Some more study tips on how to improve your English (Part 2)

Hi Guys,

I hope you found the previous tips on Speaking and Listening useful and have put them to good use.

This is part two where I’ll concentrate on Reading and Writing.

Reading:                                                                                                          As with listening, it’s a good idea to find the answers to: ‘who, ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘where’, ‘how’ and ‘why’. Take notes.

Skim the text to get the main idea before you read it slower the second time for specific information.

Look for signal words that may show contrasting ideas or explanations and pay attention to pronouns as they often refer to the subject of the text.

When reading the newspaper or magazine articles look at the headlines and photos to try and guess what the article will be about. Use any prior knowledge you may already know about the topic, it will certainly make things easier for you.

Don’t worry about the words you don’t understand, try to guess so that you don’t stop reading every so often. Break the word down and see if it is derived from another. Look at its function; is it a verb, a noun, an adverb or an adjective? Finally, look up the words you don’t know when you have finished reading and see if you were correct.  It’s a great way to learn vocabulary and it will build your confidence.

 Most importantly find something that interests you to read, it’s the best way to keep reading. It doesn’t have to be educational; it could be based on a hobby or general interest.

Writing:                                                                                                     Make sure you use what you have learned in class. Write letters and post cards to your friends and family (even if you don’t send them). Keep a learning journal or even a travel journey in English.  Write ‘to do’ lists, text and email your friends in English. Keep in touch with the friends you make at GV by sending emails and leaving comments on our blog. Fill in questionnaires and forms, there are so many different ways to improve your writing.

That’s about it, unless you would like to add some of your own tips, please feel free to post a comment. As I said, it’s a good way to practise your writing.

Remember, it’s not the end of the world if you make a mistake, so keep trying and use English as much as possible!

Patty Thomas                                                                                                                       Academic Manager                                                                                                                         GV Sunshine Coast .

GV Perth Welcomes its First Tour Group

GV Perth has just finished hosting its first ever Tour Group from Thailand. The group consisted of a number of energetic and enthusiastic 10-year-old students who had the opportunity to improve their English as well as experience some of the beaches and sites that Perth has to offer. Students also had the chance to live with some very kind and hospitable Australian families over the week and get a glimpse into Australian home life.

There were trips to the beach…

Encounters with the locals…

Cycling by the beach…


And many more adventures…. 🙂

~Come back soon!!~

Wednesday Students & Backpacker Night at O.P’s

For those students who enjoy getting out and about in Perth Wednesday night is Backpacker Night for a number of venues around town. Essentially this means discounts and cheaper food/drinks. O.P’s Tavern in Osborne Park ( has kindly offered to drive students from school to the pub on a Wednesday night with a bus service. For those interested please see Felicity at Front Desk. Every Wednesday O.P’s offers a free sausage sizzle between 6pm and 7pm as well as the use of pool tables for free.

Meet Cool Christian – Perth’s Newest Educator

Hanging out on Mt Fuji

Meet Christian, the new intermediate teacher at GV Perth. Christian worked at the school back when it was Sunset Coast International English School and has returned after travelling through Japan and teaching English. Prior to working as an English teacher Christian was a personal trainer and is still rather fond of exercise and fitness. He also enjoys studying Japanese language. Christian really loves teaching and interacting with  different students. If he was not a teacher he would be working with international students at some level. Christian  is happy to be living in Perth enjoying the easy lifestyle and the big breakfasts at Dome Cafe. Welcome Christian!!!

~Jobs Jobs Jobs~


Bar Attendant – Rubix

Looking for a role that will help build your beverage knowledge and skills? Want a role that allows you to work as part of a busy team, but also provides you with some autonomy?  If this sounds like the job you are after, come join the F&B team at Ibis Perth as our Rubix Bar & Cafe Attendant!
Hotel Ibis is a three and a half star hotel in the heart of Perth with a reputation for providing a quality product and outstanding service. Ibis has 192 rooms, Restaurant, Bar and extensive conference facilities.
Based in the funky and relaxed Rubix Bar & Cafe, the ideal candidate for this role is a person with prior experience working in a busy beverage service environment and has a good working knowledge of beer, wine, spirits and cocktail making.
Prerequisites for this role:
  • Outstanding customer service skills
  • Available to work flexible shifts including evenings and weekends
  • Ability to work in a team as well as the maturity to work alone whilst juggling several things at once
  • Work well under pressure during busy periods and proactive during quieter periods
  • Familiar with Micros and cash up procedures
  • Outgoing personality with the confidence to up sell
  • Very high level of personal presentation
  • Ability to carry out physical manual handling tasks
Your responsibilities will include, but not limited to:
  • Maintaining high level of service
  • Maximise revenue by up selling items
  • Take orders from guests and enter into Micros
  • Deliver food and beverage
  • Clear and reset tables
A responsible service of alcohol certificate is essential, as is a positive attitude and good communication skills.
Email: Please click the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

There are a number of benefits of joining the Accor Group including:

  • It’s all about you
  • Regular training
  • Competitive salary packages
  • A motivated team
  • All the advantages of a l

Wait and Floor Staff

New late night bar
Mount Lawley
Now Open
Thurs – Sun
An exciting opportunity for experienced Wait and Floor Staff to be part of a new late night bar opening in Mt Lawley for the 25 plus market.
Set in plush and opulent surroundings and offering a light supper menu, Malt is a unique venue to Perth.
Applicants must be passionate and able to work in a fast paced environment.
  • Experience preferred in a similar role
  • RSA Certificate
  • Ability to work nights and weekends essential
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent communication skills
In turn, the successful applicants will be rewarded with the opportunity to be part of a great team.
Excellent remuneration for the right applicants.
Applications close 15th May, 2011.
Applicants apply in writing with resume to:



