Coffee Lounge! November 28

Today at Coffee Lounge we had a lovely game of Aussie Heads in the morning and tested our brain power with Riddles in the afternoon!

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At the morning session, everyone asked excellent questions and discovered the name on their card very quickly!

Othman even figured out Boomerang with little difficulty, though this is his favourite Coffee Lounge game and he has played it a few times during his studies at Lexis Byron Bay!

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In the afternoon, Myuri, Mayumi and Natsumi were enthralled with the riddles and worked their brains hard to figure them out – successfully almost every time too! Tito resorted to google to find the answers but enjoyed the TimTams all the same 🙂

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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.

Coffee Lounge! November 8

Today was Coffee Lounge day at Lexis Byron Bay!

At the morning session we played a game of Aussie Heads while enjoying our coffee and TimTams. The students were given a mystery card to stick on their forehead and had to ask questions to work out what place, object, sport or animal they were. Some were quite easy to figure out, like kangaroo and Lexis Byron Bay. Others were more difficult and required some prior knowledge of Australia, such as didgeridoo and TimTams! Either way, it was a good chance to practice speaking and learn some new English words.

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In the afternoon we drank coffee and ate TimTams over a game of Uno. There was some fierce competition to start, with Yuki and then Astrid winning the game quickly, followed slowly by the rest of us!  With students from all over the world playing, there were a few differences in the rules that each player uses. For example, how many cards do you pick up if you forget to say ‘uno’ when you have only one card left – one, two or seven? Compromises were made quickly and the game continued on in the same friendly but competitive nature that it started in!

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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.

Coffee Lounge! November 1

We had two sessions of Coffee Lounge today – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. At the morning session, we played Aussie Heads which requires asking questions to discover the identity of the card stuck to your forehead!

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It is a great game to help practice English by both asking questions, giving clues to other players, and guessing the right English word for your card. Everyone did really well with asking the right questions to discover their identity, even with the more difficult cards such as ‘Aussie Dollar’, ‘Great Barrier Reef’ and ‘Sandcastle’.

In the afternoon we played Lexis Jenga, which is just like normal Jenga but with a question written on each tile which the student answered when they had pulled it out.

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The questions help the students to learn some more English words and phrases, and encourage speaking to explain their answers. It is also a great game to help get to know each other – today we found out that Myuri likes to dance in the shower, Mayumi’s favourite movie is Titanic, and Yuki would make everyone visit Japan if he ruled the world!

Some students come along to Coffee Lounge for the conversation, others come for the TimTams…Roman and Pol are definitely here for the TimTams and would do just about anything for one of those biscuits!

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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.

Coffee Lounge! October 4

At Coffee Lounge we played a game of Aussie Heads while enjoying coffee and TimTams!

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The game involves sticking a card on your forehead (without looking at what is on it) and then asking yes/no questions to discover what you are!

From crocodiles and sandcastles to the Aussie flag and Sydney Harbour Bridge, the students gradually asked the right questions to find out what card they had stuck to their head, with many laughs in the process!

 

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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.

 

 

Coffee Lounge! September 13

Today we held two Coffee Lounge sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

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The morning students enjoyed the challenge of Lexis Jenga, building a tall and precarious tower and answering the questions on each piece.

Through these questions, we discovered that Barbara has been to fourteen different countries, that Julie sings in the shower and that Yuri would travel the world if she won a billion dollars.

The afternoon students had fun with a game of Aussie Heads while enjoying their coffee and TimTams, with everyone taking turns asking YES or NO questions to figure out what the card on their forehead was.

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Each student did really well, deducing what their card was with minimal hints, but Samira  gets a special mention for figuring out that she was the Aussie Dollar so quickly, which is a notoriously difficult one to guess!

 

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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.

Happy Students! Vanessa & Richard

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Richard and Vanessa

Richard and Vanessa are from Brazil and travelled to Australia together to study at Lexis Byron Bay. They have been here for nine weeks now and are enrolled to study with us for a total of 24 weeks. They then hope to extend their stay by continuing their studies at Lexis with a Business course later in the year.

Richard has always dreamt of living in a different country and experiencing a different culture. When the two of them realised the importance of learning English to further their careers, they decided to study English in Australia. In Brazil, having a higher level of English often means better opportunities for jobs.

