This afternoon we had our Christmas Party and the Lexis Olympics!
The students have been creating games in class this week and yesterday, all the classes explained their games to one another. This afternoon we split into teams and played all four games. We had 6 teams (including a team made up of teachers Josie, Kristy, Kathleen and Claudia’s son Luca).
The games were fast, funny and involved a lot of running around, throwing balls and getting wet! In the end, the winning team was made up of Hiro, Pascal, Jan and Yuta/Takuma – very impressive considering there were 2 injuries in the team! In second place was Akira’s team with Cristina, Bruna and Sidney.
Well done everyone, I hope you had fun! Merry Christmas to you all and see you in January 🙂
Today Karin, Mathilde, Jisoo, Pascal, Takuma, Jan, Sidney, Shuetsu, Toni, Maria, Kana, Rachel, Sarah, Celine, Miho and Erik are graduating (although the last 5 are coming back in January to do the Cambridge course so it’s not “goodbye” just “see you soon”).
A particular mention goes to Mathilde for her 100% attendance during her 12 weeks with us!
It’s been great getting to know you all during your time here. To those who are leaving, good luck for the future! We look forward to welcoming the rest of you back for Cambridge in January 🙂
Today is our last day of school until January… so it’s time to reveal our activity calendar for next month!
We will welcome around 60 new students on January 4 so it’s going to be a very busy month…
We’ll start off with a Cambridge Welcome BBQ on the first day back to welcome all our new students. On the remaining Mondays of the month we’ll have Flavio and Stefanie joining us again for their popular skateboarding and yoga sessions.
Every Tuesday we’ll have Coffee Club, a chance to meet students from other classes and enjoy coffee, Tim Tams and conversation!
Our Wednesday activities will be varied, with Table Tennis, Boomerang Painting (don’t forget to sign up at reception!) and a Lexis Bake-Off.
Thursdays will alternate between Job Club and new release movie screenings (with free popcorn and ice cream!)
On Fridays we’ll be heading to the beach for activities like beach soccer,beach games, beach cricket and a lighthouse bush walk.
Finally, we’ll continue to have our student party night at Cheeky Monkeys every week with free entry, free food and free drinks until 10pm.
Remember that all of these activities are free, fun and great chance to socialise. It’s going to be a fun-filled, action packed month! 🙂
It’s the last week before Christmas but Olalla and Ramon got 99% and 98% respectively in Monday’s Unit 8 progress test. This is a rare achievement at the Upper Intermediate level so congratulations to both of you!
We had a very festive Coffee Club this afternoon with Christmas music, Christmas themed games and some jolly reindeer antlers for me (Laura) to wear!
Our game “Aussie Heads” became “Christmas Heads”… Mathilde quickly guessed that she was “decorations” but Ramon took longer to guess that he was “Christmas biscuits”. We played a quick game of Charades too.
Thanks for so many great Coffee Clubs this year everyone, I’m looking forward to many more in January and beyond…
Last week, Anji’s IELTS class put a lot of effort and preparation into their Christmas pantomime, Cinderella! They performed it for us at graduation on Friday and it was a lot of fun. Here are some photos…
Rayan and Lucas as the step-sisters
… Jon as Cinderella
Shota (the mouse) with Cinderella
Mathilde (the fairy godmother) with the mouse and Cinderella
Deborah (the prince), Mathias (Jay Z), Estelle (Beyonce) and Martina (the guy from Cheeky Monkeys)
On Tuesday, the students looked through some magazines to find recipes that looked interesting and challenging to cook. In the end we chose the spaghetti frittata with tomato pesto, oregano and mozzarella and for dessert, the chocolate roulade.
On Wednesday, we went to the supermarket and bought all the ingredients.
On Thursday, we went to the kitchen and started preparing those delicious dishes. The class was divided into 2 groups. The boys were responsible for the frittata and they proceeded to cook the spaghetti, chop tomatoes and prepare the egg mix.
In the mean time, the girls spent a great deal of time attempting to whisk the cake mix. Unfortunately we didn’t have an electric mixer as the recipe called for, so we all shared the hard task of mixing by hand.
There was a lot of action happening at the same time. The water was boiling for the spaghetti, some people were preparing the cake and also others were melting the chocolate, heating the cream and getting everything organised for the meal.
