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?


  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!!

Job opportunity

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.


For further information regarding this opportunity, please contact Aegis Sandstrom on (08) 9271 5232. Click “APPLY” now to lodge an application and provide a copy of your CV.

Aegis Sandstrom
44 Whatley Crescent
Mount Lawley WA 6050
(08) 9271 5232

Innovation and Imagination in Caring see the website :

Meet our Hospitality student, Sandro!

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!

Are you looking for a job ?

Are you looking for a job? Please see below information and good luck.

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
– Chefs
– 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 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

Jobs available

Please see below jobs are available, good luck !!!

1. Housekeeping
Quest Apartment Hotels
Quest West Perth is seeking experienced Housekeepers to join its team on a casual basis, working 20 hours or more per week.

The position involves providing housekeeping and room attendant services for apartments and cleaning common areas to ensure the presentation of the property in accordance with the high standards of the Quest Brand.

Successful applicants will report to the Housekeeping Supervisor and be required to demonstrate:

can do, responsible, and flexible approach to work
excellent communication skills and a friendly customer service demeanour
keen eye for detail and excellent organisational skills
strong time management skills with the ability to meet targets
strong focus on workplace safety
working knowledge of OH&S standards
You must be able to work a minimum of 20 hours per week on day shifts including weekdays, weekends and public holidays.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contact.

Applicants must have the right to work in Australia. We look forward to receiving your application…!!

Applications by email only

2. Disability Support Workers NOR
At Home Health

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Disability Support Workers NOR
At Home Care is recruiting for a pool of candidates to fill upcoming roles for Disability Support Workers. Specialising in personalised, in-home care, our team members enjoy rewarding and meaningful working relationships with their clients, and with our supportive and friendly Care Coordinators.

We are particularly seeking support workers who are available for a variety of morning and afternoon shifts, in various suburbs north of the river.

At a minimum, you will have a valid drivers licence, and also be willing and able to obtain, the following:

National Police Clearance (within the last 6 months)
Senior First Aid and CPR Certificate
Manual Handling Certificate
Working with Children Check
You must be able to demonstrate experience in disability or aged care, including:

Experience in high care disability particularly with quadriplegic clients
Manual Handling
Personal Care
Bowel Care
Light domestic duties
Social support
Assisted daily living
We especially want to hear from you if you have supported clients with high physical care requirements including hoist transfers and bowel management.

IF THIS SOUNDS LIKE YOU, APPLY! Your application must include a brief cover letter so we can get to know you better, and of course you resume/CV, including one contactable professional referee.

We value a diverse workforce with different life experiences, skills and backgrounds including people with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from all cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

While we would love to contact each and every applicant, this is not always possible. We thank every applicant in advance for taking the time to apply.

3. Factory Hand
PGS Industries

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PGS Industries is a dynamic designer and manufacturer of high quality and innovative electrical switchboards and fabricated metal products.

We are offering an opportunity to an eager and committed young individual who would be interested in assembling the componentry of electrical switchboards.

The successful candidate will possess:

• An unrestricted drivers licence;
• Numeracy;
• Good communication skills; and
• A strong work ethic and commitment to quality and reliability.

Based at our head office in Wangara.

The successful candidate will be starting as casual, with the potential to be offered a full-time position.

Depending on age, skills and abilities, the pay range is from $18.50-$22 per hour.

Please send applications or questions to

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!

Join Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and win great prizes in Lexis

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is Cancer Council’s most popular fundraising event and the largest, in 2018, Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is celebrating 25 years.
Lexis will have Biggest morning on 24 May 2018 from 12am to 2pm, Please bring your food and join us, every cup of tea you serve helps Cancer Council to fund research, support services, prevention programs and advocacy. Our sales will begin at 12.15, hope to see you all.
We have two great prizes from Peter Pan travel for the winners. There will also be a prize for the best class.