Glasgow and Global Schools’ of English – our first sister school arrangement in Russia

Following our recent establishment of a sister school arrangement for France, Glasgow School of English and Global School of English Edinburgh are pleased to announce we have now established another bilateral agreement, with Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University, Faculty of Foreign Languages, Russia to work together to give students and staff of the Faculty the opportunity of studying English in Scotland.

The Scottish schools are offering a sister school relationship to be developed with the Faculty. Our new sister school arrangement will provide the following to each of the institutions:

  • The Faculty will send to Glasgow /Edinburgh a group of students each year.
  • The Scottish schools will provide a prize each year to be offered to senior students of the Faculty.
  • The prize will be a two-week course of English, including accommodation, transfers, teaching materials and sight seeing.
  • The Faculty will provide an award ceremony each year where the prize(s) will be awarded to its students by a Scottish school representative.
  • The Faculty will provide opportunities to promote the Scottish schools and what they offer, to students and staff of the Faculty..
  • As the relationship matures, teacher exchange will be considered and developed for the mutual benefit of both parties to the agreement.

Andrew Lennox, President of the Scottish Schools stated “ I have for many years tried to establish this type of arrangement with overseas schools and I am delighted that Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University, Faculty of Foreign Languages, has recognised the mutual benefits of such a cooperation.  We look forward to welcoming their students.

Glasgow and Global Schools’ first Sister School arrangement

 

We are delighted to announce that Glasgow School of English and Global School of English Edinburgh have established a Bilateral Agreement with Ecole Diagonale School in Paris to work together to give students and staff of the French school the opportunity of studying English in Scotland.  Pictured above are Filip Zafirovski from Ecole Diagonale and Andrew Lennox, President of Glasgow and Global Schools.

The Scottish schools are offering a sister school relationship to be developed with Ecole Diagonale.

The sister school arrangement will provide the following to each of the institutions:

Ecole Diagonale will send to Glasgow /Edinburgh a group of students each year.

The Scottish schools will provide a prize each year to be offered to senior students of Ecole Diagonale.

The prize will be a two week course of English including accommodation, transfers, teaching materials and sightseeing.

Ecole Diagonale will provide an award ceremony each year where the prize(s) will be awarded to its students by a Scottish schools representative.

Ecole Diagonale will provide opportunities to promote the Scottish schools and what they offer, to students and staff of the French school.

As the relationship matures, teacher exchange will be considered and developed for mutual benefit to both parties of the agreement.

Andrew Lennox, President of the Scottish Schools stated “ I have for many years tried to establish this type of arrangement with overseas schools and I am delighted that Ecole Diagonale has recognised the mutual benefits of such a co-operation

Glasgow is a wonderful city with a lot of green places

Sergei Koliaskin won a British Council competition to come to Glasgow School to improve his English language skills. He is from Chelyabinsk in the Ural Mountain region of Russia and he has been studying at Glasgow School of English for two weeks.  He kindly agreed to meet me recently to talk about his experience at the School and in Scotland.

We discussed what Russian people know about Scotland.  He said that one of his friends is studying Celtic history and I was amazed when he showed me photographs taken at a dancing school in Chelyabinsk with Russian girls dressed in Scottish tartan and about to enjoy some Scottish dancing!

Sergei told me that this is the first time he has visited Scotland.  He says, “Scotland is a nice place.  Glasgow is a wonderful city with a lot of green places – many nice parks and public spaces  – and the people are very friendly.

“The teachers are good and the lessons are interesting.  They give you more confidence in speaking and my English has improved. One other good thing is that there are people from all over the world studying here and you get to meet them and learn about their countries.  It’s good to learn about different cultures.”

Interview by Alastair Blair

 

 

 

Interesting things at the end of the M8 Motorway.

 

The M8 motorway connects Scotland’s two largest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh. When you come to study here at Glasgow School of English, we often have an official trip to visit Edinburgh, but you can easily go on your own: it only takes about 50 minutes in a train.

