Teen Activity Programme 2018 – English and Surfing!

We recently had three wonderful TAP students here with us at Lexis Byron!

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The Teen Activity Programme combines English classes with surf lessons, so they really get the best out of their Byron experience!

 

Before they left the boys kindly answered a few questions for us…

What’s the best thing about Lexis Byron?

Sacha: I liked that it’s a small campus, so everyone knows eachother. It’s really easy to talk to people and make new friends.

Theo: It was a really good combination of study, surf and free time! I also really loved my homestay.

Alex: Improving my English! I also really enjoyed the table tennis (Alex came a close second in our July Tournament!).

 

Tell me a bit about your teacher and lessons…

Sacha: All the teachers are really nice. They encourage you to participate and mingle with other students. We played lots of really good games that got us to mix together and get to know eachother.

Theo: I loved my teachers, Paul and Michelle. We would always do activities in class that would get us interacting and speaking with other students.

Alex: My teacher Claudia was very useful and interesting, because of her lessons I am sure I have improved my English.

 

How were your surf lessons and instructors?

Sacha: Really good! Because Theo and I already knew how to surf Let’s Go Surfing gave us private lessons instead of us having to go with the group. They would always take us to where the good waves were, they really knew the best spots each day. They were very kind, friendly, fun and gave good advice. We often had dolphins really close to us when we were surfing, which was an amazing experience.

Theo: Great! The instructors were really good and helped us improve. They always checked where the best waves were first and took us to so many different surf spots over the 4 weeks; Broken Head, Suffolk Park, The Pass, The Wreck, Belongil and Lennox!

Alex: My surf lessons were awesome, even though the waves weren’t really big every day. Dylan and the other instructors do an amazing job.

 

Did you enjoy your homestay experience?

Sacha: Yes, they made me feel welcome and gave me good advice on Byron (Sacha’s homestay father Mark even took him to see how surfboards are made!). I felt well looked after but sometimes wished I was with a family with another teenager, like Theo was.

Theo: I loved it! My host family had 2 boys similar age to me (14 and 17) so I spent every evening with them. They were also the same surfing level as me so we would go out surfing together.

Alex: Awesome! What a family! The Monrows are the nicest people I have met here.

 

What was your favourite thing to do in Byron when you weren’t studying or surfing?

Sacha: Finding good places to eat; there’s lots of reasonably priced places for food. There’s also lots of shops! The lighthouse is really nice, we saw a wallaby there; I always appreciated these moments.

Theo: Hang out with my host family.

Alex: Ride my bicycle in town, or to the top of Byron to see the view, and sometimes do some shopping.

 

What would you say to someone who was thinking about coming to Byron to study?

Sacha: Go and do it! It’s a really good experience. It’s a small town so makes a change from being in the city. All the people are really kind. There’s good food and surf to enjoy!

Theo: It’s a really good school for surfing and studying. Byron is a great location for trying out lots of different surf spots.

Alex: Everyone has to do what they want to do! Byron is best for surfing, but studying at Lexis was still very useful!

 

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

Teen Activity Programme

It’s TAP (Teen Activity Programme) season at Lexis Byron Bay! At this time of year, budding young surfers from all over the world come to join our English and Surfing programme, where they study English in the mornings and have a surf lesson in the afternoons.

Claire, our Student Services and Activities Officer, is amongst the staff members here to welcome them and help them with any questions they may have.

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TAP Surfing Students: Theo, Sacha and Ugo with Claire

We asked Claire to answer the following questions…

  1. What languages do you speak?

Other than English, I speak basic Spanish and French. In the future I would like to try and learn Japanese; so far I can say hello, goodbye and thank you!

 

  1. What countries have you lived in?

I’m from England so lived there most of my life before moving to Australia nearly 4 years ago. I have also lived in Spain (where my dad lives) and worked in Guatemala for 2 months training native speakers for English speaking roles.

 

  1. What do you enjoy most about your job?

The amazing team I get to work with and being part of the student’s journey! We really do have such lovely students who come to Lexis Byron and it’s wonderful to be able to help them and watch their confidence with the language grow. As well as being very rewarding my job is also a lot of fun!

 

  1. What are the most popular things that Junior students in Byron Bay enjoy doing?

Surfing is of course the favourite and Byron is one of the best places in the world for this!

They also enjoy meeting students from other countries and being able to hang out with them at the beach after a morning of studying!

When they’re not surfing or at the beach we also have free afternoon activities they can participate in; with skateboarding, soccer and volleyball being amongst the most popular with the juniors!

