Let’s have a look what activities are on offer at Lexis Noosa for the month of August.
What a great selection of activities available at Lexis Noosa for the month of August! Can’t wait to get started on all the FUN!
What a great selection of activities available at Lexis Noosa for the month of August! Can’t wait to get started on all the FUN!
Today we say farewell to our Cambridge students who started their course on the 19th March 2018. We’d like to say thank you for coming to Lexis Noosa and we hope you all had an amazing time here with us. Good luck with your speaking exams tomorrow and other exams over the weekend and next week.
CPE Class with teacher Tim Bloxsome, Dario, Yanik, Dominik, Mateus, Isabela, Carmela, Roman and Adrien.
CAE 1 Class with teacher Phil, Santiago, Cloe, Nicole, Max, Nina, Erica, Noee, Pasquale, Tatjana, Sandra, Aneta and Rachel.
CAE 2 class with teacher Kirsten, Guilherme, Sarah, Isabela, Lucie, Marta, Lara, Noelia, Nina, Rafael, Manuela and Lyndon.
FCE 1 class with teacher Suzie, Basil, Nerea, Jacqueline, Alex, Celine, Jeanne, Claudia, Marta, Cate, Alejandra, Ria and Kishiko.
FCE 2 class with teacher Kerri, Saad, Raquel, Marc, Jeremias, Martin, Ramona, Romina, Oh, Luiza and Jasmin.
We wish you all the luck and happiness in the future!
WE DID IT!! 🙂
My name is Cloe Barnet, I am from Nendaz in Switzerland
How did you find your first couple of weeks on the Noosa campus and Lexis?
My first couple of weeks in Lexis was amazing! Everyone at Lexis was very welcoming and the weather was truly stunning. I arrived in February and was surfing at Noosa beach in my very first week! That was a pretty cool experience!
Why did you choose Noosa to study?
I really wanted to avoid an Australian capital city and Noosa is famous for amazing beaches which is what I was looking for!
What do you like most about Lexis and Noosa?
The teaching staff and support staff were really friendly to me and I like the chilled out environment of Noosa.
How is your classroom experience at Lexis?
I am studying towards my Cambridge Advanced Level Certificate and the classroom experience is really challenging however my teacher introduces interesting activities and games to assist in my learning.
What are your future plans when you finish your Lexis English studies?
I am travelling to New Zealand when my course finishes and then I will return to Switzerland to commence my Bachelor in Zoology
My passion is to work with polar bears and travel to Alaska to assist in the conservation challenges this amazing animal faces.
What do you do in your spare time?
I like exploring so I have been through Fraser Island, Australia Zoo, through the amazing National Parks and beaches here and normally on a Thursday or Friday night I go out with my friends to dance and catch up!
It is always so sad when our Cambridge groups have to leave us after 10-11 long weeks. All the best for the future everyone and of course good luck on your exams!
CAE 3 Class: Yanik, Mateus, Natallia, Sina, Rebcca, Alexandre, Anja, Katja, Raphael and Noah.
CAE 1 Class: Claudine, Michelle, Vanessa, Jessica, Helson, Alexis, Carmela, Kohji, Joel, Florine, Samira and Florian.
CAE 2 Class: Isabela, Jasmin, Ines, Samuel, Jolanda, Sonia, Laura, Maxime and Michaela.
Hope you all enjoy your travels after Lexis! Appreciate all of what beautiful Australia has to offer.
Today we say farewell to our Cambridge classes as they are finishing their courses today and having their exams over the next week.
Teacher: Kirsten, Students: Loane, Salome, Aline, Laura, Raphael and Robyn .
Teacher: Phil Students: Mirjam, Carina, Sandra, Sophie, Michele, Marcelo, Chiara, Michelle, Christophe, Martina, Simone, Elvira and Jonas.
Teacher: Anne Students: Luis, Lucas, Robin, Melanie, Sarina, Yobina, Sina, Jasmin, Elina, Soraya, Asier, Nico and Roman.
Teacher: Marie Students: Lucas, Rodrigo, Carina, Claudia, Chantal, Katja, Viviane, Pascal, Manuel, Lea and Angela.
Teacher: Kerri Students: Momoyo, Chiho, Matues, Sonia, Nikolai, Kotori, Lucie, Aurelie, Dominique, Jordan, Milena, Hana and Helson.
Teacher: Michelle Students: Manuel, Saud, Sara, Fabio, Isabelle, Miya, Irene, Selina, Bettina, Isabela, Gesseca and Camila.