As well as being an ancient city, Edinburgh is home to lots of fascinating places, people and things. One of the most interesting of these is what is probably the only penguin in the world that has been knighted (given the rank “Sir”) by a king.

This penguin lives at Edinburgh Zoo. The zoo is very big and is a really interesting place and well worth a visit if you go to Edinburgh. Their penguin enclosure is amazing, with a huge glass wall where you can see the penguins swimming under the water.

One of these penguins is the Colonel-in-chief and mascot of the Norwegian Royal Guard. When he was knighted in 2008, he was also given the name Sir Nils Olav. After the ceremony when he was knighted he then “inspected” the guard of soldiers who attended the ceremony. When the Norwegian Royal Guard soldiers visit Edinburgh, as they sometimes do for the Edinburgh International Festival, they always pay Sir Nils a visit!

A statute with a traffic cone on its head

Glasgow, like all very old cities, has quite a few statues in its public squares and other places. However, while most Glaswegians probably can’t name many, if any, of the statues in George Square (the main square in front of the City Chambers – the magnificent Council [local government] offices), just about everyone knows the statue of the Duke of Wellington (the famous British soldier, politician and Prime Minister) seated on his horse, in Royal Exchange Square.

The statue of the Duke is in front of the Gallery of Modern Art. When you come to study at Glasgow School of English, you will have the opportunity to go to see the modern art in this Gallery and when you do make sure you have a look at this statue.

The reason why everyone in Glasgow knows this statue is because it has, for many years, had a traffic cone on the head of the Duke. Originally put there as a joke, it’s now regarded as an essential part of the statue and if it’s ever removed then it’s soon replaced.

A few years ago, the Council decided that they would raise the plinth (the block on which the statue sits) a few feet so that no-one would be able to get the cone back on the Duke’s head. The Glaswegians were not pleased and the Council changed its mind! However, as this video shows, it’s not easy to get the cone up there!

Three more things you need to know about Glasgow

Link sausages on a grill

In our last blog we told you about three things you need to know about Glasgow before you come here to study with Glasgow School of English. Here are three more important things that it’s worth knowing about our city.

East is east but west isn’t west

The first of these is a bit silly!  Every Glasgow area to the east of the city centre is the east end, but not every area to the west is the west end. Ask your teacher and he or she will explain!

Shopping

Glasgow is a fantastic place for shopping. The city centre (downtown) is usually listed in third place in the UK shopping charts, behind London and Manchester. However, in Glasgow, the majority of shops are very close together, around Argyle StreetBuchanan Street and Sauchiehall Street. There are lots of buses into the city centre and there are two underground stations right in the middle of the town. You’ll find everything you might want!

Fizzy juice , lemonade and sausages

In Glasgow fizzy juice/lemonade is called “ginger.” Don’t ask us why, it just is! We also call a sausage sandwich “a piece and links.” This is different from a hot dog.  A piece is a sandwich, of any type. Links (see picture) are sausages (sausages are usually “linked” together in a string of sausages). However, just to confuse you, we also have square sausage, which is what is says – a square sausage! If you don’t eat meat, you can also get vegetarian link sausages.

The tallest cinema in the world

Whether it’s Star Wars, James Bond or a romantic love story, everyone loves a good film. Not only that, but while you have to have a reasonable level of English to watch most of them, there is no doubt that “going to the pictures” (as we say in Scotland) is a good way to improve your English.

To make things even more interesting, Cineworld’s cinema in Renfrew Street, just a few minutes walk from Glasgow School of English, is the tallest cinema building in the world. It has 18 screens and six floors and can accommodate up to 663 people.

We know that many of our students like going to the movies and there are lots to choose from at Cineworld. There are also other cinemas in Glasgow, including the Odeon Luxe and the Vue at Glasgow Fort in the east end of the city.

If you like films then you’ll be spoiled for choice when you come to study here in Glasgow.

