The Evening IELTS Pre-test results are in!

The Evening IELTS class completed their pre-test and they have received some FANTASTIC results!


The class completed a Listening and a Reading exam for both General and Academic testing. The average results for the Reading test was 7.0 and the students performed equally impressive on the Listening exam with the top score reaching an outstanding 8.5 out of a possible 9.0.

Well done to all our Evening IELTS students!


The highlight of the GV calendar is upon us once more!


On the 5th of December, it is the 3rd Tri-shield tournament. Noosa & Caloundra have both won before so this time it is Brisbane’s turn! The day consists of food & drinks, games and lots of cheering for Brisbane!

The winners of the GV Queensland Photo Competition will be announced on the day too, so make sure you enter some photos and come along for the fun & games!

If you would like to join the team please see Robyn or Peter. More details to follow.


A video of the last tournament:

GV Brisbane Teacher Feature – Daniela

At GV Brisbane we ask our staff every week to answer some questions about themselves. We call it a ‘Teacher Feature,’ and it is intended to help you learn more about some of the dedicated staff that we have here.

Student Young Soo Jeong & Teacher Daniela
Student Young Soo Jeong & Teacher Daniela

This week we are featuring one of our Intermediate teachers, Daniela.

How long have been teaching at GV Brisbane and what did you do before you worked here?

“I have worked at GV for nine months (since March ’08). Before starting here, I was at University doing my teaching degree.”

Do you speak another language and what was your biggest challenge when learning it?

“Apart from English, of course, I also speak Romanian and German. When I was learning a new language, I found that speaking was the biggest challenge.”

Please tell us about a student in your class who you feel has made outstanding progress..

“Young Soo Jeong. He is improving every day and is an asset to the class. He interacts well with others and his English continues to improve. He works hard and students enjoy his company as he is also funny.”

What do you most enjoy about teaching at GV Brisbane?

“Seeing students progress, meeting new people, the variety of nationalities and all the lovely staff members.”

If you weren’t a teacher, what job do you think you would be doing now?

“A full-time writer or linguist. I absolutely love the study of languages.”

What do you like the most about Brisbane?

“The people, the weather and the lifestyle.”

What is your favourite cafe, restaurant, shop or place in Brisbane?

“My favourite place has to be Southbank and I love the Myer Centre and DFO for shopping.”

Need a job?

If you are looking for work, there are a lot of great jobs going around. Make sure your resume is up-to-date.


House cleaner wanted: 2 to3 hrs/wk Duties: Please help us get our family home in order. We need someone to wash dishes, clean toilet and bathroom, vacuuming, sweeping and hanging up washing, and occasionally helping with tidying up the garden. Requirements: You need to have some prior experience as a paid cleaner.

Vacancies: 1 Location: Kelvin Grove Wages: $15/hr cash Contact Details: Email Angela on with details of your past cleaning experience and listing references.

Waitstaff required: Street address: Corner of Lamington & Welsby St, New Farm QLD 4065

Casual & Full time waitstaff required for The Hutch Bistro in New Farm. Flexible hours & great working conditions. Previous experience in hospitality & coffee making a must.

Call Noah on 3254 4426 for an interview.

The GV Work Shop

Responsible service of alcohol courses


It is a requirement that all staff working in venues that sell alcoholic beverages after 1am must undertake this course.

The course covers the following:

  • Identification of customers to whom service must/may be refused in accordance with state regulations
  • Minors
  • Acceptable proof of age identification
  • Standard drinks
  • Preparation & service of alcoholic beverages responsibly
  • Assisting customers to drink within appropriate limits
  • Recognizing signs of intoxication
  • Refusal of service
  • Assisting alcohol affected customers
  • Conflict resolution, requesting customers to leave
  • Recognizing & reporting of situations where assistance is required

College Australia $65 – student concession

Level 3, 333 Adelaide Street


Courses are run every week

QHA Queensland Hotels Association $60 – student concession

Level 3, 160 Edward Street $100 – full fee


Courses are run every week

Below is a list of places to search for bar jobs, including glassie. Some you can apply directly online.

Normanby Hotel

1 Musgrave Road, Red Hill

Telephone: 3831 3353, Fax: 3832 3157

Email:; Website:


8 Mc Lachlan Street, Fortitude Valley

Telephone: 3852 5000, Fax: 3852 1217


Fridays Riverside

123 Eagle Street, Brisbane

Telephone: 3852 5000, Fax: 3852 1217

Email:; Website:

For more information about RSA or other employment assistance, refer to the Employment Guide at Student Support.

Want to get ‘Out & About’?

Join the “Out & About” class starting on the 1st of December!


With the “Out & About” class, it is a different look at learning English from General English. After you learn a skill, you then get the chance to go out into the city and use those skills in certain environments, giving you more confidence in speaking English!

For more information, have a talk to Mariana.

Belly Dancing!

Patricia from the Business English class held a Belly Dancing class and demonstration as part of our afternoon extra-curricular program.

Patricia has been Belly Dancing for 8 years now and decided to share her skills with the other students. Thanks Patricia!

If you would like to see more of this lesson, look out for the activities video coming soon!

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