Sunrise or Sunset?A class for everyone

Are you a sunrise or a sunset person? If you study in our sunset classes check out the student notice board for the new range of activities especially for you guys.

Our afternoon into early evening classes are growing in popularity.  Currently we have a Cambridge First exam preparation, Cambridge Advanced exam preparation and a Fast Track B1 class running from 1pm to 6.30pm every day.

These are all serious, five hour, teacher led classes for students who want a more academic program. But that doesn’t mean they should miss out on some fun social time. Those students who are not working in the mornings, can now enjoy meeting with one of the sunset teachers for a variety of activities that change every week.

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This week’s morning activities are Body boarding at Main Beach, Vegan Cooking and Coffee Club. So sunset students – get signing up!!

Comparing Countries in our Class

20160226_105209In our Upper Intermediate class we have been graced with students from a number of countries. Having such diversity is incredibly useful because we are able to expand our understanding of different cultures as well as cultural norms. We decided to pair up and have a serious discussion about these “differences” and hopefully discover some similarities in the process. We hope you will feel more educated about the differences after reading this. And we hope like us, you’ll celebrate the diversity that we have on Earth.

Spain vs Switzerland

Spain is far sunnier than Switzerland.

Swiss women generally aren’t nearly as tanned as Spanish women.

Driving in Spain is a great deal more dangerous than in Switzerland.

Swiss people drink almost as much as Spanish people.

Belgium vs Japan

Belgian sushi isn’t nearly as tasty as Japanese sushi.

In Japan, people are far more punctual than in Belgium.

Japanese chocolates are nowhere near as good as Belgian chocolates.

The jetlag is a great deal more intense for Belgian tourists than for their Japanese counterparts when traveling to Australia.

Australia vs Switzerland and Germany

Germany is nowhere near as beautiful as Australia.

Australia doesn’t have nearly as much historic architecture as Germany.

McDonalds in Switzerland isn’t any tastier than Australian McDonalds.

Germany is nowhere near as enormous as Australia.

Korea vs Germany

The rice consumption in Germany isn’t nearly as big as it is in Korea.

There are far more skyscrapers in the Korean cities than in German ones.

The seasons in Germany are almost the same as in Korea.

Living in Germany is nearly as expensive as living in Korea.

Brazil vs Switzerland

Switzerland is nowhere near as sunny as Brazil

The Brazilian people are nowhere near as punctual as the Swiss.

There are almost as many beautiful places in Switzerland as in Brazil.

Brazilians are definitely as nice as the Swiss.

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Sunday Market Job!!

There is a fantastic job going at the beautiful Noosa Markets every Sunday.

It  will be at a Japanese Food store.

You will need to work 5 hours. Start at 7am and finish at 12pm.

Contact Kondo on 0409 969 563 or by email ksbykel8@netspace.net.com if you are interested.

If you go down to the beach today.

Between November and March Green and Loggerhead turtles visit our beautiful shores to lay their eggs. After 60 days the baby turtles hatch.

If you are very enthusiastic, there are official turtle hatching tours that you can book, especially in the Bundaberg and Barrier Reef areas. However, one of the best kept secrets is that we have  turtles visiting our local Beaches and baby turtles are hatching right now. I was lucky enough to see the little turtles rushing from the sand dunes to the ocean at Sunshine Beach recently. There are also nests from Alexandra Bay to Coolum.

The mother turtles usually come ashore at night and if you are an early morning beach walker, look out for the ‘turtle tracks’ leading from the shore line to the sand dunes. The baby turtles can hatch at any time.

So, keep your eyes open when you are taking those beautiful long beach walks, you may be in for a big surprise.

For more information , check out: http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/wildlife/watching/turtles/index.html

The Lexis Journey

A little bit of extra communication really goes a long way.

Your first morning at Lexis will be a busy one. You will meet your new international friends and have an orientation and placement test. (Yes, whoopee, a nice grammar and vocabulary test followed by a piece of writing). After a coffee break, you will meet with a senior member of the academic staff (Becky, Annette, Nina and Tanya)  to discuss your study plan and choose the best classes for your needs.  If you are coming for more than twelve weeks a formal pathway plan will be mapped out with your long term goals in mind.  Of course, everyone is given our English Only contract to sign and reminded how important it is to adhere to our “English Only” policy.

Two weeks later we follow up on your study plan.

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Annette and Marta catching up to discuss Marta’s study plan.

By then you have settled into classes, homestay or student house, and usually have a better idea of how the school works. We make sure that you are happy with your classes, teachers and your progress.  Most students give great feedback and it is wonderful to see their progress within even two weeks.

However, we can also pick up problems at this follow-up interview. We can change the class if the level is too high or too low, we can talk in more detail about different pathways: Are you happy with the General English class you are in? What kind of course do you need for your individual future? Is IELTS the better course or should you do a Cambridge Exams course once you have reached a certain level of language competence? Do you want a morning class or would you prefer one of our afternoon classes because you found a job?

We know how difficult it can be, to be suddenly immersed not only in English but also in a completely different culture and lifestyle. Problems in homestay or student house can be addressed and dealt with by our accommodation staff.

Every four weeks, your class teacher will meet with you one on one to give you a written report on your progress. This is an important opportunity for you to also give your teacher feedback on whether your needs are being met fully.

Although these formal interviews are planned ahead, you are welcome to come and meet with an Academic team member at any time. Our office door is always open for a chat or advice or help with a problem.

In your last week, your teacher will give you a final exit report with your end grades for your leaving certificate. You will also be asked to complete a graduation survey. We always read these surveys very seriously so please remember to hand them to reception and thankyou in advance.

Enjoy your Lexis Journey, we look forward to meeting you soon.

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Your Monday Morning Welcome Team: Tanya, (Academic teacher) Becky, (Academic Manager) Annette, (Senior Teacher) and Nina (Cambridge Exams Manager)