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.

Friday Football!

This afternoon some of our students demonstrated their impressive football skills in the Lexis garden.

 

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They were still playing at the time of writing, but the beer for the winning team is waiting for them in the fridge.

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.

 

Lessons in the sun!

The weather is so beautiful here in Byron Bay this week that many teachers are taking the opportunity to do part of their lessons in the sun.

On Monday, Kristy’s class were doing a running dictation (one student has to run, read something, remember it and tell their partner who writes it down. Then they swap).

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Then, today Kathleen’s class were doing pair work discussing relationships. They had to tell a relationship story and then, later write a poem about someone they felt strongly about.

What a lovely way to study English! And it’s only the start of summer. We’ve got months of this lovely sunshine to look forward to 🙂

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.

New Starters 23 October 2017

This week we welcome four new students to Lexis Byron Bay.  They are from left to right: Cristina, Marina, Chiaki and Tobias.

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Cristina is from Seville in Spain and is here in Byron Bay with her boyfriend, who thinks it’s the most beautiful place in the world. She has just finished training as a pharmacy technician and likes travel, sports and cinema.

Marina is also from Spain and has just finished a degree in Journalism. She loves nature and travelling and would love to work as a photo journalist in the future. She is staying at Lexis until April next year and hopes to gain the Cambridge Advanced Certificate.

Chiaki is Japanese but was has come to Australia via Thailand.  She chose to study in Australia because of the weather and relaxed lifestyle. Also, she loves coffee so is excited about the number of coffee shops in Byron Bay. In Japan, she worked in Research and Development, creating products such as air-freshener and face masks.

Swiss Tobias is the oldest of three children. His family have a vegetable and cattle farm in Switzerland where he works with his father and brothers. His hobbies are mountain biking and football and he chose Byron Bay for the likes good weather, great beaches and nice people.

Welcome to Lexis. We look forward to helping all of you create some wonderful memories.

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.

It’s the Weekend! 22 – 24 September

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It Looks like its going to be a beautiful weekend, here is some ways you can make the most of it! 

WEATHER

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……………..  SURF

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Highlights  – Don’t Miss Out! 

Friday is the last chance to buy your tickets for the fantastic day trip to Brunswick!

Speak with Zara on campus from 12- 3 PM to buy your ticket!

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GIGS – Don’t Miss Out!

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FRIDAY 22
GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL, BYRON ALI BARTER, SAN MEI, SOMETHING EXPLOSION
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON 7PM THE SOUL-SHAKERS
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON 5PM DU’EAST DUO

9.30PM THE HOMBRES
BYRON BAY BREWERY 7.30PM ITES
STICKY WICKET, BYRON 9PM DJ KYLE WALKER 9.45PM BIGGY P
WOODY’S SURF SHACK BYRON 9PM AIRWOLFE
TREEHOUSE, BELONGIL 7.30PM MANANA
LUSCIOUS FOODS, BYRON A&I 6PM BAIANOS
SUN BISTRO, SUNRISE 6PM HAYLEY GRACE
ELEMENTS OF BYRON, SUNRISE 5PM FERGO
PIZZA PARADISO, SUFFOLK PARK 6.30PM ESSIE THOMAS

SATURDAY 23
GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL, BYRON TIJUANA CARTEL, KALLIDAD
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON 7PM DAVE SCOTT BAND
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON 9PM RHYTHM & CUTLOOSE
BYRON BEACHSIDE MARKET 8AM OKA, JUZZIE SMITH, YOYO TUKI
BYRON BAY BREWERY 1PM COCO REPUBLIC FSTVL
BYRON THEATRE 11AM TITUS ANDRONICUS

7.30PM BEATLES SONGS & STORIES
WITH JOANNE PETERSEN, PHIL EMMANUEL, GYAN, KATHRYN JONES & STEVE PASSFIELD & MORE
SLO-MO JOES, BYRON 3PM SPRING PARTY WITH ANANA & BRAD, SO-FI, SAB FARDELL
STICKY WICKET, BYRON 9PM DJ PARTY     9.45PM JAMES SCOTT
WOODY’S SURF SHACK, BYRON 9PM DJ NERY
TREEHOUSE, BELONGIL 7.30PM GRAHAM MOES & THE PETRICHLOR
PIZZA PARADISO, SUFFOLK PARK 6.30PM ANNA SMYRK

SUNDAY 24
GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL, BYRON JESSE PUMPHREY
RAILWAY HOTEL, BYRON 7PM BROADFOOT
BEACH HOTEL, BYRON4.30PM LATE FOR WOODSTOCK 8PM DJ RHYS BYNON
BALCONY BAR, BYRON 3PM JYE SHARP
FRESH, BYRON 7PM SLIM PICKENS
BYRON GOLF CLUB 2PM LIVE MUSIC
TREEHOUSE, BELONGIL 12PM DJS MORETON BAY & EVA J
ENCOUNTER BYRON, BYRON A&I 7PM VAN LARKINS & ANDREW WHITE
SUN BISTRO, SUNRISE 5PM GREG PETERSON

MARKETS

Saturday – Bangalow Farmers 8-11am

Sunday – Ballina Missingham Farmers 7 – 11am

CINEMA Saturday – Cars 3 11:15am   Madame 1:30pm  American Made 3:30pm  Ali’s Wedding 5:50pm  Sunday – Alis wedding 11:15am – A Monsters Calls 1:30pm – Madame 3:45pm – American Made 5:40pm – Alis Wedding 8:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activities in July

Activity Calendar

The July activity calendar is now confirmed:

Some highlights includes next week’s sushi making competition. You don’t need experience for this as we will provide ingredients and a basic recipe. However, each chef or team of chefs can create their very own flavours and designs for judging.

The following week, we have the ever popular boomerang painting and table tennis tournament plus wine tasting with Naomi. This will sadly be Naomi’s very last day at Lexis English so make sure you all go along to say “Cheers”.

Week three sees the return of body boarding. This activity is completely free and all equipment is provided. Maybe this time, Claire will actually get in the water and have a go!

Finally, on the Friday of week 4 you can learn all about the incredibly popular sport of rugby. This activity is definitely for girls as well as boys and you don’t need to know anything about rugby beforehand. Claire is really keen to share her love of this sport with you all, we hope you can come along.

You’ll also notice that the activity calendar now includes a column showing the weekend activities offered by BWT. You’ll need to see Shak to book these and remember the more students that sign up the more fun it is and the better the price can be.

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.

Friday’s Volleyball in the Garden

On Friday, two teams enjoyed the winter sunshine by playing volleyball in the Lexis garden. Josie, our teacher, who was watching from the sidelines said it was a really good game with everyone playing fair and hard.

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.