Courtyard Fun!

It’s always fun to see our classes use the courtyard to do fun English activities for the students.

Today we had our Elementary classes, Pre-Intermediate classes and Intermediate classes using the courtyard at the same time. Such a fun way to learn English!

Goodbye & Good luck

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.

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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.

 

New and improved Job Workshop!

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”.

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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.

 

Welcome 9.4.18

This morning Lexis Noosa welcomes 11 new students to join the Lexis Family!

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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!

Welcome 19.3.18

This morning we welcomed 4 new General English students and 24 new Cambridge students to our Lexis Noosa campus.

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Welcome to our General English starters: Vanessa from Italy, Silvia from Switzerland, Kurt from Switzerland and Sibel from Turkey. 

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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.

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Welcome to our 10 new students at Lexis Noosa this morning!

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We are welcoming Nicolas, Sven, Claudia and Larissa from Switzerland. Jeongbong and Dong Hee from Korea. Miko from Japan and Marta from Spain.

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Hope you all have a great time at Lexis English and enjoy your time here in Australia!

Travelling 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.maria blog

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!

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Welcome to Lexis Noosa!

This morning we welcome five new students. Maho, Kai and Takaya are from Japan & Severin and Jonas are from Switzerland!

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We hope you all enjoy your time at Lexis English Noosa. And don’t forget to speak ENGLISH!

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ESL – Certificate of Excellence

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.

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Director of studies Becky Cantor very excited about the school’s award.

 

Welcome 11.12.17

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.

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Whats on this week?

Here are the exciting activities that will be done this week 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.

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Pre-Int Superlative Challenge

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.

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The class decided that Deco is the most talkative student in our class. Deco is also the tallest whilst Queena is the shortest.

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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!IMG_3382

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!

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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!

Your Individual Study Pathway

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.

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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:

  • Advice for guided individual learning materials
  • Which skill based option class to choose
  • Which workshops to attend
  • Suggestions for future exam opportunities
  • Post course study advice, such as potential Certificate courses to extend your Australian study ecperience.

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.

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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.

Individualised Approach to CAE Writing

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.

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Teacher Kirsten with Cambridge Advanced Exam candidate Chantal.

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.”

Your First Day Interview

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.

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Annette and Jakilini, first day interview.

  1. Your interview will be done after your initial one hour grammar and writing test. So we already have an idea of your ability and will take this into consideration.
  2. You will be interviewed by Becky or Annette or Tanya. We are REALLY  REALLY nice!  So we will do our best to make you feel comfortable.   We smile and laugh a lot.
  3. You will not be alone as there is always a nice group of new students all feeling nervous together.
  4. We first check that all the personal information that we have is correct; your name, your course, your length of study etc. So this is easy and should help you feel at ease.
  5. Then we will ask you about your accommodation to check that you are happy and satisfied with your homestay or student house.
  6. We then chat about your grammar score and your writing  and we might ask you to tell us about your life in your country or your plans for Australia and about why you need to learn English.
  7. Finally we will suggest the best class for you, give you your books and explain the timetable so that you have all the information that you need.
  8. If you are going to study for twelve weeks or more, a detailed study plan is written for you and your teacher so that everyone knows your pathway and plans.
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Becky and Felipe, first day interview

TIPS

  1. RELAX! Be yourself and don’t try too hard. We will guide and help you.
  2. If you are really worried, practice introducing yourself in front of a mirror or even better with your host mother or father.
  3. If there are some important things about yourself that you want to tell us, make some notes that you can use to help remember.
  4. RELAX! You are not alone. This is a very friendly school and by next week you will settled in and feeling sorry for the next new group of ‘newbies’.
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Tomoka and Becky after their interview. Becky is not good at taking selfies. 🙂

The Greatest Table Tennis Player at Lexis Noosa

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!!

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IELTS SUCCESS

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.

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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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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)

 

 

Lexis English Video Competition!

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.

To submit your entry simply:

  1. Go to your Lexis English Group on Facebook
  2. Click Add Photo/Video at the top of the group
  3. Click Upload a Photo/Video and select your video – under 2 minutes
  4. Comment with your name followed by “entry for the Destination Lexis Competition
  5. When you’re ready to share, click Post
  6. Five of the most creative videos from each campus will be selected as finalists
  7. Videos must be submitted to your Facebook group page by Friday, 11th March 2016
  8. The finalists will be uploaded onto Lexis’ YouTube channel & the most likes win!

Terms & Conditions apply.

The winner will be announced on 1 April 2016.

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Lexis Sunshine Coast and Seoul campuses are approved OET Test Centres!

