Jewellery Making! October 17th

Thursdays activity was jewellery making!

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This week we had a box full of craft supplies which included a ton of thread, beads, and shells.

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With a little bit of instruction, everyone was free to make what they liked.

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Most people chose to make necklaces, anklets, and bracelets and the results were fantastic. Lovely work everyone!

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Thanks to everyone who made my first activity day a lot of fun. Can’t wait for the next one!

 

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New Starters – 20 August

This week, we welcome 2 new starters: Claudia from Switzerland and Antonio from Spain.

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Claudia is from the Italian part of Switzerland so her mother tongue is Italian but she also speaks fluent French as she studied for 5 years in Lausanne. She is a psychologist and has spent the last year working in a hospital clinic and a prison. She will start a new job in a private clinic on her return to Switzerland. She is in Australia for 12 weeks and at Lexis English for four of those. When she has finished at school she plans to travel up the East Coast and is currently looking for a travel buddy! She loves sport and her favourites are tennis and jogging.

Antonio is from Southern Spain and he is mad about surfing. He joins us on our English and Surfing programme and he is very excited to be surfing in Byron Bay. His dream is to teach surfing in Spain and, for this, he will need English as his students will come from many different countries. Antonio has lots of other interests too. He likes reading, writing, skating, comic books and poetry.  Antonio has worked in Thailand as a Spanish teacher and will be visiting family in Hong Kong after he has finished his time in Australia.

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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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Final Words from Miho Okumura

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This week is sadly Miho’s final week. She has been here for eight weeks in total and has really participated in everything Byron Bay has to offer. I caught up with her earlier today, to ask her about her favourite things. Here’s what she told me:

The best thing about Byron Bay is the sky; both during the day and at night. In the daytime it’s always so blue and at night you can see lots and lots of stars.

I liked everything about my teacher, Julia (pictured with Miho, above). I especially liked her teaching methods and that she always gave me good advice. I asked her how I could improve my speaking and she gave me lots of good suggestions for practising English outside class.

All my classmates were great and really easygoing. Sometimes, I felt that they were more fluent than me, and I couldn’t speak as well with them as I wanted to, but they were always really patient and didn’t mind at all. Ena was my favourite classmate because she was really nice to me on my first day. We met in class and, at lunchtime, she asked me if I had brought any food. When I said ‘no’ she suggested we went to get lunch together and we’ve been friends ever since.”

And finally…

“The activity programme was excellent. I really enjoyed all the activities; yoga, the stargazing, cooking and the grammar workshop. My favourite was yoga, every Monday. It was relaxing and active at the same time so, afterwards, I always felt good.”

Miho, we have loved having you at Lexis | Byron Bay. Thank you for taking the time to talk to me today. We wish you all the very best for the future. 

Graduation 27 June 2014

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We said a sad farewell to eight lovely students this week: Mariana, Hiroko, Andjelina, Haruka, Kainoa, Hugo, Martin and Jean.

Haruko and Hiroko are both from Japan, and have both been at Lexis English for 12 weeks. When Haruka arrived she was really shy and tested at Elementary level. Now she is leaving Lexis as a strong Pre-Intermediate level student and has a job waitressing at Oh Sushi, a local restaurant.

Hiroko, on the other hand was a strong student on arrival and has simply got better and better. She used the idiom “time flies” in her graduation speech, which was very impressive. “Cheeky” Hiroko was very sad to be leaving, and her teacher and classmates were close to tears too.

Brazilian Mariana, unfortunately wasn’t at Graduation today, but studied at Lexis for six months, culminating in taking the FCE exam. Fingers crossed for your results Mariana.

Andjelina, from Switzerland, studied in Julia’s class for four weeks, was a lot of fun, and is now heading back to Switzerland before going on to Croatia.

Jean and Kainoa from Reunion are off to check out the surf at Bondi Beach. Julia thanked Kainoa for his storytelling skills and Kainoa thanked Phil, our bike man! I think this was a first at graduation but should happen more often.

Finally, Martin and Hugo, also from Reunion Island, said that they had learned a lot about surfing and loved everything about Byron Bay, including their teacher. Did you train them to say that Kathleen?

Good luck all of you and don’t forget to join Lexis Byron Bay on Facebook, if you haven’t already, so that you can keep in touch with your new friends from all over the world.

Final Thoughts from our Reunion Island Teens

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Kainoa, Hugo, Martin and Jean are all from the gorgeous Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Today is their last day at Lexis Byron Bay. They have been studying here for the past three weeks in order to improve their English and (I think more importantly for them) their surfing.

I caught up with them at break time today to get their final thoughts on their trip.

Why did you choose Byron Bay for your study tour?

Martin: For the surf. The waves at The Pass are world-famous and we really wanted to have the experience of surfing there.

What was the best thing about studying English in Byron Bay?

Jean: The surf (again!!!). It was as good as we’d hoped. The food was great too, especially Bay Kebabs.

Has your English improved much since you arrived?

Hugo: My speaking has improved so much. When I first came, it was really difficult. Now it’s simple to speak with anyone. I know I still make mistakes but my confidence has improved so I just do it.

What helped your English the most?

Kainoa: Lessons of course, and the English Only Policy, but also our homestay family. They made us speak English together all the time and also always chatted to us and explained things in English.

And finally, what would you say to anyone who was thinking about studying English at Lexis Byron Bay?

Kainoa/Martin: It’s a great idea!

Thanks guys. It was great having you here. We hope you’ll come back again someday. 

Japanese Cooking at Lexis English | Byron Bay!!

Japanese cooking 18 June

Yesterday Hiroko, Miho, Mika, Megumi, Midori and Haruka threw a Japanese cooking workshop – where they made an amazing meaty miso soup – perfect for a winter day! It was AWESOME!!!