Thank you for coming to Lexis Noosa! We hope you had a wonderful time with us and we wish you all the best in the future!
Our FCE 1 class worked hard in their FCE speaking exam workshop this afternoon! Great job everyone.
It’s Tuesday morning and Noosa Lexis English Cambridge students have their mid semester mock testing!
This is a great way for the students to understand what it will be like to test under Cambridge rules and supervision in preparation for their final exam in November. This is the perfect opportunity for the students to receive feedback from their amazing teachers.
Good luck on your mock exam everyone!
Our Lexis English Cambridge students had their mock exam this morning in preparation for their final exam in August. This gives the students a chance to practice testing in a strict environment and also a perfect opportunity for the students to receive feedback from their lovely teachers.
Hoping everyone went well on their mock exam!
We were honoured today to hear that Lexis English | Noosa has been awarded with ESL’s Certificate of Excellence for 2016!
The ESL Certificate of Excellence is one way for you to know that a school offers students a first-class experience and recognises schools that consistently deliver a high quality service.
Congratulations to all!
Our Cambridge teachers met early this morning to discuss and prepare for the next round of Cambridge classes starting on 03 January 2017. We will welcome more than 100 new students into our First Certificate, Cambridge Advanced and Cambridge Proficiency classes.
Last week our FCE Classes had a fabulous day out at the Eumundi Markets. Equipped with a task sheet the students ventured out to explore this beautiful outdoor market and interview local stallholders. Back at school they had to write a review! Here is Sandra’s:
Have you ever been to a traditional market? All the FCE classes went yesterday on a fascinating excursion to Eumundi Markets.
Browsing the market you can find exotic fruit and vegetables, artisan goods such as statues and dreamcatchers, beautiful hand-made clothes and many more amazing crafted products. The market takes place twice a week in the mornings in a picturesque small town in the hinterland of Noosa.
One stall in particular caught my attention because an old man was selling beautiful crafted animal statues made from marble dust and white cement. He has been producing these for 28 years and still loves everything about it. He really enjoys meeting a huge variety of different people every week – and being in fresh air while selling his products.
This market is really worth visiting because of all the unique characters and fascinating arts and crafts. It is all about the motto “Make it, bake it, sew it, grow it”! It is just amazing!
A great day out with an authentic task and excellent results! Can learning English get any better than this???
Whilst many students had shot off to catch an afternoon wave or to spot an afternoon whale, this was the scene on campus.
Teachers Annette (Cambridge First) and Anne (Cambridge Advanced) were conducting feedback interviews with their students whilst the rest were studying hard in Cambridge GIL. Teacher Ali was running grammar club and teacher Oly was keeping the Saudi pilots in order whilst they did conversation practice. Some students were just chilling in the courtyard whilst Emi had found a quiet spot to do some work on her ipad.
Teacher Suzie was busy with a Cambridge First workshop, the table tennis gang were in action and Tereza had found a sunny spot to do her homework in.
Yesterday evening all the Cambridge students and teachers gathered for a delightful sunset cruise along the Noosa River. The weather conditions were ideal so everyone was in top spirits when they boarded the boat. Food and drinks were packed as well as phones in hand ready to snap up their rendition of the incredible spectrum of colours that the Sun paraded her as she hid behind the horizon. New friends were made and old bonds made tighter. Singing praises about the different courses were heard and all in all everyone had a wonderful evening. Finding the balance between work and play is key to success!
This is Leonore’s story in her own words. I am sure it will bring a smile to your heart as it did ours.
“From an early age I have wanted to come to this far far away country named Australia. Not only for the beautiful scenery but for culture. Also Australia is a really young country compared to most countries in Europe, and has a lot to show the world. Many people believe that Australia will be one of the up and coming countries in the next few years. It is for these reasons and for many others that I decide come learn English in Australia.
I would not say that my first couple of weeks were easy because I could not speak A WORD of English and still a young person. I found out that the hardest parts of living far away from home are during the events like Christmas or family birthdays.
However, after a few weeks I has some really nice friends who made me feel like in France. And then everythings every days went quickly, that how a totally unknown place became my new home. I am really thankful to my parents who gave me the opportunity to make my dream come true, which has been totally amazing. I learned so much, not only about the language but also about the culture, as well as know more about who I am and who I want to be.
