On Thursday Kathleen took her students to Byron Bay’s Farmers’ Market to practise comparatives, superlatives and other ways of making comparisons.
On the excursion her students had to complete some tasks and a worksheet.
One thing they had to do was to find three types of food that they could taste for free and say which were the tastiest, the blandest, the sweetest, the saltiest and the richest. They also had to write adjectives to describe the market and propose a dream market stall of their own.
From the pictures above, it looks like they had a lot of fun.
Today we welcome three new students; Lea from France, Noriko from Japan and Micha (Mike) from Switzerland.
Parisian Lea is here on our Teen Activity Programme. This means that she will be studying English for 3 hours in the morning and surfing all afternoon. She has surfed a little before, in the south of France but doesn’t know it she can remember how to do it! She actually has a twisted ankle right now, but she’s determined not to let that ruin her fun.
Noriko is a nurse in Japan. She has wanted to travel to Australia and improve her English for years. Today, after 10 years, she finally turns her dreams into a reality. She chose Byron Bay because she had seen pictures in a magazine and thought that it looked gorgeous and so different from her hometown, Tokyo.
Mike is currently studying a Masters in Law and is also a snowboarding instructor and a volunteer at a centre for asylum seekers. He’s in Byron Bay for the surf and, after leaving here, will head to Bali for some more waves.
Next year, multi-talented Mike is going to Ukraine to continue his studies and to improve his Russian.
Welcome guys. We hope you all have a wonderful time here in Byron Bay.
We said a sad farewell to eight lovely students this week: Mariana, Hiroko, Andjelina, Haruka, Kainoa, Hugo, Martin and Jean.
Haruko and Hiroko are both from Japan, and have both been at Lexis English for 12 weeks. When Haruka arrived she was really shy and tested at Elementary level. Now she is leaving Lexis as a strong Pre-Intermediate level student and has a job waitressing at Oh Sushi, a local restaurant.
Hiroko, on the other hand was a strong student on arrival and has simply got better and better. She used the idiom “time flies” in her graduation speech, which was very impressive. “Cheeky” Hiroko was very sad to be leaving, and her teacher and classmates were close to tears too.
Brazilian Mariana, unfortunately wasn’t at Graduation today, but studied at Lexis for six months, culminating in taking the FCE exam. Fingers crossed for your results Mariana.
Andjelina, from Switzerland, studied in Julia’s class for four weeks, was a lot of fun, and is now heading back to Switzerland before going on to Croatia.
Jean and Kainoa from Reunion are off to check out the surf at Bondi Beach. Julia thanked Kainoa for his storytelling skills and Kainoa thanked Phil, our bike man! I think this was a first at graduation but should happen more often.
Finally, Martin and Hugo, also from Reunion Island, said that they had learned a lot about surfing and loved everything about Byron Bay, including their teacher. Did you train them to say that Kathleen?
Good luck all of you and don’t forget to join Lexis Byron Bay on Facebook, if you haven’t already, so that you can keep in touch with your new friends from all over the world.
Kainoa, Hugo, Martin and Jean are all from the gorgeous Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Today is their last day at Lexis Byron Bay. They have been studying here for the past three weeks in order to improve their English and (I think more importantly for them) their surfing.
I caught up with them at break time today to get their final thoughts on their trip.
Why did you choose Byron Bay for your study tour?
Martin: For the surf. The waves at The Pass are world-famous and we really wanted to have the experience of surfing there.
What was the best thing about studying English in Byron Bay?
Jean: The surf (again!!!). It was as good as we’d hoped. The food was great too, especially Bay Kebabs.
Has your English improved much since you arrived?
Hugo: My speaking has improved so much. When I first came, it was really difficult. Now it’s simple to speak with anyone. I know I still make mistakes but my confidence has improved so I just do it.
What helped your English the most?
Kainoa: Lessons of course, and the English Only Policy, but also our homestay family. They made us speak English together all the time and also always chatted to us and explained things in English.
And finally, what would you say to anyone who was thinking about studying English at Lexis Byron Bay?
Kainoa/Martin: It’s a great idea!
