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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