Lisa’s Study Corner – What can I do during GIL?

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Here at Lexis|Byron Bay, students can attend GIL (Guided Individual Learning) every day between 2pm and 3pm. You’ll find GIL in classroom 1 where there is always a friendly teacher ready to help you. But what exactly is GIL and what can you do there?

  1. Do your homework

GIL provides a quiet, comfortable place for you to do your homework, ready for class the next day. The best thing about doing your homework during GIL is that you can ask the teacher if you’re not sure about anything and get them to check your answers when you have finished.

  1. Borrow a reader/magazine

Readers are classic books that have been made shorter and easier to suit students at different levels of English. All of the readers also have exercises at the back of the book so you can learn while reading. You can borrow these readers at GIL time. Just leave a $5 deposit, which you will get back when you return the book.  We also have a small selection of magazine that you can borrow. Scanning magazines and reading the articles that interest you is a great way to learn new vocabulary and practise your English.

  1. Work on grammar/vocabulary

On the Resources table we have an excellent range of self-study material for students. These laminated sheets have instructions and answers included and cover all the main grammar points for Elementary to Upper Intermediate students, plus worksheets for vocabulary, phrasal verbs and idioms. You can ask your class teacher or the GIL teacher to ask which resources are the most suitable for you.

  1. Get feedback on your writing

Do you write a journal/diary in English or perhaps you’ve been working on your CV? Do you need to make a telephone call and want to write out what to say beforehand? Bring any writing and the GIL teacher will point out any errors and suggest ways to improve it. You can learn so much from writing in your own time and then getting feedback on it. Don’t miss this opportunity.

  1. Ask the teacher a question

Most of all, GIL is an excellent place to go if you have a question. Maybe, you didn’t understand something your teacher said. Or you thought you understood the grammar this morning but now it’s made you confused about something else. Or perhaps you want to know about joining the library. The GIL teacher can help with any questions you have. And, if there aren’t other students waiting for help, you can even just have a chat with him/her to practise your speaking and listening skills.

So to summarise this week’s Tip – Don’t miss out on GIL. It’s a great opportunity for you to work on your strengths and weaknesses and to practise and add to what you learn in class. See you in classroom 1 at 2pm.


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