Thanks guys. It was great having you here. We hope you’ll come back again someday.
Top picks for Friday are The Floating Stone (Meditative soundscapes and euphoric trancefloor anthems) at Kulchajam 7pm ($15 in advance or $20 on the door) and popular Victorian indie-pop band Evening Cast at the Brewery, from 8pm (FREE).
If those don’t take your fancy, around town:
Jon J Bradley and The Dirty Channel are entertaining the throngs at the Beachy The Badlands and Dallas James are rocking the Northern DJ Anton Leaf is spinning some retro tunes at the Ginger Pig Vanessa Baker and the Electric Eclectic will get the locals bopping at the Rails
And the Open Mike night at the Aquarius Bar is sure to showcase some talent.
Ask our Brazilian students to teach you the forró (“fun expressive movements dangerously close together”) at the Brewery’sBrazilian Party with Trio Mandala. The fun starts at 7.30 and entry is FREE.
Elsewhere you can find Dr Rhythm at the Beachy, Tijuana Cartel at the Northern, Mark Lucasand the Deadsetters at the Rails and Tora at the Treehouse.
Chill out on at the Beachy on Sunday afternoon to the “world music, rock, latin, pop, jazz” sounds of Floyd Vincent and the Temple Dogs. (FREE 4pm.)
Later on, Dan Hannaford is at the Northern, Sammy 2 Towels is at the Beachy, Chris Cook Band is at the Rails and Mr Sunday is at the Treehouse.
This July is a great time to visit Byron Bay. It’s quieter, so you can get the best spots on the beach, the whales are out and about, and the Lexis Activity Programme is bigger and better than ever.
This month, in addition to the usual favourites such as BBQ, Yoga, Table Tennis and Movie Screening, we’ve introduced some fantastic new events.
The first of these is the Big Prize Trivia Quiz next Friday (4 July). You’ll need to get yourselves into teams of three or four to answer 10 questions each on Science, Geography, Sports and Music. The team with the most points at the end of all four rounds will win the big prize (to be announced). Plus there will be smaller prizes for individual rounds and bonus questions. Unmissable!!!
Then, on Monday 7 July we have an evening activity; a chance for you to view Australia’s Sky at Night through a powerful telescope, and learn about the stars. If you come from north of the equator, you’ll see that everything is completely different down under. (Please note: You need to sign up in Reception for this activity.)
If you enjoyed June’s Travel Talk with Pierre about Darwin, you’ll be excited to know that he’ll be presenting another one this month; this time about Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. For most visitors to Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is an absolute must – now you can find out how to get the most out of this amazing part of the world.
We have lots to offer the serious student of English this month too; including a regular Grammar Workshop each Thursday, Coffee Lounge every second Tuesday and, back by popular demand, two of Paul’s extremely useful Pronunciation Workshops. You can also test both your vocabulary and your drawing skills at the Pictionary Tournament on 22 July!!!
Finally, if food and drink are your thing, we have some excellent activities for you. On Wednesday 2 July, Yvonne will show you how to make your very own authentic Swiss Fondue, and there’ll be plenty of time to sit around the table afterwards and chat while you polish it off. Then, on 23 July, Amy will be the chef, making Raw Chocolate Cupcakes for you to enjoy without feeling guilty. And, later that week, after last month’s very popular beer-tasting activity, she’ll also be taking you through the basics of Wine-Tasting.
A reliable, qualified and experienced pastry chef/baker is required for the 1pm-9pm shift at Byron Gourmet Pies. Applications to firstname.lastname@example.org
A massage practitioner is wanted to manage a massage clinic in Mullumbimby for 6 weeks from July 21. Phone: 0423 293995.
Global Therapeutics are looking for a full-time Warehouse/store person for their Byron Bay office. Visit www.fusionhealth.com.au and click on Career for more info and to apply.
Miss Margarita, that wonderful Mexican Cantina, have a couple of kitchen positions: a full time Sous Chef with full training provided and a Line Cook/Apprentice Chef (flexible hours; must have at least 6 months experience). Email resume to email@example.com or call 0499 282701.
