The Cambridge Proficiency students took their exams at Lexis English Noosa today, supervised by Nina, our Cambridge Exams Manager and Becky, the Director of Studies.
We wish our Cambridge First candidates good luck!
Their classmates surprised them with good luck messages. Their teacher surprised them with good luck donuts.
They took their speaking exams yesterday (followed by Champagne) and will take the computer based exams on Saturday.
GOOD LUCK GUYS
Spot the bottle of Champagne on FCE teacher Anne’s desk.
Michael Aguiar left the Cambridge First Certificate intensive CBT exam class today and gave a farewell speech and a bottle of bubbly to his wonderful teacher. Michael is from Portugal and will travel the East Coast of Australia before returning home. We will miss you buddy, safe travels. Meanwhile the rest of the class are in full ‘lock down’ mode leading up to their Cambridge exam. Good luck everyone.
After completing the final exam for Upper Intermediate, the following students – Petra, Linda Frederico, Yoko, Elli and Jason went for bush walk up Mt Timbeerwah to get a better view of Noosa’s beautiful scenery. This was a great opportunity for students to practice their English outside the classroom.
The feedback was that the session was very useful, especialy finding great listening materials.
Web 2.0 is a free workshop for all full time students. It runs from 2 pm to 3 pm every Thursday. For more information talk to Dionne.
The Web 2.0 workshop last week was all about accessing cheap entertainment around Noosa.
The students were delighted to discover how many free or inexpensive activities can be found around Noosa. Interacting with local Australians is the perfect way to improve your English over the weekend or on public holidays.
Join Dionne this Thursday at 2pm in the Cambridge Computer Suite to learn more.
Lexis English is proud to announce that we have been given full accreditation as an open Cambridge Exams Centre.
Nina has a long history with Cambridge exams. Before coming to Australia, Nina taught and ran Cambridge exams in Switzerland. Since joining Lexis she has taught Cambridge Pet, First and Advanced before being appointed as ADOS and Cambridge Professional Development coordinator.
Nina says, ” I am delighted to take on this role as Cambridge Manager. There will be two open centres; Lexis Cambridge East Coast covering Byron Bay, Brisbane, Noosa and Maroochydore and Lexis Cambridge West Coast covering our Perth Beach school.
Lexis Noosa, has already established a reputation as a Cambridge centre of excellence and we are proud of being able to offer high quality Cambridge tuition and our superior results. I am especially proud of our 100% pass rate at CPE level”.
“Students will now have the benefit of an efficient central registration of exams and the convenience of sitting exams locally. I am looking forward to travelling to our schools in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia, to meet the new Cambridge teams and lead Cambridge professional development”.
Lexis Noosa CAE students are ready for their final exam tomorrow.
It was half happiness and half sadness as the CAE students completed their last class. Students were reminiscing about the past 3 months. Jenny from Switzerland said ‘It was so intense and now it’s over. The time went so quick. I had such a great time in Noosa and met so many friends that I will keep in contact with forever. I am sad to go’. Jose from Spain said, ‘I came not knowing what to expect and all of a sudden I had a great life here. I was coming to class during the day, studying and got a great job at a tapas bar at night. But now I am looking forward to a holiday and seeing more of Australia!’. They ended their last day with a BBQ by Noosa Main Beach overlooking the famous Noosa Surfing Festival! Party on dudes… and good luck in your future endeavours… your positive presence will be missed at school!
Anjali says, “IELTS 7 for speaking and an overall score of 6.5. Congratulations Max!”
The December 2011/January 2012 IELTS cohort have had very pleasing results with no score less than a 6. We are very proud of the students for working hard and achieving their goals.
It was a surprise today to see former student Misato Kamei at the Noosa school.
Misato visited the school to inform her teacher Anjali and the Director of Studies Becky that because of the English course she completed at Lexis English Noosa, she has now secured an administrative assistant position at Inpex. Inpex is a worldwide oil and gas exploration and production company ranked in the top 100 global energy companies. She is very happy at her new position and was very thankful to have been given such a great opportunity because of Lexis English. Congratulations Misato… we are so proud of you! And thanks to our friendly and intelligent teachers who make dreams come true…
So…did you find out what Synaesthesia means? Andi in the Cambridge Proficiency class Knows.
It is the mingling of the senses.
A person who experiences this phenomenon might feel a stimulus to one sense which produces an unexpected response in an entirely different sense. What does that mean? Well Grass might smell like purple or Chocolate might bring on a feeling of pins jabbing at you. Some people even taste words or see people in colour. Unusual but interesting.
