Despite the very hot weather and pull of the beach we still had a handful of people hang around for coffee club!
We enjoyed Tim Tams, card games and conversations!
Despite the very hot weather and pull of the beach we still had a handful of people hang around for coffee club!
We enjoyed Tim Tams, card games and conversations!
We had great fun at Coffee Club today!
Some students so much so they came to both the morning and afternoon sessions!
We played Jenga with the added fun of there being a question on each wooden block! Every time someone pulled one out they had to read out and answer their question.
It was a brilliant way of getting to know more about each other and get conversations started!
Today we had a lovely relaxing Coffee Lounge. It is a hot day in Byron so we enjoyed the yummy TimTams and great conversation without the hot coffee today!
Even Tito awoke from his midday slumber just as the packet of TimTams was opened. (Coincidence??? I think not!).
At Lexis Byron Bay we know how much our students LOVE their TimTams so there are always plenty to be shared around!
Today we had two lovely sessions of Coffee Lounge enjoying the coffee and conversation and, of course, the TimTams!
In the morning we played a game where a student would describe an object, animal or place and the others would try to guess what it was. This helped the students practice their English both in speaking and listening, as well as exposing them to new words and using the language in a different way than usual.
In the afternoon we had a few different games going, after first trying to master drinking coffee through TimTams. The students love trying this very Australian way of drinking coffee, with some even making it a part of their morning ritual!
After going through all the TimTams (so quickly!) we got into some games. We had riddles and brainteasers to keep our minds working hard for the hour to not only work out the answer, but to work it out in English!
Some examples of the riddles include:
1. What has a thumb and finger but is not alive?
2. What do you buy but not use, when you use it you don’t know it, and you only use it once?
3. What belongs to you but is used more by others?
Answers to the riddles are:
1. A glove.
2. A coffin.
3. Your name.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
It’s the first day of NOVEMBER and we have an exciting month of activities planned in the mornings and afternoons especially for our Lexis students!
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 we have Coffee Lounge, which gives our students the opportunity to practice their English and get to know each other while enjoying great coffee and yummy TimTams!
On Wednesdays we will start the month with a 1-hour Surf Lesson for our students who want to learn to surf in Byron Bay. The following week we have Boomerang Painting for the morning activity and Beer Tasting in the afternoon. Then there is Skateboarding with Flavio, Flamenco Dance with Alba and we finish off the month with a Poker Tournament!
Every second Thursday we have Job Club for those students looking for work in Byron Bay and wanting extra help with writing their resume, preparing for interviews and applying for jobs. This week we will run a Table Tennis Tournament to see who this month’s Lexis Champion is, and on the other Thursday in November we will have a round of Pizza and Pictionary in the morning and Mindfulness Meditation with Chloe in the afternoon.
On Fridays we start the month with baking Anzac biscuits at Aussie Cooking, followed by Volleyball in the garden or at the beach the next Friday. Then we have Slacklining in the morning and our next match against the SAE College at the Soccer Challenge on the 18th. To finish off the month and the Cambridge course, we have the End of Cambridge BBQ.
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!
Don’t forget that you can book your 3-hour surf lessons with us anytime at Reception for just $50!
Have a great month!
Today is Coffee Lounge day!
This morning we enjoyed our coffee and TimTams while playing a game of Charades to practice our English.
We took it in turns acting out different actions and activities and everyone had to try to guess what we were acting out! For example, in the photos above you can see Bruna acting out “washing an elephant” and Saya acting out “milking a cow”. It was a lot of fun and a great opportunity to learn new English words and phrases.
In the afternoon we played a game called ‘Paper Telephone’, a different version of the game Telephone (also known as Secret Whispers, Grapevine and many other names, depending on where in the world you play this game!).
The students took turns – the first writes a sentence, the next draws a picture for that sentence and then the next writes a sentence for that picture, and so on. Each person can only see the previous person’s addition (i.e. they can only see the one picture or sentence that the person before them contributed).
By the time the paper had gone around the group once, the sentence and pictures were quite drastically different from where they started! For example…
…two cats sleeping in a tree ends up as two cats chilling out on the grass (after going through changes including sitting in a tree, fighting, playing and scratching the ground – sounds like a standard day for a cat really!). The other examples have a guy surfing in a rabbit costume turning into a koala surfing on his board, and unicorns flying over clouds became two cows inside a cloud!
It was a funny way to practice and learn more English words while enjoying the coffee, TimTams and good company!
Today at Coffee Lounge we practiced our English conversation skills with a couple of games! Of course, we also had some yummy coffee and TimTams as well!
In the morning, we played Lexis Jenga which is the same as traditional Jenga, but with a question on each tile. After pulling out a tile, you then answer the question.
From today’s questions we found out that Bruna’s favourite ice cream flavour is vanilla, Stefan has been to eight different countries, Saya’s favourite thing to do in Byron Bay is go to the beach, Isabella once got a speeding ticket for R$80 (approximately AU$30 – a cheap fine by Australian standards!), and Othman’s favourite season is Winter because the weather is much cooler then in his home country of Saudi Arabia.
This game is a great way to practice and learn English words and phrases while also getting to know your fellow students. We were also lucky enough to have a visit from Frida, the dog enjoying her coffee in the photo, who was being looked after by Lexis student Isabella!
In the afternoon, we played Charades which involved acting out English phrases for the other students to guess.
