Soros International House (SIH)
SIH started in 1993 as EL 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) – one of the largest and oldest networks of over 150 affiliated private language schools in 50 countries. In 1998 SIH became a member of Lithuanian Association of Adult Education and Centre of Foreign Language Teachers Training, recognized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Lithuania. In 2003 the institution was approved by IHWO Affiliate Network as one of IH Teacher Training Centres, from 2005 to 2013 – as Instituto Cervantes Examination centre for Spanish language and in 2008 – as Pearson authorized tests centre LTE for English language. In 2013 SIH joined EURORESO – 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.
The main SIH activities are teaching languages, teachers’ training, IH consulting, and implementation of various international projects.
Since 2000 SIH has been actively involved in a number of international projects and has explicit experience in coordinating projects in language teaching methodology and tools, adult education and vocational training, intercultural learning, active citizenship, training senior learners, and migrant integration.
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.