How We Improve Students’ Writing In Our General English Programs

Our general English courses are very communicative with a strong speaking and listening focus. The weekly grammar and vocabulary is practiced through activities, games, pair work and group work. However, writing is  important also and we take it seriously.

Not only is writing is a basic language skill but many students find that writing helps commit new language to memory.   Postcards may be out of fashion, but emails and blogs and FB posts have taken their place. Students need to know how to write letters, reports and reply to advertisements.

At Lexis, every general English student is given the opportunity to improve their English writing through the development of a writing portfolio.  Writing is taught formally and explicitly and practiced through weekly writing tasks and assessed through formal weekly testing.  The end result is a portfolio of writing examples across all genres to take home.

Let me introduce Patrick.  Here he is, towering above me in his classroom.

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Patrick arrived with minimal English. At the end of his first week he wrote the following for his teacher, Charmaine.writing 2003.jpg

Eight weeks later this is his writing.  Congratulations Patrick on such a great improvement.

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Welcome 20.11.17

Welcome to our 9 new students today at Lexis Noosa!

We welcome Benjamin, Michaela, Flurina and Selina from Switzerland, Mami and Shinnosuke from Japan, Alejandro from Spain, Pasquale from Italy and Aneta from Slovakia.

We hope that you all enjoy your first day :).

Welcome 20.11

Cambridge Speaking Exam – Done and Dusted!

Cambridge exam candidates from our schools in Noosa and Maroochydore did their Speaking Exams on Saturday. Happy faces all around AFTER it was done!

Waiting for their exams! And super happy faces afterwards!

And a little encouragement for everyone from our wonderful CPE class with one week to go until the written exams: “Knock it out at the Ballpark”!

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Cider tasting round 2!

Friday afternoon at Lexis Noosa calls for a cider tasting activity.

The students get to taste 6 ciders from Australia and rate them according to the appearance, aroma, taste and palate.

The ciders that the students get to taste are Somersby Pear Cider, Rekorderling Strawberry and Lime Cider, Matilda Bay Dirty Granny Apple Cider, 4 Seeds Bright Apple, Cheeky Rascal Passionfruit and Pink Lady Cider and lastly Pure Blonde Apple Cider.

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Hope you all had a great Friday afternoon!

 

Goodbye Lenka

Today we say goodbye to Lenka Kulendikova from the Czech Republic!

Lenka studied at Lexis Noosa from March 2017 to November 2017 for a total of 30 weeks. While she was here she lived in the beautiful sea side village of Sunshine Beach. She would cycle to school while taking in the wonderful views Noosa had to offer. Lenka worked at Sax’s Resort on Hastings Street every morning so she really appreciated the Sunset Cambridge First program that Lexis Noosa has which allowed her to work in the mornings and study in the afternoons.

Now she is travelling around Australia with her lovely boyfriend Ladislav.  We hope you have a wonderful time travelling around Australia and good luck for the future.

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Boomerang Painting

Lexis Noosa students had a wonderful afternoon painting boomerangs.

The students were learning how to paint traditional and contemporary Aboriginal designs and symbols onto wooden boomerangs.

We hope you all had a wonderful time this afternoon and can’t wait to see you on the next activity!

Chocolate Tasting

Our Sunset classes enjoyed chocolate tasting as their morning activity on this fine Wednesday.

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The students got to try a plate of dark, white and milk chocolate.

On the other plate there were 3 different flavours that the students needed to taste and figure out. They ended up being orange, mint and chilli flavoured.

The students were to describe and rate each chocolate type as they were tasting. At the end the students indulged in a chocolate fondue fountain, enjoyed along with strawberries, banana bread and marshmallows.