An afternoon well spent on the Noosa river!
Thank you to everyone who came on the Sunset River Cruise. I had a wonderful time dancing and having a drink with you all. I hope you all come on the next activity!
The Lexis Noosa students spent yesterday afternoon climbing Mount Tinbeerwah and admiring the beautiful views of Noosa and the Sunshine Coast.
Mt Tinbeerwah is located just 15 minutes from Noosa Heads in Tewantin National Park and offers a 1km hike to the top. Beyond the first lookout the track climbs to the fire tower lookout perched 265m above sea level – an additional 300m walk. Bring your binoculars and camera to take advantage of the spectacular panoramic 360 degree views with magnificent views over Noosa and the Pacific Ocean. A perfect time to go is late afternoon to check out the beautiful sunsets.
What a wonderful sunny afternoon to enjoy the Mount Tinbeerwah activity! We hope you all enjoyed yourselves and hope to see you on the next activity.
Come enjoy the enchanting experience of the world famous Original Eumundi Markets – renowned for locally made artisan treasures. You’ll find handcrafted furniture, homewares, artworks, ceramics, and cutting-edge fashion and jewellery by local designers, along with a wealth of fresh produce and gourmet delights. When you need a break from shopping, indulge in a massage, have your palm read, or just be entertained by a stellar line-up of musicians and street performers. Step into a world of original design at the best art and craft market in Australia – and meet the artisans face-to-face every Saturday and Wednesday, rain, hail or shine.
Wildlife in this popular zoo was captured by Australia’s famous “Crocodile Hunter,” a legendary herpetologist excelling in snake and crocodile capture techniques. There is no other zoo like Australia Zoo! We pack in stacks of wildlife action every day and there are always plenty of exciting wildlife shows to see.
Noosa national park features the spectacular coastal scenery of Noosa Headland, and nearby areas around Lake Weyba, Peregian and Coolum. Surrounded by development, this park is a wildlife sanctuary, protecting beautiful stands of eucalypt forest, woodland, melaleuca wetland, colourful wallum heathland and pockets of dense vine-strewn rainforest.
Introducing one of our (best looking) Lexis English Noosa Teachers. SAM THE MAN
We sat down and asked the hard questions to our English Teacher Sam to find out a little bit more about him.
What Languages do you speak?
I am semi fluent in British English and my Australian English is at an Upper Intermediate Level.
I’ll bet you didn’t know that…
I am a qualified tour cruise operator and work in the heart of Noosa. O’ Captain, My Captain 🙂
What places have you lived in?
Los Angeles, Heathrow Airport, Singapore Airport, Sydney (Everywhere), Adelaide and of course Noosa.
If you weren’t a teacher what would you be?
I would definitely have a career that mixes Entertaining and Language/History. So probably travelling around Europe as a tour guide, partying only once a year 😉
On the weekend you’ll find me?
Working on a boat or contemplating writing my novel underneath a tree in the middle of a park somewhere in the heart of Noosa.
What is Noosa’s best kept secret?
Rumba Wine Bar, somewhere along Hasting Street.
What is your favourite food?
I EAT ANYTHING…
What is your favourite pastime?
Making Gelato for a living.
What is your English tip?
Watch a movie in English without subtitles and write down any words you know or think you know. Before you watch the movie again, see if you can write a brief summary of what happens to each character in the film. Then watch again with subtitles and you’ll probably be quite close with your synopsis.
Particularly, if it is a Superhero Movie.
We hope you enjoyed getting to know Sam one of our Legendary General English Teachers at Lexis English Noosa.
Here are some ideas for you to do over the weekend. Have fun exploring the Sunshine Coast.
Renowned for its locally made artisan treasures, there’s no other market quite like it. Mark it in your diary – open rain, hail or shine every Saturday and Wednesday.
Step into an ever-evolving collaboration of talented locals seeking to share their gifts with the world. The Original Eumundi Markets is the biggest and the best art and craft market in Australia.
Australia Zoo – Your ultimate wildlife adventure and conservation destination!