This week you need to find out what a Pushchair is….get to it
Last week the Cambridge Proficiency class left you with Dead as a Dodo. Did you find out what it means and how to use it?
The Dodo was a flightless bird. It has been extinct since 1690.
This expression means unambiguously and unequivocally dead. You can use it to explain the end of almost anything. If you ask someone ..How is your relationship with your girlfriend going? the answer could be ..As dead as a Dodo!!!
Welcome to the first episode of the Cambridge Diaries! Each week we will interview Lexis English students who will reveal to you in real-time, their thoughts and personal experiences whilst studying in Noosa!
Our first student is Yannic who is studying CAE with Danielle.
Click here to see his interview or have a look on the Lexis English Noosa facebook page!
As well as daily homework, it is important for teachers to advise students on their individual study needs. This is what GIL is all about.
Your teacher will give you a personalised GIL suggestion evey week which you can bring to the GIL teacher or a member of the academic team, Becky, Nina and Lucy.
One of the biggest challenges to learning a new language is remembering all those new words each week.
One way to build vocabulary quickly is to use flash cards. Pick up a new word and write it down on a small card with its meaning. Keep the card with you for a day and look at it whenever you get time. Prop them up in your room over the week so that you notice them all the time.
Another hint is to keep a pencil and exercise book close at hand while reading. You can be reading a magazine, a comic, a novel or a newspaper or this blog! When you come across a word that you are unfamiliar with, write them in your vocabulary exercise book. Later, when you have time, pick up a dictionary and look up the words you have written.
Don’t have an exercise book? Come and see me on Monday and I will give you one for free. Have a great week, Becky
Eumundi Markets is filled with local businesses showcasing their unique and interesting products. The Business English students conducted an on site survey as part of their course. Here are some of their comments.
“From my point of view every business at the market was unique. Because all the people sell so many products which were in their own way different and interesting to see“
“People who work at the market know how to help make customers happy and enjoy their life. Everyone smiled kindly and sometimes they gave me other information and when I said goodbye, they wished me Merry Christmas or have a good day or they prayed for my success“
“Most stall holders choose this market to make a lot of contacts with customers in spite of a lot of competitors”
“Working at the markets is a good business opportunity because you can earn money and get to know a lot of people from all over the world”
“From my point of view, businesses at the markets were very beautiful. I really enjoyed the diversity of products at the market. Eumundi Markets is a good business opportunity for the storekeeper because a lot of people (customers) go there every day”
“From my point of view the Eumundi Market is a very interesting place to discover traditional products from Australia”
“From my point of view it was very interesting to speak with stall holders about their business”
“From my point of view the Eumundi Markets are really interesting and enriching because you could see all of the different businesses and to speak with customers”
“It was real business! Through this chance I could get to know about their life strategy and way. The best thing about this time was that it was not boring and didn’t make me aggressive”
“The Market was really interesting because I could see a variety of products and food. Furthermore, I talked with the stall holders about their own business which was very enriching”
“Every owner was really kind. When we said ‘excuse me if you have time would you mind answering some question’. It was very enjoyable”
“I really enjoyed this market survey. I met a lot of kind people and I could practice my English conversation. Also I could learn about how I should greet customers”
Adjectives about the market:
diverse traditional friendly great amazing awesome
kind wonderful famous different energetic enjoyable
Anjali’s IELTS class showed their competitive nature while playing a game using Body Idioms!
At Lexis English you can learn and have fun at the same time!
It’s very quiet in the common room today as the Advanced Cambridge students wait patiently for their turn to do speaking exams.
Lexis English wishes our students good luck with their exams today! We know you will do great!
This week we have had two work experience Year 10 students from Sunshine Beach High School. They each wrote about their experience at Lexis Noosa:
My day started off with meeting the events co-ordinator, Cindy. I went with her to an orientation for the new students and I walked around Noosa Junction with Cindy running errands and before I knew it, Cindy had me walking all the way to Hastings Street to make up a quiz! From putting together tote bags, to working on trivia questions and to editing photos, all together it was a great experience and so much fun!
This has been a fantastic experience for me! I’ve been working in a classroom with Daniela, helping out three amazing boys who are struggling with english. Albert, Yuki and Ziyad have taught me as much about themselves and their countries as I have taught them about Australia and myself. I’ve always been interested in cultures and languages and this experience has only heightened my ambition to learn more. I will never forget this place, the people I have met and the things I have learned. Who ever thought that work experience could be this wonderful.
I’m really happy to have you as my teacher. You are making the lessons interesting even if there was a lot of grammar to teach. Everyday you come with a smile into class! There was no day when i didn’t want to go to school. I have now so much pleasure that when I will be back in my country, I will keep up English by reading books or watching films in English. I’m sure now it will be easier. At that point I would like to say thank you very much for all your support.
