Our coffee, cake and conversation club is now in full swing!
Twenty two students from across all levels and nationalities had a great time with interesting conversation topics and fun board games
Happening Thursdays from 2-3pm ~ everyone is welcome!
Lexis Noosa is positioned in the town centre of Noosa Heads, which means getting to school, the town centre, or of course…our stunning beaches, is easy and inexpensive for students!
Most students walk or bike ride around Noosa and this is also supported by the local community (check out the fantastic bike racks located right outside the schools entrance)!
Alternative transport options are the local buses; however most students choose to walk or ride their bikes / scooters around town. If students are looking for a weekend away, we also have the main bus transit station located right outside the school’s entrance (pictured). This makes it really easy for students wanting to finish school on a Friday afternoon, jump on a bus to Brisbane, Fraser Island, or the Gold Coast and enjoy a weekend of unwinding
Miwa from Japan and Daniel from Korea met at Noosa Lexis four years ago. This week they returned on their honeymoon.
We love college romances and it was so special that they came back to visit us. They met up with their teacher Sonia and were very surprised that when they mentioned their past classmate Manaf I could introduce them to his cousin Dhoom, who is now studying with us. It really is a small world after all.
The Cambridge FCE reading task this week was on charities, so Dionne’s class decided to run a cake stall.
They raised over $200 for disabled children. Well done everyone.
A BIG thank you to Yanni and Justin who took the time to come and talk with our students today about the conservation of our beautiful Noosa National park!
Another shout-out to our fabulous students who attended the information session and who have also put their names down to volunteer and help protect the National Park:
Megan, Sienna, Ami, Lucy, Klou, Sara, Luke, Michiko, Mika and Elena
Love is in the air at Lexis Noosa as Antonio Costanzi and Charifa Et Tanji choose to study English here on their honeymoon.
We welcomed them to the school this week with a bottle of ‘Bubbly” to say congratulations to the beautiful couple.
Pictured: a very happy Merrilyn about to put the Cambridge CPE certificates in the mail for her students!
A BIG thank you to Sunshine Coast TAFE International for taking the time to visit our Lexis Noosa campus today and providing our students with some great options and information for further study! http://www.sunshinecoast.tafe.qld.gov.au/InternationalStudents/Documents/2012_International_Program_Guide_Web.pdf
Thank you Lorenzo for the great article on your recent trip to the Whitsunday Islands.
Lorenzo wrote; ‘one of the highlights out there is Whitehaven Beach. A beach with sand as white as snow and water clear as air. By low-tide the surface is huge and you are able to walk between two islands. Whitsundays are the bright side of life and the perfect place to relax and enjoy. Fortunately boats are not so fast, so no one is in a hurry out there and it stays nice and calm. The Whitsundays are for me the highlight of my Australia journey so far. It’s just a paradise, heaven on earth. ‘
Thank you again Lorenzo for sharing this with us.
The students in the current affairs option with teacher Fiona, were set the task of using current news items to come up with their own ‘UnNews’ ideas for the blog.
These are some articles written:
Please note that the accuracy of the stories in Lexis Noosa UnNews is extremely low
Watch this space for more Lexis Noosa ‘UnNews’ next week!
This week we have three sets of siblings in the school!
Our Lexis Noosa family now has two sets of Identical twins on-campus: Ivan and Sergey from Russia and Simona and Silvana from Switzerland! Also studying with us are Taiwanese sisters, Yi-Wen and Ya-Wen
Emir (Lexis Noosa student):
“The reason why I took a homestay, was that I wanted to see how an Australian family live. I wanted to learn something about the Australian culture, traditions, foods and music.
I prefer a homestay family more than a student house, because I think my English will improve much better with a family, which has kids – like at the Nielsen’s house. Every child has a sport activity. They took me to some competitions. This was great, I spent time with the homestay family, I met new people and I had some interesting conversations.”
Carl Nielsen (Lexis Noosa Hostfather):
“I love how the friendship grows between our students, my boys and myself .
We all get to understand and witness each others cultures in our home. Also, it is great when students go travelling and return to see us. It is a special time just like family for all.”
Vincent from Berlin studied both Cambridge English FCE and CAE with us. He also did volunteer work with the surf life savers and loved every minute of his time in Noosa. Vincent is now traveling around Australia before heading back to Berlin.
Sandro was not sure that he had passed the CPE exam that he took in Perth in March, so he signed up for the Lexis Noosa course.
Yesterday he was thrilled to hear that he had succeeded. He says that he loves the CPE class with Merrilyn and although he has passed already, he is enjoying doing the course here as he is learning more every day. Here he is with über CPE teacher Merrilyn and her merry band of CPE candidates!
New Option classes start on Monday 15th April. Your teacher will be asking you to choose. If you are not sure which is best for you, ask your teacher or Becky for advice.
Here is a preview to help you think about your choices:
LEXIS ENGLISH NOOSA OPTIONS
Monday to Friday 1.00pm – 2.00pm | Monday April 15 - Friday May 03
Student # ……….. Full Name: …………………………………………
Class: ………………………….. Teacher: ……………………….
Dear Students, please choose three options and number them 1, 2 and 3 in order of preference. You may not get your first choice. If less than 10 people choose an option it may not run. Ask your teacher to advise you on which option will help you most. A2 = Elementary, B1 Pre Int & Int, B2 = Upper Int
- ROLEPLAYS FOR EVERY DAY B1. Practice speaking in everyday situations in a fun way. Suitable for Elementary and some pre-intermediate students.
