Learning English This Summer At SGI Couldn’t Be More Exciting

With thousands of tourists descending on the English capital this summer, many international students are choosing to come to London to learn English while enjoying the best of British culture. By enrolling on a language course at St George International, students can spend time after classes enjoying major events such as the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympics.

While the school has a strong focus on learning and improving English language skills, it also firmly believes that it is important for students to relax and enjoy themselves as well. London offers much in the way of entertainment, and the school’s social organisers help students make the most of their stay in the exciting city. With lots going on in 2012, this summer is a great time to visit the UK capital.

In June people all across the UK will join in a huge celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee. UK citizens will get an extra two days holiday on 4 and 5 June to give them a chance to enjoy street parties and other events marking the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. Elizabeth II has ruled England and the British Isles as well as being head of the Commonwealth since 1952 and remains a much-loved figure in British culture today.

The Jubilee offers students the perfect chance to get out on to the streets of London and practise their language skills with the locals. SGI’s social programme is designed to help students have a memorable time in London, make new friends and improve their skills in English.

SGI General Standard English Courses (including Advanced English Courses) can help students communicate more effectively in English by improving grammatical knowledge, language skills and confidence. All of St George International’s courses are accredited by the British Council.

General English courses are designed for students who wish to improve their ability to communicate in English while experiencing the sights and sounds of London. Prospective students can choose morning classes or ones that run all day. There is also a course combining a morning group class with afternoon one-to-one tuition.

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Bristol Language Centre

The Bristol Language Centre is a modern, innovative and dynamic learning hub. A new graffiti wall, unveiled as part of a series of renovations to the building, was created by local urban artists to depict some of the famous locales of Bristol. Seonaid Birkett, the school’s director, commented that the mural highlighted the school’s innovation while reflecting the urban art scene synonymous with Bristol.

The mural was created by artists Tom Deams and Kelp, who used the branding colours of the Bristol Language Centre as their tonal palette and the city of Bristol as their inspiration. Bristol is a beautiful port city with a fascinating history and a lively cultural, arts and music scene. Many English language students choose to come to Bristol as a new and interesting alternative location to study in the UK.

As well as the completion of the BLC graffiti wall, the Bristol urban arts scene is set to receive two further boosts from artists of the city. Bristol-based graffiti artist Banksy will be publishing a new retrospective this month, and the city is also preparing itself to host the Upfest urban art celebration over the Jubilee weekend at the start of June.

You Are an Acceptable Level of Threat is the title of the new publication by Banksy set to hit bookshops later this month. Banksy was born in Bristol and his work is very much the product of the dynamic underground arts and music scene boasted by the city.

A big part of this underground scene is the urban arts celebration that is Upfest. Starting on the 2 June, the city will see two miles of its streets taken over by international artists, who will be painting live to create the equivalent of 20,000 square feet of artwork.

The graffiti wall at BLC is also part of a larger project. The English language centre has recently been refurbished in a way that owes more to recent technology than street art. International students studying at BLC now have access to the latest interactive learning aids that are installed in modern, bright classrooms. Electronic whiteboards, screens and projectors are complemented by a new cafeteria, two modern multimedia centres offering unlimited free internet access and several break-out areas with refreshment facilities where students can relax and chat to friends.

For a vocational or an academic English course Bristol, with its modern cultural scene and fascinating history, has a lot to offer. BLC, with its new facilities and excellent teaching, can help you to succeed.

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Himalayan Education Systems is in talks with top publishers in various countries to sell its first product

Himalayan Education Systems Pvt. Ltd. a pioneer company, whose aim is to revolutionize the current educational system, is on target to surpass the US dollar 100 billion revenue in the first year of operations, says CEO Prashant Kangutkar.

As per the business plan of Himalayan Education Systems it has already completed their first step. In less than one week their first product ‘Learning Alphabets’ has attracted interest from several top publishers and educational products distributors for its copyrights.

Himalayan Education Systems’ CEO Prashant Kangutkar says “The company is in negotiations to sell the copyrights with several market leading publishers and the top educational products distributors from various countries”.

‘Learning Alphabets’ in English Language is the first product, it has been developed using “Permanent Impact Method”. This method also developed by Himalayan Education Systems Pvt. Ltd. is based on scientific principles of psychology and the way our mind learns.