  1. What is Byron Bay’s best-kept secret?

Winter is the best time to come to surf! There are far fewer people so it’s much easier to catch your own wave!

 

  1. What is the best advice you could give to juniors and their parents?

Coming to Lexis Byron Bay will be an unforgettable experience they will forever be thankful for!

When they are here they should talk with students from other countries so they can practice their English as much as possible, and have new friends to visit once they return home!

 

 

Thank you for getting to know the staff from Byron Bay! If you are interested in the TAP program or would like for information please head over to our website: https://www.lexisenglish.com/course/teen-activity-program-tap/

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.

TAP STUDENTS – TEEN ACTIVITY PROGRAMME!!

Last month we had a group of TAP students here with us at Lexis Byron Bay – this is our Teen Activity Programme that includes 4 surf lessons a week alongside 15 hours of English lessons.

I asked each of the students to tell me a little bit about their experience and their thoughts on the school, surf lessons and Byron Bay!

Francois, the youngest of our TAP students at just 13, said:

‘the age gap between myself and my classmates was never a problem; we all got on great and everyone made a huge effort to make me feel welcome. All of the staff at Lexis were excellent, so friendly and happy to help. My teacher Mel was brilliant; our lessons were the best kind of lessons as they combined work and fun, and I really enjoyed being Mel’s teaching assistant! I have loved my time at Lexis and in Byron Bay and would recommend the school for anyone wanting to improve their English. I also really enjoyed the surfing; everything was well organised and all the instructors were funny and great surfers!’

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Ferran studied with us at Lexis last year and had such a great time he decided to return again this year! He said:

‘I love Byron and it was great to come back and study at Lexis again; it’s a really good place to learn and make new friends. My teacher Claudia was so friendly and helpful.

I’ve surfed a lot before and done the surfing programme last year with Lexis, but Let’s Go Surfing were able to adapt the lessons to my level so I still found them useful and fun!’

 

Nicolo, 17 from Italy, said:

‘Everyone at Lexis is so friendly and helpful. I’ve had such a great time and it now feels like home to me. My teacher Kristy is such a good teacher, she was always so patient and if there was anything you didn’t understand she would stay with you until you did. I really enjoyed the surf lessons too, Byron Bay is an amazing place for it!’

 

Zoe, 15 from France, says:

‘Lexis is a very nice place to learn English and meet people from everywhere. My teacher Josie was very funny and nice; she would always take the time to explain anything we didn’t understand. I’m going to miss her! It’s so great that we’re free to come to school or not, but we want to come! The surf lessons were really cool too; the teachers were always smiling and joking, but also really careful’

 

Isaure, 16 from France, said:

‘Lexis is a great school, I have spent a very good time here. Even though I miss home I’m very sad to be leaving this place. I really like that you get to meet people from all countries of all generations, there’s a great mix here. Our teacher Josie was really good and I always enjoyed our class activities; it’s a fun and cool way to learn English. I will definitely recommend Lexis to friends, it’s a really nice place and I’ve had a lot of good moments here. I especially liked that I was able to learn surfing and English at the same time. I really enjoyed my surf lessons, the teachers are really friendly and we had choice over our board, where to surf… Thanks for everything!’

 

Beatrice, 18 from Italy, said:

‘I love this time in Byron, my host family was really good, and I want to come back again! Thanks for everything!’

 

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.

TAP Residential Surf Campers Explore The Broken Head Nature Reserve

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When asked if anyone wanted to go swimming they all said it was too cold. So instead we went and explored the Broken Head Nature Reserve! The boys had fun playing in the sand and hiking through the reserve!

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TAP’s Residential Surf Campers go Exploring!

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Today we went for a little adventure to see some of the surf spots around Byron and to learn a bit more about surfing. We even hiked to a secluded beach and to the light house and saw some dolphins and even whales!!!

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The boys looking for whales and just seeing Mirko’s tongue!

At the Light house the boys got some Ice Cream and were on the hunt for whales and dolphins. It was a long hike with a lot of stairs and we even went to the most easterly part of all of Australia! We watched a few pods of dolphins playing and saw some whales breach and splash their tails!

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S for Surfing!

At little Watego’s the boys posed for some pictures at a beautiful beach on a great sunny day!

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Adventuring around Little Watego’s!

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Break Time!

We stopped in at the local surf shop C-Skins and the manager Tom told the boys about surfing and surfboards! They even had some time to do a little shopping as well!

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The boys learning about boards from Tom, manager of our local shop C-Skins!

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Rodolphe and Yuki striking poses!

It was a great day and the boys had a lot of fun!