Byron Bay – Team Lexis! The Best Teachers Ever! – 22 December 2022

Team Lexis! Great Teachers And StaffOn Friday, we had the Lexis Byron Bay Staff Christmas party. And what a fun night it was! Many of the teachers at Lexis Byron Bay have been working here for five or more years and everyone gets along famously. Here’s a bit more about five of the Lexis Byron Bay teachers, their favourite things to do in Byron, and what the students say about them.

Teacher #1 – Paul

Great Teacher Paul

Many of you will know the ever-popular teacher, Paul, who has been teaching here since 2012. Paul has taught all levels and can often been found inspiring students on our Cambridge Preparation courses. Below are some things you may or may not know about him:

  • He went to University in Indonesia (studying Islam, Linguistics and Indonesian)
  • He is a keen surfer and returns to Indonesia at least once a year
  • He used to be a chef and has worked in a number of restaurants in Byron Bay
  • In his twenties he was an amateur boxer and kick-boxer
  • His passion is pronunciation, as anyone joining his class will know

What the students say:

 “The atmosphere in Paul’s class was amazing!”

“Paul is a very patient teacher; funny, serious, reliable and organised.”

” He can explain the vocabulary and the grammar well and he checks that the pronunciation is correct.”

“I like Paul. He does a good job. He makes school funny and interesting with his jokes.”

“He’s a good teacher, he gives us more exercises, not only in the book. It’s funny in his class and learning English with him is easy. He can good explain the vocabulary and the grammar. He looks that the pronunciation is correct.”

Great Teachers

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I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE…?

…a movie star

WHEN YOU ARE IN BYRON BAY, DON’T MISS…

Going to Yamba, Iluka and Sandon River.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO?

Explore isolated places, find empty waves, eat and drink beer.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TEACHER?

I love languages and really admire people who speak more than one.

Great Teacher Paul

Teacher #2 – Mel

Great Teacher Mel

Mel has been a teacher at Lexis since 2011 and in that time taught most classes and levels. You can currently find her teaching our Intermediate students. Mel’s classes are always very interactive with lots of games and discussions designed to make students practise the target language as much as possible. Below are some things you may or may not know about Mel:

  • Mel speaks fluent Spanish and has lived in Spain, Peru and Colombia so she knows what it’s like to live, learn and make mistakes in a second language.
  • She used to be pretty good table tennis player and beat the local champion in a little town in Ecuador
  • She loves rollerskating and cocktails

What the students say:

“Melinda is awesome. She explain everything I need. I’m learned a lot with her and I hope to learn much more.”

“I like the teacher, Mel, she is great!”

“I love Mel’s class. She is so organised with the grammar and it is better to understand it easily.”

“Mel is a really good teacher. She has a lot of patience to teach and also helpful with everyone.”

“Mel is being amazing as a teacher.”

“She is a good teacher because put a lot enthusiasm in the class and she explain the lesson kindly”

“She is so a beautiful teacher. She is always smiling and happy.”

Team Lexis! Great Teachers And Staff

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WHEN YOU ARE IN BYRON BAY, DON’T MISS….

The Farm. You can have breakfast or lunch at the amazing restaurant or bakery, or, if you don’t want to spend much money, take your own picnic and enjoy the sunshine. It’s free to walk around and look at the animals. There’s even a macadamia orchard where you can crack and eat your own macadamia nuts!

ON THE WEEKEND…

Visit one of the markets in or around Byron Bay. There is one on each weekend where you can buy things like clothes, handicrafts and food. It gives you a chance to get out of Byron Bay and see other little towns in the area.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO?

Having brunch with friends, going to the movies, hanging out with my family, roller skating, drinking wine/cocktails with friends, reading books, travelling, shopping.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION?

Cuba and the Maldives

WHAT IS YOUR ENGLISH LEARNING TIP?

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes when you speak. The more you practise the better and more confident you will become.

Great Teacher Mel

 

 

 

Teacher #3 – Adrienne

Great Teacher Adrienne

Adrienne has been a teacher at Lexis Byron Bay for around five years now and everyone who has ever met her will remember that she is interested in many things, passionate about English, and not short of a word or two. 🙂

Below are some things you may or may not know about Adrienne:

  • She loves permaculture and the ideas the system presents
  • She has a business making and selling unique recycled fashion items. Find out more about it here
  • She likes dancing to reggae music
  • She used to be a swimming teacher and coached triathletes

What the students say:

“I like everything. Adrienne is wonderful.”

“She is always happy to teach us and it’s the same for us.”

“It was an honour for me to study English here with those amazing teachers. Adrienne, thank you for everything, advice and worry about us. More than class, has been a family after a year here. I leave a piece of my heart in this school. I’ll miss all of you. XX”

“I’ve been in Adrienne’s class since I arrived and I love talking about life issues and the exercises.”

“I liked my first teacher, Adrienne, and also her classes, because it was REALLY interesting.”

Team Lexis! Great Teachers And Staff

Soundbites

HOW MANY LANGUAGES DO YOU SPEAK?

Technically only one.  I grew up in Canada so I was in French immersion in school. Then, in my 20’s I went travelling in Central America so I learnt Spanish. Now thanks to many years of no practice with either language, I speak ‘Spench’.

WHEN YOU ARE IN BYRON BAY, DON’T MISS…

The Farmers Markets. Byron is a place where you can access some of the freshest food available. At the Farmers Markets, you can buy most of your daily groceries including rice, coffee, cheese, and bananas. That’s only mentioning a small portion of what is grown in our region.