After these 10 months in Australia I feel changed in a good way and proud of myself because the hugest achievement for me has to been to get my Cambridge FCE certificate. Passing this exam was my main goal and with the help of all the wonderful teachers I had I finally achieved it.
But now it is time to go back to where I came from (home) to end my trip, my experience, and my Australian life. I will miss everything here, not only the beach, the ocean but also all people I have met here and my wonderful host mother who made my stay in her home just perfect.
This is not goodbye from me, but simply Au Revoir.”
Leonore Convert, 14th November to 20th July
The Cambridge First Certificate exam results are out.
Teacher Michelle was thrilled today to learn that all her students had passed the exam. Well done guys.
The Cambridge Exam Season has started at Lexis Noosa. Cambridge students from Noosa and Sunshine Coast Campuses took their speaking exams last Saturday followed by the written FCE exam today at Australis Lake Resort. Well done everyone! Good luck to our CAE students tomorrow and our CPE group on Thursday!
In the FCE classes the students were set the delightful task to write about their dream house. I was set the task of choosing the best one and then blogging it but I have to admit I found it extrememly challenging so I decided to take the cowardly route and thus to put the top eight up and leave it to our readers discretion as to which you think is the best. I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I did. And thank you to the FCE students for sharing their wonderful ideas.
My Dream House
If I could create my own dream house for my future, I would need a lot of money to make it perfect.
I’ve always expected my dream house would be big, not like a villa, but bigger than normal family houses. When I dream about my future house, I always see the colour light blue in front of me. So my dream house shall be light blue outside and surrounded with lovely pink and blue flowers. The furniture inside would be dark brown and in an antique style. It shouldn’t remind me of a modern interior. A little garden has to be included.
In my dream my future home isn’t placed in a crowded city, I’d prefer to live in the countryside but not too far away from the stores as I’d like to be able to walk or cycle to go food shopping. It would be great if the next house were placed 50m from me so I could have enough privacy and it would be wonderful to have nice neighbours in case I ever need help.
In conclusion I hope I’ll have a great job someday to realise my dream house because I can think of nothing more important than to raise a family and get old in a wonderful home that I’ve dreamt up. I can’t wait!
Home sweet home
Since I moved to Noosa I have become closer to nature and I have fallen in love with the idea of living near the beach, waking up and seeing the sea whilst listening to the birds and just feeling relaxed when I open up my eyes.
My dream house will be located exactly where I am living now in Noosa and I will tell you why. This is the place that I feel absolute freedom and this is probably because of the good vibrations that exist there. Furthermore, there are some of the most beautiful beaches that I have ever seen.
When I think of my house I can just think of a big white house which transmits tranquillity where I can feel comfortable and where I want to stay inside more than outside. I expect to have a nice pool, the best sofa in the world to watch films on Netflix and also a big backyard with a hammock and a barbecue grill to spend my weekends eating with my friends.
To conclude, my ideal house is where I will be able to open the window and see the ocean while I’m lying in my hammock and know that I’m living exactly where I always wanted to – the real meaning of Home Sweet Home.
My Dream Home In New Zealand
Some of you probably expect that every student wants to live in a luxurious house with a pool and expensive cars. But not me! I dream of living in an old vineyard in New Zealand.
The vineyard would be built in a traditional way which means it should like an old farmhouse and be surrounded by nature. I don’t want to drive for hours the city so it should be located on the outskirts of Auckland, but not too far away. If possible, it should also be cloase to a lake, because I love going for a swim on hot summer days. The vineyard should, apart from the vines, also include a barnyard for some animals like cows or horses.
Even though it sounds like a simple lifestyle, I’d like to have a modern interior. A big living room with an open kitchen would be very nice and also enough rooms for the guests or for doing some sport like yoga. A big balcony with a beautiful view of the vines and nature would be peaceful. It would also be nice for celebrating birthdays and having a glass of your self-made wine.
All I need is a place where I can calm down after a hard working day. And if I want some more action I can drive into the city or go on an adventurous holiday.
My Perfect Aussie Beach House
If I won the lottery the first thing I’d do is to fulfil my dream of having a beautiful beach house. It would be near the sea to have good access to the surf at any time. So which country would be the most suitable?
Due to the fact that Australia hadn’t been discovered by Europeans a long time ago, I could search for new land and build my dream house here. It should definitely be a two storey house with a large backyard and a really big garage. Furthermore I’d like to have it surrounded by trees and have my own garden.
