A sad farewell to some amazing students this week!

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The team here at Lexis English | Byron Bay are very sad to say goodbye to some fantastic students this week!

Laura from Brazil, Eva Cristina from Spain, Ramona from Switzerland, Olaf from Germany, Victor from Spain, Elena from Italy, Fabian from Switzerland, Dora from Taiwan, Maria from Spain, Marianna from Italy and Daniel from Switzerland!

Here are Marie O Mara’s English class waving farewell to this week’s leavers!

Dave’s TTT (Teaching Tips and Tricks)!

Grammar Books for Teachers.

For the majority of English language teachers starting out in the TESOL industry, there is one aspect of the job that scares the pants off us – teaching grammar. I’m not sure about you, but when I went through primary and secondary school, we weren’t taught English grammar, so when I first became an English language teacher in Hungary, notions such as subjects, objects, and past participles were, forgive the pun, foreign.  Not speaking a lick of Hungarian at the time, knowing that I needed to eat (and therefore make this teaching thing work), compelled me to set about teaching myself English grammar before I taught it to my students.

This week, I would like to share with you the grammar books that helped me at the various stages of my career. I don’t claim they are the best, as there are a lot of good reference books out there, but these are the ones I have used and still do use and so I can vouch for.

English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy – Cambridge University Press

This is a great book for new teachers with little grammar knowledge. The middle book in the series, this self-study reference book is pitched at intermediate level students. It consists of 145 two-page chapters covering the language structures that an intermediate student would need.

Each chapter starts with a page of ‘accessible’ presentations about the meaning, usage and form of the structures. I say ‘accessible’ because it is written for students, and therefore we teachers have a shot at understanding the content. This is a great starting point for new teachers. On top of this, the second page in each chapter has exercises for practice! No silly, not for you the teacher, but they are very handy for homework for your students. All in all, I would say this is a great book to get you started on your grammar teaching path and you will be able to refer to it and use it for years to come.

Notable mention – The Good Grammar Book by Michael Swan – Oxford University Press

Practical English Usage by Michael Swan – Oxford University Press

This book delves a little deeper into the English Language, providing fairly detailed information on grammar, vocabulary, idiom, style, pronunciation and spelling. I found I didn’t really appreciate this book until I had a slight grasp of the workings of the language. Sure I had used it in CELTA assignments, but that was about it. I found (and sometimes still find) that I used this book a lot more when dealing with students’ questions that were outside of what I was teaching in class that day. This is a great book that you will get years of use out of and it can (sorry, but I can’t promise more than that) sometimes stop you from looking silly in front of your class.

Notable mention – Grammar for English Language Teachers by Martin Parrott – Cambridge University Press

About Language by Scott Thornbury – Cambridge University Press

This is the book you turn to just before DELTA, to help bring out your inner grammar geek. The book consists of 28 ‘task’ units covering various aspects of the English language and looks at them in a high level of detail. The tasks really make you think about how English is used, and I must confess, when I began working through the book I had to look at the key and commentary a couple of times first to understand what exactly was being asked in each task. That brings me to the other great thing about this book – the commentary. It is easy to follow and a real eye opener. The way the language is analysed and applied to everyday usage is brilliant. It leaves you wondering a) just how smart is this Scott Thornbury bloke and b) surely he has better things to do. This is a must-have book for DELTA or MA level courses and a great source of PD for experienced teachers.

Anyway, that’s it for this week. Three grammar books to take you through your EFL teaching career, they have worked for me and I have a feeling they’ll work for you too.


Dave Fox is an experienced teacher and teacher trainer who has worked in Australia, the UK, and Europe

What’s on in Byron Bay this weekend!!

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Well what do you know, the weekend has come around again!!

Tonight, The Northern is throwing a retirement party for soon-to-be ex pro surfer Kieran Perrow, from 6pm! With special guest Tommy Franklin, DJs and prizes…

On Friday, Tom Richardson is playing at the Treehouse on Belongil – he has played most festivals in Australia and shared the stage with the likes of Cold Chisel and The Waifs whilst travelling the world, performing in over 14 countries!

