Today we had our Kindai High School students in the kitchen area speaking and practicing their English! Looks like they are having so much fun!! Good work Kindai!!
Today we had our Kindai High School students in the kitchen area speaking and practicing their English! Looks like they are having so much fun!! Good work Kindai!!
Welcome to Lexis Noosa Minako, Roger, Anne, Christina, Manami, Shota, Natalie, Yuto, Fabio, Kimiko, Niko, Daigo and Sandra. Hope you all have a wonderful time here!!
Phillip recently studied at Lexis Noosa both in general English and in an Accelerate Small Group Class. He kindly agreed to share his experiences with us. This is his story.
My stay in Noosa
My name is Philipp and I live in Switzerland. I decided to brush up on my English before starting a new job in Switzerland. I took some General English followed by an Accelerated Small Group Class. The combination of both courses was excellent. Both for meeting new exciting people and improving the language.
I chose Noosa because of its nature, beautiful long beaches and because I prefer a charming town rather than a crowded city.
When I arrived in Noosa, I was even more impressed than I had expected by how green it was everywhere. It also means that there are always colourful birds twittering and bush turkeys sometimes with cute chicks around. No wonder that the bush turkey is the symbolic animal of Noosa.
I stayed at a homestay to get the experience how Aussies live and to improve my English even more. It was a very valuable decision which I really enjoyed.
There are plenty of activities people can do in and around Noosa. After school, I usually went surfing which is a must-do in Noosa for anyone of any skill from beginner to expert.
I also went paragliding many times to fly alongside the beach or over the gorgeous National Park to experience a wonderful sunset from a bird’s eye view. That was definitively one of my greatest highlights in Australia.
A bit less adventurous but no less interesting was jogging or walking through the National Park and looking for some Koalas which were hiding in the trees.
Another amazing thing was simply the remarkable friendliness of the local people. It did not take long to get invited for a drink on the beach or even for a barbeque at their house.
That kindness is already reason enough to come back to Australia.
I am already looking forward to planning my next adventure Down Under and visiting some old friends.
This afternoon we said goodbye to 7 students from Lexis Noosa!
The Upper-Intermediate class said goodbye to Lillian from Brazil and Jasmin from Switzerland, the IELTS class said goodbye to Inga from Russia, Intermediate said goodbye to Maud from France, Pre-Intermediate said goodbye to Sabrina from Switzerland and Kyotaro from Japan and Elementary said goodbye to Hikari from Japan.
We hope you all enjoyed your studies at Lexis Noosa and your time in Australia.
Today Lexis Noosa is welcoming 7 new students to our wonderful family.
We have Miriam and Katja from Switzerland, Inga from Russia, Ariana from Andorra, Franziska from Austria and Junki and Mami from Japan.
Welcome to our Lexis Noosa family and we hope you have a wonderful and exciting stay!
Today at Lexis Noosa we have 7 Graduating students! We hope that you have all enjoyed your time at Lexis Noosa and achieved the levels of English that you desired throughout your studies.
So we say farewell to Sebastian, Mina and Monica from Switzerland, Michina from Japan, Jasmin from Germany, Alexandre from France and lucky last Claudia from Italy. Good luck as you embark on your new journey whether its working, further studies or starting a great travelling adventure.
Lexis Noosa has partnered with Zapala People to create the best Job Workshop for the Lexis Noosa students. Zapala is a “Happy small team, focused on recruiting, training and placement of awesome talented people across the logistics, hospitality and housekeeping industries”.
Lexis Noosa couldn’t be happier to be helping our students as much as we possibly can. Zapala will be helping our students to write their resume, get their TFN & ABN, fill out new employee forms, help with superannuation and of course help finding them a job.
This morning Lexis Noosa welcomes 11 new students to join the Lexis Family!
We welcome YooJeong, Sang Geun, Yong Min and Won Yeong from Korea. Yutaro, Mayu and Shiori from Japan. Ampardo and Yannik from Spain. Lara from Germany and Lydia from Switzerland. I hope you all have a great first day. Enjoy Noosa Heads as much as you can while you are here because when you leave I promise you will miss it a lot!