The house itself doesn’t have to be very spacious or have many features. As long as I can store my 3 surfboards in my garage and have some electricity to cook my homegrown vegetables I’ll be more than happy. In view of the fact that I’d like to be indetpendent I’d use the spacious garage to run my business selling surfboards. In other words the only think I have to do now is earn a lot of money and marry an Australian girl so I can migrate and live here.
My Perfect Place to Live
I think a lot of people dream about living in a huge villa, but not me, I’d like to have a cosy small place to live. I’d prefer to live near Zurich but not in the centre of the city. If I could choose my dream place, it would be in a big apartment on the top floor with a really nice view over the lake and nature.
For me, the best choice at the moment would be to live in an apartment, because you do not have to clean as much as in a big house. I do not need a garden. I would like to have a huge terrace and the bedrooms should be spacious.
My apartment will have a lot of good features. On my terrace there’ll be a few plants and flowers and maybe a whirlpool where you can bathe while looking at the stars at night. My kitchen would be modern but not with too many visible electrical appliances. The most important thing is I need a TV in my bedroom and a walk in closet for my clothes and shoes. The sofa should also be very comfortable in order to chill out.
Although I live in the luxury of a big villa I’d prefer to live in a special apartment with many small advantages. Lastly, I’d like to have a dog that’ll live with me in my penthouse paradise.
My lovely little cottage
In my dreams, I live in a little cosy cottage in the countryside of Ireland. A little town should be easy to reach to do the shopping or just to drink some tea with friends.
My housemates would be a dog, two cats and a few rabbits. The dog and the cats should have enough space to run around, which is why I’ll have a lovely big garden. In my garden there’ll be an apple tree with a cosy bench to relax and to enjoy the sunshine. At Christmas time, the cottage will have a string of fairy lights around the roof.
Inside the cottage there will be a living room with a huge couch and a nice sized TV. The kitchen should be designed in the country style and there should be enough space to bake some cupcakes or to cook dinner with friends. There’ll also be a chimney and fireplace to heat the cottage on cold winter days. I also want to have a big bed in the bedroom and a walk-in closet. In the bathroom there’ll be a whirlpool in the middle and a huge shower. I’ll also have a guest room with its own bathroom where I can offer Air B’n’B accommodation. There’ll be a separate entrance to this room and enough rooms in the cottage for my family and friends as they are always welcome to come and visit me.
My Dream House
During my life I have lived in many different places and in many different countries but which place was the best? Where would I like to live forever? What is my dream house? It’s a difficult question because living in an amazing villa on the beach or living in a small flat in the city both have their own advantages and disadvantages. If I really had to choose only one place, it would be a big apartment in a large cultural city such as London, Rome, Paris or Prague.
What would the apartment be like? Well, because I would like to live with my family – my partner and future kids – it needs to be a big apartment with 4 or 5 rooms, 2 bathrooms and a big living room. Everybody needs to have their own space. We’d also need a small office for my partner as well as a big bedroom and playroom for the kids.
The most important thing is light. I love it when the sun is shining and the house has a charming atmosphere because of that. All decoration needs to be comfy and look warm. I can imagine that the furniture reminds me of something historical, romantic or vintage. Although this is my dream, I don’t want to live in a museum – I want it to be a home and a home is not about the material things a home is about love and the people.
So what is my dream house then? It is a place, no matter where, that I can wake up every day with a smile and with the light of the people I love.
Home sweet home.
What would you do if you were rich and could build any kind of house? I would definitely build my dream house. Of course it’s only my imagination but I will never lose my hope to fulfil it.
It’s so difficult to choose a place where I would like to build my house, because in the world there are so many beautiful and astonishing places. But if I had the choice I would choose a place next to the sea, perhaps in Australia or Bora Bora.
My dream house is a big villa surrounded by palms and a lot of space. I should look quite modern but cosy as well. In other words, I should be comfortable for a family.
The villa should have a big garden, a pool a BBQ area and a boat station for my private yacht. A must have in my house is a modern kitchen including high technology gadgets. In my cellar I would have a home cinema and a wellness area to relax and get away from the daily routine. Furthermore, every bedroom will have an aquarium instead of a wall.
All in all, I know it may sound improbably but everyone has dreams and nobody should stop dreaming – never give up!
For many of our Cambridge Advanced Exam preparation students the writing tasks are the biggest challenge.
I spoke to teacher Kirsten about how our team tackle this challenge. “We feel that the answer is in personalised feedback on each writing task given throughout the course.
