New Starters – Cambridge! 2nd January

Welcome to our new (and existing!) students starting our Cambridge Courses at Lexis Byron Bay this week!

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Left to right: Benjamin, Nathalie, Nina, Julia-Theresa, Michaela, Mirjam, Alisha, Natalia, Alice, Laurine (General English), Celine, Sandro, Marcel and Rosa!

The group will be split into three classes: Cambridge Advanced with Josie and two Cambridge First classes with Paul and Kathleen!

We look forward to getting to know you all over the next 3 months and hope you enjoy your studies at Lexis Byron Bay 🙂

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Graduation! 16th June

Congratulations to our six General English students graduating from Lexis Byron Bay this week!

 

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Sakiko from Japan graduates from Josie’s Upper Intermediate class after an incredible year of studying at Lexis. She heads to New Zealand to travel, before heading to Perth for a short stint at our Lexis school there. Since her first day here in June 2016 she has gained an incredible amount of confidence in her speaking and listening. She has been a very dedicated student and her progress has been impressive. Her teachers really enjoyed teaching her due to her hard work and positive attitude. Have a wonderful trip to New Zealand and good luck with your future studies in Perth – and with your Gold Coast Marathon!

Nil from Spain (Catalonia) graduates from Josie’s Upper Intermediate class, having completed his FCE course with Paul. Nil has been with us since September and has been a fantastic member of the school – getting really involved in all the activities and taking every opportunity Byron has to offer. He leaves us with a great level of English: a really good grasp of grammar and an impressive vocabulary. He will be sorely missed by us all here!

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Madoka from Japan graduates from Michelle’s Elementary class. She has been a very motivated student and as a result he has achieved fantastic exam results throughout the course. She has participated very well in speaking activities and her speaking skills have improved a lot. She is off to travel around Australia with Kensaku to find all the best surf spots. It has been a delight to get to know you Madoka – All the best!

Kensaku from Japan graduates from Michelle’s Elementary class. Michelle expressed what a pleasure it had been to teach Kensaku, who would tackle each daunting task with enthusiasm. He has really improved his speaking, writing and listening abilities. Keep practicing English with your lovely wife Madoka as you seek out surf spots up the Coast!

Wahei from Japan graduates from Michelle’s Elementary class, after 4 weeks of study. Despite only a short period of study, Wahei has improved greatly in all areas of English, especially his speaking ability. He has participated well in class activities. He is off to travel and surf around Australia. Have a wonderful time Wahei!

 

 

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Happy Student – Tito!

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Tito is from Switzerland – the small village of Malvaglia. He arrived in Byron Bay 6 months ago and enrolled at Lexis, starting in the Upper Intermediate class. After several months studying General English, he went travelling round Australia in his van, with friends he had met at Lexis. He traveled down the East Coast, into the outback and finally to Sydney, before returning to Byron. He is now knuckling down to study for his Cambridge Advanced Qualification. Tito has become part of the furniture here at Lexis Byron Bay; you will often find him waxing his surfboard, skulking around reception looking for Tim Tams or involved in a heated table tennis match. Tito is a fantastic student and a pleasure to have at school, he is loved by fellow students and teachers alike.

I decided to interview Tito to find out a bit more about his experience here.

Why did you choose Byron Bay?

I chose Byron because I didn’t want to live in a big town with all the hustle and bustle – I wanted to live in a small town – here with the waves I can find peace, enjoying the sunny weather and the fresh sea air. I think I would to define Byron Bay as an open minded and multi-cultural place.

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What were your weaknesses in English before you came to Australia?

I was a little bit rusty in everything concerning grammar – for this reason it was essential to go on a formal English course. Being here for 6 months, using the language has become natural – I think it is a process which takes time, but you can really see your improvements by being fully immersed in a situation where the use of this language is required.

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Tell me about your teachers and your classes.

I have been enrolled in upper intermediate and then advanced, where I had the opportunity to meet the amazing teachers Claudia and Josie – Claudia is an extremely knowledgeable teacher and I liked her way of explaining a lot of grammar rules which before were difficult for me to understand. Whereas Josie is the most motivating teacher that I have ever had and it’s a great pleasure to learn such a challenging syllabus with a teacher who makes it seem so easy and enjoyable.