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First day at school – Richard and Vanessa starting with five other new students

Both Vanessa and Richard are enjoying their time in Byron Bay. For Vanessa, one of her favourite parts of living here are the beautiful beaches. She said that even if you go to the same beach every day, each day is completely different – whether it be the water, the sky, or the sunset, it is a different place every day. She finds the beaches here very peaceful. She also loves the night sky in Byron Bay, with so many stars that can be seen so clearly, it is a beautiful night view. Richard is a big fan of the famous Byron Bay Lighthouse. He enjoys the walk through the National Park area, which always delivers close encounters with the local wildlife including wallabies, rabbits, whales, dolphins, parrots, bush turkeys, lizards and turtles.  Richard has been impressed by the respect that Australians show for wildlife in this country, which he feels is a huge cultural difference between here and Brazil.

Having been studying for nine weeks already, both Richard and Vanessa feel that their English has greatly improved already. They both agreed that studying at Lexis has really helped them improve their grammar skills, and that meeting other students and people in Byron Bay has helped them improve their speaking skills as they use English in all their social situations. Vanessa has found all the people in Byron Bay to be very friendly and believes we live in a little piece of paradise. Richard would recommend others to study here as it is a unique experience and life is short! Both said that the staff at Lexis, both in the office and all the teachers, are all gentle, kind, helpful and friendly too. They have both learnt a lot from their teachers and find that each teacher helps them to understand English in new ways.

When they first arrived, Richard and Vanessa lived with a Homestay family for the first two months. They thoroughly enjoyed this experience, as they felt very at home with their host family who were very friendly and great cooks! Initially they found it a bit difficult to adapt to the cultural differences and different house rules compared to Brazil, but before long they had settled in and quickly felt as though they were part of the family. They have just moved into a rental property – right next door to their host family. They have been lucky enough to share their property with an Australia local too – a friendly koala who is living in a tree in their garden!

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Vanessa and Richard enjoyed Coffee, TimTams and conversation at Coffee Club

After completing their current English course, Vanessa and Richard hope to continue studying here for an extra six months before travelling around Australia. They would like to visit Tasmania, Cairns, the Outback, Sydney, Melbourne and many other places across the country before returning to Brazil and to work.

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We are very happy to have you both in the Lexis Family at Byron Bay and hope you continue to enjoy your time here at school, in Byron Bay and wherever your travels eventually take you! 🙂

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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.

Coffee Lounge! July 19

There is nothing better than good conversation while sitting out in the sunshine, and today we did exactly that!

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We enjoyed coffee and TimTams while chatting and playing a game of Aussie Heads in the garden.

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There were a lot of laughs as we asked lots of questions to find out what name we had on our heads!

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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.

Coffee Club! May 17

Today is a beautiful day in Byron Bay, so we sat out in the garden for Coffee Club. I was joined by Dmitri, Yong, Saki and Noriko to play a game of Aussie Heads.

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We also enjoyed some great conversation over our coffee and introduced Yong to the delicious Australian taste of TimTams!  🙂

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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.

Coffee Club! May 3

At Coffee Club today I was joined by seven students – Izabel, Yukina, Nami, Miho, Mayumi, Natsumi and Yuki.

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It is a beautiful day in Byron Bay  today, so we took Coffee Club outside to enjoy the warm weather and sunshine.

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We played a game of Aussie Heads, enjoyed a coffee (or two!) and devoured the TimTams in no time!

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Thanks for joining me today! It was a fun way to spend the afternoon 🙂

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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.

Coffee Club! April 19

At today’s Coffee Club we enjoyed the fancy coffee while playing Aussie Heads. Marco was impressed with the fancy coffee – so much so that he tipped half of it on the table…accidentally of course!

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We had a great game and the packet of TimTams was devoured quickly as everyone was rewarded for guessing their Aussie Head.

Thanks for joining me at Coffee Club today!

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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.

Coffee Club! April 5

There were lots of laughs at Coffee Club today playing Aussie Heads today! Everyone enjoyed their coffee and had a fun time trying to figure out what card was on their head.

With correct guesses being awarded a Tim Tam, the packet didn’t last long!
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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.

Coffee Club!

What a great turn out to Coffee Club today! We played a very enthusiastic game of Aussie Heads – with winners each getting a Tim Tam, the packet didn’t last long!

 

 

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As we are coming up to Easter this weekend, we enjoyed some Hot Cross Buns with our coffee. Many of the students had never tasted these before but all reported that they were delicious!

 

 

Thanks to the 14 students who joined me for Coffee Club today. I hope you had as much fun as I did – judging by the amount of laughing today, I think everyone had a good time!

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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.