Below, she answers a few questions about her life, Byron Bay and learning English.
English, Italian and ‘once upon a time’ Spanish and German
I always wanted to be a …
Trapeze artist, writer, artist, illustrator, professional traveller and mountaineer, dancer, musician (of various kinds), photographer, aide project founder/contributor, environmental activist, national geographic contributor, someone who makes a positive difference…
Byron Bay’s best kept secret is …
Still a secret
I’ll bet you didn’t know …
Giraffes can go longer without water than camels
At 11pm on a Saturday, you’ll find me … dreaming
At 8 am on a Saturday, you’ll find me…
Eating pancakes or at the beach
My dream holiday destination is ….
Best restaurant/cafe in Byron Bay is …
‘Targa’ I am told
When you’re in Byron Bay, don’t miss …
The whale season (May – October)
My English learning tip is…
Tune in, have patience and enjoy the process.
Do you need money to follow me to Western Australia this weekend and lie in the sun on Cable Beach?! 🙂
Below are the jobs advertised in the Echo this week…
1 – The Northern are looking for security guards – must have valid RSA and licence. Apply in person at the Great Northern Hotel or call 02 6685 6454 to discuss. Full time and casual hours available
2 – Nomads Backpackers are looking for housekeeping supervisors – both for Nomads Byron Bay and Arts Factory Lodge. Previous experience essential. Part time hours – including weekends and holidays. Please email CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
3 – cleaner required for a B&B in Byron Bay – to start immediately. Must have ABN, and no travellers. Please call 02 6680 9134
4 – Wicked Weasel are looking for a part time sales assistant – for Fridays and Saturdays. Must have customer service ability, excellent communication skills, basic computer literacy and willingness to assist with other duties. Email CV to email@example.com, or pop into the store at 156 Jonson St – applications close Monday 23rd June
5 – Japanese speaker required for medical research company – must have good phone, computer and PR skills. Working holidays visas are OK – please call 0449 235 707
6 – experienced head chef required for busy cafe in Byron. Email CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
7 – bar staff and cashiers required for Splendour in the Grass – July 24-27th – please email CV and RSA certificate to email@example.com
We are starting a new series of grammar workshop on Thursdays at 2pm. Classroom 2
The workshops are for Pre-Intermediate and Intermediate level students who need help with the terminology, form and function of grammar. (Higher level students can attend if they feel they have a particular weakness in one area.)
Tomorrow’s workshop will be: Verbs and Auxiliary Verbs
• What is an auxiliary verb?
• How is it different from a main verb?
• What can it do?
• What can’t it do?
o Short Answers
o Question Tags
She started at Lexis Byron Bay on 21 April, just nine short weeks ago. At her placement test she was assessed as “Beginner” for grammar and writing and “Elementary” for speaking.
However, every week she has worked hard, making exceptional progress and being promoted twice. Then, on Monday, after just one week in her new class, and just 8 weeks at Lexis English, she came top in the Intermediate Week 3 test.
That is incredible progress Laryssa. Well done, indeed!
Kathleen’s class have been studying Present Perfect this week so I thought I’d re-post this blog from earlier this year. Present Perfect can be tricky, especially in contrast with Present Perfect Continuous. If you have any questions, why not go to GIL today and get some one-on-one instruction?
Another weekend rolls around here in Byron Bay! (ummm…and in the rest of the world…)
The major event this weekend is of course the World Cup!!!
The Beach Hotel are opening early to show games and serving coffee and breakfast, the Buddha Bar cinema will be showing games that evening, and Ginger Pig are opening for all 8am games and selected 5/6am games – and doing breakfast with a coffee or a beer (yeehheeewww) for $20!
The first game is tomorrow morning!! At 5am – the Ginger Pig will be opening for it if you are a stupendously early riser 🙂
The Australian Burlesque Festival is on at the community centre tonight if you have a spare $65 and want to see some naked ladies!
Melbourne band The Paper Kites are playing at the Northern on Friday night, and at the Beachy we have Leigh James at 5pm followed by House of Laurence at 9.30pm. Pink Zinc are the the Rails if you fancy some covers.