We took the cake out of the oven and at that moment we realised the cake was too thin compared to the picture. We were feeling positive and decided to continue the recipe as instructed and spread the cake with the ganache. After we put some mixed berries and rolled the cake. To decorate the roulade we out melted chocolate in it and then grated chocolate. To finalise, we put the roulade in the fridge while we were eating the frittata.
While the cake cooking was going on there was a lot of action in the frying pan! They combined the egg, spaghetti and tomato pesto and started cooking the frittatas. We made four in total and they were delicious.
The students thought the English and Cooking class is really useful for learning different words and improving English in different ways.
Thanks Renata for your excellent piece of writing! 🙂
It was a BEAUTIFUL afternoon to go to the beach… most of our students came down to the beach for some kind of beach activity – surfing, swimming, sunbathing and of course… volleyball! Check out these gorgeous photos – aren’t we lucky to live in Byron Bay!!
We had a fantastic, fun and busy graduation today… we said goodbye to 21 students and we were treated to a hilarious pantomime performance of Cinderella by Anji’s IELTS class (more about that in another blog…)
Julia, Unai, Estelle, Dean and Lucas are coming back in January to do a Cambridge course… enjoy your Christmas holidays, guys!
Teacher Claudia and Julia
Unai and teacher Kathleen
Teacher Anji and Lucas (pink suits you, Lucas!)
So the real “goodbyes” are for Jon, Shota, Luca, Cedric, Rayan, Deborah, Mara, Martina, Adrian, Ramon, Chrissie, Rocio, Kanta, Yuna, Patricia and Julia (the last 3 were not here today to have their photo taken.)You have all been lovely students and we will miss having you around school, enjoy the rest of your time in Australia and good luck for the future!
Aquarius 7.30pm Open Mic
Beach Hotel 5pm Scott Day-Vee Duo 9pm Wandering Eyes
Byron Brewery 7.30pm Bullhorn
Byron Fresh 7pm Josh Hamilton
Byron Theatre 7.30pm Elixir Circus
Circus Arts 7.30pm No Excuses
Ginger Pig 8pm Groove DJ
Great Northern Hotel Reilly Fitzalan, A Little Province, Clyve
Pizza Paradiso 7pm James Ross
Railway Hotel 7pm The Soulshakers
Treehouse 7.30pm The Imprints
Woody’s Surf Shack 9pm Nick Cunningham
Beach Hotel 9pm DJ Discrow
Byron Artisan Market 4pm Stu Harcourt
Byron Brewery 7.30pm Swamphound & Support
Byron Fresh 7pm Palm Wine Ambassadors
Byron Theatre 2pm Big Byron Christmas Bash with The Elder Beats, Combined Community Choirs
Circus Arts 7.30pm No Excuses
Great Northern Hotel Vinnie LaDuce, Feeding Fauna, Aquila Young
Miss Margarita 10.30pm DJ Chris Bradley & Friends
Pizza Paradiso 7pm Jock Barnes
Railway Hotel 7pm Jimi Beavis
Suffolk Park Hall 2pm Esscay
The Farm 2pm Jesse Morris Band
Treehouse 7.30pm Parissa Bouas Trio
Woody’s Surf Shack 9pm DJ Adrian Brandello
Beach Hotel 3pm Lisa Hunt 8pm Dom Dolla
Byron Brewery 3pm Groove DJs
Byron Fresh 7pm Laz’s Good Time Blues
Byron Golf Club 4pm Live Music
Byron Market 8am Sunny Alaska, Stu Harcourt, Dave Johnson
Ginger Pig 3pm Sunday Sessions
Great Northern Hotel Jesse Pumphrey
Palace Cinema 1pm La Traviata
Railway Hotel 7pm Simon Wright
The Eatery 4pm DJ Kayci
Treehouse 2.30pm DJ Eva J & Friends
Byron Bay Markets – 3rd Sunday December & January
Lismore Car Boot Market – 3rd Sunday of the month
Mullumbimby Markets – 3rd Saturday of the month
Pottsville Markets – 3rd Sunday of the month
Uki Buttery Bazaar – 3rd Sunday of the month
We had a poker tournament this afternoon! Mathias and Rayan had particularly good poker faces but Cedric seemed to be having all the luck… he was looking like a very wealthy man when I had to tear myself away! As I write this the tournament is still going on… I’ll update you on the winner of the beer prize when I know…
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Tuesday night means only one thing… student night at Cheeky Monkey’s!! As always, we had plenty of free drinks, chatting and dancing on the tables… see you next week for our last student night before Christmas!