What is it like living in our onsite Accommodation?

It’s an extremely comfortable and familiar place to live – there is a very sociable environment, it is very easy to make friends and as soon as you arrive you become part of the onsite family. It is always possible to go out of your room and hang around in the common area, seeing all of your friends. Since my arrival I’ve met a lot of gregarious people with whom I have organised many dinners, for example the Easter Sunday dinner where almost all the residents (50 people) cooked delicious dishes to share in a friendly and pleasant environment. Many students from around the world made different dishes from their home countries. I made a pizza from scratch, inspired by my Swiss Italian heritage – so tasty.

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What is your favourite activity that we run here?

The most attractive activity is undoubtedly the table tennis tournament, where only the student with the best skills can win the title and of course the beer. It is always full of cheering crowds, the competition gets very heated. Romain is better than me, so he usually wins, but I win second place, which is also an impressive accolade. Don’t worry if you think you are not going to win, we will still share the beer with you!

What are your favourite things to do in Byron?

Most days I enjoy spending my time at the beach, surfing, sunbathing and playing beach games such as Frisbee and Volleyball. It is wonderful to live and study right on the beach. I will never forget the time when a dolphin passed right under my surfboard, what a breathtaking moment! I often see dolphins when surfing, during the Summer it is as common as seeing bushturkeys. You also can’t leave Byron without experiencing the nightlife of this delightful town; Sticky Wicket, Lala land, The Rails and of course Cheeky Monkey’s are all lovely pubs/clubs where you can meet local people and share drinks and great discussions with your friends. A warning though: Do not abuse alcohol; otherwise you will pay the consequences the next day at school!

 

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Cambridge Welcome BBQ! 13th March

As we said farewell to one group of Cambridge students we welcomed another!

 We have 9 new starters joining the new Cambridge course and 5 returning students!

On Monday we had our Cambridge Welcome BBQ for all the students. Paul done an excellent job with the BBQ with myself, Naomi and Tito helping out!

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End of Cambridge Party! 10th March

On Friday we had our End of Cambridge party to say farewell and well done to our Cambridge students for all their hard work!

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We put on a nice spread of sushi, crisps and sweets but all the food was gone before I had a chance to get a picture! Can only be a good thing 🙂

The boys enjoyed a game of soccer in the beautiful sunshine while everyone else enjoyed beers and their last bit of time with their Lexis Byron Bay friends!

We hope you all enjoyed your time here with us, it was a pleasure to meet you all, and we wish you the very best with your exam results and the future!

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.

 

Cambridge Graduation! 10th March

Congratulations and Farewell to our Cambridge students! After 10 weeks of studying their time at Lexis Byron Bay has come to an end!

Well done for all your hard work and getting through your exams. We wish you the very best with your results and for the future!

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Paul’s CAE1 Class: Alessia, Louise, Lea Tine, Millan, Valeria, Cheyenne, Myuri, Marc, Estelle, Philippe and Romain!

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Josie’s CAE2 Class: Sara Anna, Olaf, Jenny, Raphael, Livia, Zora, Ramona C, Ana, Pascal, Ramona T and Nadia!

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Claudia’s FCE Class:  Amelie, Jade, Haruki, Cosmo, Christopher, Mayumi, Luca, Maito, Izabel, Fuka, Ayumi, Eliane, Maria Elena and Sakiko! 

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.

New Starters – Cambridge! 13th March

Welcome to our nine new students starting the Cambridge Course at Lexis Byron Bay this week!

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Joining us we have Anais, Rahel, Aline, Annina, Celine, Ramona, Christian and Albert!

We are very happy to have you all here with us at Lexis Byron Bay and wish you all the best with your studies!

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March Activity Calender!

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We have another month of exciting activities planned just for our Lexis students!

A few parties/BBQ’s will be happening; with the End of Cambridge Party on the 10th, Cambridge Welcome BBQ on the 13th, and End of Course BBQ on the 24th!

Every Monday you can stretch out and relax doing Yoga with Stef in the garden from 11-12 and with Fee in Room 8 from 2:15 to 3:15.