For something slightly more high brow, the Melbourne Ballet Company are in town and performing their show Infinite Space – at the community centre at 7pm.
Also Glo Dance is once again taking place out at Durrumbul Hall – this really is a fantastic night – The Link, Murray Kyle and DJ Pulse are playing this time.
On Saturday – after hitting one of the early openers for the Australia Chile game – there are some local bands playing at the Northern; Waxhead, Elegant Shiva and Black Tongue; DJ Discrow at the Beachy and Tristan O Meara Band at the Rails,
Saturday also sees Truth from NZ and Xsetra and Windcard from Oz playing at the Buddha Bar and Bree Bullock at Frankie Brown.
The Byron Theatre (in the community centre) are showing Last Paradise – a beautiful surf film which is well worth a watch.
On Sunday, we have Jesse Higgs at the Northern, The Daze at the Rails and DJ Helmy at Buddha Bar. Also at the Beachy Lisa Hunt is playing from 4.30pm – its been a while – she is so much fun to dance around to! If you fancy going out to Brunswick Heads, Late for Woodstock are doing a Sunday session out there too.
The Brackets and Jam live jam session will also once again be taking place at the Ginger Pig too!
Another of Bob’s fantastic videos – this time showing students at leisure in the student lounge.
We have a ping pong table and a variety of sports equipment for our students to use, as well as a TV with DVD player, computer study area, kitchen ,dining area and a huge grassed area outside with volleyball net and outdoor furniture!
Every visitor to Byron Bay must visit Cape Byron Lighthouse, and the best way do so is on foot.
The lighthouse is situated at Australia’s most easterly point, atop a 94 metre cliff. You can visit in the morning to see the sun rise over the Pacific, or take a late afternoon stroll to watch the sun disappear over the mountains. You’ll be rewarded with stunning views in all directions, frequently featuring dolphins, turtles and even whales during whale season (May to October).
Here are some simple instructions for how to walk, or jog, to the lighthouse:
Going up (this is the steepest and fastest route to the top, saving the best views for the walk down)
First walk along Lawson Street towards the lighthouse until it becomes Lighthouse Road.
Then, opposite the Captain Cook car park, turn right down Lee Lane.
Enter the bush along a walking track.
Follow the track through the rainforest, and you will emerge at the hang-gliders’ launching platform.
Continue on towards the lighthouse.
Continue past the lighthouse and on to the most easterly point.
Follow the path down the other side towards Little Watego’s.
Stop and take a swim at Watego’s Beach before continuing on the trail back to The Pass.
From here, you can walk along Clarke’s and Main Beach back to Byron Bay.
Then, to be like a Byron Bay local, repeat a couple of times each week before school. ENJOY!
Today we say hello to Jean, Hugo, Martin and Kainoa who are all from Reunion Island.
For those of you that don’t know Reunion, it is a French Island situated off Madagascar and next to Mauritius. Kainoa told me that the population there is about 800,000 and that the main industry is tourism. However, 13 shark attacks there in two years have made surfing difficult (it’s banned on half the island) so the boys have come to Byron Bay to surf instead – and, of course, to study English at the same time.
Here are Byron Bay’s relieved FCE students moments after putting their pens down on the final exam. Everyone seemed pretty confident, and so they should be. They have worked extremely hard for the past 12 weeks. Good luck guys. We’ll miss you.
We decided to start a new section on the blog to give you some nifty travel tips for your weekends away and wanderings after you’ve finished studying here at Lexis | Byron Bay!
This week, we are exploring Sydney! I lived in Sydney for a year, and got to know some of the hidden corners in this amazing city. Above are some of my photos of different hot spots such as the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Hyde Park, the Bondi to Bronte walk and Darling Harbour – contrary to popular belief, I’m a half decent photographer 🙂
Below are some Must Do’s if you are in the city!
