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Cooks’ Cottage – Brick by Brick

April 16, 2018 by in category Uncategorized

Cooks’ Cottage is a beautiful building set in the picturesque Fitzroy Gardens to commemorate the voyages of Captain James Cook, discoverer of Australia.   The Great Ayton family cottage is the only concrete historical link we have with Captain Cook’s origins and gives visitors an idea of life in the 1700’s. In 1933, the last […]

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10 Health Benefits of Yoga

April 5, 2018 by in category Uncategorized

Helps you focus – Studies have found that regular yoga practice improves coordination, reaction time, memory, and even IQ scores.   Strengthens your muscles – Strong muscles do more than look good. They also protect us from conditions like arthritis and back pain, and help prevent falls in elderly people.   Betters your balance – Regularly […]

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The Amazing Advantages of Art

March 26, 2018 by in category ELICOS, Life in Melbourne, Stress, Study in Melbourne, Uncategorized

Painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, crafts, design, photography – there are so many types of visual arts to explore and try! By practicing art, you can not only have fun and get creative, but it can also help you process emotions and feelings that you are struggling with. It is this idea of self-exploration that can often lead […]

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For Readers: The Melbourne Writers Festival

August 30, 2016 by in category General English, Life in Melbourne, Study in Australia, Study in Melbourne tagged as , , , , , , ,

By Joseph DeMarini My students often ask me, “How can I improve my writing?” It’s a great question, and also one that has an unsatisfying answer; without an editor or native English speaker, it can be difficult for even high-level ESL students to self-correct and edit their writing with absolute accuracy. Unlike with speaking, a [...]

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American Slang: An Introduction

August 19, 2016 by in category ELICOS, General English, Learning English, Study English tagged as , , , , ,

By Joseph DeMarini All languages have slang, but English may have one of the most diverse vocabularies of any in the world, simply because it is spoken in so many countries—from Cockney rhyming slang in the UK to the outback of Australia, there are often words only understood by speakers who grow up around these [...]

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Melbourne’s Booming Dance Scene

August 18, 2016 by in category Life in Melbourne, Study in Australia, Study in Melbourne tagged as , , , ,

By Joseph DeMarini London. Berlin. Ibiza. These are the cities typically associated with advancing dance music around the world, but for some inexplicable reason Melbourne is often overlooked. With a few tightly knit groups of DJs and promoters, every weekend in Melbourne has something fun on offer in a variety of interesting clubs or bars—often [...]

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Poké-mania in Melbourne

August 10, 2016 by in category Stress, Study in Melbourne, Time Off tagged as , , , , , ,

By Joseph DeMarini It’s been just over a month since Pokémon GO exploded onto the scene (and, subsequently, everybody’s phones), and with little guidance from the release company Niantic, people are finally starting to figure out the best places to catch their favourite monsters and the best ways to play the game. In Melbourne, a [...]

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Technology, the Classroom & You

August 5, 2016 by in category English is Fun, Games, General English, Technology tagged as , , , , ,

By Joseph DeMarini Smart phones have impacted every aspect of our lives—from social networking and instant communication, to the augmented reality of Pokémon GO. Here at Explore English, we’ve fully embraced the 21st century and like to upset the old order of “no phones in class” by telling our students to switch on their phones [...]

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Australian Cinema & MIFF

August 4, 2016 by in category Life in Melbourne, Study in Australia, Study in Melbourne, Time Off tagged as , , , , , ,

By Joseph DeMarini It’s the first week of August, and the annual Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is in full swing around the city. Established in 1952, it’s the largest screen festival in Australia and one of the oldest festivals in the world. Though the festival showcases films from around the world, there are a [...]

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After Explore: VET Courses at MCIE

August 2, 2016 by in category Career Tips, Pathways, Study in Australia, Study in Melbourne tagged as , , , , ,

By Joseph DeMarini So you’ve succeeded at Explore English: completed our most advanced courses and gotten the PTE or IELTS score of your dreams. Well, what’s next? If you want to stay in Melbourne, you’ll need to extend your student visa or find work. Without some proper qualifications and training, however, you may find it [...]

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