BYRON BAY’S BEST KEPT SECRET IS…

Leave and go see other parts of the area. Go see the Border Ranges or Nightcap National Park (Springbrook and Lamington National Parks are just over the border in Queensland).

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION?

My dream holiday destination is the cabin my grandparents owned.  My aunts and uncles still own it, but I hardly ever get the chance to stay there. I love nature and swimming.  If any destination has those 2 combined, then I am a happy camper.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TEACHER?

I didn’t want to be a teacher, however, after doing few other jobs including swim coach and disability support worker, Since I got my qualifications for ESL teaching and have never looked back.  The only regret I have now is that I didn’t do it sooner. I love English and the reasons behind why we use grammar.

WHAT IS YOUR ENGLISH LEARNING TIP?

Listen to the radio.  The more you listen to local radio like ABC Radio National, the easier it will be to travel around the country and understand the locals. On top of that you learn more about Australian culture and absorb incredible information.

Adrienne Great Teacher

Teacher #4 – Josie

Great Teacher Josie

Josie has been a teacher at Lexis Byron Bay since Winter 2013 (despite pretending to leave once :)) and has made a huge impact on 100s of lives since that time.

Josie is currently teaching our IELTS class but regularly takes our Cambridge First and Advanced classes and has helped many past students achieve their exam goals. Below are some things you may or may not know about Josie:

  • She can talk to anyone and make them feel at ease
  • She can party, run, surf, swim etc, for hours on end without getting tired and has taken part in the Byron Bay Triathlon
  • She also works as an Instructional Designer and, in her spare time, is learning to be DJ

What the students say:

“Josie very kind and gentle. Good for explain everything. If possible I want to learn with Josie again.”

“Everything was excellent. Josie was a wonderful  teacher.”

“Thanks Josie. You is a good teacher. I like you class. It funny and easy to understand. Grammar, speaking, listening and writing. You make my English improve a lot. 😊”

“I liked my teacher (Josie!) Great atmosphere and amazing teacher.”

“Josie is a wonderful teacher and I would never change. It’s so funny and useful. I learned now more that in 6 weeks in Cairns.”

“The lessons pass really fast. I think that’s a good sign. There is a good mixture of grammar, vocabulary and having fun. Josie is a very structured teacher. We work with a lot of extra stuff, without the book. Also, we sometimes did activities outside the classroom.”

Team Lexis. Great Teachers - Josie

Soundbites

HOW MANY LANGUAGES DO YOU SPEAK?

French and terrible Spanish.

I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE…

A travel writer.

WHEN YOU ARE IN BYRON BAY, DON’T MISS…

Sunset at Main Beach or at the top of the lighthouse

I’LL BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW…

You can see whales from the beach from June to October.

HAVE YOU EVER LIVED IN ANOTHER COUNTRY?

England, Kenya, Ireland, Scotland, France, New Zealand, Canada, Spain

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION?

Anywhere with lots to do and explore. I love being in nature – mountains, the ocean, the rainforest -but I’m also really keen on experiencing the culture and getting to know the people of a new place.

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TEACHER?

Because I love grammar, travelling and meeting new people.

WHAT IS YOUR ENGLISH LEARNING TIP?

Speak English as much as possible outside of class.

Great Teacher Josie

 

Teacher #5 – Serena

Great Teacher Serena

Serena came to Lexis Byron Bay on a working holiday visa in 2017. She then went to work at Lexis Noosa where she managed the Junior programme for a season, before heading to New Zealand to take advantage of a the working holiday visa there. Now she is back in Australia as a student and we were delighted to welcome her back to Lexis Byron Bay. Below are some things you may or may not know about Serena:

  • She loves martial arts. She practises Muay Thai and loves to watch fights at the weekend.
  • She has lived and worked in five different countries: Italy, Spain, UK, Australia and New Zealand.
  • She has been on two 10-day silent meditation retreats – one in Thailand and one in NZ

What the students say:

“I like my class because out teacher is so nice and my classmate is so kind.”

“I like my teacher. She’s very amazing teacher, helped me with everything.”

“Elementary class was a lot of fun and I was able to study to raise my level. Thank you very much Serena.”

“Dan and Serena are very good teachers. I learned a lot about vocabulary, speaking and writing. Very good school.”

“Serena taught me very well. I like she.”

Team Lexis! Great Teachers And Staff

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HOW MANY LANGUAGES DO YOU SPEAK?

I speak 3 languages fluently: Italian, English and Spanish. I also speak a bit of German and French.

I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE…

A Vegetarian Chef! Maybe one day!

BYRON BAY’S BEST KEPT SECRET IS…

OCA Cuisine on the industrial estate. This Brazilian-owned restaurant serves a delicious mix of fresh, organic, plant based pizzas and Brazilian classics

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING TO DO?

Cooking, going to gigs and walking on the beach. I really enjoy the Australian music scene and there is so much great live music in Byron.

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION?

Seoul, Korea (I love Korean culture and food).

WHY DID YOU BECOME A TEACHER?

I’ve always had a passion for languages and I also enjoy helping people learn.

WHAT IS YOUR ENGLISH LEARNING TIP?

Listen to music in English and translate your favourite lyrics. Music is a great teacher!

Great Teacher Serena

 

There are many other wonderful staff at Lexis Byron that we’ll meet in future blogs. Below you can see Dan (teacher), Nicole (Homestay Officer), Ian (Managing Director of Lexis), Anji (teacher), Lisa (Campus Manager), Serena (teacher), Adrienne (teacher), Claudia (teacher and Academic Administrator) and Marie (teacher).

Team Lexis! Great Teachers And Staff

Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE, and English plus Surfing in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

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