Lexis Brisbane – A Day Trip to Stradbroke Island: A Break from Studies for our Cambridge FCE class – 20.02.2024

In the bustling world of English language education, finding the balance between rigorous study and rejuvenating experiences is essential. Our wonderful FCE (Cambridge First Certificate in English) teacher, Dee, understands well the importance of providing her students with opportunities to step away from their textbooks, and immerse themselves in the real-world application of their language skills. So, on Tuesday, Dee organised a day trip to stunning Stradbroke Island giving her students a chance to unwind and explore the breathtaking natural wonders of Queensland.

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Stradbroke Island, affectionately known as ‘Straddie’ to locals, is a pristine paradise just a short ferry ride away from the mainland.

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Its unspoiled beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush bushland provide the perfect backdrop for a day of relaxation and adventure.

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Upon arrival, no time was wasted in delving into the island’s treasures, kicking off their adventure with a guided hike through the island’s scenic trails. Students had the chance to practice their English conversation skills while marveling at the diverse flora and fauna.


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From towering eucalyptus trees to vibrant wildflowers, every step was an opportunity to connect with nature and each other. In the words of Anna, a member of the class ” I believe that you need to disconnect in order to connect”.


We caught up with Anna to find out about her experience studying FCE at Lexis English Brisbane.

Well, when I was in Spain, I met with a student advisor who recommended Lexis to me. I am really happy that she did.

  • Which course are you studying and what are your study goals?

I am currently taking the Cambridge FCE class. I have three main goals: most importantly is to pass the exam next month, but I’d also like to improve my English and continue to study so as to increase my knowledge.

  • How would you describe your experience at Lexis English Brisbane?

I am really happy to be here. I know that my English has improved a lot, and that excites me. In terms of the differences between taking a Cambridge course and taking a general English course, well, they are almost like apples and oranges. You see, general English was really easy for me; whereas Cambridge FCE is much harder, more demanding, and requires a lot more focus.

  • What advice would you give to prospective FCE/CAE students?

If you really want to join a Cambridge class, you have to be aware of the difficulties. You must be willing to give up some of your free time, as you need to focus on both your homework and the exams.

Why Study Cambridge FCE, CAE, or CPE?

Increase Career Opportunities:

Being able to communicate effectively in English broadens perspectives and opens doors to countless opportunities. The Cambridge Proficiency English (CPE), Advanced English (CAE) and First Certificate in English (FCE) are internationally recognised standards of English language proficiency and are highly regarded in the worldwide employment market. Companies look for applicants who can speak English clearly and fluently. Students who pass these exams show that they can handle complex language tasks, which makes them desirable hires in a variety of fields, including business, hospitality, tourism, and education. These certificates serve as strong credentials that help students stand out from the crowd.

Educational Opportunities:

Universities and other educational institutions all around the world accept the FCE, CAE, and CPE credentials and these certificates act as a standard for admission to undergraduate or graduate programmes. Students can improve their chances of being accepted into reputable educational institutions by earning a Cambridge certification.

Improve Communication Skills:

Speaking, writing, listening, and reading skills are all covered in-depth by these certificates. By developing these skills, students are able to communicate effectively in a variety of social and professional contexts.

Create Global Connections:Students at Lexis English Brisbane hail from numerous different cultures and backgrounds. Learning FCE, CAE, and CPE at Lexis not only enables students to improve their language competency, but also offers opportunities for cultural exchange and creating connections with people from diverse backgrounds.

Not studying yet? Would like to?

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