Teacher Profile : Oriana

We sat down and asked the hard questions to one of our teachers Oriana to find out a little bit more about her.



What languages do you speak?

I speak English and Spanish.

What is something we don’t know about you?

I’m a twin.

What places have you lived in?

I have lived in Chile, New Zealand, Switzerland, Germany and of course Australia!

If you weren’t a teacher what would you be?

I would be traveling the world.

What do you like to do on the weekend?

I love going to the beach.

What is Noosa’s best kept secret?

Noosa’s best kept secret would have to be the Fairy Pools in the National Park.

What is your favourite food?

Definitely Mango!

What is your favourite pastime?

I love playing basketball.

What is your English tip?

Don’t stress!

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Oriana one of our teachers at Lexis English Noosa. 


Teacher Profile : Ismail

We sat down and asked the hard questions to one of our teachers Ismail to find out a little bit more about him.


What Languages do you speak? 

I speak English, French, Arabic and Intermediate Spanish.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that… 

I am a percussionist & a street performer in the circus.

What places have you lived in?

I have lived in Morocco, Dubai, Canada, Cairns & Tasmania.

If you weren’t a teacher what would you be?

I would be a wild life documentary maker.

What do you like to do on the weekend?

I love everything music and gardening.

What is Noosa’s best kept secret?  

The River Mouth is beautiful!

What is your favourite food?

I love Japanese Food.

What is your favourite pastime?

Painting, music, camping and surfing.

What is your English tip? 

Watch cartoons and learn songs in English.

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Ismail one of our teachers at Lexis English Noosa. 

Farewell Charmaine

Today we say good-bye to this wonderful woman, Charmaine who has decided to retire from teaching. Charmaine has been with us since 2013 and we have loved every minute of it!

Good bye Charmaine

Charmaine, we will miss your gentle manner and warmth in the staff room. Your elementary students will be very sad to say goodbye to you and will miss your thoughtful and patient teaching.

We wish you all the best for your future.

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Staff Profiles – Cara Student Support

Introducing Cara one our are lovely Student Support staff.


We sat down and asked some hard questions of Cara one of our student support staff members to find out a little bit more about her.

What Languages do you speak? 

Only English but I’m hoping to learn another language in the future.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that… 

I’m a mad Queensland Firebirds netball fan!!

What places have you lived in?

I was born in Kingaroy, a country town about 3 hours west from the Sunshine Coast. I have also lived in London, Brisbane and of course the Sunshine Coast.

If you weren’t working at Lexis Noosa what would you be?

A cake decorator. I love making and decorating my niece and nephew’s birthday cakes.

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On the weekend you’ll find me?

Going to watch the Queensland Firebirds play in Brisbane or catching up with some friends.

What is Noosa’s best kept secret?  

To hire a stand up paddle board and explore the Noosa River.

What is your favourite food?

NACHOS!! I love Mexican food.

What is your English tip? 

To come to all of the Lexis Noosa activities!

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Cara one of our Student Support staff at Lexis English Noosa. 

Teacher Profile – Lize

This week we are introducing our Teacher Lize!


We sat down and asked the hard questions to our  English Teacher Lize to find out a little bit more about her.

What Languages do you speak? 

I speak English and Afrikaans.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that… 

I learned how to drive when I was 8 years old…… on my grandparents’ farm 🙂

What places have you lived in?

I have lived in Australia and South Africa.

If you weren’t a teacher what would you be?

I think I would be a professional photographer or graphic designer.

On the weekend you’ll find me?

Cleaning my house and doing the laundry or taking my dog for a walk on the beach.

What is Noosa’s best kept secret?  

Samba Grill on Gympie Terrace 🙂

What is your favourite food?

Pap, wors en sous (Polenta with tomato and onion relish and traditional South- African farmer sausage)

What is your favourite pastime?

Photography, scrapbooking, watching TV and reading.

What is your English tip? 

Make friends with people who don’t speak your language so that you are forced to speak it all the time. And also READ READ READ!! For vocabulary extension, watch kids TV programs.

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Lize one of our General English teachers at Lexis English Noosa. 

Teacher Profiles – Kerri Deacon

Introducing our Cambridge FCE teacher Kerri!


We sat down and asked the hard questions to our teacher Kerri to find out a little bit more about her.

What Languages do you speak? I speak Strine and English.

What is something we don’t know about you? I bet you didn’t know that I love to read 🙂

What places have you lived in? I have lived in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Meekatharra, Adelaide, Burra, Julia Creek, England and Scotland.

If you weren’t a teacher what would you be? I think I would still be searching for a career.

What do you like to do on the weekend? I like to spend time with my family and walking my dog.