The Bondi to Bronte coastal walk…do it!! Why stop at Bronte..walk all the way around to Coogee passing Tamarama, Clovelly, Gordon’s Bay and going through the gorgeous clifftop Waverley Cemetery. Starting at Bondi Beach and winding along the coast; there are awesome beaches, natural sea baths, electric barbecues, look out points with killer views and plenty of pit stops for a swift beer. Head to Beach Burrito Company in Coogee for Dos Equis and tasty burritos at the end
Check out local Sydney breweries – Stone and Wood is not the only NSW beer worth checking out! Lord Nelson Brewery in the Rocks is one of Australia’s oldest pubs and has the great Three Sheets Pale Ale on tap; 4 Pines out at Manly have delicious microbrewery beers from Pale Ale to Kolsch, Stout to Hefeweizen; Young Henrys at Newtown have a funky little tasting bar where you can prop up and sample their Real Ale, Hop Ale or Natural Lager; or go all the way out to Parramatta and head to Riverside – a relatively new little brewery turning out some amazing beers such as their IPA, American amber, porter or 69 summer ale… Great guys, great beers and you can fill up a growler at their Cellar Door
See the big sights – yes they are obvious, but they’re world famous for a reason! If you can’t afford to see something at the Opera House, go and have a photo taken outside and then gulp wine at the Opera Bar instead! Walk, run or cycle over the Harbour Bridge – or climb it if you feel like splashing out! Catch a ferry to Manly and hang out at the awesome beach, or great little bars and cafes; and stroll around the Botanic Gardens – there is an Aboriginal Heritage Walk if you fancy it; or otherwise its a great place to wander, jog, laze with a book, have a picnic… Just look out for ultra-fit Sydney dwellers doing pull ups from the branches of trees… Crazy folk
Explore the Rocks – it has a cool little market at the weekends, and a tonne of history – the Rocks Discovery Centre is free and has lots of information and interesting stories about the early ex-convict settlers. You can also grab your own guide to do a walk around the area and check out some of Australia’s oldest buildings. The pubs also have a lot of history here too – there is a lot of contention over which is the oldest – Lord Nelson, Hero of Waterloo, The Australian… Have a beer in each one and try to decide 🙂
Govinda’s Cinema.. this one is a little Darlinghurst secret. Darlo is a funky little area anyway, and a hub for Sydney’s gay community. You could spend hours walking around and gawping at everything – and then head to Govindas – an amazing vegetarian buffet with a Movie Room attached – you heap your plate with scrumptious food and then lounge around on huge cushions to see a movie in the lounge cinema
Stroll Surry Hills – you will literally never run out of things to do in this area – there are so many fantastic bars and pubs, great live music, the best ice cream you will ever have at Messina Gelato, crazily talented tattoo artists and enough vintage shops to make you think that you’ve stepped back to 1927!
Museum of Contemporary Art – it’s free, it has some incredible modern art, it overlooks Sydney Harbour and has a bar! I don’t see what’s not to love!
My favourite places to eat and drink in Sydney:
I’ll forewarn you…this list may be a little drink-heavy 🙂
The Baxter Inn – Basement 152-156 Clarence St, CBD- this is one of my all time favourite bars…its underground and slightly difficult to find, pumps on a Friday night and has a range of over 360 different whiskies
Forresters – 336 Riley St, Surry Hills – really fun pub with awesome deals on food – $15 roasts on Sundays, pizza, hot dogs, nachos… They also have the Queenie’s Caribbean restaurant upstairs. The pub does stand up comedy, shows sports matches and hosts trivia nights – and is always heaps of fun
Bucket List – Bondi Pavilion, Queen Elizabeth Drive, Bondi – overlooking Bondi Beach, great in the summer or on a sunny day – also a top people watching spot!
Dove and Olive – 156 Devonshire St, Surry Hills – awesome selection of craft beers, great deals on delicious food and lots on – such as beer tasting dinners, trivia and craft beer fight clubs – the emphasis is on the beer here!
Grandma’s Bar – Basement, 275 Clarence St, CBD – a very cool little bar tucked away in the CBD, with friendly staff and amazing cocktails. These guys are all about the rum!