This afternoon, Eleonora and Illi joined me for Job Club – a great chance to prepare for finding work in Byron Bay or elsewhere in Australia (fuelled by Tim Tams of course!) Today we applied for TFNs, discussed different types of visas and had a look at job adverts in Byron Bay this week.
If you need help with your resume or anything else job-related, come to the next Job Club on January 5th or speak to me (Laura) any time 🙂
We have 9 new starters at Lexis Byron Bay this week! Giovana, Pablo, Camila, Rahel, Cristina, Celine, Viviana, Sarah and Gabriela
Gabriela, Celine, Sarah, Cris, Viviana, Rachel, Giovana, Pablo and Camila
Giovana Capp Couto Buccioli is from Brazil and will stay in Byron Bay for 8 weeks. She likes dogs, dancing and making friends. At university she studies Psychology and now she has come to Australia because it’s a beautiful place to study and enjoy the beach lifestyle.
Pablo Baez De Goya from Spain will spend 12 weeks with us at Lexis Byron Bay. Currently he works as the skipper of a 12 metre sailing boat in Ibiza during the summer seasons and before that he worked as a lifeguard in many different places. Now he has come to Australia to improve his English while enjoying the beaches, sun and nature.
Camila Capovilla is from Brazil and she will study at Lexis Byron Bay for 8 weeks. She enjoys travelling and photography and at home she studies Psychology. She has always wanted to come to Australia but she has arachnophobia (fear of spiders!) so she was a little cautious… but now she is here she is trying to stay calm! In the future she plans to travel a lot more.
Rahel Selina Zihlmann is from Switzerland and in her free time she enjoys reading and volunteers running children’s camps. She has recently been to New Zealand to study and travel and now she’s in Byron Bay to improve her English and learn about Australian culture.
Cristina Rodriguez Herrero is from Spain and she plans to study at Lexis for the next 12 weeks. She loves the beach, the sun and surfing so she thinks Byron Bay will be paradise for her… good weather and good waves!
Celine Horvarth from Switzerland has come to Australia because she likes to meet people from different cultures and countries. Currently she is taking a gap year while she decides what to do next. She will take the Cambridge course starting in January and she hopes to improve her English and become more confident about her English skills.
Viviana Victoria Rivas is from Chile and she will study with us for 8 weeks. She wants to try surfing during her time here. She works in a shop where people can buy clothes and have a good time while enjoying coffee and manicures! Learning English will help her when she travels to buy clothes to sell in the shop and she thinks Australia is a beautiful, safe and modern country to study in.
Sarah Vilallonga from France will be taking the Cambridge course in January. In France she has just finished high school and last year her sister studied in Byron Bay, so she recommended it as a great place to stay! She is looking forward to making friends and improving her English.
Gabriela Dos Santos Tavares is from Brazil and she will stay in Australia until March. She chose Byron Bay because her brother already studies here and she likes to learn about new cultures and meet new people. In Brazil she studies Business, so improving her English will be useful for her career in the future.
