Meet our wonderful teacher Anne!

Get to know our laughing yoga specialist English teacher Anne, who took time off her busy schedule to answer our probing questions…..

 

  1. How long have you been working at Lexis?

I have been at Lexis since October, 2017

  1. Which class do you teach?

I initially taught Elementary, now I am teaching Intermediate, both times in the Evening

  1. 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!

  1. If you had to pick another Lexis campus to work in, which one would you choose?

Brisbane, because one of my sons lives there.

  1. 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?

  1. 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.

  1. 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…..

  1. If you were to be given a superlative when you were in school, what would it have been?

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  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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!

  1. 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………

 

Thanks Anne!!

Congratulations to Michelle on completing her Certificate III in Business

Michelle came to collect her Certificate III in Business certificate today and we asked her a few questions….

  1. What was the best things about the course? The teacher, she was very helpful and tried her hardest to get me through the course. 
  2. What is next for you? I am heading back to Malaysia to my home town Kuala Lupur where I have a new job. I am going to be working in a talent production company where I will be working with film, photography, modelling and show casting. 
  3. Did the Certificate III help you get the job? Yes I believe it has been helpful in securing me the new job in K.L. I was planning on staying in Perth longer to do a Diploma course at Lexis but this opportunity has come up so I have decided to take it. 
  4. What was the best thing about Perth? Perth is a convenient city, as it is close to Asia and it has great beaches and the people are really friendly. 

Thanks Michelle for answering a few questions. We wish you all the best on your return home and hope that one day you will come and visit us again at Lexis Perth and share stories about your new job!

Michelle LTTC

Meet our wonderful teacher Sarah

Get to know our wonderful teacher Sarah who you will have seen during the day and also in the evening classes.

1. How long have you been working at Lexis? About a year
2. Which class do you teach? Evening Pre-Intermediate, Elementary and Upper intermediate
3. Have you taught English overseas? If yes, where? Yes, I taught in a high school in Bangkok, Thailand for a year in 2013. It was an incredible experience!
4. What’s your favourite learning tip? Always be reading a book! Reading is SO important! Ask me for book suggestions, I have tons.
5. If you had to pick another Lexis campus to work in, which one would you choose? I guess I’d choose Brisbane- because I imagine it’s the most similar to Perth.

6. What’s the best thing about living in Perth? Perth has the perfect balance of culture and nature. I can meet people from all over the world, head to the beach for a surf, go hiking in a regional park, or escape for the weekend to a campsite down south.
7. What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you while teaching? My young students in Thailand hijacked the speaker during a grammar lesson, played “Gangnam Style”, and started dancing on their chairs. True story.
8. What’s your favourite English word? Do I have to choose just one? I love the word “nostalgia”: a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time. Some other words in my top ten are: ambiguous, insightful, intriguing, indulgent, eloquent, dapper, cheeky, nasty, and creepy.
9. Which activity do you think students enjoy the most in your classes? Activities involving music are always popular. I try to choose great music that uses the week’s grammar… so students don’t even notice they’re learning.
10. What’s the most useless talent you have? I can tell you anything you want to know about the evolution of animals on the earth, as I studied evolutionary biology at university.
11. Would you rather fight one horse-sized duck, or 100 duck-sized horses? A horse-sized duck for sure, because ducks have one important weakness… bread.
12. What was the last gift you gave someone? Today I gave my students the “gift” of knowledge!
13. What’s the best thing about being a teacher? Being able to have fun while helping others expand their horizons. That, and meeting people from all over the world.
14. If you were to be given a superlative when you were in school, what would it have been? Most likely to do everything at the last minute but still get an A on the test.
15. What is the dumbest way you have been injured? Falling up the stairs.
16. Where will your next holiday be? Hopefully Venice, Italy to see my husband’s family.
17. What would your perfect party look like? A 1920s-themed vegetarian banquet at the home of Jay Gatsby, as played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2013 film adaptation. It would be attended by J.K. Rowling, Melissa McCarthy, Trevor Noah, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, the Obamas, Bernie Sanders, all of my family, friends and students. We would drink champagne and dance to instrumental swing and jazz.
18. What is your spirit animal? A lion, because they’re a bit funny and kind of cute, but they’re also fierce. And the females are in charge!
19. What song do you know all the lyrics to? Uptown Funk by Bruno Mars and Thrift Shop by Macklemore. Anything by Alanis Morisette.
20. How do you think students will remember you and your class? I hope they’ll remember having a good laugh everyday (except maybe Mondays), supporting each other and working together as a class. And how far they improved from their first day!