We are delighted to announce Lexis Sunshine Coast and Lexis Korea are now approved OET test centres.

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:

  • Dentistry
  • Dietetics
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Radiography
  • Speech Pathology
  • Veterinary Science

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:

Saturday 9 April 2016

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.

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IELTS students visit the Maleny Cheese factory

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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Thanks Katerina for a great article  🙂

Lexis is pleased to announce our new Business and TESOL courses!

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.

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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.

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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)

RTO: 41178

CRICOS: 03459G

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Lexis English partners with TAFE Queensland!

“TAFE Queensland provides ‘world class’ quality education and training that links with industry and employment outcomes.”                                       

(http://tafeqld.edu.au/resources/pdf/international/international-capability-statement.pdf)

 

Students at Lexis English can gain pathways into TAFE Queensland by studying programs such as – General English, Cambridge English FCE, CAE, CPE and IELTS.

130 years and over 230,000 students

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:

  • practical, industry-relevant training
  • a network of 6 regions with multiple locations across Queensland
  • a wide range of nationally accredited and internationally recognised courses
  • leading-edge technology and excellent facilities
  • strong links and pathways to university
  • a friendly, safe and culturally sensitive environment
  • underpinning government legislation including the ESOS Act2000 and National Code of Practice 2007.

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.

How to Choose the Best Option Class For You

Every three weeks students have the opportunity to choose a new afternoon Option class. They often ask their teachers what they should consider when choosing an Option. Here is my advice:

  1. Choose a skill area that you feel the least confident in, rather than the one you enjoy the most.
  2. Remember that you can choose a skill level that is higher or lower than your morning class.
  3. However, choose a level that is ‘attainable’. Don’t choose an advanced level speaking class if you are in a pre intermediate morning class.
  4. Don’t forget to make three choices in order of preference, 1-2-3 on the form. If you don’t get your first preference this round, you will be given priority next time.
  5. If you are a long-student, don’t keep choosing the same skill area. Choose a new skill area each time or try a ‘fun’ class such as ‘English in the Kitchen or ‘Singlish‘ every once in a while.
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100% pass rate for our latest CPE students at Lexis Noosa!

 A BIG Lexis congratulations to our CPE students who all passed their exams with great results and not to forget an outstanding mention to Cambridge CPE teacher, Tim!

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IELTS to Marine Biology!

Look where IELTS can take you!

Jose Ramon Estevez Melgarejo, from Spain finishes his IELTS exam preparation course this week and is heading to James Cook University in Townsville, to study a Masters in Marine Biology!!

James Cook University is a public university and is the second oldest university in Queensland, Australia. It is recognised in the top 4 of universities worldwide with campuses in Queensland and Singapore.

Good luck with the fishes Jose!

Congratulations Jose anJose Ramon we wish you all the best for your future studies.

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Thank you to Jacqui and Simone for talking to our students today.

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Student Yukiko worked in Japan as a physiotherapist for five years. Her dream is to work as a ‘physio’ in Australia. She was thrilled to learn that she can receive Recognition of Prior Learning for her Japanese qualifications. This means that she will not have to study everything again. She couldn’t wait to rush to my office after the information session to tell me her good news.

RPL is a nationally recognised process which helps you gain credit towards a certificate or diploma based on the skills and experience you already have. You may even have a qualification for work in Australia and not even know it.

TAFE Queensland East Coast will have an open day on June 25 at their Maroochydore Campus, right next to Sunshine Plaza.   tafeeastcoast.edu.au  Jacqui and Simone look forward to meeting you then.

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Using Real Text in IELTS Exam Preparation Classes

IELTS teacher Anjali Sheppard believes in using ‘real’ texts as much as possible, to improve English fluency vocabulary and expedite  motivation.

Yesterday, I found a very animated group of students huddled in our kitchen area discussing an article in ‘The Guardian’ newspaper.

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The class had been divided into 3  groups and each was given an article from the current Guardian International newspaper. Each group then explored the language used and then discussed and prepared a short presentation to give to the other groups.

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Cindy from Peru, Baptiste (France), Manases (El Salvador) and Isabella (Italy)

The students really enjoy these sessions and say that they learn a lot of new language, and it helps improve their confidence for the IELTS speaking exams. Cindy is hoping for an IELTS 7 in order to enter a nursing course at USC. Good luck Cindy.

Cambridge Exam Season has started!

Noosa and Maroochydore Cambridge students took their speaking exams on Saturday at Lexis Noosa. This week it is heads down and final count down for FCE, CAE and CPE students. The final exams will be on Saturday, next Wednesday and Thursday. Good luck to all of you!