🎈 Meet Our New Academic Manager – Sylvester!! 🎈

As most of you may already know, we have a new face in the Academic Manager’s Office. We are pleased to announce the newest friendly face to the Lexis team – Sylvester! 🙂

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Sylvester has been with Lexis Brisbane for a about a month and has already settled in nicely. He has over 25 years of experience in the education industry which includes teaching English over in Japan! He lived in the sister-city of Kobe for 6 years and has since settled down here in Brisbane with his family.

Along with his infectious laugh and smile, he would love to bring in some positive changes to Lexis which includes a new found love and appreciation for the English language! His open-door policy allows anyone who needs help or those who just want to have a chat and practice their English to go in at any time.

Welcome to the Lexis Family, Sylvester! We look forward to having you here with us for many years to come!

 

Meet our Teachers – Mitzi! ❤️

Hello and welcome back to another Meet the Teachers blog! This week, we get to meet the wonderful Mitzi!!

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Mitzi is known at Lexis for her calm nature and FANTASTIC fashion sense! 😍 😍 She started at Lexis just over a year ago soon after she received her CELTA certificate, and has become a big part of the Lexis Family since. She is also our regular ‘Out & About’ Option Class teacher who knows all the best spots in Brisbane.

We asked Mitzi a few questions about herself, so read on to see what she had to say!


What languages can you speak?
English, Italian, French and a tiny bit of Portuguese.

When you were little, what did you always dream of becoming?
An actress!

What’s one thing you love most about Brisbane?
All the beautiful people I meet. 🙂

What’s your favourite colour?
💛 Yellow! 💛

At midnight on a Saturday, where can we find you?
Most likely in bed asleep, but occasionally I’ll be out dancing with my friends.

What about at 7pm on a Sunday night?
Having dinner with my family.

Who is your superhero?
Jessica Jones!

Describe our beautiful city in one word:
Easy!

Where is somewhere in Brisbane you’d recommend visitors to go?
GOMA (The ‘Gallery of Modern Art’).

What is your #1 English learning tip for students?
Read books in English. Start with one chapter at a time. The first time, read without a dictionary and underline words you don’t know. The second time, go through with a dictionary.


Thanks for letting us get to know you, Mitzi! 😀

Stay tuned for the next Meet the Teachers!

Farewell to Zoe! 😢 We’ll Miss You! 🌹

Today we say farewell to our dear Academic Manager Zoe!

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Which one is sweeter? ❤ (hint: It’s Zoe of course!!)

 

Zoe has been with Lexis for 11 years!! She started her journey as a bright young teacher at Lexis Noosa in 2006, before moving back to Brisbane to teach. From there, she started working at Lexis Brisbane and went on to become the Academic Manager. Zoe has grown with the company throughout the years, and is truly a big part of the Lexis family.

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Zoe with General Manager Sam. She will be missed!

Today, all the staff at Lexis Brisbane gathered in the kitchen to celebrate over delicious pizzas and snacks to farewell our wonderful Zoe! 🍕 ❤️ Needless to say, it was delicious!!!

You will be missed not only by your colleagues, but by all the students and helpers at Lexis whom you’ve helped grow, succeed and gotten to know over the years. Thanks so much for your many years of service, and all the best for your future endeavours! 😘😘

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Meet the Teachers – Clare! 💕

We absolutely adore our teachers here at Lexis Brisbane! ❤️ In this week’s Meet the Teachers, we get to meet Clare! Clare has been with Lexis since the beginning of the year; soon after she received her CELTA teaching certificate! 🙂 We asked Clare some questions to get to know her a little better. See what she has to say below…:

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What languages can you speak?
English and Spanish.

When you were growing up, what did you want to be?
I wanted to be an interior designer.

In your opinion, what is Brisbane’s best kept secret?
The fact that you can legally drink in New Farm Park! (you’re welcome) 😜

Tell us something we don’t know:
Cronuts are the GREATEST food product known to man!

At 11pm on a Saturday, where will we find you?
Asleep in my bed. (definitely NOT snoring though!!)

What about at 8am on Sunday morning?
Having coffee with friends.

Where is your dream holiday destination?
Portugal.

Have any favourite restaurants to recommend in Brisbane?
It’s a three-way-tie between Quan Thanh, My Thai and Vegerama. 😋🍴

What is something our students should do while in Brisbane?
Definitely go out for a night at the Eat Street Markets! If you don’t have a car, you can also get there by City Hopper. (although it’s a little bit of a walk).