JOBS IN PERTH

LW12Bar / Kitchen / Restaurant Supervisor

About the business and the role

Australia’s leading cinema group, Event Cinemas, is searching for a dynamic personality to join our team at Event Cinemas Innaloo.  If you know you have an infectious personality, a great sense of style, and you love to have fun, we need to talk!

We are looking for talented people that have a passion for food and beverage to fill supervisory soles in our kitchen, Gold Class and bar’s. The successful candidates will need to have hospitality background and have experience with fast paced restaurants and bars.

Job tasks and responsibilities

The roles are ‘all hands on deck’ and it is a great opportunity for someone that is looking to progress their career in hospitality. In your scope will be the excellent guest experience, attention to detail and the ability to mentor and train staff.

Skills and experience

Kitchen Supervisor

  • Commercial Kitchen Experience (minimum 2 years or more)
  • Ability to perform in a fast paced kitchen
  • Capable of managing a small team
  • Team orientated but also able to work autonomously
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Understanding of stock management
  • Reliable, with a flexible attitude to hours, including weekends and on short notice
  • A food handler’s certificate is desirable
  • Excellent organisational skills around the kitchen

Gold Class Supervisor

  • Be passionate about delivering exceptional customer service
  • Ability to lead a productive team
  • Good understanding of food & wine
  • Previous Supervisory role in a restaurant with 2 years minimum experience
  • Reliable, with a flexible attitude to hours, including weekends and on short notice
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Understanding of stock management
  • Possess outstanding time management skills
  • Have an immaculate personal presentation
  • Awareness of wage cost control
  • Have a currant RSA

Bar Supervisor

  • Previous Supervisory role in a  bar with 2 years minimum experience
  • Sound cocktail knowledge
  • An extensive understanding of bar range products
  • Service focused background
  • Confident and outgoing personality
  • Understanding of stock management
  • Reliable, with a flexible attitude to hours, including weekends and on short notice
  • Strong time and management skills
  • Current RSA

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

A cover letter is essential to highlight the position you are applying for.

Job benefits and perks

Get in touch and tell us how you can bring your individual skills to Event Cinemas Innaloo. In return we’ll give you competitive hourly rates, fantastic benefits (like free movies!), and the chance to work with a team of people who love entertainment and entertaining as much as you do.

 

Commercial Cleaner

Skill Hire are seeking experienced and enthusiastic Commercial Cleaners to join our team at various communities across Perth Metro Region. The role will focus on ensuring the commercial contractual obligations are met and that resources (equipment/supply) are available for work.
As a Cleaner you will:
  • Perform day to day cleaning activities as per job scope.
  • Check communications book prior to each shift and action accordingly.
  • Support and work in collaboration with team members to complete tasks.
  • Ensure that there is a correct amount of resources on site in order to complete tasks.
  • Ensure that cleaner’s cupboard/storeroom is maintained and clean.
Key requirements:
  • Qualification relevant to commercial cleaning
  • Demonstrated experience and competency in using commercial cleaning equipment.
  • Ability to work unsupervised and use initiative.
  • A current criminal history check.
  • Ability to undergo pre-employment medical including a drug and alcohol screening.
  • Current WA Driver’s licence and access to reliable transport.
We love receiving your applications. If you meet the above criteria, we encourage you to submit your application by clicking the ‘Apply’ button. Due to the number of applications only successful applicants will be contacted.

First Day!

new studentHello and welcome to Lexis! We have 10 new students starting their course today. I hope you all have a good start and make a lot of friends. Good luck and enjoy!

Graduation

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Congratulations to all the students that graduated today! Hope you all had a great time with us. Some are going back to their countries and others are travelling to other parts of Australia. We wish everyone all the best and look forward to seeing you all again!

Boomerang Painting

Thank you to all the Lexis artists for joining boomerang painting on Wednesday! Everyone is so talented and it was so hard to pick the winner. Congratulations, Ana! Hope you have a great time at the Mustang with your friends tonight!

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