The Stuffed Beaver – 271 Bondi Road, Bondi – a Canadian bar with more personality than all of Canada put together! It sells Little Creatures Pale Ale (my favourite beer), has a hilarious menu which includes the Canadian classic poutine – chips smothered in cheese and gravy,has fun movie nights, celebrates Side Boob Saturday… I could go on. Of course, you will get thrown out if you don’t follow the Dam rules 🙂
The Local Taphouse – 122 Flinders St, Darlinghurst – I love any pub that serves great beer, and The Local has it in droves. They are also generally fun and laid back, as well as having brilliant Silent Cinema nights on their swish rooftop
Chefs Gallery – Shop 12, 501 George Street, Town Hall – this is the only actual restaurant in the list – shocking!! It is a treat though, with the best Chinese food I have ever had – anywhere – in my life! It can be pricey but the food is just absolutely amazing.
Plenty to keep you partying like the Queen over the next few days – starting with live music coming out of your ears on Friday night! Greg Kew is at the Beachy from 5pm, followed by Movement + Tora at 9.30pm. Bootleg Rascal and Lepers and Crooks are at the Northern, and Ragga Jump at the Rails. The Lyrical are playing at the Buddha Bar and Charlie Keller at Frankie Brown.
Frothing on Fridays is on once again at the Ginger Pig, with awesome music, $5 Coopers and $10 cocktails. And if you fancy some culture, a new exhibition is launching at the Lone Goat Gallery at the library, by Marci Lutken.
On Saturday, DJ Fonzaius is at the Beachy; Tsun, The Ottomans and Midnight Ramblers at the Northern, and Jimi Beavis at the Rails. There’s also a great gig on from 8pm at the Buddha Bar – with Faleepo Francisco, Dane Adamo and Windrest – free entry for some fun, bluesy music.
On Sunday, as well as bopping around safe in the knowledge that there is no school on Monday – you might want to check out some of the following! Hombres are doing a Sunday arvo session at the Beachy from 4.30pm, followed by Rufus at 8pm; Dan Hannaford is at the Northern and Andy Jans-Brown at the Buddha Bar. Writers @ The Rails is on from 2pm and The Propellers are playing afterwards at 6.30pm.
If you’re as geeky as me, you might want to go to Palace Cinema to see the screening of Vikings from the British Museum – at 1pm and tickets are $20. Or you might be more interested in the premiere of Last Paradise at the Byron Community Centre – a great new surf movie, starting at 6.30pm.
Elsewhere, ArtWomb is taking place out at Paradise One in Coorabell – a beautiful old eco resort turned exotic community! Surrounded by hinterland forest with a creek running through it, the property has hosted some amazing parties. ArtWomb is a collection of collaborative art canvases that anyone can rock up and paint on! There is also a live jam stage, and the event is ‘bring-your-own’ alcohol and veggie dishes – entry by donation!
And finally – Monday – the Queen herself is celebrating her birthday. You can stay at home singing the English national anthem – or… Tim Stokes is playing at the Rails,the Northern are holding their industry night and Buddha Bar are hosting an awesome Essential Intentions event – featuring German electronic DJ Andhim – as well as plenty of local and national acts! Tickets are $15, and it kicks off at 1pm.
Do you need cash to see you through the long weekend??!! Then here are the jobs in Byron Bay this week!
1 – do you know a native Indonesian with teaching experience to tutor a pupil? Twice a week – call 0410 341 131
2 – Footbridge are looking for a head chef – must be experienced in high volume environments, reliable and well organised. Email CV to firstname.lastname@example.org
3 – experienced tattooist required in the Northern Rivers/Evans Head/Casino area – must have a licence. Please call 0435 330 488
4 – Poinciana Cafe in Mullumbimby are seeking a qualified chef or very experienced cafe cook to join their kitchen team for breakfast and lunch shifts. Please call 02 6684 4036 to arrange an interview, or text 0417 803 000 for further information
Good luck folks and remember that we have Job Club today in Room 2!
Happy Birthday to the wonderful Asami from everyone at Lexis English | Byron Bay!!! Asami has been studying here at Lexis English | Byron Bay for an incredible 36 weeks – we hope that she has an absolutely amazing day! 🙂