Hello, everyone, this is our July Calendar, please take a look and join us.
Get to know our laughing yoga specialist English teacher Anne, who took time off her busy schedule to answer our probing questions…..
- How long have you been working at Lexis?
I have been at Lexis since October, 2017
- Which class do you teach?
I initially taught Elementary, now I am teaching Intermediate, both times in the Evening
- What’s your favourite learning tip?
Don’t try to translate from your native language to English – it never works!! Especially with prepositions, which are always unique to each language – you will learn much faster and get better results if you just settle down and learn them as you go! And finally – don’t give up!! We all want to communicate, and if you persevere, people will eventually understand you!
- If you had to pick another Lexis campus to work in, which one would you choose?
Brisbane, because one of my sons lives there.
- What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you while teaching?
I will give an example from my other life, as a high school teacher. I was teaching at a school in one of the southern suburbs, and at the end of a class, where the students had been writing an essay, one of them didn’t want to work, so he jumped out of the window – not a problem, except that it was on the first floor!! My heart was pounding, but all the students were laughing, as they knew there was a patio roof outside, so he just landed on that and shimmied down the drain pipe! I can think of easier ways to get out of essay writing, can’t you?
- Which activity do you think students enjoy the most in your classes?
Conversations about topics they deal with in real life – which is why I try to make as much of my teaching related to real issues as I can.
- What’s the most useless talent you have?
Remembering odd bits of information – for example, did you know that Medea, from Greek mythology, cut up her brother and tossed bits of him out of the chariot so her father would stop chasing her lover Jason (from the story of the Golden Fleece) to pick them up? She really ended well, by killing her children when Jason deserted her for another woman…..
- If you were to be given a superlative when you were in school, what would it have been?
- Have you taught English overseas? If yes, where?
Yes, in Jordan in the Middle East. I initially taught English in a small technical University of Hospitality and Tourism, Ammon Applied University College, where I was the Head of the English Program, and taught a mixture of GE, and English for Special Purposes, Eng. for Business, Eng. for Hospitality and Eng. for Tourism. I then moved to a combined college/language centre, the al-Quds College, where I was a supervisor for 12 teachers, and also taught classes. This was my most interesting job, as I taught in a number of programs, including local college students who were in an international program linked with technical universities in Britain, and adult students in the evening at the language centre, from housewives looking for a hobby/ work opportunity, to high-powered executives who couldn’t function in modern business without high level English. I also taught occasionally in an intensive program for Iraqi Gas and Oil workers, as the political situation at that time (2013-2015) meant that no foreign teachers were prepared to go to Iraq. All these students came from Basrah in the far east of Iraq, at the end of the Euphrates River, which is such an exotic location, although their tales of fluctuating access to electricity combined with consistently high temperatures of 50°C didn’t sound like much fun!
When I left the college, I spent a year as the Curriculum Development writer for an NGO, Petra National Trust, which works towards improving knowledge and enhancing awareness about the World Heritage Listed Site of Petra – you will recognise this as the iconic site from the Indiana Jones’ film The Last Crusade. This was amazing, I learnt a lot, especially about the Bedouin, the tribes who still live a reasonably traditional life in parts of Jordan.
My last year in Jordan, I worked part-time at the British Council, teaching GE and some individual classes for private clients, and as the English Language Trainer at the Hyatt Hotel at the Dead Sea. This took me full circle back to my beginnings in Hospitality and Tourism, but with staff of a 5-star hotel rather than students. Working in a hotel is always a blast, as they let you use the facilities for free when there is space, and you get lots of discounts from your students in the various restaurants and bars……
I also had a private Syrian student, who had come as a business migrant when it became impossible to keep their soap and detergent factory operating in Damascus. He was doing a Masters in Pharmaceutical Chemistry in one of the British universities, but found it impossible to communicate in everyday life, even though he understood technical English well, and was doing well in his studies. He basically paid me to chat with him about topics of local interest, TV and movies, as well as cultural differences between the west and the east – as well as stuffing me with delicious Syrian pastries. The worst thing was the only time our schedules worked was at 7:30 in the morning, and like most Syrians, he liked to get up late. I had to call him 15:00 minutes before I left home to wake him up, and then again just before I arrived – but he was usually still in bed when I got there.
- Where will your next holiday be?
I am going back to my beloved Jordan to spend Christmas with my daughter Naomi, who is still refusing to come home. I will be there for 5 weeks, then flying home via Florence, where I am attending the International Conference on the History and Archaeology of Jordan, as I still edit articles for academics, particularly archaeologists, who work in Jordan, as well as the annual archaeological journal for the Department of Archaeology and Antiquities.
- How do you think students will remember you and your class?
I hope with fondness, and that we all learned a lot about each other, as well as a language!
