Meet the Teacher – Elizabeth

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HOW MANY LANGUAGES DO YOU SPEAK? 

Portuguese Intermediate and Japanese beginner and Dinosaur Advanced

 

I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE…?

A ballerina

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WHEN YOU ARE IN BYRON BAY, DON’T MISS OUT…. 

On the markets and the sunset at the main beach with impromptu drumming circles (mostly on weekends)

 

BYRON BAY’S BEST KEPT SECRET IS…

Brunswick Heads!

 

I’LL BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW…

You’re having the time of your life!

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO?

Stay at home and potter around the house with my family.

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HAVE YOU EVER LIVED IN ANOTHER COUNTRY?

3 years in Japan, 1 year in the UK

 

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION?

the Amazon and Antarctica

 

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TEACHER?

Because I think I know everything! (haha!)

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WHAT IS YOUR ENGLISH LEARNING TIP? 

Learn the following and use them all the time “Could you please speak slowly?”, “Could you tell me what _____ means?” “Hi, my name is ______ can I please practice my English with you for a few minutes?” And go up to people and talk to them!

 

 

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.

Meet the Teacher – This week find out more about our Amazing Elementary Teacher – Kirsty

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We’re so lucky to have so many knowledgeable and passionate teachers and the school and Kristy is definitely one of them. Those of you that have been lucky enough to have her as your teacher will know all about her passion for grammar and pronunciation and will also agree what a kind and patient teacher she is.

Find out a bit more about her below:

HOW MANY LANGUAGES DO YOU SPEAK?

English and a little Italian.

I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE…

…present…in the moment…

WHEN YOU ARE IN BYRON BAY, DON’T MISS OUT…

…on Tuesday woodfired pizza night at the Cavanbah Centre…yum!

BYRON BAY’S BEST KEPT SECRET IS…

…if you look closely you might see some wildlife.  A coiled python, an echidna, a jumping wallaby, and of course dolphins and whales.

I’LL BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW…

…I’m in a DVD.  It’s educational.  In New Zealand.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO?

Learn.  And listen to music.

HAVE YOU EVER LIVED IN ANOTHER COUNTRY? 

I grew up in New Zealand and have spent a bit of time in Italy.  Now I live here on Australia.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION? 

To do the Camino de Santiago.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TEACHER? 

I became a teacher after I went to art school to pay off my student loan.  When I started, I loved it!  I taught Art and Design for 2 years at a high school then wanted to teach young children.  I really enjoyed having fun with 10-year-old kids.  They made me laugh a lot and I worked hard to help them learn.  I thought, ‘I would do this job for free.’  It’s a very rewarding job.  Teaching English has been a great way to travel and work.  I really love watching my students become more confident and enjoy speaking a new language.

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WHAT IS YOUR ENGLISH LEARNING TIP? 

Write a diary entry and listen to English music.  Take a notebook with you when you’re out and record new vocab and phrases you hear.

 

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.

Meet the Staff – This week we find out more about our lovely teacher, Claudia

Claudia is one of our most-loved teachers. She has been at Lexis Byron Bay since 2011 and taught many different classes in this time including General English (Elementary to Advanced), Cambridge First Certificate and IELTS.  She also helps run our activities and stands in for the Campus/Academic Manager in her absence.  Find out more about her below:

HOW MANY LANGUAGES DO YOU SPEAK?

I speak English, German and Hungarian fluently and I can get by in French. I also studied Latin for seven years and Italian for one year.

I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE…?

…happy in life (and I think I’m pretty close to it 🙂

WHEN YOU ARE IN BYRON BAY, DON’T MISS OUT…

….on talking to the locals. Absorb the Byron vibe and the positivity of the community.

It is inspiring to see how many conscious people life in Byron. It really makes the world seem a better place. After all, change starts within each of us.

BYRON BAY’S BEST KEPT SECRET IS…

…not so secret anymore. But secret or not, an early morning walk to the lighthouse to watch the sunrise is the most amazing thing to do.

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I’LL BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW…

…that in Byron all teachers actually love teaching and genuinely like their students. 🙂

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO?

Being with my family. Running. Reading. Travelling.

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HAVE YOU EVER LIVED IN ANOTHER COUNTRY?

Yes! In Germany (Berlin) and the USA (in Los Angeles)

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION?

Because we are so lucky to have the most amazing beaches and countryside here in Byron I love exploring cities when I’m on holiday.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TEACHER?

I do love teaching. After studying marketing and working for an international record label in Berlin I knew that talking to people from all kinds of different countries is what I love to do. It is wonderful to see students improve their English and to realise how much they appreciate our help and input. It is genuinely rewarding.

Being able to teach and inspire people from all over the world and living in Byron is pretty close to perfect for me.

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WHAT IS YOUR ENGLISH LEARNING TIP?

Speak, speak, speak. Be confident and believe in yourself (and your teacher 😉

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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.

Meet the staff – Homestay Officer, Koko

You may have noticed a new face in the office, over the last few weeks. This is Kayoko (Koko) our new Homestay Officer.

Koko is taking over from Naomi, who sadly will be leaving Byron Bay next weekend to continue on her  travels. Koko has already settled in really well and we are enjoying her positivity and enthusiasm in the office.