In the English and Cooking class this week, Josie and Julia’s students planned two recipes, bought the necessary ingredients, cooked and enjoyed eating their food! Then they wrote about their experiences – read on to find out what they got up to…
Firstly we choose which recipe we wanted to cook on Tuesday. Kevin proposed to do the chocolate fondue. So on Wednesday we went to the supermarket to buy the ingredients we needed for the fondue. We bought dark chocolate, cream and different fruit such as apple, banana, pineapple and strawberries. Then we talked about utensils and kitchen equipment that we were going to use to prepare the fondue. On Thursday, we all went in the kitchen between 1 and 2 o’clock to cook the fondue and the Spanish omelette. During the preparation we listened to some good music, it was so funny! First we sliced the fruit and put them in a plate. Then we melted the dark chocolate in a bain-marie and we added cream and mixed it with a whisk. We decorated our plates in an artistic way, like mandalas. Finally, we ate the chocolate fondue outside altogether and after the Spanish omelette. We used spikes to put the fruit in the chocolate. It was delicious! It was a really funny and sunny afternoon, we had a great time together! –PATRICIA AND ESTELLE
On Tuesday the class decided to make Spanish omelette and the recipe was from Unai. On Wednesday, we went to the supermarket to buy ingredients. We bought potatoes, onions, eggs, olive oil and salt. On Thursday we went to the kitchen to prepare the dish. Firstly, we chopped all the potatoes and sliced the onions. After that we broke the eggs, put them in a bowl and whisked them. The next step was to roast the onion in a frying pan with olive oil. The potatoes were cooked in two centimeters of oil in a frying pan. After this process we took the potatoes out of the pan in a bowl and added salt, fried onions and the eggs and mixed all of it in the bowl. Then we put the mixed ingredients back in a pan and cooked them until brown. We made four omelettes and served them on plates. The omelettes were very tasty. We hope they tasted just like grandma’s omelette. Everyone worked really well together. It was an amazing experience. –JASMIN AND RENATA
Today we say goodbye to 8 students… Kevin, Yann, Melody, Gwladys, Rahel, Jasmin, Sofie and Pedro (although Pedro wasn’t here at graduation to be photographed).
Kevin Joerg from Switzerland has been at Lexis for 6 weeks and during that time he has worked hard and enjoyed the Byron Bay lifestyle, especially the surf! Kevin says he has had an amazing time here and he made a lovely speech (you can watch it again on our Lexis English Byron Bay Facebook page!)
Teacher Josie and Kevin
Sofie Billstam from Sweden has been at Lexis Byron Bay for 15 weeks. She is a lovely and intelligent student and her teacher Anji described her as sunny, funny and fab. Sofie said she has had a lot of fun here! We’ll miss you but see in January Sofie!
Teacher Anji and Sofie
Yann Wellhauser from Switzerland has spent the last 4 weeks with us in Byron Bay and before that he was at Lexis Noosa. He has been a hard working student and his teacher Claudia described him as a pleasure to have in class. Yann treated us to a musical performance during graduation today to say goodbye, thanks so much Yann!
Yann’s musical performance
Rahel Sterchi from Switzerland has progressed from Pre-Intermediate to Intermediate during her time here at Lexis Byron Bay. Her teacher Claudia says she has been a conscientious and hard working student. Next Rahel plans to spend some time travelling in Australia – have fun, Rahel!
Jasmin Christen from Switzerland also graduates from the Intermediate class and Claudia said she has worked very hard to improve her English during her time here. Jasmin said she has had fun in Byron Bay and now she will travel for a few weeks before returning home to her job in January.
Jasmin and her teacher Claudia
Gwladys Garcia from France has progressed from Elementary to Intermediate during her time here and her teacher Josie described her as a wonderful student. Gwladys has been a friendly smiley face around school and has participated in lots of activities – we’ll miss you, Gwladys!
Melody Larrieu is also from France and she has also progressed from Elementary to Pre-Intermediate. She has done well in her tests and her teacher Josie says she has been a pleasure to teach thanks to her happy and energetic nature.
Melody and teacher Josie
Finally, Pedro Navarro Santoro from Spain has been at Lexis for the last 12 weeks and he graduates from the IELTS class at Advanced level. His teacher Anji describes him as a very intelligent student and says it has been absolutely lovely teaching him. He plans to take his IELTS exam soon and will stay a little while longer in Australia to work and travel before he returns to Spain.
Another weekend of warm but mixed weather, with sun and cloud on Friday, possible thunder storms on Saturday and some sunshine on Sunday. It will be quite hot – around 28 degrees during the day and 20 degrees at night.
Summer is officially here, which means plenty of long sunny days perfect for the beach…
Here in Byron Bay we are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches, with many different options for water sports, beach activities, exploring or just relaxing.
Stretching to the north of Byron, Belongil Beach is one of the few dog-friendly beaches in the area. It has lovely views up the coast, tall sand dunes and a secluded feeling making it ideal for walking or relaxing. You can walk there from town via Main Beach and there’s a track to the Belongil cafes, including the Tree House which is a great venue for food, drinks and live music.
