Happy Student – Raphael!

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Raphael is from Bayonne in the South-West of France, he is 18 years old and he headed straight to Australia after finishing high school in France. He arrived in Byron Bay in November 2016 and stayed until March. He’s now headed to Bundaberg to do his farm work, so that he can save up for more travelling around Australia.  Raphael joined us an an intermediate speaker and on leaving he achieved an overall A in his Upper Intermediate class. Raphael is sorely missed here at Lexis. Who will DJ for our parties and BBQs now? I’m sure Cheeky Monkeys is missing its most regular customer too.

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Raphael has answered some questions for us about his time at Lexis.

 Why did you choose Byron Bay?

I remember the evening I spent with my mother in France, choosing the destination for my gap year. Originally, I decided the USA, but then I found a video about surfing in Australia – which made me fall in love with Byron Bay: the best place to surf in Australia! For me Byron is the perfect place for me: small, peaceful, joyful, good waves, no big buildings, but lots of bars to party all week!

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Raphael on his very first day of school

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

My major weakness in English when I arrived here were – everything! English was my weakness. But more seriously – it was my ability to understand the first time what someone told me. I had to make them repeat 3 or 4 times. Now I can see how far my English has come. Now I can understand films without subtitles easily!

Tell me about your teachers and your classes.

All of the teachers I had at Lexis were lovely. They were truly knowledgeable and made learning fun. In intermediate I had Iruka, I spent many funny times in her class. Then I moved into Upper Intermediate with the lovely Elyse, who was awesome and then I had Kathleen and her amazing games! My most memorable lesson was with Elyse when we had to dress with newspapers (yes yes newspapers!) when we were learning vocabulary about fashion and clothing design. That was ridiculous but so funny! 😂

 What is it like living in our onsite Accommodation?

BBSA is now like my home. I met people from all around the world and I learnt about lots of different cultures. The best moments spent were the Christmas dinner, when we cooked Hamburgers, the sushi parties with the Japaneses people, the dinner tortillas with the Spanish guys, the spaghetti party with the Swiss people.Yes you’ve understood, all the best moments are around food! 😂

What were your favourite things to do in Byron? 

The best times were all the parties with my bro Tito [See last week’s happy student blog!]  and all the others who are like my international family, the days of hangovers when we were all regretting going out the night before. But the best activity was surfing by far. All the surf sessions spent with Hiro, Nil, Pol, Tito and all the others were the time of my life.

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What is your most magical moment in Byron?

I remember a time I was surfing at the Pass during sunset, catching one of the best waves I ever caught. The sun was going down in front of me, the reflection of the sun making the water yellow and orange, I’ll remember this all my life I think. I understood how peaceful life can be; in front of me, it was like the most beautiful painting I’ve ever seen: a colorful sunset on the beach. At my right there were people taking pictures and I had a strange feeling that made me understand you have to enjoy the moment with your eyes rather through your phone.  Yes I know it sounds very philosophical, but for me happiness is about little things like this.

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What is your advice for people who are thinking about enrolling at Lexis Byron Bay?

My advice for people who are thinking about enrolling at Lexis Byron Bay is: Go for it!!! I am 100% sure you’ll not regret it, you will make so much progress with your English, furthermore, there are good activities everyday and lovely people to spend time with.

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Raphael graduating – how far he has come!

What does the future hold for you now? 

My plans after my farm work are to keep traveling around Australia, then Bali and maybe New Zealand, before coming back to France and going to university😭. Australia gave me the taste of travel, so I’d like to go in each country in Europe to keep discovering new cultures and people. I also want to go to Kenya and South America too! I want a life of adventure and travel, my nightmare is to be trapped in a routine with my job, Byron Bay has given me a taste of paradise and now I want to keep exploring.

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Raphael of to explore the world!

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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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Boomerang Painting! 30th March

Yesterday the students painted boomerangs with teacher Kristy!

This is always a fun and relaxing way to spend the afternoon, especially when it’s raining outside as it was yesterday!

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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! 

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Graduation! 10th March

Congratulations to our 9 students who graduated from their General English courses last week!

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Carola is from Italy and graduates from Mel’s Intermediate class. She worked very hard during her 8 weeks at Lexis and progressed from from Pre-Intermediate up to Intermediate with a grade A! She was a delightful contribution to the classroom environment with her lovely personality and smile. Good luck for the future!

Leo is from Switzerland and graduates from Mel’s Intermediate class. He was a pleasure to have in class, with his positive attitude and his encouragement to get his classmates speaking. During his 4 weeks with Lexis his English skills improved in all areas but particularly in his fluency. We will miss your great sense of humor and wish you all the best for the future!

