Fantastic Cambridge Exam Results at BBELS

We are very happy to tell you that our June Cambridge exam students got really great results. 100% of our Cambridge Advanced in English (CAE) students passed their exam, and 90% of our First Certificate in English (FCE) students passed their exam.

These are fantastic results and we hope that the students are pleased with their success. They worked very hard during their 12-week preparation course here at Byron Bay English Language School. Their teachers also worked hard, doing many hours of overtime to help the students succeed.

Here at BBELS our Cambridge students always receive excellent preparation in the CPE, CAE, ad FCE exams. Our teachers are extremely experienced and attend to each of the students’ academic needs to help them pass the exam.

Our next Cambridge preparation courses start on 4th September. If you would like more information about the course please email us at info@bbels.com.au or visit our website.

 

Student’s story: how to achieve a dream

In this week’s student story Sara from Spain talks about the steps she took to come to study here at Byron Bay English Language School. It is an inspirational story and we hope it motivates other people to pursue their dreams …

After working for ten years in the same office I decided to abandon my comfort zone and chase my dream: to live for 1 – 3 years abroad, as far as possible away from home.

This wasn’t an easy decision and most of the people I know wouldn’t dare try it. However, if you are reading this article, you have already gone half-way.

Follow these tips to achieve your dream, they are based on my own experience.

  1. Start by writing on a piece of paper what you would love to achieve and the steps you have to take. It’s very useful to make sure you know what you want. Don’t panic if you have doubts at the beginning.
  2. One classic mistake is to rush into things. Take your time to save money and organise your steps. Everything needs its own time, be careful not to make decisions in emotional circumstances.
  3. Tell everybody about your dream. Take every opportunity to talk about it with your friends and family. It is absolutely essential that you are not embarrassed  – you are doing something very brave. Always remember this: if you follow your dreams the universe will conspire. People that love you will help you to achieve it.
  4. Make as many contacts as you are able to. It’s better to have several telephone numbers in case of an emergency. The last thing you want is to be alone away from home.

Good luck and at least try it!

BBELS team in AFL 9’s tournament for the first time ever!

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The AFL 9’s tournament is held every year from the end of October until mid December and it takes place at the grounds of the Cavanbah Sports Centre in Byron Bay. AFL stands for Australian Football League, a game unique to Australia and also its most popular sport.

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This year Max, our activities manager, has formed a team of students from various countries: Loïs, Maxime and Loic (Switzerland French part); Kim, Nadja, Florian and Céline (Switzerland German part); Gianluca (Italy); Julia and David (the Netherlands); William (France) and Alex (Germany) as well as Reuben (our travel consultant) to compete against seven other local teams. Each team comprises of six male and three female players plus reserves. That is one of the reasons why Max, coach and player, liked the idea of entering the school in a mixed team competition. It is also a special and unique opportunity for our students to play a game only played in this country.

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All the team members are enjoying this whole experience and are starting to improve their skills as well as their teamwork. After losing their first game through lack of experience, they have won their next three to sit second on the ladder.

All the school looks forward to supporting them in their upcoming games and wishes them lots of luck!

Highest Rating for BBELS Cambridge Test Centre

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One of our Cambridge Advanced English classes on graduation day

In order to continue our role as a Cambridge Testing Centre we are visited each year by an inspector who checks that we are fully compliant with the rules and regulations issued by Cambridge. The inspector checks our administrative history and observes our team as we carry out the test throughout the day.

The Cambridge inspector visited our centre this week and we are very proud to say that we were awarded the Highest Rating for compliance as a testing centre. Part of the report stated:

Congratulations on your centre being awarded the highest rating. We would like to take this opportunity to compliment you and your colleagues on this successful outcome and the positive contribution you have made to our high standards.

Clear and consistent communication between invigilator, DoS/CEM / Senior staff ensured a smooth test administration.

We have shown in previous posts  the good results that our Cambridge students achieve. Now this evaluation by the latest inspection shows that we can be trusted to make the test day as reliable and smooth as possible for our students.

Byron Bay English Language School is a fantastic place to prepare for the Cambridge exams. The next Cambridge Exam Preparation Courses start on January 3rd 2017. If you are interested in obtaining any further information about our exam courses and start dates please contact us at info@bbels.com.au.

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 🙂

BBELS: Cambridge Results and student testimonials

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Results for our CPE students

The results from the March Cambridge exams have just been released and we are very proud of our students’ achievements. As you can see from the above graph our students did very well in the Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) exam. Congratulations to them and their hard-working teacher.

Below you can read some messages of gratitude written by the students to their CPE teacher:

Thank you very much for everything you did for me and our class. You were an amazing teacher and I am sure that you’re one of the main reasons why I passed the CPE. I remember doubting even trying to pass it, and now I nearly got a B-Grade! Thank you so much for believing in me. Just today, I sent in my application for uni and I’ve decided to become a secondary school teacher instead of teaching at a primaryschool. This gives me the opportunity to choose English as my main subject 🙂

And another:

I passed CPE ! With 214 points (B). Thank you for all your support. And for pushing me!

 

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Results for our CAE students

Results for our Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) students were also fantastic! Every student passed. Those 10-weeks of preparation with their teacher really helped our students reach their goals. Here are some more testimonials from our appreciative students:

I don’t know how but I got an A in writing and passed with 191. This wouldn’t have been possible without you! Big thanks to you again!

And one more:

I passed with 196! 🙂 I’m so glad about it, I think I’d have never passed with such a score without the help of your really good Cambridge course! Thank you so much for it 🙂

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Results for our FCE students

Finally a big congratulations to our Cambridge English: First (FCE) students. At the beginning of the 10-week course many students doubted they would pass the exam but with their determination and teacher’s guidance they achieved some great results.

These results show that Byron Bay English Language School is a great place to prepare for the Cambridge English exams. Our students get the chance to study with Cambridge teachers who have over 10 years experience in teaching English as a Second Language. One of the Cambridge teachers is a qualified Cambridge speaking examiner and so she can help our students considerably in this part of the exam.

Byron Bay is a beautiful town to live in and it is the perfect place to study. We hope to see you here for our next Cambridge Preparation Course start date on the 13th June.

BBELS: Classrooms in action

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Liese teaching her IELTS class

Each classroom in BBELS is designed to encourage students to communicate comfortably with the teacher and each other. Our classes have a maximum of 15 students and we always try to ensure that the class has a balance of gender and nationalities. The result is that we have dynamic classes filled with conversation, learning, and laughter.

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Jim teaching his Intermediate class

Our classrooms open onto a computer area where students can research topics covered in each lesson. Students can also walk from the classrooms to the balcony where they can continue self-study activities in a relaxed and quiet environment.

Each classroom is connected to the internet through the school’s WiFi network. We also provide televisions for video and computer-based presentations. Our students often tell us how much they love the unique vibe of the school building and that it helps to create a very easy-going atmosphere. Why don’t you come here to see it for yourself?