Who We Are

Soros International House (SIH) started in 1993 as English language teaching centre and soon became one of the largest and most highly rated language schools in Vilnius!

From 1993 SIH is an affiliated member of the International House World Organisation (IHWO www.ihworld.com) – one of the largest and oldest networks of over 150 affiliated private language teaching and teacher training centers in more than 50 countries.

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  • In 1998 SIH became a member of Lithuanian Association of Adult Education (www.lssa.smm.lt) and Centre of Foreign Language Teachers Training, recognized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Lithuania. 
  • In 2003 SIH was approved by IHWO Affiliate Network as one of IH Teacher Training Centres.
  • In 2013 SIH joined EURORESO (www.euroreso.eu) – an International Association with a scientific and educational purpose.
  • In 2013 SIH became the centre for English language proficiency testing of applicants for public service.
  • In 2016 SIH joined Lithuanian Association of Distance and e-Learning (LieDM www.vma.liedm.lt)
  • In 2016 SIH became the 1st and only CELTA centre in Lithuania.
  • In 2019 SIH became LanguageCert approved Test Centre: www.languagecert.org/

TEACHING METHODS

At Soros International House a great deal of emphasis is placed on communication. To this end, we select from the approaches and techniques that have proved to be the most effective in different teaching situations. We also aim at the development of reading, writing and listening. On our special courses, the basic areas of work are the same, while the context of teaching might be very specific and varied.

We believe that progress is faster when your teacher can ensure plenty of individual attention. For this reason,

  • the maximum number of students is 4 to 10 per group.
  • Participants of the International House course shall expect to develop their speaking skills through discussion, role-plays and student-centred activities;
  • acquire vocabulary and strategies for increasing word power;
  • enhance reading and listening efficiency in task-based activities.

Teaching languages:

One part of key activities of the institution is teaching languages (14 languages at the moment - Lithuanian, English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Turkish, Polish languages) for adults and young learners in groups and individually using both traditional classroom teaching methods as well as modern tools for distance education.

Organising:

  • Educational summer camps for younger learners with the focus on the special inclusive programmes tailored to minority youngsters’ social integration.
  • Design and provision of a variety of teacher training and professional development programmes including but not limited to those focused on helping teachers to acquire competences necessary to work effectively with culturally diverse students Įvairius nemokamus kursus ir seminarus aktyvaus pilietiškumo ugdymo, migrantų integracijos klausimais, kalbų ir IKT mokymus senjorams, tarptautines konferencijas kalbų mokytojams, suaugusiųjų švietėjams, nevyriausybinių organizacijų, dirbančių su migrantais, senjorais bei neįgaliais žmonėmis, atstovams bei valstybės valdymo institucijų darbuotojams;
  • English language proficiency tests for public service applicants.

Exam Preparation:

  • Cambridge examinations FCE, CAE, CPE, BEC, IELTS
  • US school admission tests TOEFL, SAT, GMAT, GRE
  • Instituto Cervantes DELE exams
  • Preparation for Year 12 exam (Secondary school English Language graduation as well as University entrance examinations)

We offer:

  • Studies abroad for Younger Learners and Adults
  • IH Consulting: Educational programmes, seminars, conferences, perfection of personal and professional skills and competences for civil servants, beginners and experienced buisness people
  • IH Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language - a 4 - week, 120 hour teacher training course designed to prepare candidates for a job or career as a Language Teacher

Projects and initiatives funded with support from various national and EU financial instruments:

Since 2000 SIH has been actively involved both as a leader and as a coordinator in a number of international as well as national and community projects and has a lot of experience in implementing them in such fields as language teaching, development of teaching methodology and tools, education and social inclusion of minorities and other disadvantaged groups, teacher training and professional development, active citizenship, intercultural learning and migrant integration. Most of the projects cover a wide variety of activity areas, including planning and conducting different types of research in various areas, gathering and analyzing different type of data from multiple sources, stakeholder engagement at a community, national and international level, design and implementation of multi-purpose training programmes for different target groups, as well as effective and continuous dissemination of project findings and results nationally and internationally.

The projects coordinated by SIH were awarded European Labels or diplomas as the best projects of the year, were nominated for Star projects and were selected among the best adult education and language teaching projects by the European Commission, were presented during the international Conferences and Fairs and included into different Compendiums of Best Practices. In 2012 at the ‘Multilingualism in Europe’ conference organized by the EC the exclusive ‘European Language Label’ award was presented to SIH.