Australia Zoo on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is nestled on over 100 acres of natural Australian bushland, and is home to 1,200 native and exotic animals.
Check out giraffe, rhinos, cheetah and zebras on the African Savannah, plus Sumatran Tigers, Bengal Tigers and red pandas in South-East Asia. And be sure to visit the newly opened Bindi’s Island, where guests can get up close with ring-tailed lemurs, giant Aldabran Tortoises and colourful macaws!
Grab a good seat for the midday Wildlife Warriors show, where you can catch all the slithering, swooping, jaw-snapping action of our snakes, birds and crocs LIVE in the Crocoseum.
You can also learn heaps about our amazing animals by booking in for one of our animal encounters or checking out the other daily shows on offer. And don’t forget to say hello to all the roving wildlife around the zoo too!
Take a fascinating journey from the coast to the ocean depths at Underwater World SEA LIFE Mooloolaba.
Explore 16 themed zones and soak-up the amazing view from the sea bed in our 80 metre ocean tunnel. Get up close to over 10,000 creatures including Australia’s largest collection of jellyfish. Meet our rare weedy sea dragons, our resident seals plus over 20 species of shark and rays. With 14 fun talks and animal feeds, including our family favourite seal presentation, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy at SEA LIFE Mooloolaba.
Walk in the Noosa National Park. Make sure you bring your walking shoes on any visit to Noosa. The Noosa National Park is at the end of Hastings Street and features spectacular coastal scenery and provides a home for many animals including koalas and birds.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
On Wednesday, 16th November 2016 we made a trip with our Lexis Upper Intermediate A class to Eumundi Market. We caught the bus at 8.55am in Noosa Junction with our teacher Olly. There we made some teams and he gave us some instructions.
Our team had to do an interview with a seller from the Market. While we were walking Kim disappeared and we found him in a clothes’ store.
That is how we met Scott, a 55 old Australian who lives in Coolum. He has been working there for 25 years every Wednesday and Saturday with his wife. He also has another store in Caloundra, where he works every Friday. He was very friendly and open-minded and he told us he really likes working at Eumundi Market because he can meet a lot of people and interact with them. He said we were good guys and he enjoyed talking to us.
We had an amazing time there and saw many different and interesting things. We saw a lot of hand-made things, artistic people and all different kinds of international food. We met a lot of warm-hearted people who gave us the opportunity to speak with them.
We hope you enjoy our text a lot.
See you on the next trip!!!!!
E xcellent opportunities to buy special “Aussie” things
U nique atmosphere surrounded by the melody of the didgeridoo
M arvelous smells of international food, spices, leather, candles and flowers
U nbelievable, friendly and warm-hearted sellers
N ice weather with a fresh breeze for browsing the shops
D elicious flavors of pancakes with chocolate and cream
I nspiring place, people and creations
Eumundi Market: Then and Now
The first Eumundi Market took place on Saturday 24th of March in 1979. The whole market included 3 stalls and 8 people went to the market. Originally the market was created for the local artists who wanted to sell their handmade products. The original Eumundi Market was expanded in 2002 to include a Wednesday market. In 2009 the stalls were expanded to more than 600. Today approximately 1.6 million people visit the market each year. One of the first sellers was Christa Barton. She still produces beautiful pottery but she left the market in 2004 and moved to Tasmania. Eumundi rocks!
By Olly’s class
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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.
Did you know that you can study Aviation on the Sunshine Coast?
If you’re thinking of this as a further study option, speak to Becky for more information!
Queensland Institute for Aviation Engineering | www.qiae.com.au
Lexis English Noosa students took advantage of a perfect summer day with a walk in the Noosa National Park to spot some Koalas and Dolphins.
