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Misato Brings Good News To Lexis English

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…

Having A Ball At The Beach

After a week of grey skies it was great to see the sun out and the temperature hot enough to enjoy an afternoon at Noosa Main Beach.

Students swam and played beach soccer whilst others went shopping along the famous Hastings Street. The girls swam between the flags whilst the guys got their game on and shirts off on the beach. After a hot game of soccer they all went into the ocean to cool down for the trek back over the hill.

CPE December 2011 Group

Congratulations to all my students for attaining incredible results in the last round of the CPE Exams.  100% pass rate ….. high C’s…a couple of B’s…. a couple of A’s…absolutely sensational and so well deserved.  Time for some more Moet!!! 

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CPE Brain Teaser for the week

Last week we left you with the word Pushchair……

It is a (usually collapsible) chair-shaped carriage in which a small child may be wheeled around. Also called baby buggy  in the USA and in Australia we call it a pram…It makes sense calling it a pushchair considering a child sits in it as their mother pushes them along.

This week we have some phrases from Livia

It was staggeringly expensive at the restaurant so we staggered home and continued the party there. However when my parents arrived and found us they were staggered by our behaviour and suggested we call off the stag party immediately. 

What do all the different stag” words mean?????

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Jobs Available

If you are interested in harvest work then apply direct on 1800 062 332. The season will start mid February and employment is dependant on location and what is being harvested. Good Luck!

Social Media Coordinator
Peregian Beach
Social Tap
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Chef/Cook
Noosa
Cafe VinCino
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Customer Service Consultant
Noosa Heads
Noosa Brands
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Chef / Cook
Noosa North Shore
Noosa North Shore Retreat
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Farm Labourer
Sunshine Coast
Mt Sippy Mushrooms
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Dishwasher
Noosaville
Humid Restaurant
6.30pm – 9.30pm | Wed – Sun
Please call Michelle 5449 9755

Congratulations to Jose and Paula who are now wait staff at IS in Noosaville! Paula is also tutoring Spanish inbetween her busy schedule of working, studying and partying! If you want to gain skills in getting a job in Noosa then sign up for Phil’s Job Workshop held Tuesday and Wednesday each week.

IELTS 7 Opens So Many Opportunities

This is what a delighted Isa Grube said on receiving her IELTS score of 7.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isa Grube, her teacher Anjali Sheppard and her classmates. “I am so happy” said Isa, “I couldn’t have done it without Anjali’s help. I can really consider my choices of study now”.

Congratulations Isa.

Lexis English Noosa Students Celebrate Australia Day

There was XXXX Aussie beer, snacks and of course… games!

The great Aussie challenge proved to be a challenge indeed for the teams who had no idea what they were in for. First challenge was the Aussie buffet. Teams had to eat a lamington, pie, vegemite, kangaroo sausage and a mintie. Then came the Tim Tam torture where the teams ate a whole pack of Tim Tams. After the feast it was time for some physical action with thong throwing and the kinky koala where students had to catch baby koalas in a pair of underwear. It was a close competition but Team ‘Crazy Asia’ came out on top and won a $60 colesmyer gift card. Congratulations to Hitomi, Hiroyasu, Jason and Kain… you are true blue Aussies!

 

Tomoyoshi Leaves a Goodbye Message

Tomoyoshi is sad to be leaving this week and gave us this feedback today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The book we use for general English is awsome contents and all my teachers are awesome. I was taught by Debbie and Shannon. Debbie understands how hard it is to learn a language and always makes a great atmosphere in the classroom. She is also never reluctant to answer questions after class. I was favoured with fantastic teachers and of course I will never forget the other staff and students. Sincerely thanks a lot, you guys are the best school I have ever attended, please keep going with your original teaching ways.  Tomo.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks Tomo, we will all miss you also. Good luck for your future and keep in touch on our facebook page.

 

Introducing… Dionne’s ‘Aussie Slang’ Of The Week

What do Australians really say on the streets, in the pubs and to their family and mates? Aussies have invented their own colourful expressions that make Oz English unique!