What is Noosa’s best kept secret? Shhhhhhh……. Noosa’s best kept secret is the river mouth at sunset. 

What is your favourite food?  My favourite food is anything fresh and tasty!

What is your favourite pastime? I enjoy reading, swimming in the ocean, walking and seeing new places.

What is your English tip? Always try to speak English outside of the classrooms.

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Kerri one of our teachers at Lexis English Noosa. 

Teacher Profile – Chris Orvis

Introducing our Academic Manager Chris!

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We sat down and asked the hard questions to some of our Teachers to find out a little bit more about them.

What Languages do you know? English and a tiny bit of Japanese

What is something we don’t know about you? I used to be a Kindergarten teacher

What places have you lived in? Canada, Japan and now Australia

If you weren’t a teacher what would you be? A boat driver

What do you like to do on the weekend? Checking out a different local market early on a Saturday morning

What is Noosa’s best kept secret is? A dessert shop called Fiona’s Fancies very close to our school

What is your favourite food?  Pumpkin Pie

What is your favourite pastime? Golfing, fishing and watching TV

What is your English tip? Live and work with people from different countries and force yourself to speak English.

We hope you enjoyed getting to know some of our teachers at Lexis English Noosa. 

Lexis English Noosa Awarded ESL Certificate of Excellence

We were honoured today to hear that Lexis English | Noosa has been awarded with ESL’s Certificate of Excellence for 2016!

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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!

Teacher Professional Develoment

Lexis Teachers are always keen to learn and improve. Professional development is one of the keys to our academic quality.

Today, our Teacher Training Manager, Dave Fox presented  English Australia’s  recently released Teacher Professional Development Framework.  Dave was part of the committee that wrote the framework so was able to give us an excellent overview of the theory behind the project and of the project itself.

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The session was well received and we thank Dave for his time.

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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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.



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.”                                       



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.

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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Go hard or Go home?

Couldn’t resist taking a photo of teacher Suzie’s whiteboard this morning.

IMG_0626Suzie has been teaching at Lexis Noosa and Lexis Sunshine Coast since 2005. She currently teaches Cambridge Exam Preparation courses, and is loved by her students not only for her experience and excellence, but also for her amazing Monday cakes. 🙂

Suzie is also a qualified teacher trainer and has run successful TESOL Cert IV courses at our Noosa campus. In her spare time she indulges in her passion for jewellery making and spoiling her three cats.



CELTA to Noosa to Gautemala

Today we farewell teacher James.

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After graduating from University of the Sunshine Coast, James travelled to Europe and Canada. On his return he enrolled in a CELTA course at Lexis Teacher Training Maroochydore and graduated top of his class with a grade A. James has been a popular teacher here at Lexis Noosa and we will miss him. He is off on a life adventure, travelling to Guatemala and then ? Good luck James.


Meet Johana from Colombia!

Hello my name is Johana and I come from Bogota, Colombia.

I am studying General English for 24 weeks at Lexis Noosa. I started my course in the intermediate class and studied at this level for 6 weeks and now I am in the upper-intermediate class. I will join the IELTS preparation course for 12 weeks and hope to strengthen my writing skills and perhaps I will take the exam, but I have not yet decided. In the afternoons I participate in the ‘News’ options class and really enjoy the different use of English this class offers, as it helps to improve my vocabulary and is interesting at the same time. My teachers are great and I like that they are native English speakers from different countries like, Australia, America and the United Kingdom because this helps to get used to different pronunciations, which we have to adapt to in real situations.

I chose to study in Noosa because I think there are a lot of Latin Americans in the bigger cities like Sydney and Melbourne and I wanted to integrate with other cultures and Noosa being a smaller city offers this opportunity. I am very happy with my decision and enjoy the beach, national park and the weekend activities, such as Australia Zoo, Fraser Island and the Aquarium at Underwater World. Noosa is also very touristic, so there are a lot of jobs and I think it’s easier to get hired here than other places. I am working on the weekend at a resort cleaning and a previous Colombian student introduced me to this job. I like it and it’s easy and also good to experience a different job, compared to my profession as a psychologist in Bogota.

I live in a share house with an Australian family and other international students, but I first lived in a very nice host family for my first month. The family was very kind and took me and their other student from Switzerland to many places and was interested in spending time with us. I have really enjoyed my time here so far and met many different cultures and like the experience of learning English from the beginning and seeing my improvements each day – it really works!









Thanks Johana 🙂

A warm welcome to our new students!

On this sunny (and almost Spring) Monday we are pleased to welcome:Iori, Atsuko, Yumie and Wakana from Japan. Sam and Johnny from South Korea. Diana from Colombia and Peter from the Czech Republic. 