- LISTENING A2. Choose this option if you have a hard time understanding spoken English.
- SPEAK WELL B1. Interesting topics to improve your speaking.
- VOCABULARY BUILDING B1. Learn new words for everyday life and work.
- BUSINESS ENGLISH B1+ level. Learn vocabulary and skills related to the world of business.
- AUSTRALIANA B1+ Learn about Australian geography, animals, history and culture.
- GLEE CLUB All Levels. Have fun and sing in English. Great for improving intonation and confidence.
- MOVIE CLUB B2 +. Improve your vocabulary and listening skills whilst watching and discussing the latest movies.
- CURRENT AFFAIRS B2 +. Improve your reading and speaking skills and increase your vocabulary while discussing global issues and current affairs.
(Lexis English Noosa, 2013)
Lexis Noosa Teacher, Kerri recently received this nice message from her past student Lisa!
I just wanted to say thank you for your brilliant teaching again. I finally got my CAE test results and I passed!!! So I had to think back to my lovely and amazing time in Noosa last fall… Hope all’s good on the other side of the world.
We get so excited to hear from our students outside of the school and to read what adventures they are experiencing in Australia!
Loïc kindly took the time to email our Director of Studies, Becky and here are some slide photos of his trip to Moreton Island:
Ivan and Sergey studied FCE, CAE and CPE with IELTS at the end, to prepare for their exams for entry into Melbourne university…
They needed an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no score lower than a 6. They got overall scores of 7 and 8 which is outstanding!
They feel that the Cambridge courses certainly gave them the English level and their IELTS teacher – Anjali prepared them for the exam.
They are now sending their girlfriends to Lexis Noosa to follow in their footsteps
Eileen and her pre-intermediate class spotted having lunch together at Pasta Pronto!
Yesterday we welcomed our fabulous new Cambridge group to Lexis Noosa!
A big thank you to Shades wine bar for hosting our students and for putting on a delicious BBQ and drinks! Everyone had a great time, really got to know each other, and were introduced to the Lexis English experience!
A BIG welcome to our new students this week!
Vanessa (Germany) | Gael (France) | Romaine (France) | Koki (Japan) | Yuki (Japan) | Graziella (Brazil) | Ami (Japan) | Manuela (Switzerland) | Sohee (Korea) | Marina (Japan) | Hansol (Korea) | Taehee (Korea) | Martin (Switzerland)
Luca went to Fraser Island – here is the what he had to say about the trip!
“So… the trip started very good. The weather was very hot and it was a big, big fun to drive the 4 wheel drives. When we arrived at Fraser, first we setup camp and had the first lunch – delicious wraps!
We then went to lake Wobba, which is just a amazing place to be and relax. We all enjoyed being there and taking a refreshing swim in this lake.
Back at the camp we made dinner – a big BBQ which was awesome too That night we spent at the beach having some cool beers and chatting about god and the world.
The next day started good, as we went to Eli Creek and swum into this clear and beautiful water but later that day it started to rain and the trip became funny and scary at the same time. We went on to the Maheno Shipwreck, which stunned us all. After that the next point to visit were the Champagne pools – I’ve never seen such a thing! Incredible when you think that it’s all made by the nature :O Indian Head was the last point to see at this day- an impressing place with an amazing view to the open sea. At lunch time we had already decided not to go back to the camp, but rest in a youth hotel for the night.
The last day we spent driving through the rainforest and for me this was the best thing on this whole trip. I’m addicted to cars we were driving on slippery paths and it was very funny. We visited Lake McKenzie, which is an amazing place even if it rains and the sky is covered by clouds. After that we drove to Central Station, where we had lunch and walked around. In the afternoon unfortunately it was time to go back home and this part was the hardest part of the whole trip. We arrived back at 11pm all very tired and ready for a hot shower and a comfortable bed.”
What a lovely afternoon to go to the beach and have a kick around with the soccer ball. With a light offshore blowing, it was hard to focus on the soccer game when the surf was pumping in the background. The general English student played against the Chiyoda High School students for a friendly match. The general English students were leading the score charts in the end thanks to the best player of the day, Federico. Great afternoon guys, now grab your boards and lets go SURFING!!
Cambridge speaking exams are on today and that means all students need to have their photo taken prior to the exam.
Nina ‘the photographer’ and one of our students
Sunshine Coast students waiting.
It’s always wonderful when past students contact us and speak about their experiences and to see what they are up to after they have finished their English studies. Paulo recently contacted Becky (Director of Studies)….read how well he is doing!
“Hi Becky! How are you doing? It’s been quite a long time since I left Noosa, I don’t know if you still remember me hehehhe! I stayed there for 1 year, from July 2011 to July 2012, I gave some troubles to you =) … Now I’m back to Brazil, back to uni, and, thanks to the English which I learnt with you guys, many law firms are requiring me for an internship, I’m extremely happy!!! So, thanks a lot!!!=) .Thanks for everything Becky, a big hug for you, Merilyn, and all staff. You were so kind with me that there is not even one day I don’t remember my days in Noosa.. XOXO “
Thanks Paulo – it’s great to hear from you and good luck
Phil’s Cambridge FCE class said goodbye to Soim today. NO that is not Phil in the teacher’s chair.
Kouichi, Frank, Celine, Andrea, Janine, Jessica, Daria, Eru, Jade, Selisha, Debs, Zigs, Ji Hye, Lucio and teacher Phil say goodbye to Soim today.