Some phrases were quite difficult and were a good opportunity to learn a phrase the students had never heard of before. For example, ‘raking leaves‘, ‘chasing a tornado‘ and ‘landing a plane‘. Others were a bit easier and were a lot of fun to act out and guess, such as ‘milking a cow‘, ‘filming a movie‘ and ‘washing an elephant‘! Every student who acted out a phrase got a TimTam (which is enough to convince even Roman to join the game!) and enjoyed the time learning English and laughing along with their friends.
It was a perfect day for Coffee Lounge with the weather turning wet and windy in Byron Bay today! We warmed up with some hot coffee, demolished a couple of packets of TimTams and enjoyed great conversation with friends.
In the morning we practiced speaking English in a game of ‘Aussie Heads’, asking yes/no questions to find out the name of the card on our head. The cards had names of animals, places, objects or sports on them, for example a surfboard, kangaroo, Uluru and cricket.
In the afternoon the conversation was flowing between all the students, chatting about their lives in Byron Bay, comparing cultural customs from their different countries and planning the night ahead at the Student Night in Byron Bay tonight!
Today we held two sessions of Coffee Lounge at Lexis Byron Bay.
At the morning session, we played a very exciting round of Lexis Jenga, building one of the biggest towers I have seen!
The students answered the questions on each brick they pulled from the tower and learnt many new words and phrases along the way, such as ‘advice‘, ‘regret‘, and ‘speeding ticket‘.
As the tower grew taller and taller, each turn became more difficult. The tower wobbled and threatened to fall many times, and nobody wanted to be the one who made it fall!
Eventually, after almost reaching the limit of how tall a Jenga tower can grow, it came crashing down onto the table. The students celebrated with TimTams!
In the afternoon, we enjoyed the beautiful, sunny weather and sat out in the garden. The students chatted amongst themselves and as a group, learning about each other’s culture and their experiences in Australia. Having students from Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Brazil, Korea and Japan, there was a lot to share! We learnt that students in Korea study from 7am until 9pm, which shocked everyone at the table! We also discussed the different accents in Australia and other English-speaking countries, the difficulties with getting Student Visas for Australia, and showed the newcomers how to enjoy your coffee by drinking it with a TimTam straw!
Today at Coffee Lounge we soaked up the sunshine out in the Garden.
As always, the students enjoyed their TimTams – the packets were empty in no time at all! We also had great conversation, giving students from different parts of the world and from different levels the chance to practice both listening and speaking English.
Through talking with each other, we were able to get to know one another better and learn a few things about different countries in the world. For example, we discovered that Noori was involved in a peaceful protest against the rising University fees in Korea, Yuri had a near-death experience after eating day-old chicken, and, if she could replay a moment in her life, Priscilla would skydive for the first time all over again!
Enjoy the warm weather and sunshine Byron Bay! 🙂
Today we held two Coffee Lounge sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
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.
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!
Today we had some great conversation while enjoying coffee and TimTams at Coffee Lounge.
We chatted and got to know each other, then had a long game of Lexis Jenga. The Lexis version of this game includes answering the question written on the tile you remove from the tower. For example, there were questions like “Do you sing in the shower?”, “What is the government like in your country?” and “Do you like Vegemite?”. We found out that Jain’s favourite pizza topping is kimchi, that both Saki and Vanessa are not likely to survive long in the desert without water, and that Yuki would remove the need for Visas when travelling if she ruled the world!
After a few precarious attempts to continue building the Jenga tower, it all came falling down with a small bump of the table…
…and a lot of laughter to follow! 🙂
At Coffee Lounge this afternoon we enjoyed the sunny, warm day in Byron Bay with a game of Aussie Heads in the garden.
The students took turns trying to figure out what place, animal, item or sport they were by asking questions with yes or no answers.
Everyone did very well and eventually discovered what they were – with the help of a few clues!
We had a lovely time at Coffee Lounge this afternoon, enjoying our coffee, TimTams and great conversation!
Before getting into the conversation part of the afternoon, we first learnt how to eat a TimTam in a truly Australian way – using the biscuit as a straw to drink our coffee. Everyone agreed this was an extremely delicious, though quite messy, way to enjoy TimTams!
We used conversation cards with interesting and often illuminating questions to answer. These included questions such as “What is your favourite town or city in the world?”, “Have you ever photocopied a part of your body?”, “Have you ever gotten lost while travelling?” and “Describe your outlook on life in six words.”
Some questions were easy to answer and others were more difficult, but overall it was a great chance to learn some English words and phrases while finding out more about each other!
This afternoon at Beer Lounge we enjoyed drinking some beer and eating chips while asking “Have you ever…” questions of each other. The questions ranged from “Have you ever lied to your parents?” (which everyone all had at least while a teenager!) to “Have you ever eaten anything usually considered strange?” (which a lot of people had done – eating things like ostrich and alligator).
We found out that Natsumi used to eat chocolate straight out of the bulk bins at the supermarket, that Tom regularly has to bribe people in day-to-day life while living in Africa, Mayumi has often lied about her age (and did so even in this conversation!), that being robbed or mugged is a normal part of life for Juliano in Brazil and that Richard takes part in the dangerous sport of skydiving, though he maintains it is not actually dangerous at all!
While the answers to each question were different for everyone, there was one question that every student had the same answer for: “Have you ever made a major change in your life?” – moving to Australia to study at Lexis English Byron Bay!
There was a great turnout for Coffee Club today, with eleven students joining me for the activity.
We enjoyed a couple of rounds of Lexis Jenga while enjoying coffee, TimTams and great conversation. We learnt that while some students believe in love at first sight, others don’t, and that everyone loves ice cream and dislikes their government.
It was a fun afternoon and a great opportunity to practice listening to and speaking English!