The “Permanent Impact Method” uses the four basic principles of learning and memorizing; Visualization, Association, Repetition and Effective Listening. Like all Himalayan Education Systems Pvt. Ltd.’s products ‘Learning Alphabets’ also has a global application.

Himalayan Education Systems Pvt. Ltd. is offering worldwide rights in 164 countries for this product at 100 billion US Dollars. Copyrights can also be purchased on a country-wise basis, where price negotiations can be considered.

Following their successful launch of ‘Learning Alphabets’ Himalayan Education Systems is also ready to launch its community welfare site: www.homesinmumbai.com.

‘Learning Rhymes’ is the second product Himalayan Education Systems is developing. It is generally seen that almost all the news in newspapers or news channels are reporting negative and destructive happenings. Even in the movies, films which are like Titanic and Jurassic Park, which picturise destructive scenes are the most popular. This may be because of the fact that the rhymes that we are learning generations on generations are destructive or creating negative emotions. E.g. Jack& Jill, London Bridge is falling down, Humpty Dumpty – destructive, Johnny, Johnny – learning to say lies. If we change the rhymes from negative emotions to positive emotions, there will be marked changes and transformations in our lives.

Himalayan Education Systems Pvt. Ltd. have developed optimistic rhymes, that take into account factors to create a positive impact in the minds of kids. This is done, without compromising on the ‘fun’ of learning. These rhymes will transform the attitude of mankind.

Last but not least, Himalayan Education Systems has prepared another product called“Success Formula” which has been developed by a Himalayan master. This product will help people in knowing how to achieve success or how to achieve goals. The product will also be marketed as all other Himalayan Education Systems products; the company will be selling the copyrights of the ‘Success Formula”. Contact Details: Himalayan Education Systems Pvt. Ltd., 119, Narayan Udyog Bhavan, Lalbaug Industrial Estate, Mumbai, 400012, India.


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Making Education History: Beyond the Status Quo

The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC — With more than 2 million K–12 students in the U.S. currently being educated at home, the popularity of homeschooling continues to rise. Since 1999, the number of homeschooled students has increased by a staggering 75%, mostly in response to increasing dissatisfaction and frustration with the public school system.

Statistics from the U.S. Department of Education recently documented less than a 1% increase in enrollment of K–12 public school students nationwide, but the homeschool population increased by a whopping 7%. Almost 4% (and growing) of our nation’s school-age children are being educated at home.

Research has proven that parents are more than capable of successfully educating their children at home. Surveys of homeschoolers’ academic successes consistently reveal that they score, on average, at the 65th to 89th percentile on standardized academic achievement tests, compared to a national school average at the 50th percentile. Interestingly, according to a recent, nationwide survey of homeschoolers commissioned by the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), achievement gaps that are “well-documented in public school between boys and girls, parents with lower incomes, and parents with lower levels of education are not found among homeschoolers.”

Recent studies laud homeschoolers’ academic success, noting their significantly higher ACT-Composite scores as high schoolers and higher grade point averages as college students. Yet surprisingly, the average expenditure for the education of a homeschooled child, per year, is $500 to $600, compared to an average expenditure of $10,000 per child, per year, for public school students.

More than ever, homeschool grads are scoring points with college recruiters. Compared to the overall population of college students, homeschool grads achieve a higher retention rate and a higher graduation rate as they pursue education beyond the training provided by their parents. Dori Staehle, in her February 2012 article, notes that schools such as Harvard, Yale, MIT, Stanford, and Duke are actively recruiting homeschoolers—and offering them scholarships. She cites the characteristics of homeschoolers who have gotten their attention: “These students tend to be exceptionally bright, motivated, and mature. Far from being sheltered and shy (the typical stereotypes), homeschoolers’ applications reflect students who have traveled, taken risks, and studied some pretty intense topics.”

National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) survey results confirm that homeschoolers are “engaged, at least as much as are others, in activities that predict leadership in adulthood” and are “satisfied that they were home educated.” Homeschool graduates are more civically engaged than the general public and demonstrate “healthy social, psychological, and emotional development, and success into adulthood.” Apparently homeschoolers are getting excellent grades on their report cards—both academically and socially!

Based on recent data, researchers such as Dr. Brian Ray (NHERI.org) “expect to observe a notable surge in the number of children being homeschooled in the next 5 to 10 years. The rise would be in terms of both absolute numbers and percentage of the K to 12 student population. This increase would be in part because . . . [1] a large number of those individuals who were being home educated in the 1990s may begin to homeschool their own school-age children and [2] the continued successes of home-educated students.”

