Sunset Cruise After Party

After the sunset cruise, the students made their way to the ‘After Party’ at Sogo’s. They arrived in cheerful spirits and took advantage of Sogo’s special drink and meal deals specifically for Lexis students. Some partied harder than others with shots, while the others chilled or played ‘Buckhunter’!

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I hope you all enjoyed your Cruise and After Party! For those who are now in need of a detox, please see the activities board and kick start your February with a 5 day body reboot 🙂

Dave’s TTT (Teaching Tips and Tricks)!

Grammar Books for Teachers.

For the majority of English language teachers starting out in the TESOL industry, there is one aspect of the job that scares the pants off us – teaching grammar. I’m not sure about you, but when I went through primary and secondary school, we weren’t taught English grammar, so when I first became an English language teacher in Hungary, notions such as subjects, objects, and past participles were, forgive the pun, foreign.  Not speaking a lick of Hungarian at the time, knowing that I needed to eat (and therefore make this teaching thing work), compelled me to set about teaching myself English grammar before I taught it to my students.

This week, I would like to share with you the grammar books that helped me at the various stages of my career. I don’t claim they are the best, as there are a lot of good reference books out there, but these are the ones I have used and still do use and so I can vouch for.

English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy – Cambridge University Press

This is a great book for new teachers with little grammar knowledge. The middle book in the series, this self-study reference book is pitched at intermediate level students. It consists of 145 two-page chapters covering the language structures that an intermediate student would need.

Each chapter starts with a page of ‘accessible’ presentations about the meaning, usage and form of the structures. I say ‘accessible’ because it is written for students, and therefore we teachers have a shot at understanding the content. This is a great starting point for new teachers. On top of this, the second page in each chapter has exercises for practice! No silly, not for you the teacher, but they are very handy for homework for your students. All in all, I would say this is a great book to get you started on your grammar teaching path and you will be able to refer to it and use it for years to come.

Notable mention – The Good Grammar Book by Michael Swan – Oxford University Press

Practical English Usage by Michael Swan – Oxford University Press

This book delves a little deeper into the English Language, providing fairly detailed information on grammar, vocabulary, idiom, style, pronunciation and spelling. I found I didn’t really appreciate this book until I had a slight grasp of the workings of the language. Sure I had used it in CELTA assignments, but that was about it. I found (and sometimes still find) that I used this book a lot more when dealing with students’ questions that were outside of what I was teaching in class that day. This is a great book that you will get years of use out of and it can (sorry, but I can’t promise more than that) sometimes stop you from looking silly in front of your class.

Notable mention – Grammar for English Language Teachers by Martin Parrott – Cambridge University Press

About Language by Scott Thornbury – Cambridge University Press

This is the book you turn to just before DELTA, to help bring out your inner grammar geek. The book consists of 28 ‘task’ units covering various aspects of the English language and looks at them in a high level of detail. The tasks really make you think about how English is used, and I must confess, when I began working through the book I had to look at the key and commentary a couple of times first to understand what exactly was being asked in each task. That brings me to the other great thing about this book – the commentary. It is easy to follow and a real eye opener. The way the language is analysed and applied to everyday usage is brilliant. It leaves you wondering a) just how smart is this Scott Thornbury bloke and b) surely he has better things to do. This is a must-have book for DELTA or MA level courses and a great source of PD for experienced teachers.

Anyway, that’s it for this week. Three grammar books to take you through your EFL teaching career, they have worked for me and I have a feeling they’ll work for you too.

DaveDave Fox is an experienced teacher and teacher trainer who has worked in Australia, the UK, and Europe

Sunset cruising the Noosa river!

Cambridge students’ left their books behind and hit the deck on a sunset cruise along the stunning Noosa river!

Afterwards, the Cambridge students headed off to the Sogo bar for $4 drinks and $5 pints of beer all night (not forgetting the yummy $10 meals for our hungry students). It was a big night with lots of fun!

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Looking for work?

Plenty of work available in hospitality right now.

Join  the Lexis workshop every Thursday with Anj to get help with resume writing, organise your Tax File Number  and Australian Business Number or find out where the latest job vacancies are.  Latest posting is Locale Restaurant in Hastings Street; needing two dishwashers for immediate start. See Anj or Becky for more information. 

Cleaners Wanted!!

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If you are hardworking , reliable,trustworthy and have a keen eye for detail and are serious about working then we want to hear from you. 

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FREE Yoga Classes Every Tuesday from 7:30am

As a way to improve mental and spiritual well-being as well as improve levels of balance, strength and flexibility,

Lexis Noosa will be offering Morning Yoga Classes from 7:30 to 8:45am every Tuesday in Room 10.

These Yoga classes are free for all full time Lexis Noosa Students

 

Timetable for February

Tuesday 4th

Tuesday 11th

Tuesday 18th

Tuesday 25th

7:30-8:45am

Beginners Yoga

7:30-8:45am

Vinyasa Flow

7:30-8:45am

Yoga For Surfers

7:30- 8:45

Relax and Unwind

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Meet Our Newest Teachers!

Not only do these young teachers all come from the United Kingdom, they share a  passion for travel, teaching and languages…

I am sure everyone knows that they are well qualified, smart and charming, but here are some facts that you might not know 😉

Newest Staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jamie Doig ~ BA Dip Ed CELTA from Oxford, England:

” When I was younger I was in a choir that recorded the sound track for the documentary ‘The Blue Planet’ and last year I cycled around Europe”.

Nathaniel Forrester ~ MA BA CELTA from Halifax, England:

“I play guitar in a rock and roll band and own the world’s largest collection of Hawaiian shirts.”

Freya Eldrid BA CELTA from London, England:

“I once hitchhiked from England to Morocco”.

Sandra Magee BSC CELTA Cambridge Exams Examiner  from Aberdeen, Scotland:

” I have lived in Spain, Vietnam and learned to surf in England before coming to Australia.”

Dave Woodcock BA Cert TEFL from Newcastle England:

” I lived in Korea for two years before coming to Australia and I love hot chip sandwiches”.