On Friday night this week SAE is holding a party with DJ’s and a live band and GV is invited!! This should be a good fun evening where you will be able to meet lots of people and other students from Byron and around the world.
The party will be held at:
The Byron Entertainment Centre (where we go for the circus)
17 Centennial Circuit
Arts and Industry Park
We had a really nice visit from Masa from Nexis Japan who came down to Byron to see how his students were. Much to all of our delight Ehito and Anju braved the waves and went surfing! By all accounts they had a great time. Check out the photos below!
As the Cambridge exams are nearing now is the time to really sit down and learn as much vocabulary as you possibly can. I thought I’d share one good technique to help you.
The keyword method can be used in a wide variety of situations and has a range of helpful applications. One very useful application for using the keyword technique is to use it for learning vocabulary.
This technique can be seen as a four part process.
The keyword technique can help you to remember vocabulary you might otherwise forget. For example, if you need to remember that barrister is another word for lawyer, first create a keyword for the unfamiliar word, barrister. Remember, a keyword is a word that sounds like the new word and is easily pictured. A good keyword for barrister could be a bar (as in where people drink together)
Create a picture of the keyword and the definition doing something together. Make the most interesting picture you can think of where the two words interact. For example, a picture of a lawyer sitting having a few drinks in a bar in his white wig could be an easy way to remember these two words! Any image that is fun and that you can remember is fine!
Give it a go! There has been lots of research into vocabulary acquisition and for higher level learners this has been proven to be very successful! If you need any help with this come in and talk to Justin any time.
On Friday afternoon Global Village and SAE had a school play-off. Despite SAE doing their best in the 30 degree heat, our international Global Village team managed to beat them 12-4! Natalia and the girls on the sideline were crazily cheering them on the whole game!
We will be planning another Global Village vs. SAE soccer match next month. Anyone that would like to join our champion team either as a player or spectator should come and speak to Kate.
For some reason Italy seems to be the flavour of the week! Our lovely teacher Carla volunteered to show everyone how to make a delicious Tiramisu which was enjoyed by all of us! THANK YOU CARLA and your team of hardworking GV students
In case you want to recreate this at home, here is how you do it!
Ingredients (serves 8)
4 eggs, separated
1/2 cup caster sugar
250g mascarpone cheese
1/3 cup coffee liqueur (such as Kahlua)
200ml thickened cream
2 tablespoons instant coffee powder
2 cups warm water
28 sponge finger biscuits (see note)
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Using an hand mixer, beat egg yolks and sugar together in a large bowl until pale and creamy. Gently fold in mascarpone and liqueur. Wash and dry beaters. Whip cream to firm peaks. Fold into mascarpone mixture.
Wash and dry beaters. Beat eggwhites until stiff peaks form. Fold into mascarpone mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Combine coffee and warm water in a shallow dish, stirring until coffee dissolves. Using half the biscuits, dip biscuits 1 at a time in coffee, turning to coat. Place, in a single layer, over the base of a 6cm-deep, 18cm x 28cm (base) baking dish.
Spread half the mascarpone mixture over biscuits to cover. Repeat layers with remaining biscuits, coffee and mascarpone mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.
We have recently had some very charming and lively Italians join the school who have been great fun and have made a wonderful addition to the school. I caught up with them to talk about their experiences of GV Byron and Byron and this is what they had to say….
Hi everyone! My name is Daniele and I am from Italy, a place called Asti (which you might have heard of if your drink!) which is in the North of Italy near Turin. It’s a small city with 80000 people but a nice place.
I have just completed my studies in IT at home and am now looking for a job, either in Italy or in Australia. I came to Australia to have a look around in Australia and see what opportunities there are here as I am quite interested in perhaps trying to find work in Australia as an IT professional.
I am in Byron now because I like the idea of a small beach town with beautiful scenery and friendly people. I have found Byron to be a great place, the ambience of the town is wonderful and the people are really really friendly which means a lot to me.
Today is my last day at school after having been here for three weeks. The school has been fun. In my opinion it’s a good school because we can learn by talking to other people from all over the world in English and it is great to have an experience where you can talk to so many different cultures and people with different languages in one place!
I have been studying in the Upper Intermediate level which has been good for me as it has been challenging but fun. I can honestly say that I have improved my ability to understand people from all over the world.
After this, I am going to travel around Australia a bit first going north to the Whitsundays and then down to South Australia, Melbourne and Sydney. It should be fun I think!!
I will be a little bit sad to leave here as I have made lots of friends from all over the world which has been really nice. The school is not just about studying; it’s a good social fun and happy place, in an amazing location!
Hi All, I’m Roberto from Italy, Constanzana, near Vercelli. A very small village (with only 1000 inhabitants in it). I arrived in Byron Bay a few weeks ago after finishing my studies in Italy where I was studying biotechnology. I came to Australia, and in particular Byron for two main reasons. Firstly, I really wanted to develop my language skills and secondly, because I am on a working holiday visa, I want to get a job in Australia related to my field of study. If I’m lucky and my dreams are fulfilled I will be fortunate enough to get a job in working in a scientific laboratory. Fingers crossed!
