BBELS: activities in August

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Even in the middle of winter Byron Bay is the perfect place to enjoy outdoor and indoor activities. In this month’s activity program you can choose to do many free or discounted activities arranged by Max (our activities manager).

You can choose to do activities at the beach such as dolphin kayaking, volleyball, surf lessons, snorkelling. We have other options for those who want to stay inside such as shopping trips, yoga.

We always try to ensure that our students have a perfect balance of study and fun here at BBELS. If you have any questions about our activities please speak with Max at the activities desk.

 

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Interview with the students: Caden and Magdale

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Caden from South Korea and Magdale from Switzerland

In our ongoing series of student interviews Magdale interviewed Caden about why he came to Byron Bay and BBELS; things that he enjoyed doing here; things that he missed from home. We always love reading these interviews and we hope that you do too:

Today I spoke with Caden at the Byron Bay English Language School. Firstly,  I asked him how he had found out about BBELS. He told me that he had searched for English schools online and had found great comments from other students.

Before he came here Caden had started surfing in his country, Korea. He told me that here in Byron Bay there are better and easier waves so he prefers to surf here. Caden added that his best memory so far in Byon Bay is the time when he first stood up on his surfboard for a long time.

I asked him if he ever felt lonely here and he replied that he had never been alone because he arrived with his best friend Yongki.  Sometimes he misses his family because they are very important to him.

I wanted to know what was Caden’s favourite place in Byron Bay and he answered that he loved going to the Lighthouse.

Finally I asked him about his plans for the weekend and he replied that he was going to meet some friends and cook Spanish paella with them.

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100% pass-rate for FCE students

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A group photo with some of our FCE students on their first day at BBELS

Congratulations to all of our June FCE students. You all passed your exam. We are very happy for you!

Over a 12-week period the FCE students studied a mountain of grammar and vocabulary that was necessary to pass the exam. Their fabulous teacher Katherina said that they were one of the hardest-working groups she had ever taught so it is so good to see that all their time and effort resulted in each of the students passing the FCE exam.

BBELS is a great place to prepare for the Cambridge exams. Our teachers have years of experience and consistently achieve good results. Each day our Cambridge students study for 4.5 hours and then balance this hard work with a few hours of relaxation at the beach at the end of the day.

Our next Cambridge courses start on the 5th September. We hope to see you there then:)

 

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Good luck Cambridge students, welcome new students

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Graduation Day for our Cambridge preparation course class

It’s amazing to think that 10-weeks have passed since our latest group of students arrived to prepare for the Cambridge exams. We wish them luck in their exams and future careers and hope that they enjoy their trips around Australia.

The students left very positive feedback relating to the course and their teacher. One student said I am sad but happy at the same time but above all I am grateful to you guys and our wonderful Cambridge teacher. A thank you is not enough.

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BBELS continues to be busy. This week we had students arrive from South Korea, Taiwan, Germany, Spain, and Japan. It is a great time of year to study at BBELS – Byron Bay has less tourists than usual and the surfing conditions are great.

We hope to see you here soon:)

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Outdoor classes at BBELS

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Caroline’s Intermediate Class at Broken Head, South of Byron Bay

It is late Autumn here in Byron Bay but it is still warm enough to go outside wearing t-shirts and shorts. Yesterday afternoon Caroline’s Intermediate class enjoyed the sunshine by travelling 15 minutes south of Byron Bay to the Broken Head Nature Reserve.

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The class walked along the Three Sister’s walking track and learned about the Indigenous history of the area.

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The class was also lucky enough to see an echidna searching for ants to eat alongside the track.

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Autumn really is a beautiful time to visit the local area. The temperature is warm during the day, the beaches and streets are less crowded, and it is easy to sit outside and enjoy the great outdoors in comfort. Students always say they love studying here at this time of year. We hope to see you at BBELS soon!

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After exam excursions

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Our Upper-intermediate class at Brunswick Heads 

This week all of our General English students took their monthly exam. Exam weeks are usually filled with lots of revision to reinforce the grammar and vocabulary that has been taught throughout the month.

Students in the Upper-intermediate class were rewarded for their fantastic results by being taken on an excursion to the local sea-side village of Brunswick Heads.

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Brunswick Heads is only 20 minutes north of Byron Bay. It has a beautiful river where you can watch the sunrise and sunset and if you are lucky you can see dolphins and whales there. It’s a great place to surf and go fishing and of course, for our students, the perfect spot to unwind after a week of revision and testing.

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New Afternoon Class: Vocabulary through Drawing

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Our Vocabulary through Drawing students studying at Byron Bay’s Main Beach

At BBELS we like to explore new approaches to learning vocabulary. For this reason we have opened a new afternoon class called Vocabulary through Drawing. Here students get the chance to study English in a creative context where they learn new vocabulary to describe landscape, people, form, shades and textures.

Each lesson requires the students to learn new drawing techniques that develop their artistic skills. After each drawing session the students give a presentation of their work, in English of course, to the rest of the class.

The Vocabulary through Drawing class is a great way to develop your level of English. The class is taught by one of our favourite teachers, Andrew, who has a background in visual art. It is open to all full-time students from the Intermediate to Advanced classes. We hope to see you there!

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