To the left of the Main Beach car park, at the start of Belongil beach, is the Wreck. More of a surf break than a beach of its own, it’s named after the wreck of the SS Wollongbar, which sticks out of the water just beyond the waves. Mostly popular with surfers, there are no lifeguards and can get a little wilder than some of the other swimming beaches near town, but there’s often more space on the sand for beach games like cricket or soccer.
The Wreck, Byron Bay
Just a short walk from the centre town, Main Beach is Byron’s most popular beach. With Julian Rocks visible on the horizon and the Byron lighthouse overlooking it from the headland, it’s Byron’s iconic beach spot. There are grassy hills behind the beach perfect for picnicking, as well as BBQs and other facilities. Lifeguards from the local surf club patrol the water so it’s a safe swimming beach.
Clarkes is further down the sand from Main Beach, along the curve of the bay. Patrolled in the summer by lifeguards, it’s a safe place to swim that’s just past the heart of the town. It’s got a permanent beach volleyball net and rocky areas for snorkeling, plus there’s usually a bit more space on the sand to spread out or play beach games.
Further along from Clarkes at the other end of the bay is The Pass. With views of Julian rocks, Main Beach, Belongil and the hinterland beyond, it’s one of the most picturesque spots in Byron Bay. It’s also a famous surf break renowned for its long waves, which can be ridden all the way to Clarkes when the conditions are right. It’s a beautiful walk along the sand from town and has a lookout that oversees the entire bay.
Nestled at the foot of the headland, around the corner from The Pass, is Wategos beach. Secluded in a beautiful forest bay of its own, it’s popular with surfers and swimmers alike. With waves wrapping around the headland that offer long, leisurely rides and plenty of shallow areas that are great for kids, Wategos is the epitome of a family beach. It’s also one of Byron’s best picnic spots because it’s in its element at dusk.
As the name suggests, Little Wategos is similar to Wategos beach but on a smaller scale. It’s just around the corner from Wategos and is easy to get to along the sand in low tide. When the water’s up high, it can be reached by a longer walk over the headland. Because of this dependence on the tides, it’s often unoccupied, making it feel like your own private beach.
The other side of the headland is less protected than the bay. The beaches here get more wind and are often choppier, but they also usually have bigger waves. The first of these is Cosy Corner. It’s nestled at the bottom of the headland so it’s partially protected from the wind. With cleanly formed, decent sized waves, it’s a favourite among the local surfers.
Further down from Cosy Corner on this side of the headland is Tallow Beach. With various breaks along it, there’s the potential to get a surfing spot all to yourself. It’s dog friendly and has views of the headlands further down the coast, so it’s also a nice beach for walking.
In the middle of the open stretch of sand to the south of Byron Bay is Suffolk Beach. A five-minute drive from town, it’s dog friendly, usually virtually empty and has stunning views of both Byron Bay and Broken Head. Long and unprotected, it’s often windier than the bay and has good surf breaks at various points along it.
On the other end of the sand from the Cape Byron Headland is Broken Head beach. Protected by its own headland and surrounded by rainforest, it’s popular with both surfers and swimmers. A ten-minute drive from Byron, it has views of the lighthouse on its northern horizon and it’s quieter than the beaches closer to the town.
Just around the corner from Broken Head is the beautifully remote Kings beach. Although not officially a nude beach, it’s often treated as it is so beware if visiting with children. Kings is a little tricky to get to, but worth it once you’re there. It’s accessible by driving across the top of the headland along a gravel road, just off Broken Head’s main road. Once you reach the Kings car park, it’s a steep ten-minute walk down to beach.
Further around the headland from Kings is the less well-known Whites beach. Reachable in the same way, its walking track is a little further along the gravel road. Nestled in the heart of the Broken Head rainforest, Whites is stunningly secluded and is one of the quietest beaches in the Byron area.
Last night was our weekly student night at Cheeky Monkey’s! It was great to see many of our new students and existing students there having fun and enjoying the free food and drinks.
Asa, Bruna, Cristina, Jisoo, Annabelle and Sarah
Unai was crowned King of Student Night last night for his dance moves (and popularity!) in the dance-off competition! He won $100 cash – well done Unai! Melody, Yuna and Eleonore also got up on stage and impressed us with their dance moves, and Marc won a travel prize for scoring 10 baskets in a row in the basketball challenge!
Unai and Luca enjoying a game of pool
Melody and Yuna waiting for the result of the girls dance competition
Bruna, Jisoo, Asa, Yuna (plus Melody and Mathilde photo-bombing!)
