Comparatives Lesson at the Farmers’ Market

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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.

New Starters – Monday 30th June

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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.

Graduation 27 June 2014

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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.

Final Thoughts from our Reunion Island Teens

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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. 

What’s on this weekend in Byron Bay!!!

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Friday

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.

 

Saturday

Ask our Brazilian students to teach you the forró (“fun expressive movements dangerously close together”) at the Brewery’s Brazilian Party with Trio Mandala. The fun starts at 7.30 and entry is FREE.

Elsewhere you can find Dr Rhythm at the BeachyTijuana Cartel at the Northern, Mark Lucas and the Deadsetters at the Rails and Tora at the Treehouse.

 

Sunday

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.

Have a great one.

Free Activities in July

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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

Jobs available this week in Byron Bay!!!

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Do you need money to go out on a whale-watching adventure this weekend?

Below are the jobs advertised in this week’s Echo…

  1. Work at Splendour in the Grass festival (http://splendourinthegrass.com/ 24-27 July) as bar or cashier staff. Send application with current NSW RSA and previous experience to: splendourbarwork@gmail.com.
  2. A local designer is seeking a sewing machinist.  Industrial experience preferred.  Call or email Fran: 0414 496713 fran@francescarockette.com.au
  3. A reliable, qualified and experienced pastry chef/baker is required for the 1pm-9pm shift at Byron Gourmet Pies. Applications to info@byrongourmetpies.com.au
  4. A massage practitioner is wanted to manage a massage clinic in Mullumbimby for 6 weeks from July 21. Phone: 0423 293995.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 jobs@misscuisine.com.au or call 0499 282701.