Thanks to the local bus service for providing free buses in the festive season. The ride over the hill gave the students a lot more time to explore! They had a quick stop for a Koala lesson at First Point near Noosa Main Beach where Cindy the activity coordinator explained to the students how to spot a Koala and what trees to look out for. Tourists and locals watched on as 30 people slowly walked up the boardwalk to the national park with their eyes to the sky. They arrived at the national park with no Koala in sight as yet. After a chat with the park rangers who informed them that they had not seen a Koala all day either, the students set out to the ‘Koala hot zone’ at the back of Tea Tree Bay. As one student said “The Koalas must be out surfing today”. With thirty sets of eyes looking around, there was still no Koala to be found! However some students did see a pod of Dolphins having a play as they made their way back to main beach for a swim. Hopefully they will spot a Koala on their next visit to the national park.
From Monday 26 December 2011 to Sunday 8 January 2012, council in partnership with TransLink, will be providing free public transport for everyone on the Sunshine Coast! It’s a great opportunity during the Christmas break to see as much as you can of the Sunshine Coast for FREE!
Here our some suggestions of things to do and see:
– Visit the Eumundi markets on a Wednesday or Saturday
– Go to the Sunshine Plaza in Maroochydore on 26th December for the Boxing Day sales
– Take a day trip to Mooloolaba and visit the ‘loo with a view’ and Underwater World
– Get cultural and see an event at the Caloundra Cultural Centre
– Hire a boat at Pelican Boat Hire and catch some dinner on Maroochydore River
Or just jump on the first bus that comes along and have an adventure!
The Coffee Club Noosa Junction (located by the cinemas) are offering all Global Village Students special prices on large coffees for $3 and Movie Meal Deals for $25. This includes $18 worth of food and drink from The Coffee Club as well as a movie ticket.
For extra details see reception or Sarah (activities coordinator).
Here’s another great new Noosa video featuring a beautiful sunrise over Main Beach…
If you are up bright and early one morning (or if you’ve had a really late night!) it is well worth a walk down to the beach to check Noosa out at its most peaceful and beautiful.
The team at Golden Breed are all experienced surfers and will equip the students with the right board depending on their experience and height. As the student progresses in their surfing experience, they will get to hire different types of boards to better suit their surfing skills.
The students can come anytime during opening hours seven days a week and pick up a board and drop it back so they don’t have to carry the board everywhere. The team will also ensure that the students receive all the helpful hints and local knowledge they need to have the best surf experience in Noosa. They will recommend to the students the best place to surf depending on the skill level, let them know daily tides and the correct etiquette when in the water.
They also have second hand and new boards for sale if students wish to purchase a board.
Special GV Noosa Rental Price
Month +: Price can be negotiated
Wet suits and rash vests are including in the hire price.
How Far from GV Noosa
Golden Breed is located at the start of Hastings Street. 10 min walk from GV Noosa and 2 min walk to the beach.
As the weekend approaches and the weather forecast looks great (again!) the latest video from Tourism Noosa provides the inspiration for some great walks…
So, put on your walking shoes and enjoy the great Sunshine Coast outdoors this weekend!
Brazilian student Ananda Assmar Oliveira studied at GV Noosa for over 1 year. At the end of last year many of her friends left the college and she stayed on to finish her BEC course. Today it was her time to go.
Ananda participated in most activities and always put her best effort into her studies. She was a familiar face around the school and no short of friends. Last night over 100 students gathered at a local party to wish Ananda a safe trip home.
Today she visited the school to express her final farewell to what she has known as home for the past year, GV Noosa.
“Just now I realise how hard it is to say goodbye! When I decided to come to Australia to learn English, I had no idea how important it would mean to my life. Living in Noosa and studying at GV made me realise the true meaning of learning English. Learning English helped me not just in my professional life but in my personal life too. Learning English I could make lovely friends, learn new cultures, understand the world better and admire its differences.
I would like to say thank you for everybody who was part of my learning process, my homestay who helped me when I could say nothing, my teacher’s Phil and Tim and the others from the optional classes, the GV management, to my lovely friend Nadia who always helps us with everything and to all my friends from Noosa!
I had a really wonderful time here in Australia and I owe it all to you guys! I hope to see you again in some part of the world!