Coffee Club was a lot of fun today! As always, we had Coffee and Tim Tams… Chrissie taught Yuna how to do the Tim Tam Slam for the first time (you bite of the corners of your Tim Tam and suck your coffee through the biscuit – delicious!)
Yuna trying the Tim Tam slam
Then we played Charades – everyone who took part earnt a coconut-flavoured Tim Tam. Finally, we played Aussie Heads and Eleonore was the winner!
Mathilde acting out “watering the plants” in Charades
Aussie Heads! Mathilde was “cricket”, Melody was “Tim Tams”, Seb was “cockroach” and Eleonore was “snake”
This week we welcome 10 lovely new starters to Lexis Byron Bay – Rodrigo, Isabell, Raffael, Amanda, Mathias, Marie, Martina, Bruna, Bruno and Toshiya.
Isabell, Mathias, Marie, Amanda, Rodrigo, Toshiya, Bruno, Martina, Rumiko (who actually started last week!), Bruna and Raffael
Rodrigo Ayres Ferreira from Brazil will study at Lexis for 16 weeks. He loves to play football, do Ju-Jitsu and walk on the beach. He thinks improving his English will increase his job opportunities in the future and he heard that Byron Bay is an amazing place to live and study.
Isabell Blechschmidt from Germany plans to study here for 12 weeks. Dancing is one of her hobbies and she also enjoys spending time with her dog. She hopes to improve her English during her time here to help her with jobs in the future.
Raffael Colombo is from Switzerland and he will spend just 2 weeks at Lexis. He enjoys travelling the world, as well as hockey, soccer and snowboarding. He wants to learn English to improve his conversation skills and make new friends. After studying at Lexis he plans to travel in Australia.
Amanda Campos from Brazil hopes to be at Lexis for 8 weeks. Her hobbies include partying, sports and meeting new people. She has not yet finished high school but she is here on an exchange to learn about another culture and because Australia is a beautiful country.
Mathias Epstein Later from Brazil will study with us for 7 weeks. He enjoys hanging out with his friends and learning other languages. He’s currently studying French in Brazil and is a student of Electrical Engineering at a big college. He has come to Australia because he thinks it’s the best way to improve his English.
Marie Christine Hubert is from France and she will stay at Lexis for 3 weeks. Her son lives in Byron Bay, so she has come here to to improve her English so she can communicate better with her grand children.
Martina Leeb from Austria plans to stay with us for 2 weeks at Lexis Byron Bay. In her free time she enjoys dancing (she’s looking forward to the salsa nights at Ginger Pig!) At home she works in HR but now she’ll stay in Australia for 6 weeks to improve her communication skills.
Bruna Longhi from Brazil hopes to be with us for 12 weeks. In Brazil she studies and works, but she wants to improve her English because she feels it’s important for her travel plans.
Bruno Luethi is from Switzerland and he will study with us for 12 weeks too. His hobbies include football, skating and snowboarding. At home he has worked as a metalworker for the last 6 years. A friend recommended Byron Bay to him because it’s so beautiful.
Toshiya Miyazaki from Tokyo, Japan will be at Lexis for 17 weeks in total. His hobbies include surfing and he hopes to improve his English significantly during his time here.
Why does it always rain on our soccer days?? Not to worry – this afternoon we had another Table Tennis Tournament!
16 students took part in the tournament. Lucas was back with us this time and he made it to the semi finals along with Raphael, Charlotte and Mara. The girls played well but the final came down to Raphael and Lucas… and nobody was surprised when Raphael won (again!)
Tiago Bossart from Brazil has been at Lexis for 4 weeks and his teacher Anji describes him as an intelligent student who puts in a lot of effort. It has been lovely having you around school, Tiago, and thanks for sharing some Brazilian recipes with us this week! (Tiago finished yesterday so he escaped my photographs today!)
Zdenek Cermak from the Czech Republic has been at Lexis for 7 weeks. His teacher Beckie said he has been great to have in class and always helps other new students. Zdenek will now take a holiday but will return to Lexis in January – see you then, Zdenek!
