Graduation 27 June 2014


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


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. 

Lisa’s Study Corner – What can I do during GIL?

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Here at Lexis|Byron Bay, students can attend GIL (Guided Individual Learning) every day between 2pm and 3pm. You’ll find GIL in classroom 1 where there is always a friendly teacher ready to help you. But what exactly is GIL and what can you do there?

  1. Do your homework

GIL provides a quiet, comfortable place for you to do your homework, ready for class the next day. The best thing about doing your homework during GIL is that you can ask the teacher if you’re not sure about anything and get them to check your answers when you have finished.

  1. Borrow a reader/magazine

Readers are classic books that have been made shorter and easier to suit students at different levels of English. All of the readers also have exercises at the back of the book so you can learn while reading. You can borrow these readers at GIL time. Just leave a $5 deposit, which you will get back when you return the book.  We also have a small selection of magazine that you can borrow. Scanning magazines and reading the articles that interest you is a great way to learn new vocabulary and practise your English.

  1. Work on grammar/vocabulary

On the Resources table we have an excellent range of self-study material for students. These laminated sheets have instructions and answers included and cover all the main grammar points for Elementary to Upper Intermediate students, plus worksheets for vocabulary, phrasal verbs and idioms. You can ask your class teacher or the GIL teacher to ask which resources are the most suitable for you.

  1. Get feedback on your writing

Do you write a journal/diary in English or perhaps you’ve been working on your CV? Do you need to make a telephone call and want to write out what to say beforehand? Bring any writing and the GIL teacher will point out any errors and suggest ways to improve it. You can learn so much from writing in your own time and then getting feedback on it. Don’t miss this opportunity.

  1. Ask the teacher a question

Most of all, GIL is an excellent place to go if you have a question. Maybe, you didn’t understand something your teacher said. Or you thought you understood the grammar this morning but now it’s made you confused about something else. Or perhaps you want to know about joining the library. The GIL teacher can help with any questions you have. And, if there aren’t other students waiting for help, you can even just have a chat with him/her to practise your speaking and listening skills.

So to summarise this week’s Tip – Don’t miss out on GIL. It’s a great opportunity for you to work on your strengths and weaknesses and to practise and add to what you learn in class. See you in classroom 1 at 2pm.


Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students can 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.