On Tuesdays or Wednesdays we have the popular activity of Coffee Lounge, with Tim Tams and fun games aimed at encouraging students to get to know each other better, all while practicing their English!

We have a Trivia on the 2nd, with prizes to be won! This will be in the garden or student lounge.

On the 9th Jason from the Lexis Noosa marketing team will be coming in to do a Presentation about long term Business Courses. This is great for those who want to stay in beautiful Byron for longer!! Pizza will also be provided 🙂

Flavio will be coming in on the 14th to teach you how to Skateboard and Olmo on the 21st to teach you how to Slackline!

Our monthly Table Tennis Tournament is on the 16th! Will anyone be able to beat February’s champion, Roman?!

Sport-wise we also have Volleyball on the 3rd, then Rugby on the 31st (11am in the garden and 2pm at the beach for both activities)!

On the 17th we’ll be Wine Tasting; the perfect way to end the week and will no doubt be as popular as last month’s Beer Tasting!

We’ll be holding a Poker Tournament on the 8th with prizes to be won!

To get creative we’ll be Boomerang Painting on the 30th and making Sushi on the 23rd!

Let’s Go Surfing will be doing their 1 hour Surf Lesson special for just $20 on the 28th, or you can book in a 3-hour surf lesson with me anytime at Reception for just $50!

We have Job Club twice this month, on the 14th and the 28th. I’ll be in Room 8 at 11am and 2pm to help you write resumes/cover letters, look for jobs, apply for TFN’s and give you advice on gaining your RSA or Barista license!

GIL (Guided Individual Learning) runs every day from 12-1pm and 2-3pm in Room 8. Come along to get help with anything from homework to vocabulary to writing your resume.

We will also continue to enjoy our Student Nights at Cheeky Monkeys every Tuesday night – meet at BWT @ 8pm first to get your drinks, food and fun!

 

Have a great month!🙂

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.

End of Cambridge BBQ! November 25

After three months of studying very hard, the Cambridge course has come to an end! It feels like only yesterday we were welcoming the Cambridge students on their first day. Many friends have been made and lots of English learnt over the past three months and we will be sad to say goodbye to this group.

In addition to the Cambridge students leaving, we have 16 students finishing up their General English courses today too. This gave us all the more reason to come together for an Aussie BBQ celebration and what a lovely day it was. 🙂

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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.

Goodbye to Josie’s FCE class!

Josie’s FCE class are a lovely group who have become good friends, both in the classroom and outside of school. They have really enjoyed being taught by Josie – in fact, on Valentine’s Day they wrote Josie a fantastic Valentine’s card using perfect essay-style English… Josie was very impressed! They had some lovely leaving gifts for Josie today too.

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Josie’s students presenting her with thank you gifts!

So goodbye and good luck to Erik, Desiree, Pablo, Lorena, Seraina, Marie and Tom (plus Lulu, who finished last week but was a valued member of the class as well!)

It’s been great having you all around over the last 10 weeks. We’ll miss you! We hope your exams went well today and wish you all the best for the rest of your time in Australia, and beyond!

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Teacher Josie with Erik, Desiree, Pablo, Lorena, Seraina, Marie and Tom

Paul’s CAE class graduates!

Sofia, Lisa, Fabian, Jennifer, Celine, Fiona and Tran graduate today from Paul’s CAE class today. As a leaving gift, they gave Paul a great t-shirt (see below!) and thanked him for being such a fantastic teacher.

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Teacher Paul wearing the special t-shirt from his class!

Paul’s class have lived life to the full in Byron Bay and made some good friends along the way. They have also worked hard towards their exams – we wish you all the best of luck tomorrow and hope you enjoy the rest of your time here in Australia 🙂

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Sofia, Lisa, Fabian, Paul, Jennifer, Celine, Fiona and Tran

Julia’s CAE class graduates!

Tamara, Estelle, Lucas, Unai, Naomi, Noelle, Fredy, Cedric, Aline, Nikos, Andrea, Cristian, Ardit and Natasha graduate today from Julia’s CAE class.

Particular mention goes to Estelle and Lucas, who have been at Lexis Byron Bay for 5 months and 6.5 months respectively (as they studied General English and IELTS before starting the Cambridge course).

