New Starters – 25 June

This week we welcome two new students to Lexis Byron Bay: Ugo from France and Teresa from Spain.

Ugo comes from the Marseille region of France, where he is currently at school. He is 16 years old and at Lexis on our Teen Activity Programme (TAP). This means that he has surf lesson 4 times per week as well as daily English classes. Ugo decided he wanted to come to Australia because he thought it was the best place to learn both surfing and English. He’s a beginner at surfing and Pre-Intermediate in English. He will be here just two weeks before flying back to France.

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Teresa is from the Basque region of Spain and is a student. She studies environmental health at university and is enjoying her course. She will need English to help with her future career but that’s not the only reason she came to Byron Bay: she came to surf! She has already surfed in Costa Rica and Indonesia amongst others so she’s keen to find out how Byron Bay compares.

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We wish both Ugo and Teresa a wonderful holiday and look forward to helping them achieve their English goals.

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Byron Bay Recommendations – from our Intermediate class!

Mel and Julia’s Intermediate class have been covering the subject of ‘Recommendations and Suggestions’.

In pairs or groups of three they were asked to give recommendations for Byron Bay, here’s what they suggested… 🙂

 

Marta and Juliana:

You should try a surf lesson and hiking to the lighthouse because the view it’s amazing! The best way to get around is by bike. We’d recommend sun beach Wategos, skydiving and kayak would be a good idea as well.  To drink, to talk to friends and just go out, you can go to Beach Hotel. To have breakfast you should definitely go to Kombi. September is probably the best time to visit here because there are people but not too much! Take care with sharks, kangaroos on the road, spiders in your shoes and snakes, because they can be everywhere!

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Byron’s Lighthouse, where you can spot dolphins and whales (May-October)

Shiho and Eleonora:

  • It’s probably best to go to the lighthouse and the sunrise and try to see dolphins and whales.
  • That’s well worth seeing the principal beaches like Wategos, Tallows and The Pass.
  • You should definitely see the sunset at Main Beach, where people sing and play drums.
  • The best time to visit is Spring.
  • You really must do surfing and go with kayak.
  • I’d recommend to go to the Rails at because there is live music and you can meet a lot of nice people.
  • You can go to the Gold Coast and visit the big buildings and the beaches.
  • Be careful in the jungle because there are a lot of dangerous animals.
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Sunset at Main Beach

Chihiro, Dana and Pinky:

  • I’d recommend to go surfing at Main Beach, because there are some shops and cafes near here so you can enjoy surfing with coffee. You should definitely go to Tallows Beach. You can see beautiful sun rising. There is more private than Main Beach.
  • It’s probably best time to visit in Autumn, because summer is too hot and city is too busy.  
  • You should definitely go to lighthouse. You should see sunrise in the morning and you can also watch dolphins and whales.
  • I’d recommend Beach Hotel at night. You can enjoy DJs music, a lot of drinks, and dancing. And you can see the ocean from there.
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The Beach Hotel; a great place to socialise, with views of Main Beach

Juliane and Ayaka:

I’d recommend to walk between The Pass and Wategos Beach. You should buy a bicycle, ride to The Pass, lock your bike there and walk to Wategoes. You should visit White Beach, is after Broken Head. It’s probably best to rent a car to go to White Beach.

You can use this car also to go to Yamba and Red Cliff. These places are about 2 hours driving south and you can camp there.

You really must go to Crystal Castle and Minyon Falls, Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads.

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Wategos Beach; one of Byron’s beautiful beaches

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Happy Student – Izabela Franco De Sad; Making Dreams Come True!

Izabela started studying at Lexis English in December last year and she brought with her a very special energy. She was such a pleasure to have in the school that, before she left, I asked her if we could do an interview to find out more about her and her time at Lexis Byron Bay. It turned out that her trip was the culmination of a dream that she’d nurtured for many years. Read what she told me below:

  1. Why did you decide to come to Byron Bay to study English?

I started dreaming about coming to Australia when I was 15. My vision of Australia was a place full of beaches, sunshine, friendly people and a relaxed way of life. I also knew that having a good level of English would be important for my life – for getting a good job and for travelling and meeting people.

So, from the age of 17, I worked to save up to make this dream come true. I worked in restaurants, hotels and offices, sometimes four jobs at a time until, eventually, I earned enough money to pay for my entire trip myself.

I went to an agency to book my trip and they advised that I went to Sydney or the Gold Coast as it was easy to find work there. I nearly booked my trip but first decided to look at Google Earth. When I saw all the skyscrapers and the cars I was disappointed. This wasn’t the vision I’d had of Australia all these years.

So I sent messages to five different contacts I had that had been to Australia and asked them to advise where I should go. One friend told me about Byron Bay and said that 100% it was the place for me, as soon as I Googled it I knew she was right.

  1. How has your English improved and who/what helped with that?

Before I came to Australia, I wanted to make sure that I had a reasonable level of English so that I could really jump straight into the lifestyle here and also have more chance of finding a job straight away. My mum was so proud of me saving up for my trip all by myself and so, as a reward, she paid for me to have English conversations classes.