A casual / elegant dining restaurant situated on the modern shopping strip of Scarborough Beach Rd, next to Leederville.
Day or Night Shifts Available.
This role reports to the Restaurant Manager & will involve:
– Ensuring the guests experience meets Azure standards.
– Being able to work in a happy / positive manner.
– Possibly overseeing other staff.
– Setting up or closing down the restaurant.
– Working in a fast paced environment, with a positive attitude.
– Able to work day or evening shifts.
– Able to follow, remember and act on procedures trained by the restaurant manager.
At least 1 year cafe or restaurant waiting experience.
The opportunity exists for this position to develop into a second in charge of the restaurant and will depend solely on the applicant’s energy, positive attitude, level of guest care and ability.

Salary Range:
$20/hr – 25/hr – Depending on experience and ability.

This is an exciting restaurant that is something different to the norm. We are seeking staff who wish to further their careers and work within a positive, motivated, young and well experienced team.


Cook/Chef Casual

La Latina Providores, an exciting new Spanish tapas cafe located at the Subiaco Markets, is looking for an inspired cook/chef to create traditional tapas and Spanish fare Friday to Sunday (including serving Spanish small goods from our small delicatessen) and occasional after-hours catering.
La Latina Providores pride themselves on delivering an authentic and fun cultural experience in the form of delicious and traditional Spanish tapas, paellas, breakfasts and delicatessen items, therefore a proactive, positive and professional attitude is a must for this potential candidate.
This vibrant cook/chef will be expected to:
  • Prepare and cook traditional Spanish breakfasts, tapas, paellas (initial guidance delivered);
  • Provide customer service (including the delicatessen area) and operate the till;
  • Work unsupervised;
  • Be flexible to work occasional after-hours catering events.
La Latina Providores is working to expand its business, therefore there is future scope for the potential candidate to take on more hours if so wished.
Remuneration will be negotiated based on skills and experience.
For further information on La Latina Providores and our menu, visit
Please email your CV and a succinct reply to the above points to

Waitstaff / Barista

Hiring up til the 20th April.
We hope you like salt air as you will be working right on the ocean. The Wild Fig (Waterman’s Bay), The Naked Fig (Swanbourne) and The Pickled Fig (South Fremantle); you will part of a sensational team.
If you consider yourself to be Funky, Passionate, Excellent at what you do and have a flair for the dramatic – then we want to hear from you NOW.
  • We are seeking people with experience and a high level of skill.
  • You must be available to work weekends
  • Available a minimum of 3 shifts per week
Let me know which position and which cafe you are interested in.
**PLEASE NOTE: Applications that do not specify the position and location wanted will not be considered**

Labourers Wanted!

We have a number of clients that require candidates to complete one day and short term ad-hock work.
This will suit anyone who wants to support themselves during study, or are wanting to top up their income with extra work
Hours of work: Usually Monday to Friday, from 6am onwards.
We want you if:
  • Have a White/ Blue card
  • You are physically fit to complete manual labour
  • Have a current driving licence and own motor transport
  • Willing to work at short notice
  • Have own Steel Cap Boots
  • Have the right to work in Australia
If you meet all this criteria then please apply to:

Surfs Up!!

Yesterday GV Perth students had a great time learning to surf at Scarborough Beach. The surf may have been a bit challenging but there were a few natural talents in the water who successfully stood up on their b0ards. Surf lessons are just one of the fantastic activities ran by GV Perth. Isn’t it wonderful studying next to one of the most famous beaches in Australia!

GV Perth Life – A Trip to Margaret River

One of the fantastic parts of studying in Perth is the opportunity to see other parts of Western Australia. This weekend past a number of students from GV Perth travelled south to Margaret River (once their homework and study was finished, of course:p).  They had the opportunity to watch the Surfing Pro with such surfing stars at Taj Burrow and Kelly Slater as well as see some of the beautiful Australian landscape. The beaches in Western Australia are some of the most beautiful in the world and it is great that GV students have the opportunity to see them. Some students even got to see their first kangaroo in the wild!

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Conversation Club Gets Off to a Great Start!

It was great to start the Conversation Club!!

12 GV students participated in it.

Our conversation which was based on the topic of friendship, was interesting, energetic and lively.

During the hour, laughing happened continuously.

It was a great success.

But we still need more talkative people.

If you want to learn about how people from think, join the Conversation Club.

So it would be great to see you next Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm in room No. 1.

the next topic is “traditional and national holidays.”

Please come and enjoy talking with us.

by Peter.

Rooms Available

Odin Road, Innaloo

(421 bus to Scarborough)

4 Vacancies

Double – $120 p/w

Triple – $100 p/w

Contact Penny or Paul:0423240098

1/11 Wilton Place Scarborough

(15 min walk to GV or 421 bus)

2 Single beds (1 male student or 2 female students)

$150 p/w

Contact David:0410048682

Corner of Scarborough Beach Road and Westborough Street

(10 minute walk to GV or 400 bus)

Many rooms available

Double – $250 p/w

Single – $150 p/w

Free Wireless Internet

Bedding provided

Contact Alina: 0405287697

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