Here is the activity calendar for January 2019. Don’t forget to sign up at reception 🙂
« How strange are the Australians! They stand on their heads and drive on the wrong side of the road!”
This is what I was thinking before meeting some of them on the St James trail, a famous 1500 km long pilgrimage between France and Spain.
While we were walking together, I realized that they were as strange as I supposed, but also enthusiastic, clever, good-humoured and incredibly kind. We became friends and I had the opportunity to be invited in Melbourne, in Tasmania, and also on the Great Barrier Reef… and after having fallen in love with Australians, I fell in love with Australia.
Nevertheless I was stuck at the level of English language I had reached when I graduated from high school in… 1968. No way of understanding what was a bloke, a snag or a bogain, or even know that “gdday! How’s’tgoin?” meant “good morning, how do you do?”
So I decided to go and celebrate my 68th birthday in Western Australia, at a famous language school: the Perth Lexis English School.
Afte my first day of course, I was just hesitating whether I would go back home or ask to go down in an easier course: my class mates could have been my children, or even my grandchildren, and everything was going too fast, with too much to learn and remember at the same time… but the teachers and the other students encouraged me to keep going, telling me that everyone had felt the same on the first week. Eventually I took the pace.
Soon, some of my classmates became friends. Mainly Japanese and South American students. Thanks to them I learnt about their country, customs and even their food.
Furthermore moreover Lexis is not only a language school: I took surfing lessons (that I spend almost completely immerged under the board), I did yoga, I bet at the Melbourne cup (not money, be reassured!), participated in Halloween disguised as a witch and in an unavoidable Australian activity: the barbecue.
During this three weeks course, time has been passing quickly, too quickly. My English improved much more than I could have hoped, thanks to Honour my beloved teacher. And when it was time to leave the school I was far away from the joy I usually felt in my childhood at the beginning of school holidays: the staff, the teachers and most of the students had become friends, and I was so sad to leave them!
Whatever, while I was coming back to France, I was already sure of one thing:
I’ll come back.
« Quels étranges personnages que les Australiens : ils marchent sur la tête et roulent du mauvais côté de la route ! »
C’est en tous cas ce que je pensais avant d’en rencontrer sur le chemin de Compostelle, un pèlerinage de 1500 kilomètres entre la France et l’Espagne.
En les fréquentant, j’ai réalisé que comme je le supposais ils étaient étranges, mais aussi enthousiastes, intelligents, pleins d’humour et incroyablement gentils.
Mes compagnons de marche Australiens sont vite devenus des amis et j’ai eu la chance d’être invitée à Melbourne, puis en Tasmanie et même sur la grande barrière de corail… et après être tombée amoureuse des Australiens, je suis tombée amoureuse de l’Australie.
Cependant ma pratique de l’Anglais était restée figée au niveau atteint le jour de mon bac, en…1968. Je ne parle même pas de comprendre ce qu’était un bloke, une snag ou un bogain, ou de savoir que « gdday, how’s’tgoin’ ? » voulait dire « good morning, how do you do ? »
Alors j’ai décidé d’aller fêter mes 68 ans en Australie Occidentale, dans une école de langues réputée : la Lexis de Perth.
Le premier jour, après une matinée de cours j’ai hésité entre rentrer chez moi et demander à descendre dans une classe inférieure : mes copains de classe auraient pu être mes enfants, voire mes petits-enfants et tout allait très vite, avec beaucoup trop de choses à apprendre en même temps… mais les professeurs et les anciens élèves m’ont encouragée, en me disant que la première semaine c’était toujours comme ça, et j’ai fini par prendre le rythme.
Je me suis vite fait des amis parmi les élèves, dont beaucoup de Japonais et de Sud-Américains qui m’ont fait connaître leur pays, leurs coutumes, et souvent leur cuisine.
Et puis Lexis n’est pas seulement une école de langues : J’ai pris les leçons de surf (que j’ai passées presque en totalité dans l’eau ou sous la planche), fait du yoga, parié à la Melbourne cup, participé à la fête de Halloween déguisée en sorcière et à une activité Australienne incontournable : le barbecue.
