Jobs available in Byron Bay this week!!

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Need some cash to celebrate Walpurgis Night?? Here are the jobs available in Byron Bay this week.

1 – Kinoko are still looking for a floor supervisor – get in touch with them if you have two years experience and will be sticking around in Byron Bay for a long time! Email CV to asafleibo@gmail.com

2 – cleaner/manager required for a boutique cleaning company in Byron – must be lovely (of course you all are anyway!), have a car and be organised and efficient. Call Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm on 0413 190 266

3 – labourer required – general building off sider. Email bodhi@pnc.com.au

4 – casual driver required – Fridays and Saturdays – for a skip truck. Must apply for an ABN (easy online) and fit and reliable. Email brianbest2011@hotmail.com

5 – Village Bakehouse in Sunrise are looking for a barista/sandwich hand – part time – must have coffee experience. Apply in person at the store – next to the Sunrise IGA

6 – The Larder in Byron Bay are looking for a kitchen hand for an immediate start – 7-11am. Clean driving licence required – please call 02 6680 8644

7 – The Pass Cafe are looking for a casual barista – must have an RSA and be available for weekdays and weekends, as well as evenings. Experience necessary. Email CV to contact@thepasscafe.com.au

8 – Poinciana Cafe in Mullumbimby are looking for a chef and a kitchen hand. 30 hours per week for a chef with experience and a sense of fun! Also looking for a kitchen hand with knife skills for prep work. Call to arrange an interview on 02 6684 4036, text on 0417 803 000 or email CV to keveno@bigpond.com

Good luck folks!!

South African Cooking Class at Lexis English | Byron Bay!

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Today we had a South African cooking masterclass! I dazzled Lexis with a Chakalaka Bunny Chow 🙂

I lived in South Africa for a year and absolutely loved the food there – my favourites being a good braai, delicious bobotie…and best of all… Bunny Chow!! Bunny chow is a hollowed out piece of crusty bread filled with spicy meat curry.

Today we combined two South African classics – bunny chow and chakalaka – a tasty, spicy vegetable stew – quick, healthy, cheap and no meat – so no risk of me giving food poisoning to half the school 🙂

See below for the chakalaka recipe!

http://snapguide.com/guides/make-african-chakalaka/

A quick guide to report writing for the FCE Exam!

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As the next lot of Cambridge exams draw very near we have been doing intense practice with our FCE Class to get the ready for their big day . JP and I went through how to write a report again the other day and we thought we would share our efforts!!!

A report includes the introduction, main body, recommendation.

Before writing

Plan, plan, plan! Make sure you spend the first few minutes really planning your report. Make sure that you have covered the key points, the introduction, main body and a recommendation..

Title

This needs to be clear and simple. Straight to the point and helps the reader know what you will be discussing in the report..

Introduction

State the aim of your report.

Make sure you mention where you got the information from.

Main body

–  Remember, headings and using listing/ numbering points make it much easier to read.

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Lisa’s Study Corner. THIS WEEK – How can I improve my writing?

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Lisa’s Study Corner. THIS WEEK – How can I improve my writing?

Last week we looked at the different ways you could practise writing. This week, we look at how writing is different to speaking. Some students who are really good at speaking are not good writers. The reason for this is that writing is a completely different activity with a different set of skills. Therefore, to improve your writing, you need to concentrate on the following:

  1. Spelling

Nothing is more off-putting to a reader than bad spelling and if you are planning to use English at work, or take an English exam, it’s really important that you work on this now. Spelling is very difficult in English because the spelling is not automatically related to the sound. Think of though, thought, through and tough; they are all written with the vowels “O” and “U” but, when spoken, the vowel sound is completely different. In contrast, short, your, daughter, bald, draw, warden and floor have different spelling but the same vowel sound. This means that you have to LEARN and then practise English spelling. For starters, why not have a look at http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/common-misspellings and see if you are making any of these common mistakes.

  1. Punctuation and Layout

This can be a difficult one for some students because the rules in their countries are very different from the rules in English. For example, in Japan, you start a new paragraph for every sentence. However, in English, you only start a new paragraph when you move onto a new topic. Then, in Latin American countries, sentences are very long; often the entire length of the paragraph with only a comma to show when to pause for breath. This is considered wrong in English. In English there are strict rules about what can and can’t be a sentence. The rules are too in depth to go into here but you can find explanations online or ask your teacher or GIL teacher. Then, if you want to practise with a range of punctuation, I recommend visiting http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/punctuation and http://grammar.about.com/od/punctuationexercises as a starting point.

  1. Register

Finally, when writing, you need to consider register. Register is basically the level of formality or politeness that you use. So, for example, if you are writing a text message to a friend, you might write, “Soz I’m gonna be l8 cos bed is too comfy” but if you were sending an email with the same information to your boss you would write “I’m so sorry, I overslept. I’m afraid I’ll be slightly late.”

English has quite complex rules when it comes to register, especially with letter writing. You need to learn these rules and try to be consistent in the level of formality you use. For a basic introduction to register, have a look at http://www.really-learn-english.com/language-register.html

 

So to summarise this week’s tip – Writing is not the same as speaking on paper. To be a good writer, you will need to study and practise spelling, punctuation and register. The best advice I can give you is to read as much and as widely as possible in English, while considering these three factors.