What’s your English learning tip for your students?
Just speak English! It’s okay to make mistakes, but you have to try. People will appreciate your effort and you’ll be more motivated to talk.


Welcome to the #LexisFamily, Clare! ❤️  We hope you continue to grow as a teacher and make plenty of nice memories while you’re here!

Stay tuned next Wednesday for more Meet the Teachers! Who will it be?? 🙂

Meet our Teachers – Luke! 😄

Welcome back to another Meet the Teachers! This week, we meet the wonderful Luke! 😀 Luke is one of our newest teachers here at Lexis Brisbane. He is currently teaching our Beginner class in the afternoon, and is doing such a great job! We gave Luke one of our teacher questionnaires to answer, so keep on reading to find out what he had to say!

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What languages can you speak?
English and terrible Mandarin Chinese.😜

You always wanted to be…:
Who I am! 🙂

What do you love about Brisbane?
I like the general laid-back vibe this city has!

What is your favourite colour?
TARDIS Blue!

At midnight on a Saturday, where will we find you?
I’ll be on the couch relaxing, watching a movie.

What about at 7pm on a Sunday night?
Probably just finishing a Sunday evening run.

Who is your ultimate superhero?
Hmm.. I can’t pick one, because ALL of my students are my superheros!!

Describe Brisbane in 1 word:
Balmy!

What would you recommend students to do while in Brisbane?
Definitely watch the sunrise from the summit of Mount Coot-tha.

Do you have any English learning tips for everyone?
Talk, talk, TALK! Practice your English by talking to as many people as possible. Talk to your classmates, talk to your teachers, talk to your neighbours!


Thanks Luke, and a very big, warm welcome to the #LexisFamily! We love having you here, and so do your students!

Be sure to say hi to Luke if you see him walking around the school. He would love to get to know you too! 🙂

Stay tuned next Wednesday for more Meet the Teachers! ❤

Meet our Teachers – Blair! 😎

It’s that time again where we meet yet another part of our amazing Lexis team members. Because, let’s face it… Without our wonderful teachers, Lexis would not exist!! 🙂 This week, let’s meet Blair! Blair has been with Lexis Brisbane for over a year now, and is currently teaching one of the Upper Intermediate classes. His students just adore him! 😍

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We asked Blair to answer our Teacher’s Questionnaire, and here’s what he had to say…:


What languages can you speak?
English (I hope), Japanese, some Spanish and terrible French!

When you were young, what did you aspire to become?
A Writer or a crazy professor.

What is it you love about Brisbane?
I love the beautiful, fresh food and the outdoor lifestyle. I prefer the Brisbane laid-back way of life too.

What’s your favourite colour?
Blue.

At midnight on a Saturday, where will we find you?
Baptising myself in WINE!! 😂

What about at 7pm on a Sunday night?
Blissing out in a yoga class, or studying at home.

Who is your superhero?
Bill Bryson.

Describe Brisbane in 1 word…:
Undercelebrated.

What should students do/see while in Brisbane?
The Jacaranda trees in full bloom, and also seeing the river from the CityCat ferry at night.

Your English learning tip for students is…:
Do your hobby or find a show/book/podcast you like in English. The less of a chore your studies are, the better you will remember!


Thanks for being such an awesome and wonderful teacher, Blair! We love having you be apart of the #LexisFamily! ❤ ❤

Stay tuned next Wednesday for more Meet the Teachers! 🙂

Meet our Teachers- Cassy! 😄

We have had a lot of new teachers join us at Lexis Brisbane recently, including the wonderful Cassy! Although, Cassy has been with us for about a year now. She brings along a cute smile and bubbly personality that all her students love! ❤ We asked Cassy a few questions about herself to get to know her better – here’s what she had to say:

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What languages can you speak?
English, and a bit of Japanese.

When you were young, what did you want to be in the future?
An English teacher or a film director.

What is Brisbane’s best kept secret?
That it’s better than Sydney! 😉

I’ll bet you didn’t know …
That I’m named after a Greek princess who could see the future – Cassandra.

At 11pm on a Saturday, you’ll find me …
Watching something strange on TV.

At 8am on a Sunday, you’ll find me …
Sleeping!

My dream holiday destination is …
Egypt.

The best restaurant in Brisbane is …
Verve Cafe on 109 Edward Street.

What would you recommend students to do while in Brisbane?
Do a day-trip to Moreton Island.

What is your English learning tip for your students?
Practice speaking with strangers. Your pronunciation will get better.


Lexis loves all our wonderful and hard-working staff. Thanks for being a big part of the Lexis Family, Cassy! 🙂