There are five writing genres to cover and each week of the course we teach one in detail. Our students are then given a set task to complete and hand in. This is marked and the errors highlighted rather than corrected.
During the Guided Individualised Learning period we sit down with the student for one on one intensive feedback. Each error is discussed with the student working on correcting their mistakes with guidance. Students are taught to identify the areas that they are particularly weak in. For example, if they know that they make mistakes with the present perfect tense, they will need to spend time at the end of their writing task checking for that particular error.
We find that this approach significantly improves the writing marks as the students learn to identify and correct their individual mistakes.”
Our new Cambridge First preparation students all turned out for the first ‘weekly workshop’ today.
Teacher Michelle presented a very welcome overview of verb tenses to get them on the right track for the twelve weeks ahead. Week 1 and all happy. Will they be there next week or choose to go to the beach? Wait and see.
It is exam day here at Lexis Noosa for our Cambridge Proficiency class.
After nine weeks of intensive study the cards are on the table for these talented linguists.
Good luck guys. Enjoy your post study Australian adventures and safe travel home.
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.
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.
The Occupational English Test (OET) is an international English language test that assesses the language and communication skills of healthcare professionals who seek to register and practise in an English-speaking environment.
OET Test materials are designed to reflect real medical workplace scenarios, meaning that candidates can be confident that they will know exactly what to expect, and feel more confident on test day.
The OET provides a valid and reliable assessment of all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking – with an emphasis on communication in medical and health professional settings.
OET tests international health practitioners in the following 12 professions:
Why the OET?
The OET is recognised and trusted by more than 30 regulatory healthcare bodies and councils in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. Many organisations, including hospitals, universities and colleges, are using OET as proof of a candidate’s ability to communicate effectively in a demanding healthcare environment. In addition, OET is recognised by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection for a number of visa categories, including work and student visas.
Many candidates currently employed in, or considering working in a healthcare related field choose the OET as it employs the English language that they are most familiar with – the same language that they use every day at work.
Where can I take the OET?
Lexis Sunshine Coast is a registered OET Examination Centre. Our next 2016 examination date will be:
Applications open: 18 Feb to 16 Mar
Results published: 3 May 16
I’m not sure I’m ready for the exam!
If you are concerned that you may not yet have the required level of English for your OET target score, please contact us here to arrange a language assessment. We will be pleased to assist you in arranging an appropriate course of study prior to your examination date.
Sunsets go well with wine and cheese, and wine and cheese go well with chatting.
The Sunset Cambridge Focus classes get together once a week for a ‘Speaking Extension” workshop. Teachers Eileen and Suzie join their Cambridge Advanced and Cambridge First groups and provide stimulating topics to encourage breadth and fluency.
There was animation, laughter and intense discussion yesterday late afternoon. Everyone agrees that it is a very enjoyable way to improve for those Cambridge Speaking Exams.
It is only two weeks since our Cambridge Advanced Exam preparation course classes started but they already feel like ‘one big family’.
Teachers Phil, Anne and Kirsten have over 60 years of experience between them. They believe in working closely together sharing expertise and ideas. Classes work closely together to keep the lessons vibrant and to ensure equality of tuition.
Their weekly after class ‘Advanced lectures’ are well attended with over 39 students participating this week. Topics include specific grammar challenges, writing genres, vocabulary extension and exam techniques.
It is not all work however. As well as the Monday and Thursday student nights, the Cambridge teachers will be taking their students on a sunset Noosa river cruise soon. Watch this space. 🙂
TAFE Queensland is the government-owned and operated provider of world-class Technical and Further Education (TAFE) in Queensland. In some countries TAFE is also known as a Polytechnic, Technical College or Community College.
TAFE Queensland offers international students:
TAFE Queensland has provided quality training for over 130 years and now enrols over 230,000 students each year, including up to 10,000 international students.
We welcomed our new Cambridge Advanced exam preparation students on Monday January 05 and they have survived their first week.
Here they are with teachers Phil, Anne and Kirsten, all smiles and ready for ten weeks of study and fun in the sun ahead of them.
The Cambridge Advanced written exams will be held here at Noosa on Saturday 12th March with the speaking exam the week before.
Cambridge FCE classes visited the Eumundi markets to practice their English in an authentic environment. They all had to conduct interviews with stall owners, inquire about their businesses, products and customers and give presentations in class about their findings. While strolling around we met some former Lexis English students who became locals themselves as business owners or employees at the market. What a fantastic day out!