This was really useful but I was still thinking in Portuguese and then translating into English when I first arrived. However, once in Byron Bay, the necessity of talking English all the time makes you improve crazy fast. Plus the teachers at Lexis Byron Bay are great. They gave us phrases and conversation practices that were so relevant and which we could use in our real lives, immediately. Plus they corrected me, which people in the street don’t do, so I soon improved my accuracy too and got better and better.

I did General English and Cambridge FCE and found them both really useful. The method of teaching is really good and Paul, my Cambridge teacher, was so funny.

  1. What was it like living/working in Byron Bay?

I’m probably not the best person to ask because I can’t be objective. I’m simply in LOVE with Byron Bay. I’ve found myself here!

I really believe that Byron chooses people. I feel like I can allow myself to be me here and be and do everything I that wanted to be. I find people here are different. Everyone wants to live in a simple way and enjoy life in tune with nature, love and the things that are really important. For example, getting up early to share a sunrise.

Work-wise, I’ve had the same job since early January. I work at Trattoria Basiloco, an Italian and pizza restaurant in town. It’s a great job. Everyone is really nice and helpful. I didn’t find it difficult to get a job at all but I do think you need to be proactive. Choose the places you want to work and then make yourself known there. It helped for me that I was studying Cambridge too. It gives employers confidence that you have a pretty good level of English and will be able to communicate easily with the customers.

As for friends, I’ve met some wonderful people. Lexis Byron Bay is a really friendly environment so it’s easy to meet people straight away. Then, over time, some people I met grew to be really good friends. Now there is a group that I have such great connection with; with no problems or dramas. And I met them all through Lexis Byron Bay.

  1. What was/were the best thing/things about your trip?

It’s not a single experience or even something I did; it’s that I’ve discovered myself. Through this experience (even the difficult times such as when I was fined $319 for not wearing a bike helmet) I’ve learned what makes me happy, who I am and who I can be. And I’ve gained the confidence that I can do whatever I want.

Now I’ve finished my English studies, I’m going to stay one more year doing a massage course. This takes me up to September next year. I’m not sure what I’ll do then, but, at the moment, every day I say to someone how lucky we are to be here. When I’m watching the sunrise or swimming or playing guitar on the beach I feel such gratitude: to myself for giving me this opportunity; to the people I’ve met in Byron; and to Lexis Byron Bay for being such a huge part of this experience.

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing or Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Super Food Cooking Class – Upper Intermediate

This month Claudia’s Upper Intermediate class took their lesson to the kitchen!

They each had to choose a super food (a food rich in nutrients), research it’s facts and history and then use it in a recipe!

Interestingly chocolate is considered a super food! Brilliant news 🙂 Research shows that dark chocolate especially can lower blood pressure!

Everyone then got to try each others dishes as the creator explained the information they had gathered about their super food!

 

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Post a photo – win a skydive!

photo comp

 

Serious Fun Runner up

Can you take a better photo than our previous competition winners (featured above and below)?

Starting Monday March 5th, the competition will run for four weeks, meaning that both current and new Cambridge classes can participate. Here’s what you have to do:

1 – Take an incredible photo that could be used to illustrate the following quote:

“Coming to Australia isn’t just about improving your English; it’s about using it, making friends and exploring this amazing country.”

2 – Join the Lexis English Byron Bay Facebook group and www.facebook.com/groups/lexisbyronbay/ and upload your photo.Include the tag #lexisbyronbay BEFORE 8pm on Thursday 30th March.

The winner will be announced on Friday 31st March.

Terms and Conditions:

  1. Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash. 2. Entries close at 8pm on Thursday 30th March 2018. 3. Competition open to current students only. Students that are current at the start of the competition but no longer studying on 30th March are still eligible to enter. 4. Winning entries will be announced on the Lexis English blogs and Facebook pages. 5. Prize details to be confirmed. 6. By entering the competition you give permission to release the picture to Lexis English Australia to use for promotional and marketing purposes post-competition on Internet, social media and other materials deemed to promote Lexis English Australia.

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New Starters – General English! 2nd January

Welcome to our nine new starters joining our General English courses at Lexis Byron Bay this week!

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Laurine is from the French speaking part of Switzerland. She enjoys swimming and listening to music, either at home or going to concerts. After finishing her studies she found a job within children’s education. She wants to improve her English to help her travel around Australia; she is hoping to go to Townsville and the Whitsundays to dive with her PADI license!

Mariela is from Chile. Her hobbies include playing the guitar and listening to music. She works as a fashion designer. It is very important for her job that she has a high level of English as she travels to other countries to put together prices for collections and make changes to clothing and accessories. She is looking forward to be able to speak fluent English after her 18 weeks at Lexis!

Yannik is from the German speaking part of Switzerland. His hobbies include snowboarding, skiing and chilling by the seaside. He has just spent to summer at a surf camp in Portugal and is now doing our English in Action course (15 hours of English and 4 surf lessons a week) to improve his skills even more! His plans for the future are to speak fluent English and save enough money to travel all over the world making friends along the way!

