academic team keeps you on track to meet your goals.
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|LSI Level||Skill Level||IELTS||ALTE Level||Council of Europe Level||Cambridge ELA Examns||TOEFL iBT||TOEIC*|
|Advanced||The student can communicate very well using most structures accurately. Can deal with cognitively demanding material quickly and has developed linguistic virtuosity.||6.5+||4-5||C1 & C2||Take CAE, CPE||110-120||L/R 945+
|Upper Intermediate||The student uses a wide range of structures, has linguistic confidence and has greater awareness of the conventions of use.||5-6||3||B2||Take FCE; Prepare for CAE||87-109||L/R 785-944
|Intermediate||The student is an independent user and has better control of grammar and vocabulary. Occasional errors, but a good understanding of the language.||4-5||3||B1||Prepare for FCE||57-86||L/R 550-784
|Pre-Intermediate||The student can manage well in a wider range of situations and express opinions and attitudes in a limited way||3-4||2||A2||Take KET||9-56||L/R 225-549
|Elementary||The student has the capacity to deal with simple, straightforward information and to negotiate meaning in familiar contexts||2-3||2||A1||Take PET||0-8||L/R 120-224
|Begginer||The student has the ability to communicate and exchange basic information.||1||1||Take KET|
*TOEIC has two scores for Listening/Reading and Speaking/Writing
It was such a great experience to study in LSI. The staff are really friendly and welcoming. They make you feel as if you were at home, and the teachers are well prepared and have a good sense of...
I never before met such friendly, affectionate and helpful people as my host parents. They made me feel comfortable from the first moment on. I really enjoyed my time with them.
Big thank you to all of my wonderful teachers at LSI! I really had a brilliant time here. I met a lot of friends from many countries. I think LSI is the best place and a good choice to learn English.
I had a great time as a student at LSI. I took the Cambridge FCE course and I'm very happy about my English improvement. The teachers were some of the best I've ever had.
My 5 months at LSI were really worthwhile. I particularly like the style of teaching and the topics that we talked about during class. I definitely improved my English which I noticed as I studied...
I had a great time at LSI. It's such a good choice if you really want to improve your English skills.
I can truly say that LSI has changed my life. I spent a really great time in Berkeley and for me LSI was much more than just a school. I made such good friends that I'll keep for life . I improved my...
I've been studying at LSI for 10 months. The school exceeded my expectations. I found strongly committed and excellent teachers, very friendly and helpful people in the office and also positive and...
I was completely satisfied with LSI from the beginning. I especially feel that I could take the time I needed to adjust to the new situation during the first weeks. Later on, even though it's a lot...
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All the staff is very good - especially the teachers. LSI is a very good school. They are very flexible. They helped me with many, many things.
The staff are very good. When you have a problem, they give advice or solution.
A friendly atmosphere, experienced teachers, the passion of the students and great up-to-date facilities; LSI gave me a fabulous experience!
Everything was great...I made a lot of friends and my lessons were very useful... I had a great time in school....I'm going home but hope I can come back!