Dr. Gary Knowles, a professor at the University of Michigan, conducted a survey of homeschool grads who are now successful adults. He found that “an amazing 96% said if they could do it all over again they would want to be homeschooled. Not a single one was unemployed or on welfare. That is pretty impressive.”

Homeschooling parents have chosen to educate their own kids at home for a myriad of reasons, and many say they are in it for the long haul. It’s a matter of conviction and dedication. And, judging from the current state of the public school system, the answer for thousands of parents in this country is clear and simple: homeschool them.

Are homeschoolers “making education history”? For sure. As did the homeschooling parents of individuals such as Abraham Lincoln, Booker T. Washington, Thomas Edison, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Andrew Wyeth, equipped with parental insight and motivation to see their children succeed academically and socially, today’s homeschooling parents are making education history.

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Language School Encourages Art Appreciation

As part of UIC Languages’ wider commitment to providing students with a cultural education alongside academic studies, staff at the award-winning school have been encouraging students to develop a taste for the fine arts.

The school’s website describes the range of ‘excellent exhibitions’ which have opened in the city during the spring term and encourages their London-based students to ‘take a break from studying English this weekend and enjoy some famous artists’ shows’.

Recommended exhibitions include that of Yayoi Kusama at The Tate Modern. Kusama is a contemporary Japanese artist described by the Tate Modern show’s curator, Frances Morris, as ‘one of the most interesting, arresting and intriguing artists alive today’.

An exhibition of Lucien Freud’s paintings at the National Portrait Gallery is also highly recommended. Freud, who died last year, was one of the most influential and important artists of his generation. The exhibition features 130 works from private collections and museums throughout the world.

For something a little more abstract, Tate Britain’s major new exhibition, Picasso and Modern British Art, will not fail to disappoint. Students can enjoy more than 60 of Picasso’s spectacular artworks, including sublime works such as The Three Dancers and Weeping Woman.

For language students who live outside of London, UIC Languages is still able to provide programmes of teaching. The school’s dedicated network of teachers means that for those hoping to find French courses Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Glasgow are all possible places in which to study.

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CompTIA Testing Centers Moving Exclusively to Pearson VUE Testing Centers

Get Certified 4 Less, a provider of IT certification vouchers for students, IT professionals, and corporations alike, is announcing to its customers an upcoming change that will affect the testing exam center options for all CompTIA exams beginning July 9 th , 2012. Starting July 9, 2012, CompTIA exams will be held only with Pearson VUE and their worldwide network of over 5,000 testing centers. At that time CompTIA certification exams will no longer be held at Prometric testing centers.

Pearson VUE has been delivering the CompTIA exam since 2003 along with the Prometric Testing Centers. In order to simplify the overall testing experience, Pearson VUE will now be the exclusive deliver of CompTIA exams. This will provide all test takers with one point of contact for all of their CompTIA certifications.

“May 4 th will be the last day that customers will be able to buy CompTIA vouchers from Prometric, and July 8 th will be the last day to register or test for CompTIA certification at a Prometric Center,” said Danielle Spradlin, Marketing Director at Get Certified 4 Less. She continued, “Starting on July 9 th , all unused vouchers from Prometric that have not expired will have to be scheduled and used through Pearson VUE centers. As of today, customers can already purchase CompTIA exam vouchers for use at Pearson VUE exam centers.”

There are currently over 5,000 Pearson VUE exam centers in more than 165 countries. Several hundred of these testing centers are professionally run, full time centers that have the capacity to distribute hundreds of exams securely.

“All the details of the exam will stay the same,” said Danielle Spradlin. “The exams, the fees, and requirements will all be the same, so upcoming test takers need not worry about making any other last minute adjustments.”

About Get Certified 4 Less: GetCertified4Less was established in 1994 and has since over 50,000 customers save money on their IT certifications. Whether it is a Microsoft certification, Cisco certification, or a CompTIA certification, GetCertified4Less helps you reach your goal for the lowest price possible.

About CompTIA: The CompTIA or Computer Technology Industry Association is a non-profit trade association for the computer industry. By taking this IT certification exam you become a member of the CompTIA and are associated with its other member group.

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