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Estelle and Lucas with teacher Julia

Unai has also been with us for a while (since November) and has been a very friendly, relaxed and popular student (as well as working as our cleaner for a while).

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Julia and Unai

Additionally, well done to Naomi for her perfect attendance record – 100% attendance over the last 10 weeks!

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Lucas, Unai, Naomi and Julia

The entire class have enjoyed their time in Byron Bay and we wish you well for your final exams tomorrow! The students bought some lovely gifts as a thank you to Julia and today they are all going out together for a goodbye lunch.

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Goodbye and good luck to Ellie’s FCE class!

Our FCE classes have their exams tomorrow, so we are graduating them during class today!

This morning, Ellie’s class presented Ellie with some lovely gifts and thanked her for being such a fun and patient teacher (you can check out Santi’s speech on the Lexis Byron Bay Facebook page!)

Ellie presented her students with their graduation certificates and said they should all be very proud of themselves for learning so much during the last 10 weeks.

Good luck for your exam tomorrow, everyone! It’ll be great to celebrate with you all at our end-of-Cambridge BBQ tomorrow afternoon 🙂

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Andrea, Angi, Frido, Fabio, Santi, Sarah, Ellie, Janine, Miho, Carmen, Rachel and Alain

Lisa’s Study Corner – Should I do Cambridge or IELTS?

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THIS WEEK – Should I do Cambridge or IELTS?

In the past, my higher level students have often asked me about studying on an exam course. They (rightly) think it would be a good idea for them to gain an English qualification but don’t know which exam would be most suitable for them.
Here, I will try to make the answer simple by asking you three questions.

1. What is your English level?

Basically the Cambridge First Certificate is an Upper Intermediate examination and the Cambridge Advanced Certificate is, you guessed it, Advanced. These courses and tests are written for students specifically at that particular level of English. A student needs to get 60% or above to pass, 75% or above for a B and 80% or above for an A.

IELTS is a bit different. There is no pass and fail rate and the material is not adapted for a particular level. The test is designed to find out a candidate’s English ability. Scoring is out of 9 and a score of 4-5 indicates roughly an Intermediate level while a score of 6.5 – 7.5 is Advanced.

2. What do you want the qualification for?

The majority of students who take the IELTS exam, do it because they have to. For example, if you want to study at a university or TAFE in Australia, the UK and various other countries around the world, you may be asked for an IELTS score. Also, if you are applying for a visa to immigrate to Australia and the UK you may be required to prove your level of English by taking an IELTS test.

In contrast, many people take the Cambridge exams for their own satisfaction, for the beneficial effects of taking an exam course or to be able to list their qualification on their resume. Many international businesses recognise the Cambridge courses as a great preparation for working with native speakers and the Cambridge exams have the benefit of being valid for life. Your IELTS score, on the other hand, can only be used for official purposes if less than two years old.

3. What kind of English do you want to learn?

This is probably the most important consideration. There are two different IELTS tests but most schools focus on the Academic one that students need for further study. This test involves skills such as listening to lectures, describing graphs and tables and reading academic articles from books and journals. It’s a very useful course for giving students the vocabulary and reading/writing skills they need for study, particularly at a university in an English speaking country.

On the other hand the Cambridge exam courses are more focused on everyday English; the English that people use in everyday conversations, in magazines, newspapers and films and in the workplace. It’s a great course for improving your accuracy, increasing your knowledge of phrasal verbs and idioms and learning how to write for different purposes and genres.

So to summarise this week’s Tip – My recommendation is to choose IELTS if you plan to study in English or if you have been told you need to provide an IELTS score but to choose Cambridge if you want to do a qualification that will help you focus on accuracy and equip you better for work, travel and conversing with native speakers.

Graduation Celebration!

End of term celebrations at Lexis Byron – we said our sad goodbyes, we shared a big Aussie BBQ, we drank, we laughed … and then we went home to study for our Cambridge exams!

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Cris, Vinny, Nathan, Aron & Natany chill out at the BBQ
Our Fafa says goodbye to Michelle, Nico & Carlos on their last day
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Michelle & Camille keeping an eye on the drinks