Toni (Antonio) is from Spain. He loves the mountains and will often climb or bike through them. He also loves nature and animals and swimming in the sea, all of which he will enjoy lots of in Byron Bay! He has been working in construction for 8 years, before which he worked in a greenhouse for 4 years. He is excited to have this opportunity to learn English in Australia!

Urs is for the German speaking part of Switzerland, in a beautiful mountain valley. After completing 3 years of studies he is now a full time gardener. In his free time he plays for a soccer team 4 times a week and also enjoys skiing. He would like to one day be a school teacher and it is important for this job that he has a good level of English.

Patrick is from the German speaking part of Switzerland. He loves sports, particularly triathlon and is a member of a club who’s coach has been 15 years a professional and won the championship 6 times in Hawaii! He works as a team leader and car mechanic in a garage. They often have to order parts from England and South Korea so to make his job easier he wants to improve his English! He chose Australia for his studies because of recommendations from friends about how beautiful it is, the lovely weather and friendly people!

Leonardo is from Brazil. He loves surfing, playing guitar and going to concerts. He has just finished high school and would now like to study gastronomy at University. English is very important for his future job so he will spend the next 7 weeks studying with us, whilst also enjoying the surf in paradise!

Isabella is from Brazil. She finished her degree in law at the end of 2016 and will find work as a lawyer, but would also one day likes to work within horticulture. She decided to study in Australia because she can enjoy this beautiful country and the nature whilst also improving her English!

Oceane is from France. She has been studying at Lexis Noosa but now wants to experience beautiful Byron Bay! She will continue to improve her English here with us for the next 4 weeks!

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing and Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Graduation! 1st December

Congratulations and farewell to our eleven students graduating from Lexis Byron Bay today!

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Fuen (far right). Gabriela, Choi and Esther were all off today (probably enjoying the beach!) so Heitor and Rafael accepted their certificates on their behalf!

Gabriela, from Brazil, graduates from our IELTS class. Her teacher’s Julia and Elizabeth say it’s been an absolute pleasure having her in class . Gabriela always has a positive outlook and plays an active part in class discussions. We all wish you the very best for the future!

Fuen, from Spain, graduates from Julia and Elizabeth’s IELTS class. Her teachers say she is an enthusiastic student with great knowledge of English. They also said she always asked interesting questions and participated well in class discussions. We hope you enjoy the rest of your time in Byron!

Esther, from Spain, graduates from our IELTS class. Her teachers says she has worked really hard and participated enthusiastically in all class activities. We will all miss your smile and your class will especially miss the laughter you bring to the lessons! Best of luck for the future Esther, it was lovely to meet you!

Choi, from Korea, graduates from our IELTS class. He has been a lively and entertaining presence at Lexis and we will all miss him very much! We hope you enjoyed your 16 weeks here with us and wish you the very best for the future!

 

Yuka, from Japan, graduates from our Upper Intermediate class with an A! Well done Yuka! Her teacher Claudia says it’s been really lovely to have her in class. She has put in a great deal of effort over the past 12 weeks and should be very proud of her hard work! We wish you all the best for the future!

Isabel, from Germany, graduates from Claudia’s Upper Intermediate class. We are so glad after enjoying your first enrolment so much you decided to come back to Lexis again, it has been a real pleasure having you here! You have put a lot of effort into all of your studies and made great contributions to class! Good luck for the future Isabel!

Alfredo, from Spain, graduates from Harriett and Serena’s Pre-Intermediate class. It has been such a pleasure having you here, you are always so friendly and positive! Your class will miss your energy and enthusiasm, but we are very pleased you’ll be coming back to us in January to further your English even more! Enjoy your break and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year!

Byran, from Switzerland, graduates from our Pre-Intermediate class. His English has improved a great deal in all areas over his 16 weeks with us here at Lexis! He was the youngest in his class, at just 16, but interacted well with all his classmates and participated well in all activities! We hope you enjoyed your time in Byron practicing your English and surfing!

Linda, from Italy, graduates from our Pre-Intermediate class. His teacher Harriett described her as an enthusiastic learner who was always polite and respectful. She had a great attitude to learning and everyone loved having her in class! We hope you enjoyed your 12 weeks here with us at Lexis and wish you the very best for your future plans!

Alejandro, from Spain, graduates from Harriett and Serena’s Pre-Intermediate class. His teachers have really enjoyed having his fun energy in class! His English has improved immensely in his 8 weeks at Lexis, especially his speaking. We hope you enjoy your break and look forward to seeing you for your next enrolment in the new year!

 

Kathleen Yuka

Yuka (Yama), from Japan, graduates from our Intermediate class. Her teacher Kathleen says it has been a delight to have her in class for several reasons; she worked very hard, asked intelligent questions and interacted really well with all the other students! The whole class will miss her wonderful sense of humour! Congratulations on graduating with your A grade!

 

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.