We hope you have an amazing time studying at Lexis English and enjoy your stay in Australia!

A warm welcome to the family, Merian-Rutishauser!

Meet Steeve, Corinna and their four children – Ludovic, Laeticia, Chloe and Lois; all the way from Geneva in Switzerland!

Merian-Rutishauser (2)The Merian-Rutishauser family have joined us for 11 weeks at Lexis Noosa. Corinna (mother) and Ludovic (aged 16) are studying a General English course. Corinna has been placed in our Intermediate class and Ludovic has joined the Pre-Intermediate class. Laeticia (aged 14), Chloe (aged 12) and Lois (aged 10), are participating in our exciting Teen Activity Program. Steeve (father) has been on holiday and making the most of his time in Noosa, with its great kite-surfing and surfing conditions.

All family members are happy with their class levels and teachers. Laeticia said she “likes the change of pace during the daily schedule, from being in a General English class with adult students and then joining the fun activities each afternoon with other junior students”. A big high five should be given to Chloe and Lois who are our youngest students at Lexis Noosa and although are beginners in English, both are doing very well and we hope this experience will inspire them to continue with their language learning wherever it may take them 

When asked why they choose Noosa as a destination, I had a few different responses, but one point was clear; the family were all happy to be at Lexis English and in Noosa!

The first response from Steeve was simply that “where else would be want to be, Noosa is a paradise”. Corinna added “we decided to focus our project on Australia and chose Lexis, as not many schools offered the same course flexibility that Lexis English provides, catering to the range of ages within our family”. Corinna mentioned being “happy with the support given by Lexis and the administration and academic staff are all very welcoming and friendly”. Corinna and Steeve sourced their own accommodation on airbnb and are very pleased with their decision. Their apartment is a 20 minute walk to school and located in Noosa Heads. Outside of class the family have been exploring Noosa’s many beaches, body boarding and shopping.
Corinna and Steeve have both previously travelled to Australia and wanted to bring their children to experience what may be one of the last opportunities they have to travel abroad together. Ludovic and Laeticia (being young adults), will venture out on their own after they have completed their studies back in Switzerland and Corinna and Steeve feel this opportunity will give both Ludovic and Laeticia, a valuable tool in learning independence.

We wish you all the very best with your studies and it has been wonderful having you all with us at Lexis English!

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Lexis Noosa presents…..new students!

Please say a BIG Lexis welcome to our new students!

Sara Endres from Germany and Viola Mastrogiorgio from Italy!

Deborah Herrmann from Switzerland!

Kana Hirashima from Japan!

Jae Yung Choi from beautiful Korea!






Meet your classmate!

Meet Lucas who is studying and working in Noosa….

“Hi everyone,
My name is Lucas and I come from Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. I am studying English at Lexis Noosa for 6 months and I am currently in the pre-intermediate class. I decided to study in  Noosa because my sister lives here and I think it’s a great location to meet local people and have the opportunity to experience Australian culture. I like my teacher and I have made friends with other students from Japan, Korea and Spain, everyone here is happy.

I have a job working at Chilli Brothers, which is a Mexican restaurant. I have enough hours and I work every Wednesday evening and during the weekend. When I finish school I would like to travel but I haven’t made any plans yet. I am just enjoying my time here and the chance to relax and learn English.”

Thanks Lucas 🙂



Meet our newlyweds from Chile ~ Andres and Fernanda!

Andres comes from Chillán and Fernanda from Concepción, in Chile and they are spending their honeymoon at Lexis Noosa – here are their stories….

“Hi my name is Fernanda and I am a Dentist in Chile. I like my profession and also sports, my Husband and I both train for triathlons. The idea to come to Australia started 7 months ago. I want to specialise in Periodontics, so will study a master’s degree here in Australia. The first step for me was to improve my English.”

“Hello I am Andres and I am a Business Engineer. I am very interested in learning English and also experiencing sports in Australia. In Chile I raced dirt bikes and now I am in Australia, I would like to participate in the Sunshine Coast half-marathon. My study goal is to improve my English, so I can also apply for a master’s degree. I would like to study project management.”

“We are currently studying General English at Lexis Noosa for 12 weeks and will finish with 4 weeks in the IELTS preparation course. Our teachers are great and there are a lot of outdoor activities in Noosa and it is an ideal place to train for the triathlon. We found Lexis Noosa after searching for a place where we can study English and also enjoy the lifestyle and where there was a half-marathon event. We were surprised to see the school in Noosa was so big and a lot nicer than other International schools we have studied at in England and Germany. We hope to stay in Australia for a few years and go back to Chile with some nice experiences and knowledge”.

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Cambridge First classes put their English into practice!

Cambridge First classes visited the world famous Eumundi markets this week….