Also on Friday – The Feramones are playing at The Beach Hotel, Wandering Eyes are playing at The Northern, Goodrich is playing at The Rails and UK dub act Zion Train Soundsystem are playing at the Brewery at 7pm

DJs HA!YES! and Ant On Leaf are playing at Frothing on Fridays at The Ginger Pig again this week – with free entry and $10 margaritas

If you’re one of our many students settled out at Suffolk Park – bohemian duo Dinkum Bohos are playing at Pizza Paradiso on Friday… If you haven’t sampled Pizza Paradiso yet, have the Carnivore pizza – it is bloody amazing!!!

Saturday sees more live music in Byron, with DJ Discrow at The Beachy, Chase City & Lunatics on Pogo Sticks at the Northern, and Kellie Knight and the Daze at The Rails

The Byron Bay Brewery are throwing a fashion cabaret in aid of Women’s Business on Saturday from 5.30pm, hosted by local comedian and writer Mandy Nolan

And if you can’t make it out to Earth Frequency Festival in QLD in a couple of weeks – the festival are presenting Harmonic Spaces at the Byron Community Centre on Saturday night from 6pm. Harmonic Spaces is a visionary art exhibtion and sacred sound concert with some amazing guest artists, and is definitely something a little different from your average Saturday night! Tickets are $23 pre-sale, and $33 on the door – https://www.facebook.com/HarmonicSpaces

The Byron markets return again this Sunday – with local, handmade jewellery, gifts, food and artefacts; and local band Romaniacs playing in the afternoon

Lisa Hunt also returns to the Beachy from 4pm this Sunday! Expect to see Selin Neuenschwander and myself dancing the arvo away!

Also on Sunday – King Parrot at the Northern, Hunter and Smoke at The Rails and Sunday Summer Sessions at the Poinciana Cafe in Mullumbimby from 2.30pm – with Dave Dogg and guests

Have fun!!

100% Test Score!!!!

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Congratulations to Raphael from Switzerland, who scored an incredible 100% in his Face to Face Pre-Intermediate weekly test this week!!

Raphael has been studying with us here at Lexis English | Byron Bay for almost four weeks and is almost halfway through his General English course. He is excelling in Kathleen Barrett’s Pre-Intermediate class and his English skills are improving all the time.

As you can see, his classmates are as impressed as we are. Well done!!

Meet Lara from New Caledonia!

“My name is Lara, and I am from New Caledonia – it’s really close to Australia, so I know this way of life with the beach close to the school. In New Caledonia we can’t surf as there are no waves, instead we take boats out onto the reef. I’d like to go home and encourage more people to try surfing!

I have been studying here at Lexis for three weeks and have been in the upper-intermediate General English class in the mornings and in the afternoons, my options class was movies and songs with Josie, which was really interesting.

When I arrived in Byron Bay, it was a Sunday night and everyone was outside and wearing lots of bright colours, which I love. I have even seen some people just wear their bikini to the supermarket!

I really enjoyed my time studying at Lexis and I especially enjoyed meeting new people. I have met Spanish people, Swiss people and lots more Nationalities, but even if I was with French speaking people we would speak in English only because then everyone could understand.

My teachers were Katherine and Claudia and they were both really cool. I also loved my homestay, Barbara, she was just perfect!

I want to stay here in Byron Bay and I know I will come back one day.”




Jobs Available in Byron Bay this week!!!



Spent all your cash on Australia Day and need to replenish your funds?

Here are the jobs available in Byron Bay this week!

1 – Miss Margarita are looking for a Floor Manager with strong admin, organisational and leadership skills, and 3 years experience in a fast paced restaurant. Email CV to emma@missmargarita.com.au

2 – Rae’s on Wategos are looking breakfast servers and hotel cleaners. Email your CV for the attention of Jody to raes@wategos.com.au

3 – a few days work available for a painter and tiler on a Ewingsdale home renovation job – please call Anthony on 0432 731 133

4 – temporary admin assistant needed to work in the Bluesfest office – proficient in office software, and Excel experience essential. Good bookkeeping and communication skills, and own laptop – Mac preferred. Email CV to tony@bluesfest.com.au

5 – a boutique Byron Bay guesthouse requires a live in housekeeper / caretaker – with meticulous attention to detail, computer literacy, able to work unsupervised and organised with lots of initiative! Please email CV to escape@gardenburees.com.au

Good luck and remember that Job Club is on in Room 2 this Wednesday from 2.15pm!!