What’s On in Brisbane this Weekend!

This Brisbane winter weekend is going to be sunny and warm- perfect as an opportunity to get out and celebrate Brisbane! Check out what we’ve seen is happening over the next few days!

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As you may know, Saturday is an important day for the USA- their national holiday, the 4th of July! Many places across Brisbane are celebrating this American holiday with parties and awesome American food- try the South Side diner in Southbank for awesome American burgers and milkshakes, as well as costumes and music! Or maybe check out the Freedom Party with fireworks and homemade lemonade- or the Festival of the Free in Mary St in the city for toe-tapping live music and competitions. Enjoy the 4th of July!

Also this weekend is the terrific Teneriffe Festival! Live music, food, fashion, awesome breweries filled with great beer, a wide variety of different entertainment and lots of different stalls. Entry is only $2! Check it out in more detail here.

Missing winter and snow? Over the next couple of weeks they have the coolest winter Snow and Slide Park on at Riverstage- there will be fake snow and the opportunity to toboggan down a 30m slide! There is also a Bavarian restaurant ready to serve you something delicious and hot to eat. Check out the event here– enjoy!

Have fun this weekend, everyone! Enjoy the sunny weather :)

Alex Brun- English in his Pocket to Take Around the World!

We had a wonderful talk yesterday to our beautiful student Alex Brun about his experience coming to Australia to learn English at Lexis Brisbane. It was honestly inspiring to hear Alex talk about his dream and how far he has come towards achieving it, and, as he puts it, “opening up the whole world by learning English”.

Alex has been with us since December last year. When he first arrived, Alex spoke almost no English, only five or six words! He had the dream, though, to learn this language, and he was determined to achieve it. He began in our Elementary class and loved how patient and kind his first teacher Catherine was in helping him through those first few challenging weeks. Even in his first weeks we could see Alex trying to have English conversations with the few words he had, and he tried and tried- as Alex said, it was the only way to speak English all the time- he’s the biggest supporter of our Lexis “English Only” policy!

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Alex getting an impromptu English lesson from our Academic Manager, Zoe! 

Alex has a natural brightness and enthusiasm, and he is so friendly he very quickly made friends from all over the school- you’d always hear Alex bouncing out of the elevators with a friendly “hello” and a chat to his elementary classmates all the way through to his good friends in our Cambridge preparation classes. Alex has been on many travels with his Lexis classmates, from bushwalking to whale watching, and still has a few months for many more marvelous adventures. He made close friends in his homestay family, too, and continues to be one of the first friendly faces our new students meet- he’s a marvelous Lexis ambassador :)PicMonkey Collage2

Alex on adventures with his Lexis friends

Alex’s determination to learn English and his wonderful success is inspirational. He has worked to achieve his dream, and already his is more than halfway there! Alex can now communicate well in English, and has made so much progress from the five or six words he began with. As Alex says, he now has some English “in his pocket” and he can use this to travel and make even more friends from around the world. Congratulations, Alex, it’s such a joy to have you at the school and watch you grow towards your dream- we can’t wait to see how you grow even more and take on the world with the English in your pocket! 10933742_10204346734526914_1295333333089446523_n

Looking for work in Brisbane?

Jobs galore on Seek today! Do you have experience cooking Asian cuisine? Try applying to work at the casino restaurant, Fat Noodle. Or work at Southbank’s restaurant Manta– they are looking for waiters and bar attendants. West End’s fantastic burger restaurant, Burger Urge, is looking for people, too- click here for the address and go give them your resume!

Finally, check out Seek for all the jobs being advertised- good luck :):):)

Ten Top Students Begin at Lexis Brisbane

The rainy weather in Brisbane wasn’t enough to dampen the spirits of our new students- I can hear them laughing and chatting all the way across the school! It’s so lovely to meet all of these students and see them meet each other and become fast friends.

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Welcome to Sawako and Masayuki from Japan, Samuel from Brazil, Ya-Han, Yogguk, Ayoung, Dasan and Sungjin from South Korea, Chi-Heng from Taiwan, and Elena and Christina from Germany.

What’s on in Brisbane this weekend!

Teneriffe Festival

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Teneriffe is having their 6th ever festival and they are bring out all the stops this time to showcase what the Brisbane community has to offer. So why not take some time out of your busy life to kick back and enjoy all the food, fashion, music and stalls Teneriffe has to offer.

When: July 04 2015, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Where: Vernon Terrace, Teneriffe

Price: Free Entry

Zeus – South Bank

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There is a new restaurant that has opened up in south bank!

I hope you like Greek food because this new restaurant called Zeus is offering the best flavours Greece has to offer. Here is just some of what they have to offer. The menu centres around a selection of eight pitas, filled with a variety of meats from the souvla. Traditionalists will love choices such as the Uncle ‘Tzimmy’ Classic with pork or chicken, tomato, tzatziki, onion, paprika and chips, or the Papou Niko with pork, Aegean slaw, caramelised onion, preserved lemon mayo and parsley. For something a little different, you can opt for the lightly fried soft-shell crab, or the Stavros Stavrou with grilled haloumi and olive tapenade. Partner your pita with traditional Greek dips, or sides such as spanakopita, corn cobs, salads and fetta and oregano chips.

Where: Shop S13/14 Little Stanley Street, South Bank

Opening –Closing:  11:00 am – Late

Website: http://zeusstreetgreek.com.au

Cult Japan

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Do you like Japanese films? Well if you do then this festival might strike your fancy!

Cult Japan celebrates the strange and outrageous in post-war Japanese cinema. The program includes underground and cult classics; Japan’s unique variation on horror and action cinema; and the excessive, surreal and kitsch depictions of love, revenge and technology that have made Japanese genre cinema an international success.

When: July 03 2015 ‐ September 02 2015, time vary

Where: GOMA Cinema
Stanley Place, South Bank

Price: Adult $9 | 5-film pass $36 available through QTix

Lexis Brisbane Drama Club

We had our second Drama Club meeting today and taking a peek into the classroom, it all seems like crazy fun! The students were playing hilarious drama games – one minute our students were running from a dinosaur, the next they were helping teacher Sophie as she was suddenly fainting – all the while using imagination and lots of creative English!

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Our Drama Club was formed for the students to practice English, build confidence with speaking, and above all to have fun. And it definitely looks like today our students have done all that, and had a ball. Join us in two weeks students! Our next installment promises to be even more fun!

Meet the staff!

We would like to give a BIG welcome to Patricia….our new Marketing Manager for Latin America!

Hello everyone!

My name is Patricia and I am originally from Brazil, but I have been living here in Australia for 8 years.

When I first came to Australia I was looking for a little “paradise” and I was not interested in the popular places and big cities… and then I found Noosa! I studied English in Noosa for 6 months and was my best experience ever!

I am an economist and back in Brazil I was working for a financial institution (bank) for more than 10 years.

I’ve lived in Sydney for 5 years where I was working for a company within the mining industry.

My favourite things are meeting my friends, watching movies with my husband and long walks… I love to walk my dog!

Curiosity: When I was 18, I backpacked around Europe for almost 2 months with only 1000 dollars in my pocket. The European Union didn’t existed at the time, so I had to get visas and exchange currencies in each country, which was a very hard work…especially because I could not speak any English by then :-)

I look forward to of seeing some of you across the five Lexis schools in Australia!

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