Location  Portsmouth, UK 
  • Full-time General English
  • General English & Business English
  • IELTS Preparation
  • Cambridge Exam Preparation
  • One-to-one English courses
  • University Pre-Sessional and Academic English Programmes


About LSI Portsmouth

Founded in 1985, LSI Portsmouth is a large, popular, dynamic school with a reputation for academic excellence and putting students’ needs first. It offers maximum personal attention & flexibility in a purpose-built city-centre school for students 18 and over.

This school has specific Executive courses offering Business and Specialist English. It also offers General English plus Business English courses; adult General English; exam courses - IELTS & Cambridge (LSI is an official IELTS Test Centre), English courses for adults over 30 and University Pre-Sessional courses.

Portsmouth is a lively, historic university city on the sea, 90 minutes from London, a short walk to the shops, the beach, and cultural and sports facilities. The school also offers homestay and self-catering student houses, a weekly social programme, free Job Club.

Provided courses

Full-time General English

Classes focus on effective communication in English. Teachers use modern texts, audio/CD, video/DVD, local media and internet to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. You will also be given regular homework and do excursions to local attractions and cultural events as part of your studies. Group age 18-22, 23+.

General English & Business English

Business English focuses on vocabulary and topics used in the worlds of business, trade, finance, and international relations. For others it refers to the communication skills used in the workplace, and focuses on the language and skills needed for typical business communication. Group age 23+.

IELTS Preparation

These courses will develop your English skills and improve your exam technique in preparation for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam – ideal for students who require a specific level of IELTS for university entrance or a specific level by a certain date. Group age 18-22, 23+.

Cambridge Exam Preparation

Cambridge English exams are recognised by schools, universities and employers worldwide, they do not expire and there are three to choose from First Certificate in English (FCE), Advanced (CAE) and Proficiency (CPE).

FCE proves you have reached B2 (Upper Intermediate) level of English and can use every day written and spoken English for work or study purposes.

CAE demonstrates that you are at C1 (Advanced) level of English needed for academic and professional success.

CPE demonstrates that you have the advanced skills necessary to function effectively in almost every English-speaking context.  Group age 18-22, 23+


One-to-one English courses are usually combined with a General English course programme but it is possible to study only one-to-one. The programme is regularly reviewed and all materials and homework are chosen to suit your needs. They also provide you with a personalised programme to help you achieve your goals. The courses often prepare students for job interviews, work presentations and exams. Class times are flexible. Group age 23+.

University Pre-Sessional and Academic English Programmes

The University of Portsmouth, together with LSI Portsmouth, offers a composite programme of language preparation plus Undergraduate or Postgraduate study, under the single sponsorship of the university.

Your course will include improving your general English vocabulary, grammar, fluency and comprehension. You will also work to improve your reading and writing and will receive intensive instruction in English for academic purposes and study skills.