Exam week!!

This is the final week for our CAE and FCE exam preparation students. You’ve all done so well and worked so hard and we are all impressed with you.

A few quick tips for the last days!

1) Keep on working hard until the day before the exam, and then give yourself time to relax and to remember all the things you’ve learnt.

2) Don’t revise right up until the last moment. Get some sleep, relax and try and put yourself in a good mood.

3) Arrive fresh and ready for the exam. The more relaxed and confident you are the better your chances at getting the grade you have worked hard for.

And finally, a huge GOOD LUCK from all the team here at GV Byron Bay. We’re all rooting for you!

GV People. Daniel.

This week I caught up with Daniel to have a quick chat about life here in Byron.

How long have you been teaching at GV Byron Bay and what did you do before you worked here?

I started working here just under three months ago teaching the Cambridge Advanced English Exam preparation course. Previously to this I was in Taiwan teaching EAP and IELTS preparation courses.

Do you speak another language and what was your biggest challenge when learning it?

Yes, I speak Chinese (Mandarin).

The biggest challenge I have with learning Chinese now that I’m at an Upper Intermediate level is finding time to be consistent in my approach to learning the language.  Normal life seems to take over at points and I sometimes I find that this affects my study patterns!

Which class are you teaching at the moment?

I’m teaching the Cambridge Advanced English exam preparation course.

Please tell us about a student in your class who you feel has made outstanding progress…

This is really hard to say. I have an immense amount of respect for all of my students. They have obviously worked extremely hard to reach the level that they are at now and they have all put in a lot of effort during what is an intensive course. I have been particularly impressed with Urs, especially in regard to his writing. He obviously spends a lot of time thinking about his errors, and trying to correct them, which is the best thing a student can do. But honestly, every single member in the class deserves credit for working so hard and diligently. They’ve been a wonderful bunch and I know that we will all keep in touch.

What do you most enjoy about teaching at GV Byron Bay?

Most…?! Well… The atmosphere here is brilliant. It’s a really friendly personalized school, everyone knows each other well and it’s very caring. I also like the set up of the day, with classes in the morning and then the hour after lunch of taught class with G.I.L. for the final hour.  I like the idea that the students have an hour a day where they can come and ask language issues about the problems that they are having. I think that this is a really helpful and constructive process.

The whole school is really well-organized as well, and there is  great support from the whole team.. so hard to say which one I enjoy the most!!

If you weren’t a teacher, what job do you think you would be doing now?

I guess I’d be a writer or an academic, or alternatively I like the idea of working outdoors.

What do you like most about living in Byron Bay?

Everything in Byron is within easy access, and of course, like everyone, I love the natural environment.

What is your favourite café, restaurant, shop or place in Byron Bay?

(Laughing…) Well, as I guess some of you know.. The Rails!

Listening with Mariana

Mariana, the Director of Studies at GV Brisbane, has put together some valuable information to help students to understand Australians when they speak.

Mariana, GV Brisbane's Director of Studies

Tips to Understand Australians

We know that the Australian accent is slightly different from the one you are probably used to, either American or British English. As soon as non-English speakers arrive in Australia, they notice a difference in pronunciation, vocabulary that is used and expressions.

Here, at Global Village Brisbane, we want you to feel comfortable with the Australian culture, lifestyle and traditions, so every week we’ll post some tips for you to improve your understanding of the Australian world. There will be notes on Aussie slang, expressions, pronunciation, and many more things!

Today, we’ll work on three sounds that are specific to the Aussie accent.

The first one is the diphthong (two vowel sounds) that you can find in the words mind, time, find, which is not /ai/, pronounced at the front of your mouth, but /ai/, pronounced at the back. Click below to hear the British pronunciation of mind, time and find:

Compare it to the Australian pronunciation of mind, time and find to notice the difference.

The other diphthong that changes significantly is the one you can find in words like mate, main, pay, make. Australians don’t pronounce /ei/ as British people do. Australians will say /ai/. So the traditional greeting in Australia “G’day mate!” will be pronounced /gdai mait/ and not /gdei meit/ as a British person would say.

Click below to hear the British pronunciation of the words mate, main, pay, and make:

and compare it to the Australian pronunciation of the words mate, main, pay, and make to notice the difference.

The last pronunciation tip for today is called “intrusive R”. Australians tend to link words with an inexistent R. This only happens if a word finishes in a vowel and the following word starts in a vowel also. For example, in the phrase

“Australia and New Zealand”,

vowel a followed by vowel a

Aussies would say “Australia_r_and New Zealand”. Click below to hear the Australian pronunciation of the “Australia and New Zealandand below here to listen to the British pronunciation of the “Australia and New Zealand to notice the difference.

The “r” that is added is very soft, and it means nothing at all. It’s just pronounced to link the words together.

We hope these tips will help you to sound Australian, and to understand Aussies better when you talk to them in the street!

Have a good day!

Positions Vacant This Week

Experienced Casual Cleaners – Wanted for Byron Bay apartments. Must be able to work weekends. Send Resume to PO Box 1020 Byron Bay , 2481 or fax 6680 947

Casual Cleaner – Needed for cabin cleaning, must be flexible. Phone 0408 405 422

Part-Time Casual – Wanted for Byron Bay street wear store. Retail experience necessary. jobinbyron@gmail.com

Baristas / Bar Staff – Iconic Byron venue is now hiring experienced motivated staff for high volume fast paced team orientated cafe / restaurant. Day and night shifts available. Must have good references. Email CV’s to the Manager, enquiries@byronbeachcafe.com.au

Casual Receptionist – Needed for tourist park, flexible hours. Phone 0408 405 422

Apprentice Chef & Chef – Required for Rails Bistro. Phone Adam 0423 454 773

Masseuse, Healer, Reader – For Byron CBD. Phone 0404 066 707

Fresca Bangalow / Chef – Seeking creative skilled professional to join us. Excellent conditions for successful candidate. Drop CV at Fresca. 6687 1711

Options Class Projects

Over the last two weeks our Upper Intermediate options class have been doing a variety of projects of things they are interested in.

Jun our resident Volleyball champion kicked the presentations off with a powerpoint show about Volleyball. Check out the link below to learn all the inside tips!

If you would to see the original powerpoint, please click here

This afternoon there is a volleyball competition so study up and see you on the beach!

New GV Byron Bay Online Access!

To ensure that you can always remember our different web addresses we’ve made it simple for you.

They can now be accessed through http://www.gvenglish.com by simply typing the site that you would like, followed by the campus. For example: /facebook/byronbay

For our selection of Byron Bay high-resolution photos on Flickr.com, please visit: www.gvenglish.com/flickr/byronbay

To access our facebook community page, please visit: www.gvenglish.com/facebook/byronbay

To see the latest GV Byron Bay videos on Youtube, please visit: www.gvenglish.com/youtube/byronbay