It’s frequently rude, always direct and never ever politically correct. The language of Australia is one of the richest and most creative parts of the English language.

Phrase or Word of the week…
Bob’s Your Uncle!… An expression indicating that everything is perfect, going extremely well, as planned or expected.

Try using ‘Bob’s your uncle’ with your host family and friends and see their reaction!

CPE Brain Teaser for this week

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

Jobs Available

If you are looking for harvest and farm work then please see Cindy at the explore desk to get your 2012 Harvest Guide.

Chef / Cook
Noosa North Shore
Noosa North Shore Retreat
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Kitchenhand
Mooloolaba
Spice Bar
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Public Area Cleaner
Noosa Heads
Breakfree Noosa International
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Public Area Cleaner
Noosa Heads
Breakfree South Pacific Resort
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Restaurant Staff
Noosaville
Noosa Waterfront Restaurant
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Bar Staff
Noosa Heads
Halse Lodge
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Take Away Staff
Noosa Heads
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IELTS Scores Continue to Please

Paulo and IELTS teacher Anjali were thrilled with Paulo’s overall 6.5 and IELTS 7 for his listening.

 Anjali commented that she was not surprised as he was such a wonderful hardworking student. Paulo is now studying in our Cambridge Advanced Exam preparation course and will return to Brazil in June.  Congratulations Paulo. 🙂

Kindai HS Take A Stroll On The Board Walk

Kindai HS students went for a leisurely boardwalk stroll from Lexis English Noosa to Noosa River mouth and back.

The students were very keen to meet locals and tourists visiting Noosa. As you can see from the photos below, they are anything but shy when it comes to social situations and making new friends. I’m sure the boys will go home with some very interesting pictures to show their friends and family!

Free Futsal Every Tuesday For Lexis English Students!

Due to popular demand the official Lexis English Futsal season will begin on Tuesday 24th January 2012.

An interschool match between the Noosa and Sunshine Coast campuses will be scheduled in February so stay tuned… let the rivalry begin!

Prizes Galore At Lexis English Noosa

We have had a few winners this week at the afternoon activities.

A $60 Myer gift card was won by Andi, Jose, Paula, Alex and San who joined forces as The Koala Team for the Trivia Challenge. And lady luck was on the side of the Kindai HS students who got to yell bingo and won an Aussie bag filled with Australian goodies. There will be much more to win this Friday!

CPE Brain Teaser

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!!!

This weeks teaser is …What is synaesthesia? Do you have this condition? Ask around.  We have someone in our class who has it and it is extremely interesting.

Jobs Available

Improve your chances of getting a job by signing up for Phil’s famous Lexis Workshop held 2pm – 3pm every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Restaurant Staff
Noosaville
Noosa Waterfront Restaurant
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Chef
Noosa
Laguna Jacks
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Bar Staff
Noosa
Laguna Jacks
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Cook
Peregian Beach
Peregian Beach Hotel
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Cleaner
Noosa
Resort in Noosa
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Sales Assistant
Noosa
Spend Less Shoes
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Maitre’D
Noosaville
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Wait staff
Noosaville
Blue Angel
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Live-In Au Pair
Sunrise Beach
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Waitstaff
Coolum Beach
My Place
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Experience Lexis English Noosa In Real Time

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!

Lexis English WorkShop- Your Pathway to Employment in Noosa

The Lexis Workshop run by ‘English for Working in Australia’  expert, Phil Egan is up and running for 2012.

Phil Egan and the Lexis English Workshop students this week

 The free workshop runs every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2 pm to 3 pm. It is specifically designed to help new students enter the workforce as quickly as possibly. If you need more information see Phil or Becky or sign up on the student notice board.

Too Cool For The Pool

It was a smouldering 38 degree summers day in Noosa and after working hard in class, it was time to get cool in the pool.