This morning we welcomed 4 new General English students and 24 new Cambridge students to our Lexis Noosa campus.
And welcome to our Cambridge starters!
Celebrating the first day of Cambridge, the whole school went down to Cornerstone Pub to enjoy a cold beverage and some delicious snacks put on by Lexis English Noosa.
Hope you all enjoyed the afternoon! Don’t forget to say hello to all of our new students when you see them around the school.
Welcome to our 10 new students at Lexis Noosa this morning!
We are welcoming Nicolas, Sven, Claudia and Larissa from Switzerland. Jeongbong and Dong Hee from Korea. Miko from Japan and Marta from Spain.
Hope you all have a great time at Lexis English and enjoy your time here in Australia!
The afternoon option class Travel Australia have enjoyed sharing travel stories and advice. They explore different places to stay as well as information and tips on staying healthy as they travel. Many students plan a two or three month holiday after their English courses. Ramona recently returned and met up with fellow student Patrick to swap stories. Ramona said that three months travelling around Australia was not enough as she still wanted to visit Tasmania. She is planning to return in 18 months with her sister and study more and travel. The best tip she gave Patrick was not to drive at night on rural roads. She mentioned that there was so much amazing wildlife that can be injured at night.
Their teacher Maria spent 2015 with her family driving around Australia and doing farm and voluntary work. There is also an on-site travel agent at Noosa who has a wealth of knowledge to share. It’s a great opportunity for students to plan their adventures!
This morning we welcome five new students. Maho, Kai and Takaya are from Japan & Severin and Jonas are from Switzerland!
We hope you all enjoy your time at Lexis English Noosa. And don’t forget to speak ENGLISH!
Lexis English Australia is over the moon with our rating from the ESL students.
ESL Education is one of the biggest agency’s that support Lexis English Australia with ongoing International students coming to Australia to learn or improve their English. The ESL Certificate of Excellence award is 100% based on student feedback’s so when Lexis Noosa received the ESL Certificate of Excellence award of 4.2 out of 5 the school was extremely proud.
Welcome to our five new students at Lexis Noosa this morning. Greetings to Sol from Korea, Katrina from Switzerland, Francisco from Spain, Joao from Brazil and Chika from Japan! We hope that you all enjoy your studies at Lexis Noosa.
Looking for a job and need some help writing your resume? Than look no further, our job workshop on Tuesday @ 2.00 pm is the activity that you need to do! We give you helpful hits, correct your resume and even print the finished product for you.
This week on Wednesday we will have a game of beach soccer. Come along to play or just watch the game while you soak up the Australian winter sun. If you are brave enough you might even head down to the water to dip your toes in or jump in for a swim. Sign up at reception if you want to participate!
This week, Lexis Noosa students will be meeting up at Moto Bar for some dinner and drinks! Moto provides an awesome atmosphere, cheap food and some drinks that are so nice they go down a little too quick! Sign up at reception so we know how many table to book.
What could be any better of a Friday afternoon then tasting some amazing Aussie food. Look out on the activity notice board for all of the food that we will be trying out! I’m sure i’ll see smiling faces until the Vegemite makes its way out onto the table.
Pre Intermediate B were learning about using Superlatives in class yesterday. We did some investigations and came to some conclusions about the students in our class.
The class decided that Deco is the most talkative student in our class. Deco is also the tallest whilst Queena is the shortest.
Everyone agreed that Mijoon is the quietest, Sarah is the most attentive and Claudio is definitely the most diligent student. Everyone also agreed that they thought Abdullah is the most intelligent!
Zaid was a successful candidate as he can jump the highest, is the funniest as well as being the strongest– even though votes were higher for Claudio being stronger!
After our class investigation we did a quiz on world records and everyone was surprised that the most expensive hotel room in the world was over $33,000 per night.
Let’s hope our students are able to break their own records in their next progress test!
For students enrolling for 12 weeks or more, Lexis will provide an individualised written study pathway to help you plan the best way to achieve your English goals.