Anne Potter is a team leader for Cambridge First Certicate preparation at Lexis English Noosa.
At Lexis Noosa, we all know that Mary is an A grade teacher… but does she pass the grade with her students ??
“If you really want to improve your English, you can do it, because Mary is very interested to help you”
“I really like to go to school. Mary’s lessons are well organised and interesting”
“It’s great that Mary helps us to improve our personal skills by handing out particular handouts and work sheets. It’s a pleasure to have such a nice and motivated teacher”
“Mary is very helpful and I like her as my teacher. Whenever I want to do some extra practice she has the exercises”
Sounds like she is A grade with the students too!
Danielle’s CAE had some serious feedback about her teaching!
‘Danielle is a lovely and motivating teacher who’s always keen to improve our skills without losing the feeling for a humourous teaching’
‘Danielle really tries to help everyone in the class improve their english’
‘Danielle’s lessons are always interesting and relaxed. There’s time left for a smile as well. There is a lot of homework but I wouldn’t change it!’
The Lexis Noosa FCE classes are learning a lot and enjoying their time in Noosa.
Flurina and Priska are in Kerri’s FCE class. They have formed a close friendship since arriving in Noosa and have been studying and playing hard. Both Flurina and Priska said that they love the people in their class and that they find the course challenging and are learning a lot. They really enjoy the class timetable as they get to wake up at a decent hour and also have time in the afternoon to do plenty of activities. They have also been enjoying the weekends away organised by Lexis and the student nights. When asked if they are enjoying Noosa in general, there were big smiles all round and a definite ‘Yes… it is a really good experience’.
Olivia is enjoying Anne’s FCE class. She says that Anne communicates very well, is very patient and understanding and smiles a lot. She enjoys the mix of nationalities in her class and has made many friends from around the world.
Keep it up FCE classes! Sounds like you are enjoying your course and having a great experience in Noosa!
Anjali took her IELTS class to visit the Maleny Cheese Factory. Below are some reports written by her wonderful students!
Maleny Cheese Factory
Last Thursday my IELTS class went to Maleny Cheese Factory to discover the stages in cheese production. There we were able to be inside the little world of a small family owned company.
First of all we met with Anna. She was the person who introduced us into the cheese making world. Anna started explaining the curious story about the discovery of cheese. Cheese was discovered 4.000 years ago by nomads in the desert. Due to the high temperatures they met the milk that they had for feeding had turned sour and lumpy. This was the beginning of the cheese’s history.
Nowadays the production of the cheese is not so simple as in the past because the factories need to follow really strict steps for health. Once was a simple process but now it is complex, modern and with many stages to get the final product.
This process starts when the milk is delivered in the factory from mixed herds of cows. First of all milk needs to be pasteurized due to Australian regulation. To get pasteurized milk, the product has to be heated to high temperatures, 36ºC or more. In this process, milk losses many properties such as calcium, good bacteria and lactose that later must be added. Next, the product is poured in vats where it is mixed and cooled to 2 or 3ºC. Then, calcium, bacteria, lactic acid and mold spores are stirred into the product.
Afterwards it is necessary to wait for the cultures to grow before adding rennet to get a solid product. When the product is in this stage it can be separated into curd and whey to be able to cut it repeatedly.
Finally the product obtained is poured into the mold trays to leave some time in a setting room to mature. This time to mature depends on the kind of product that is being produced. In this last stage the cheese product is obtained and it is ready to be packaged and sold.
After the contact with the process of the cheese we could taste all of the products and buy fresh product to consume.
By Paloma Cabanas
Process of Cheese Making
Last week, we discovered the way of Cheese Making during our class excursion to the Maleny Cheese Company in Montville.
First of all milk is needed to produce cheese. This is collected from a mixed herd of cows before it is delivered to the Maleny Cheese Company where the production takes place. On the arrival at the company the fresh milk needs to be pasteurized with a temperature of 36°C and then cooled down to 2°/3°C in a huge vat after the pasteurization is finished.
Next, some things like bacteria and lactid acid, Calcium, mould spores and many other cultures, which were destroyed in the sterilization process, have to be added. Now, the liquid has to rest for one hour, because the cultures need time to grow, before the rennet is added.
After the rennet is added, the milk separates into the liquid whey and the solid curd, which is needed for the further production of cheese. After the curd is cut, the thick cream is poured into many moulds , which are brought into a setting room for maturing.
After a few months, when this has taken place, the cheese is finally ready to be packed and sold.
By Isa Grube