- If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?
Enjoy every stage of your life, and live in the moment as much as you can. Too many people spend too much time either reminiscing about times past, or time to come, and miss the delights of the time they are in………
Kitchen Hand/ Assistant Cook – Aegis Sandstrom
Kitchen Hand/ Assistant Cook – Aegis Sandstrom
- Join a progressive and dynamic organisation
- Be part of WA’s largest provider in Residential Aged Care services
- First class care and services in a first class environment
About Aegis Aged Care
Providing quality care and services for 30 years, we are passionate at Aegis about using innovation and imagination to continually improve the care, quality of life and home environment of the people who live with us.
Located in Mt Lawley, Aegis Sandstrom caters for up to 48 residents within a high care setting.
About the role
An exciting opportunity has arisen to be a part of the team at Aegis Sandstrom on casual basis as a Kitchen Hand/Assistant Cook, with the possibility of leading to permanent part-time in the future.
Under supervision of the Chef Manager, you will:
- Assist in organising catering personnel in preparation and serving of meals.
- Maintain efficient management and delivery of food services.
- Ensure appropriate storage methods are used in accordance to relevant regulations and policies.
- Prepare sandwiches, salads and meals according to dietary plans and cyclic menus.
- Work alongside skilled and knowledgeable kitchen hand staff.
Skills and abilities
To be successful in this role you will:
- Have experience in food preparation and cooking for large numbers.
- Be able to communicate effectively to all levels and with diverse backgrounds.
- Have sound knowledge of Food Safe practices.
- Hold a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery or equivalent/higher.
Aegis Sandstrom offers a friendly and supportive working environment. You will work alongside skilled and knowledgeable colleagues. Comprehensive orientation is provided to all staff.
44 Whatley Crescent
Mount Lawley WA 6050
(08) 9271 5232
We spoke to Sandro about what it’s like studying for the Hospitality II Certificate here at Lexis and living in Perth!
1. How long have you been studying at Lexis? I started here six years ago studying English and now I’ve been studying hospitality since January.
2. Which country are you from? Switzerland
3. What’s your favourite learning tip? Avoid people who speak your language. I did that when I came here and when I met someone who came from my country I told them I spoke another language. The students figured out many months later!
4. What’s the best thing about living in Perth? The weather, the beach and people are very friendly here.
5. What’s the hospitality course like? It’s very interesting. I’ve learned many things there such as food contamination. I apply many things that I’ve learnt to real life. For example, I now know not the cut chicken and veggies on the same board!
6. What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you on the course? One time we were making juices and we accidently added too much ginger and the people liked it!
7. What’s your favourite English word? Cheers!!!!
8. Which activity do you enjoy the most in your hospitality class? Role plays where we get to be both the customer and staff.
9. If you had to pick another Lexis campus to study in, which one would you choose? Kobe in Japan.
10. What’s the most useless talent you have? I’m great at making paper planes.
11. Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses? 100 duck sized horses because they’re smaller! I know that when a duck bites it hurts! We have a lot of ducks in Switzerland.
12. What was the last gift you gave someone? A bottle of wine!
13. What’s the best thing about the hospitality course? The contact with people. Working at the Lexis café is great!
14. What do you miss the most about your home country? The food, of course!
15. If your best friend had to describe you in one word, what would it be? The best!
16. What is the dumbest way you have been injured? When I was a kid I was running in a furniture shop and I fell down and my head hit the pointy corner of a bed.
17. Where will your next holiday be? In Japan
18. What would your perfect party look like? On a boat, with a sunset
19. What is your spirit animal? I was born at the end of July, so of course, a lion!
20. What song do you know all the lyrics to? The complete lyrics? – no song.
21. If you could pass on any advice to a beginner hospitality student, what would it be? Don’t forget the ginger!
1. Chef & Kitchen Hand
Milano’s Restaurant & Pizzeria
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Milano’s Restaurant is opening end of June in Hawaiian Melville Shopping Centre located in Bicton.
We are seeking experienced, enthusiastic & talented people to join our team.
Currently we are seeking
– Bar Staff
– Wait Staff
The successful candidate will require the following experience and qualifications
– RSA (for bar staff)
– have excellent customer service skills
– must be a team player
– experience in a fast working environment
– knowledge of food safety procedures (chefs)
Milano’s is an equal opportunity employer.
To apply click on the application button or email Lawrence@milanosbicton.com.au for any further information.
2. Casual Kitchen Hand in Shenton Park
Casual Kitchen Hand in Shenton Park
A restaurant in Shenton Park is seeking a casual Kitchen Hand (up to 15 hours per week) to join our team.
To be considered for this role you should:
Be available at least 1 day at weekends
Have at least 6 months of experience as a Kitchen Hand
Have Australian work rights