After your on-arrival placement test and orientation, you will meet with a member of the academic team for an in-depth discussion on your current English level, your specific areas of strength and weaknesses and your end goal.
An individualised study plan is then designed for you to map your Lexis study journey:
We meet with you again a couple of weeks after this initial interview. This ‘catch up’ meeting is used to go over the study plan once more, now that you have had time to think about the study journey you have chosen. It is a chance to confirm that you are in the correct level and are satisfied with your program. It is a chance to check that you are also happy in your accommodation and that you are ‘work ready’ if you are looking for employment. Changes can be made and help given immediately.
Of course the study plan can be adjusted at any time as you move through the programs. Every four weeks you will have a progress interview with your teacher and be given a written academic report. This is a good time to discuss your goals again and if you are meeting you meeting your expectations.
However, if you do have a worry, problem or just want to change your program we are always available for advice and counselling. We also just love having students drop in to say hello. See you soon. 🙂 Becky, Nina, Annette and Tanya.
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.”
Students often tell me how nervous they felt on their first day and worried they felt about performing well on the placement interview. Well here are is some information and advice to help you overcome those first day nerves.
It was a stressful couple of hours at our Noosa campus yesterday. Our students and teachers were up against each other attempting to take the title of the greatest table tennis player. Michael was dominating every round, and finally after many tense games claimed victory!!
Diego Luvckx is all smiles this morning having received an IELTS 6.5 result.
Diego came to Lexis Noosa from Belgium in October 2015 to study for 14 weeks. He arrived with a B1 (Pre intermediate) English level and was determined to make the most of his time here. He fell in love with the beach life style, especially surfing but didn’t lose sight of his English goals.
This morning he delighted his IELTS teacher, Anjali by coming back to show her his results. Hugs all round 🙂 Well done Diego, very proud of your efforts.
In 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.
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.
Would you like to win a $1000 Backpackers World Travel voucher to explore Australia?
Enter our school-wide video competition and be in the running to win this amazing prize! Videos should be under 2 minutes & feature your studying experience at Lexis –school, classmates, fun times and location.
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The winner will be announced on 1 April 2016.
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.
At Noosa studying English is not only about sitting in a classroom, the students also have an opportunity to get to know the local life more closely by participating in a variety of outdoor activities where they have a chance to practice their English in real life settings.
Katerina would like to share her impressions and photos from a recent trip she took part in along with her fellow students…
There are many businesses in Noosa area which make traditional foods from local products. One of them is Maleny Cheese factory that we had a chance to visit on Wednesday morning with our teacher – Anjali. Initially we were welcomed by the factory employee who briefed us about the factory history and products they are making there. Everybody could taste various sorts of cheese, yogurts and learn how this factory operates and how special sort of cheese is made there.
Having watched several short films on cheese production, the visit was completed. The rest of the day we spent by exploring the amazing nearby area. Some of the students could not help themselves and took a dip in a local waterfall.
To make sure that none of our impressions and information about cheese making was forgotten, the following day we had to face a school assignment, in which we were asked to write a short essay on the excursion.
Thanks Katerina for a great article 🙂
From February 22nd, students will be able to study Business and TESOL programs at Lexis. These courses will run from 2pm to 7.30pm on Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with optional Supervised Consolidation of Learning class available each Thursday.
Our Business and TESOL programs are fully accredited for student visas, and are ideal for students finishing their English program at Lexis and looking for a further challenge while they extend their stay in Noosa, Byron Bay or the Sunshine Coast.
To enter the Certificate III in Business, you will need to have an Intermediate level of English at Lexis, or an equivalent IELTS score of 5. For the Certificate IV in TESOL, you will need to be in Upper Intermediate, or at a 6-6.5 IELTS equivalent.
To launch our new courses, we are offering our current students an opening special for the 30 week Certificate III in Business – $3000, including all registration and materials fees. The usual price for this course will be $4500.
For more details, speak to your Academic Manager!
Certificate III in Business (BSB30115)
Certificate IV in TESOL (10429NAT)
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.