Learning English in a ‘real world’ situation is so much more fun and the opportunity to shop at the same time makes the excursion a real winner.

The students had the choice of a Cambridge First writing task to complete, or to interview two stall holders and give an oral presentation contrasting and comparing.


Guided Individual Learning – All about the individual



I don’t often write a blog first thing on a Monday morning, but I really want to share this with you.

Teacher Freya has gone on a holiday for one week, (north to the Whitsunday Islands but that is another story).  She stayed late on Friday still working when I left, and this morning I found these (along with the teaching plan)  on her desk for the relief teacher:

IMG_2463There is an individual self study suggestion for every one of her students for this week.

This is why we call it individual guided learning or GIL for short. Teachers guide their students on what they need to catch up or improve or extend and give them a green GIL slip to take to the self study room teacher at 2pm.

Everyone in the class gets set homework every day but GIL is the personal touch between a teacher and student. It shows that the student is being assessed and helped to achieve their own goals rather than the class the curriculum.

Thank you Freya for that extra effort you always put in. 🙂 Becky


Teacher Professional Development

As part of our commitment to academic excellence, teachers attend regular professional development sessions.

IMG_2386 IMG_2387 IMG_2391Teachers may attend professional conferences and workshops or get together more casually to share ideas and learning.

On Friday we all got together to hear feedback from Michelle, Eileen, Phil, Jamie, Nathaniel and Freya who had attended a one day conference in Brisbane run by English Australia.

As usual, as well as serious discussion, there was a lot of laughter because as everyone knows, the worst students are teachers!

Check out our face book page for the funniest photo of all!!!





Using Music in the Classroom!

Teacher Nathaniel’s music option has become a popular class at Lexis Noosa….

There is strong evidence supporting the use of music in the English Language teaching classroom.  Music can change the atmosphere in the room within seconds. It is linked to brain processing by pitch, rhythm and by symmetrical phrasing. Songs provide a valuable source of authentic language. Songs sung in English are listened to around the world and students can often feel real progress in their level of English when they can begin to sing along to the chorus or even just to be able to separate what at first seemed to be a constant stream of words!

In the music option, students are given a number of different tasks to access and learn the new vocabulary such as:

  • Classic gap-fill: Every language student at some point has been given a song to listen to and the lyrics with gaps in for them to fill in as they listen. This activity is not as simple as it sounds and before making one yourself think about why you’re taking out certain words. It may be better to take out all the words in one group, such as prepositions or verbs, and tell students what they should be listening out for. Another option is to take out rhyming words. Don’t be tempted to take out too many words, eight or ten is normally enough. To make the task easier you could provide the missing words in a box at the side for the students to select, or you could number the gaps and provide clues for each number.
  • Spot the mistakes: Change some of the words in the lyrics and as students listen they have to spot and correct the mistakes. As with the gap-fill limit the mistakes to a maximum of eight or ten and if possible choose a word set. You could make all the adjectives opposites for example. Another example of this for higher levels is to show the students the real lyrics and you correct the English and make it proper! E.g. ‘gonna’ change to ‘going to’ ‘we was’ change to ‘we were’ etc. This is a good way to focus on song language.
  • Order the verses: With low levels this is a very simple activity. Chop up the lyrics of the song by verse and give a small group of students the jumbled verses. As they listen they put them in order.
  • Discussion: Certain songs lend themselves to discussions and you can use the song as a nice lead in to the topic and a way to pre-teach some of the vocabulary
  • Write the next verse: Higher levels can write a new verse to add to a song. Focus on the patterns and rhyme of the song as a group and then let students be creative. If they are successful, the new verses can be sung over the top of the original! Norah Jones’ Sunrise was a good one for this.


It’s never too late to learn English!

Verena from Switzerland spent 6 weeks at Lexis Noosa, attending Nathaniel’s class and in addition having two hours per week intensive private lessons with our Senior teacher Annette.

Verena – and Annette- enjoyed their time together, going out for coffee, exploring the junction, going shopping whilst conversing in English. The benefits: Verena’s conversational skills improved a lot, her vocabulary expanded and her enthusiasm for learning grew with every day. Verena’s comment “ Too late to learn English? Too late is when you are dead!!!”


FCE students take their learning to the Eumundi Markets!

One of the questions FCE students are often faced with on part two of the writing paper is “Write a review”…

This can be a review about a concert, a play or a movie, a holiday or a place.  So, as a source of inspiration, we took the students to the famous Eumundi markets giving them the task to assess the markets for the purpose of writing a review for a tourist magazine.

The weather was perfect and with over 200 stalls to explore, the day was a long one finished off in true Aussie style with a few beers at the very traditional Eumundi Pub.

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