Наш первый визит в Шотландию (Our first visit to Scotland)

Visiting a new country for the first time is always an exciting experience. For us, as two English language academics from Novosibirsk in Russia, it was particularly interesting as we were in Scotland to meet Andrew Lennox, the President of three schools of English, based in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

We arrived in Glasgow on 28th of January and stayed there for nearly a week, with various excursions to Edinburgh and other Scottish cities and also had time to travel around the beautiful countryside (it really is a very beautiful place). During our time in the city we were really taken by the warm welcome we received: everyone is very friendly and helpful.

On the 29th, we went with Andrew to Stirling University, to see the purpose-built campus (see picture below) where Hamilton School of English holds its summer programme for young learners.

Close by Stirling University is the Wallace Monument, an impressive tower that celebrates William Wallace, the Scottish patriot who led the war of independence in the 13th century (he is the central figure in the movie Braveheart). We climbed the steps and from the top (see next photo) there is an amazing view of the surrounding countryside, including Stirling Castle (in the background on the lower ridge behind Andrew), which is also well worth a visit.

The next day we visited Glasgow School of English and then on the 31st we went to Edinburgh to view Global School of English (see next photo) where we met Duncan Fitzhowie, the Director of Studies.

We were able to spend some time in a class in each School and were very impressed by the classrooms and the quality of teaching on offer. In both cities we went on “hop-on/off” tourist buses, which gave us a good idea of the range of buildings, museums, parks and other sites that are available for students to enjoy.

Finally, on our last day in Scotland we went to Oban, north of Glasgow on the west coast and also visited Loch Lomond and the countryside around it. It really is very scenic and it’s no surprise that Scotland was last year voted the most beautiful country in the world.

Throughout our stay we were very well looked after and had some lovely meals (see photo above!), with Andrew and a few of his colleagues. We took away an impression of a very safe and secure place where our students would feel at home and where they will be able to improve their English to a high standard.

Ekaterina Kostina,
Dean of the Faculty of Foreign Languages,
PhD, professor of the English Language Chair,
Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University.

 

Three things you need to know about Glasgow!

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum pic
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

If you are coming to study with us at Glasgow School of English then we hope you’ll enjoy your time in our city.  Our students tell us that the people here are very friendly and helpful and we are sure you’ll have a great time in Glasgow, but, like any big city, there are some things that you need to know before you arrive.  Here are three of the more important!

Buses

The buses in  Glasgow don’t give change: you have to pay the exact fare.  The driver will expect you to know the correct fare, but ask nicely and they ought to help you!

Underground railway

Glasgow is one of only two cities in the UK that has an underground railway (metro). The other is London but their underground is much bigger than ours.  Our underground is called the Subway and it’s very quick and efficient.  However, don’t travel on the  Subway when there is a football match at Ibrox (usually every second Saturday, from lunchtime onwards) as it gets VERY busy.

Free Arts and Museums

Most of art and culture in Glasgow is free. There are lots of great museums and Art Galleries,  The Transport Museum/Riverside Museum and  (see picture above) are among our favourites. We organise trips to many of the museums for our students.

 

 

 

St Valentine comes to Glasgow

Although obviously a Christian Saint, St Valentine’s Day is celebrated in many countries around the world and tonight many couples will have romantic dinners and quite a few people will propose marriage to their partner.

However, did you know that the actual St Valentine’s mortal remains are (probably) in Glasgow?

However, did you know that the actual St Valentine’s relics (bones/mortal remains) are – probably – in Glasgow?

Saint Valentine was an early Christian martyr (someone who is killed for his or her faith) from northern Italy. A French family is said to have given his bones to the Franciscan monks who had established a church in Cumberland Street in Glasgow in 1868. Now we have to be honest and say that churches in Terni, near Rome, and in Dublin also claim to hold the remains of Saint Valentine, and it’s also said that the bones were divided between the three locations.

Most people in Scotland had no idea about St Valentine’s remains and it was only when the Franciscans moved with the relics to the Blessed John Duns Scotus Church in Ballater Street in 1999 that the existence of the Saint’s remains became well known. Nowadays, anyone can go and see the small wooden casket in which St Valentine’s remains are kept. If you want to know more about this, or to go and see them, you can find out more at this link.