Thanks to Nomads Noosa Backpackers, Lexis English Noosa students have privileged access to some great facilities only 5 minute walk from the school! With the heat turned up, students took advantage of the Nomads hospitality. Some students relaxed with a frosty beer and watched the others play some pool volleyball. Some were brave enough to face the heat and play on the sand volleyball court, and others chose to chill out in the shade and soak up the relaxing atmosphere. How does it get any better than that!

Christmas All Over Again!

Check out the video of the Lexis English Noosa Christmas Party and Carols 2011!

CLICK HERE to see all the laughing, crying, cheering and singing from last years party! You can also view the video on our facebook page and share it with all your friends and family!

Lexis Guided Individual Learning

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.

The Girls Are Back In Town!

Today we were fortunate to receive a visit from former Lexis English Noosa students Flurina and Priska.

They both began a FCE course in September 2011 and formed a great friendship almost immediately. They studied hard and partied hard for the three months they were in Noosa. After completing their course they decided to travel together to Northern Queensland and have now made their way back to Noosa. They will travel South and also to the Northern Territory from tomorrow. They said their experience in Australia has been amazing and they are looking forward to the next leg of their journey. Have fun ladies… we know you always do!

CPE Brain Teaser

Last week we left you with the word Amazon.

We were not looking for the website, nor the river but the word for a fierce warrior woman. If you found this meaning you then needed to search for the male equivalent.  Did you find it???

It was hard work for the CPE students today with contributions for the meaning ranging from Goliath to Titan, Viking and even Tarzan!!! However Andi came up with Colossus which we all agreed fits best. Do you agree? Facebook us and let us know.

The teaser for this week is an expression and how to use it.  This comes from one of the newest members of our group , Martina.

She wants to know what does Dead as a Dodo mean? Do you know? If so give us your thoughts before we post our answer next Monday.

Jobs Available

If you are looking for bar work in Australia then you will require an RSA (responsible service of alcohol) certificate. Please ask your job workshop teacher or Cindy for more details.

Kitchenhands
Maroochydore
Maroochydore Surf Club
Click here for more information

Retail Assistant
Noosaville
Aldi Supermarket
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Service Cashier
Noosaville
Woolworths
Click here for more information

Baby Sitter
Peregian Beach
2 hrs per week | $20ph | must speak Korean |female preferred
speak Korean and play with a 7 month old while mum works from home
Call 0410 449 656 or email nickylhammond@hotmail.com

Lexis Language Links – How to Improve Your Vocabulary

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

 

Lexis English Students Living The Dreamtime!

Pinaroo Park in Noosa was turned into a musical wonderland with Lexis English students learning to play the Didjeridu.

Scott from Bushlab has taught many of our students how to play over the years. He has heard many strange noises come out of the didjeridu’s as the students attempt to play, but he said that this group of students were the most amazing he has had to date. As soon as their lips touched the mouthpiece, they were blowing away like naturals! Some could even make various sounds which usually takes quite a while to learn. Scott also informed the students on how the Aboriginal instruments are made and the history. It was a glorious afternoon in the shade of the trees overlooking a swamp of water. You really felt like you were back in the dreamtime wrapped in a blanket of true Australian bushland. What a way to end the first week of 2012 study! 

Student House Availability

A room has become available at our student house in Belfa Place!

Twin share Room is available at $140.00 per week
from next Wednesday 11th January to 28th January 2012

If you are interested or have any questions please contact the
accommodation department and they will be happy to help.

Cambridge Proficiency Class Brain Teasers

Are you ready for the CPE?

Merrilyn is the CPE guru at Lexis Noosa!  Starting next Monday, Merrilyn and the Cambridge Proficiency group will be contributing to this Blog on a weekly basis.

We want to share with you the type of language we come across in the CPE room and give you some words/collocations/idiomatic expressions, maybe even some Australian-isms,  to think about and have fun with.  It will be a great way to build up your vocabulary and you can get involved by contributing your thoughts on our Facebook page. We welcome the contributions of past CPE students too.

As a taste test:

In our first class yesterday we discussed the word Amazon.  What does it mean to you?

You will see there are many answers but when you find the one we needed then ask yourself…         Is there a male version?

Go for it ….get talking English!!!