We asked her a few questions to introduce herself:

  1. Where did you grow up?
    We moved a lot when I was little so, many places in Japan plus Brazil for couple of years when I was 7.

    2.   Which languages can you speak?

    Japanese and English.

    3.  Which countries have you visited?
    America, Brazil, Thailand, India, Laos, Malaysia, England, Greece, Mexico

4. What do you love the most about your job?
I’m still new, so my experiences are still quite limited, but my colleagues are all super nice and it’s wonderful.
Also all the students I’ve been meeting from all over the world are so gorgeous, fun, nice, and I’m loving them. There is a great fun vibe to the school, it is a great place to work:)

5.  What is your top English learning tip?
Get a boyfriend or girlfriend!  If not, homestay is a great way:)

6.   What have you always wanted to be?
Free!

7.  Where will we find you at 11pm on Saturday?

In my jammies about to go to bed.

8.  What about 8am on a Saturday?
Hopefully jogging up to the lighthouse.

9.   Tell us something not to miss out on in Byron Bay…
Whales! If you are visiting here during June – Nov, you can see many whales migrating up north  from the lighthouse walk; often mothers with their calves. It’s a great way to enjoy the beauty of Byron and spotting whales is so exciting. The best way to experience them is to go on the whale watching boat. You get to see them so close, and they are truly magical….

10.  Which is your favourite restaurant/cafe in Byron Bay?
Kinoko for very good sushi. Miss Margarita and Cyprus Tree are very good too. Cardamon Pod and Heart and Halo for good cheap hearty meals.

11.  What is your dream holiday destination?
There are so many…  All the beautiful places in the world

12. Tell us something we didn’t know…
Less is more.

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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.

Meet the Staff – Naomi; Homestay

 

Where did you grow up?

 In Watford, North London – the home of Harry Potter World!

 

Which languages can you speak?

Only one – English! How embarrassing! I got a B in GCSE French too – Bonjour!

 

Which countries have you visited?

Too many to count, but I’ll try….. Australia, India, Kenya, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, America, Canada, Germany, Italy, France, Poland, Netherlands, Greece, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Macedonia, Spain, Portugal and Turkey!

 

What do you love the most about your job?

Working with such a great team – especially Claire and Lisa 🙂

 

What is your top English learning tip?

Speak English with your friends and encourage them to correct you.

  

What have you always wanted to be?

I love food, so any job relating to eating would be great!

 

Where will we find you at 11pm on a Saturday?

At the Mez Club ordering Lychee Martinis 😛

 

What about 8 am on a Saturday?

Probably still in bed – thinking about where to go for breakfast.

 

  

Tell us something not to miss out on in Byron Bay….

The tacos from Chihuahua!

 

Which is your favourite restaurant/cafe in Byron Bay?

The Farm – for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

 

What is your dream holiday destination?

On safari in Kenya – I’ve already been but I’m desperate to go back.

 

Tell us something we didn’t know…

My brother was an extra in the first Harry Potter film #claimtofame

 
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.
 

Upper Intermediate and Elyse’s last day! 10 February

Today we have a special graduation blog just for our Upper Immediate class; not only are 4 students graduating from this class today, we also sadly say goodbye to their lovely teacher Elyse!

The students very sweetly put on a delicious lunch to say thank you and goodbye to their wonderful teacher!

 

Francesco is from Italy and graduates with an A. His level of English is excellent and he has been a pleasure to have in the class and around campus! We hope you continue to improve your fluency and wish you all the best for the future!

Larissa is from Brazil and graduates with a B. She’s been a pleasure to have in the class and her knowledge and understanding of grammar is excellent. Good luck for the future, you will be missed!

Gaetan is from Switzerland and graduates with an A. His English, particularly his speaking, has improved greatly in his 12 weeks at Lexis. He’s been wonderful to have in class and will be missed! All the best for the future!

Luisa is from Switzerland and graduates with an A. She has been wonderful to have in class and contributed actively to conversations, which was always appreciated. Her understanding and use of grammar is excellent and her fluency has improved a lot in her 6 weeks of study. Enjoy your travels around Australia!

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! 20th January

Congratulations to our four students graduating from Lexis Byron Bay this week!

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Axel is from Switzerland and graduates from Kathleen’s Intensive Intermediate class. He’s demonstrated a good understanding of English and grammatical structures, aswell as very good speaking and listening skills.  In addition, his great sense of humour was really appreciated by his class colleagues and teacher! We wish you all the best for the future!

Oka is from Japan and graduates from Kathleen’s Intensive Intermediate class.  She’s worked very hard in her 8 weeks at Lexis and always asked very intelligent questions. Outside the class she took may opportunities to talk with native speakers to improve her speaking and listening skills. Her lovely personality and smile contributed to a delightful classroom environment. Good luck for the future!

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Yuki is from Japan and graduates from Becky and Georgie’s Elementary class. He learnt very quickly and effectively, and his speaking and writing has improved a lot in his time at Lexis. He always worked hard and participated well in activities, as well as practicing outside the classroom with his friends! Good luck with your studies Yuki!

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Alba is from Spain and graduates from Kristy’s Pre-Intermediate class. Her English has improved greatly from her first day at Lexis 14 weeks ago. She’s always very friendly and helpful to everyone and we have all enjoyed having her friendly face and happy personality in the classroom and around campus! We wish you the very best for the future!

 

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.