Teacher Beckie and Zdenek
Andrea Dvorakova is also from the Czech Republic and also started 7 weeks ago. Her teacher Claudia says she is a beautiful friendly person who is always in a good mood. She has worked hard and achieved a lot. Andrea will also be back with us in January to study on the Cambridge course.
Andrea and teacher Mel
Cheryl Hausheer from Switzerland has been at Lexis for 8 weeks and her teacher Kathleen said she has been a joy to have in class. Cheryl has achieved an A grade and has participated well with intelligence and a great sense of humour.
Teacher Julia and Cheryl
Jin Seong Jang from Korea has been studying with us for 12 weeks. His teacher Claudia said he is a quiet achiever who has improved his grammar and communciation. I (Laura) have also enjoyed having you in our Discussion Workshops and other activities Jin!
Jin and Mel
Ju Hoi Lee is also from Korea and she has been at Lexis for 9 weeks. Claudia described her as a conscientious worker who comes to school every day and is always on time. She asks great, inquisitive questions and has participated well in activities, especially our Discussion Workshops.
Ju and Mel
Jonas Marti from Switzerland has completed 6 weeks here at Lexis Byron Bay. Now he has exciting travel plans! He will visit New Zealand, then work on a sheep farm near Perth before returning to the east coast. Have a fantastic time, Jonas, we’ll miss your smile and positive attitude!
Jonas and Mel
Michaela Muller, also from Switzerland, has progressed significantly during her 8 weeks at Lexis and her confidence has grown a lot! She has worked very hard and her teacher Kathleen said she should be very proud of herself.
Josie and Michaela
Cesare Orefice from Italy has been studying with us for 12 weeks and has progressed to Upper-Intermediate during this time. His teacher described him as a great student and Cesare said he has had a “great time” here.
Julia and Cesare
Eriko Sakaguchi is from Japan and she has been at Lexis for 8 weeks. She graduates with a A grade from the Pre-Intermediate class. Kathleen said Eriko has participated enthusiastically and with a great sense of humour.
Josie and Eriko
Alessandra Stevanin from Switzerland has completed 4 weeks at Lexis Byron Bay in the IELTS Preparation class. Her teacher Anji said she has been a lovely student. Now Alessandra plans to travel before returning home – have fun, Alex!
Anji and Alessandra
Eva Schuetz is also from Switzerland and has been with us for 12 weeks. Her last day was yesterday so she could not be with us for graduation today, but she has achieved an A grade during her time here and has worked hard. We wish you all the best for your future, Eva!
Want to progress quickly through Intermediate? Then the Intensive Intermediate course could be perfect for you!
In Intensive Intermediate, you will study 4 hours of General English each day, so you will complete 2 units per week instead of 1.
Classes start at 12.20pm each day, so you will have your mornings free to relax. There is also an optional hour of GIL at the end of the day.
Benefits of Intensive Intermediate include:
Small class – easier to ask questions and to work on
your particular weaknesses
Two progress tests and two writing tasks each week
5 hours per day with class teacher
Enjoy the beach in the morning when it’s quieter and cooler
No need to worry about getting up early after a big night!
Erik, Olalla, Rocio, Yuna, Kanta and their teacher Kristy
Kristy is one of the Intensive Intermediate teachers and she said:
“It’s an excellent short course for those who like to study and already have a good level of English at Intermediate level. You get to work quickly and pack in the learning, as well as get your questions answered by the teacher in a small class.”
Kanta Ohsuga from Japan has progressed considerably during his time in the Intensive Intermediate class, scoring 96% in his most recent test! He said:
“It’s an interesting class and the learning speed is very fast, it suits me. There are fewer people so it’s easier to have conversations.”
Yuna Rousseau is from France and she thinks the Intensive Intermediate class is a fantastic idea.
“I really love this class because we learn so much more. We are in a small class so it’s easier to ask a lot of questions, I really prefer this. Claudia is a very good teacher and I think my English and especially my vocabulary are improving. I can go out at night and sleep in the morning! Also it’s good to enjoy the beach in the morning because it’s not so hot and there are not a lot of people”.
Yuna and Miho
The next Intensive Intermediate course will start on January 4. If you think it sounds right for you or if you have any more questions, speak to Lisa 🙂
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Beach Hotel 8pm Selaphonic, Timberbrones
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Ginger Pig 8pm Groove DJ
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Treehouse 7.30pm Jesse Morris Band
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