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Julie is from Korea and graduates from Ellie’s IELT’s class. She was a very competent student and picked up the English language quickly. She was a pleasure to have in the class and will be missed. We wish you all the best for the future!

Sam is from Belgium and graduates from Ellie’s IELTs class. He has a great attitude to learning and worked very hard during his 8 weeks at Lexis Byron Bay. He was a pleasure to have in class and many of the out of class activities! He picked up the language very quickly and we’re sure he’ll continue to improve this on his travels around Australia. Have a great time!

Angel is from Spain and graduates from Ellie’s IELTs class. He studied very hard during his 4 weeks at Lexis and picked up and applied new vocabulary very effectively. He was great to have in class and during activities, always a pleasure to speak with! We wish you the very best for the future!

Hiroki is from Japan and graduates from Kathleen’s Upper Intermediate class. He has been a valued student and and always participated in class with enthusiasm and a good humour. In his 25 weeks with Lexis Byron Bay he has improved greatly in all areas and his grammar and vocabulary knowledge are particularly good! We wish you the very best!

Gina is from Switzerland and graduates from Kathleen’s Upper Intermediate class. She has a great ability to learn new grammar and vocabulary quickly and accurately apply them to speaking and writing. Her class participation was marvelous; she was able to discuss a wide range of subjects in depth and fluency and with a great respect for her classmates. We wish you all the best, you will be missed!

Ann-Katrin is from Germany and graduates from Kathleen’s Upper Intermediate class.In her 2 weeks at Lexis she made a great impact in class with her enthusiasm to express her ideas and use her new vocabulary studied in class! We will miss your lovely smile and wish you all the best for the future!

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Kanae is from Japan and  graduates from Kristy’s Pre-Intermediate class. Her English grammar, speaking and writing have all improved since she started Lexis 8 weeks ago.  She is always great to have a conversation with and has been friendly and helpful to her classmates. She has been a pleasure to have in class and during activities, you will very much be missed!

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New Starters! 20 February

Welcome to our eleven new students joining us at Lexis Byron Bay today!

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Consuelo is from Chile and has four sisters and one brother (one of them being Valentina who also joins us at Lexis today!). Her interests include tourism and the environment; she loves everything related to nature and enjoys going on treks and camping. She chose to study English in Byron Bay as her parents recommended it after a trip here last year!

Valentina is from Chile and lives 1 hour away from the capital, Santiago. She became an architect last year and loves visiting different cities to see the architecture there. She wants to improve her English to help her meet new people on her travels!

Alexandra is from Switzerland but this year moved to Shanghai with her boyfriend. Her main hobbies are diving and travelling. She hopes to find work in Shanghai and this is why it is important to her to improve her English, so she can then speak with people from lots of different countries!

Robert is from Spain and has just transferred here from Lexis Noosa where he was doing the PET course. He chose to study in Byron Bay because of the lifestyle here!

Adriano is from Brazil and enjoys playing football and with his model airplanes. He loves art and is a painter. He chose to come to Byron Bay to study English as he has a lot of friends who have come here and said how amazing it is!

Sayaka is from Japan and enjoys travelling, shopping and walking. She wants to improve her English as she likes the language and it will allow her to talk to more people. Once she has finished her studies she would like to get a job that involves her speaking English!

Mauricio is from Brazil and has just transferred here from Lexis Perth. He had a great time there but wanted to see more of Australia and had heard what a beautiful place Byron is!

Isabelle is from Germany and enjoys all sports, including running, swimming and judo. She also plays the piano and loves to read. She is currently studying Philosophy and Art History. She is wanting to improve her English skills so she can publish her essays in English and one day become a international philosopher!

Nicole is from Switzerland and lives in the Southern part where they speak Italian. She has just graduated from school and is now taking a year out before starting university. Before coming to Byron Bay she completed a 4 week intensive course at bartenders school. She wants to improve her English as it’s an international language that will permit her to talk to people from all around the world!

Hanna is from Korea and enjoys to travel. She chose to study in Byron Bay because of the beautiful beaches and weather!

Minjeon Kim is from Korea and has given herself the English name Jessi. She enjoys music, sleeping and eating! She loves Byron Bay and it’s warm weather and is looking forward to studying English here!

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Beach Volleyball! 10 February

Last Friday we ended the week with a game of beach volleyball!!

Half the activity was spent figuring out how to put up the net! Good team work guys 🙂

Once that was done the fun began!

It was a beautiful hot and sunny day, so luckily the sea was nearby for everyone to cool off!!

Perfect way to start the weekend!! Hope you all had a good one 🙂

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.