WE WILL MISS YOU! TAKE CARE AND GOOD LUCK!
Lovely ladies from Switzerland Melanie and Aurelia took part in a Sunshine Coast video shoot on the weekend. They had to catch a ride with Bob from Tribal Travel down to the Caboolture Historical Village where all the action took place.
The film clip won’t be released until late November/early December. Here is a sneak preview of what the two girls were getting up to.
You can check out the film clip later in the year at www.myspace.com/nadiacolbourn
Last week some of our very talented students and teachers put together a creative pictorial project on studying at Global Village Noosa.
Teachers Rachel and Dionne said that the project gave the students the opportunity to use the their English in a creative and productive way. They interviewed students, visited locations and interacted with locals in the community to put together a montage of ‘life in Noosa’.
“When we watched this special presentation it touched our hearts and reminded us of how beautiful Noosa is. There really is no better to place to study in Australia”.
We are all very proud of the effort that David, Barbara, Ana, Min-Ju and Vivienne put into this project. You have put together a wonderful masterpiece we will cherish forever.
Heading down to Mainbeach this weekend?
Here’s a great site with all the information you need before you hit the waves – http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/qld1532 . You can search for all the other beaches in the region on the same site.
From now through to the end of March it is typical for low pressure systems to develop in the Coral Sea off North Queensland. These systems can produce large swells and often develop into cyclones which produce even bigger waves.
This photo was taken at Noosa’s ‘Boiling Pot’ in early 2009 when cyclone Hamish was hanging around. When these conditions occur, Noosa National Park gets some of the best waves in the world. Lets keep our fingers crossed for another swell like this in the near future!
New to Noosa? Here’s a quick guide to the best places to work on your tan!
Check out this great online resource for everything you need to know about your favourite Noosa surf spot….really, everything!!
Sunshine Beach: http://magicseaweed.com/Noosa-Sunshine-Beach-Surf-Report/1004/
If you know any other links like this, let us know!
Tourism Sunshine Coast have a new website
It’s quite a good resource if you’d like to explore the Sunshine Coast region, or if you have friends or family coming for a visit. Why not take the time to learn a bit more about the region, and perhaps plan a weekend adventure at one of the lesser known attractions on the Coast?
Check it out here – www.tourismsunshinecoast.com.au
Today we introduce, to those students who don’t already know him our very own jack-of-all-trades, David…
Job: Activities Assistant / Student Services / General English Teacher
What do you actually do? Aside from brightening up the place, my job at Global Village varies from morning to afternoon. In the mornings I work as a General English teacher. In the afternoons however, my job is to help organise activities, student parties and events and to help students make the most of their time at GV Noosa. I also help students with many of their enquiries, from booking trips to Fraser Island to finding part-time work in Noosa’s hospitality industry.
What’s your favourite place in Noosa? I love the bays around Noosa. You just can’t beat lying in the sunshine on one of our great beaches.
Where would we find you at 9pm on a Saturday night? Hopefully not at home watching the Saturday night movie on TV!
Give us one Sunshine Coast secret: Second Bay at Coolum, which is about a 20 minute drive south of Noosa. It’s so well hidden that you feel like you are a million miles away from anything.
What advice would you give to a new student arriving in Noosa for the first time? Try to get to know the locals! Noosa is such an easy place to meet people, particularly compared to a big city, and you will make some wonderful, life-long friends whilst you are here.
Living so far away from Mum, you’re just not eating your vegetables, are you…..?
Thankfully, there’s a great place to get inexpensive and very fresh fruit and vegetables within easy walking distance of Noosa Junction. The Noosa Farmer’s Market runs each Sunday morning (from a very early start to late morning). It is held at the AFL ground, on Weyba Rd. You’ll see it when you’re there – there are cars everywhere.
Prices range from very cheap to suspiciously inflated…keep an eye out for a bargain, though, and you can head home with a fridge full of vitamin C at a very reasonable price!
You can read more about the markets at http://www.noosafarmersmarket.com.au