Les trois semaines de cours ont passé vite, beaucoup trop vite. J’ai progressé en Anglais bien plus que je n’aurais osé l’espérer, et au moment de quitter l’école j’étais bien loin de la joie ressentie au moment des vacances dans ma jeunesse : Le staff, les professeurs et beaucoup d’élèves étaient devenus des amis que j’ai eu beaucoup de peine à quitter.
Mais en retournant en France j’avais déjà une certitude :
Congratulations to Erilda Zazo who has successfully completed our Cert III Business course. She will back to Itlay on November, may come back for Dip of Business course in Lexis, we wish she has a safe trip and will see her soon. 🤩
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2. SUPPORT WORKER DOMESTIC CLEANER CASUAL
Support Worker Domestic Cleaner (Casual)
Monday – Friday 8.00am – 4.06pm
3 Aug 2018LocationPerthFremantle & Southern Suburbs
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We are looking for a motivated self starter who enjoys cleaning for our frail aged clients in the Melville, Cockburn, Rockingham and Fremantle areas,.
You must have;
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• Must hold a valid Drivers Licence & current Police Clearance.
• Preferable to hold Certificate III in Individual Support Aged Care or be prepared to undertake course at organization expense.
Apply by email with a covering letter outlining experience and CV, together with current Police Clearance to:
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Please go to the website to apply: https://www.seek.com.au/job/36875699?type=standard
Meet Ana Maria and her son Marcos who have been studying at Lexis Perth for 2 weeks. This is what Ana had to say.
Why did you decide to come to Perth/Lexis?
When we decided to come to Australia we thought about Sydney and the other big cities but we decided to come to Perth as it was a bit smaller and we had heard that Perth was very beautiful. Once we decided to come to Perth and Australia I contacted an agency in Spain who recommended Lexis.
You are living in a homestay, how have you enjoyed the experience?
It’s been very interesting to see how Australians live. We really wanted a unique experience rather than just being a “tourist”. The family are really nice and friendly and it has been fantastic to share experiences such as cooking and joking. I can say for both myself and Marcos we really feel like we are a part of the family.
You’re here with your son Marcos who has joined our TAP* program, is he enjoying it?
Oh yes, he really is. Marcos has always wanted to come to Australia but being only 13 we decided it was better to come together, however I am very careful not to spend time with him at school. One of the reasons he wanted to come to Australia was because of the animals. He thought that there would be animals everywhere!
(Unfortunately we don’t have Kangaroos jumping around our back gardens in the city!)
He loves the English classes, the other students and the activities. He is more worried about doing his homework here in Perth than in Spain! He is very happy with the other TAP students and Marcos is really enjoying the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and has also really enjoyed the experience of studying with older students.
What has been the best thing about Perth and Lexis?
The people that we have met in general. I like Scarborough a lot and I feel comfortable but the best thing has been the people.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about coming to Lexis Perth?
GO….just go to Perth and Lexis and don’t hesitate. If we could we would have stayed longer.
Ana Maria, we thoroughly enjoyed having you and Marcos as students here at Lexis. We wish you all the best in the future and thank you so much for your time answering these questions.
* TAP (Teenage Activity Program) open to teenagers aged between 12 and 17 years old. Lexis English Juniors can be assured of a high quality academic experience, within an industry-leading group of language schools located at Byron Bay, Noosa, Perth, and the Sunshine Coast. At Lexis English we welcome over 1000 junior students each year and with a cutting-edge curriculum, the security and comfort of full government accreditation and carefully selected homestay families; we can ensure a level of care and support that our junior students require, along with a genuine life-changing experience.
I have been at Lexis since October, 2017
I initially taught Elementary, now I am teaching Intermediate, both times in the Evening
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!
Brisbane, because one of my sons lives there.
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?
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.
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…..
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.
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.
I hope with fondness, and that we all learned a lot about each other, as well as a language!
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………