I am currently studying in the Upper Intermediate class and once I have completed that course I will move on to the IELTS preparation course. So far, I have really enjoyed the classes and the school. It is an open, friendly and nice place to be and there are people from all over the world here which is interesting.
I really like Byron Bay. It is not a chaotic town (like some big cities in Italy) and very peaceful. It is also a very convenient place to live as there are markets everywhere and nothing is too far if you have your bicycle. I love the beach here, it’s a magic beach. The people on the beach are friendly and I have found it really easy to meet people. There is always a soothing breeze coming from the ocean which is great on hot summer afternoons.
On Friday night, Phil, our beloved bicycle man very kindly donated his time and telescope to show the students the great southern hemisphere and the associated stars and planets. This is always a great event and very interesting and Phil is incredibly knowledgable.
As this was such a great event we will be running this monthly, so don’t forget to check it out on your activities schedule for next month~!
Next Friday, the 18th of February we are going to have a inter-school soccer match.
This will be a great chance to meet and mix with students from SAE and also to show off your skills. We need at least 11 students to play, so please come and put your name on the list if you would like to play.
If anyone is interested in studying photography check this out.
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Mariana leaves us today which is very sad as she has been such a wonderful contribution to the school. She has been with us since the 6 of December 2010 and leaves us today after 2 months worth of study.
Mariana had the following to share with us about her life and her experience with us here at GV Byron Bay.
Hi, I’m Mariana, a 21 year old student from Brazil, where I live with my parents and four siblings. In Brazil I study medicine (I’m jut about to start my fourth year). I really enjoy sports, such as volleyball and swimming and of course, I love going out with my friends.
I choose to come to Australia because I need to have a good grasp of English because I am studying medicine. Most of the texts I have to read and study are written in English and so English is essential for me.
I particularly wanted to come to Australia because of this and the fact that I really wanted to improve my English for my own life. The weather in Byron is beautiful and I love living on the beach, as in Brazil I live inland.
I have been studying in the Upper Intermediate class with my wonderful teacher Rose. I would really like to thank Rose, she is a great teacher, patient and very knowledgeable and obviously puts a lot of effort into her teaching. Her classes are fun, and really well thought out.
I’ve also really enjoyed living in Byron. It’s a beautiful place and the people are very gentle. I have had lots of fun experiences here, from sky diving to surfing, swimming. My two favourite places are Clarks Beach (during the day) and the Beach hotel (at night!)
Thanks Mariana. On behalf of GV I wish you all the best in your endeavours. Have a safe flight and keep in touch!
This morning as I was driving to work and trying to improve my Mandarin (Chinese). I was listening to some of my favourite Taiwanese Pop songs (really!). I love music and find this to be an excellent way to help me practise the language.
As we all know vocabulary needs to be revised again and again. One fun, relaxed and enjoyable way of doing this it is to listen to your favourite songs.
Start by reading the lyrics first to try and understand them. A good way of finding out what the lyrics are is to go to http://www.songlyrics.com/. Remember, the first few times you listen to the song you don’t have to translate the lyrics word by word, just try to work out the general gist (what the song is about.) Think about the type of songs you like and at the start pick a song which is reasonably easy to understand. Hardcore rap music may not be the best first choice as there tends to be a lot of slang in them. 🙂
Once you’ve listened to the song a few time choose some words or phrases from the song that you would like to learn. If the song has a chorus (the part of the song that is repeated you could choose that part to learn as you will get lots of practise in the one song.) If necessary, look up the meaning in your dictionary and note them down in your learning diary.
Now, to the fun part! To learn the vocabulary, all you have to do is listen to the song again and again (that shouldn’t be a problem if it’s one of your favourite songs).
Good luck everyone… and if you see me singing away in my car, you’ll know that i’m not crazy, but am studying hard!
After todays work seminar you will be prepared to find your new job! Have a look at the below and GOOD LUCK!
Senior position in a busy Byron Bay Sushi bar. Experience in handling a business without supervision. References essential, training given. Phone Lubelia on 0401852765
A Japanese speaking female chaperone is required to travel from Australia to Fiji (expenses paid) to accompany a Japanese business man, his wife and daughter as a chaperone from 11-17 Feb 2011. To apply please email Julie_epg@ozemail.com.au
Experienced Cook required, must be able to work day/night/weekends. 6685 5721
Face-to- Face Fundraisers: As a face-to-face fundraiser , you will be talking to people in the street, at community markets and at events about the work of rainforest rescue. Part time and casual. Email Krista@rainforestrescure.orf.au for a position description and apply with resume and cover letter.
Cook,Chef: Permanent position. Milk and Honey Mullum. 6684 5070
Today at 2pm we will be running the GV Work “Workshop”. Come along to room 2 after class to learn how to write the perfect CV, cover letter and interview techniques. This is an excellent chance to improve your chances of getting work in the ENGLISH SPEAKING world.