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Gold Coast IELTS Exam Preparation student gets 7.5

Gold Coast IELTS Exam Preparation

Gold Coast IELTS Exam Preparation

Gold Coast IELTS Exam Preparation student gets 7.5.

Congratulations to our Gold Coast IELTS Exam Preparation student Marcelo. Here’s what he had to say:

“First of all, I would like to thank all the staff of BROWNS, especially Lee Martin, who was my only teacher during my journey to achieve the IELTS score I needed for my master’s degree.

I really appreciate all the effort, teaching and coaching I was given, which lead me to get a score higher than I needed in just 8 weeks.

When I joined BROWNS, I hadn’t had English lessons for more than 15 years and wasn’t prepared to get a 6.5 overall score, with a minimum of 6.0 in each section. However, with IELTS Preparation methodology I received at BROWNS, I was able to learn the strategies for the exam and build my confidence, which resulted in a 7.5 overall score.

Lee is one of the best teachers I’ve ever met, able to transform the stressful environment of IELTS class into a more relaxing and focused place, driving every student to increase their skills in all areas.

Once again, thank you BROWNS and Lee for everything!”

Marcelo from Brazil.


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Busking in Australia

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Busking in Australia 

Researched and written by Daniel Simone Da Silva Serra (BROWNS Student – IGE Advanced class)

Busking is an old tradition done by musician and artists around the world.

It is the act of performing on the streets to spread your own art and music, normally it comes with some form of reward like money, food or gifts. Any form of street performance that is entertaining can be call busking, such as acrobatics, dance, singing, magic, juggling, mime, living statue, sword swallowing, painting and much more. There have been performances in public places in every major culture in the world, dating back to the old days and for many musicians, street performance was the most common means of employment before the advent of recording and any kind of media.

Many famous artists and singers first started busking and then started to get noticed and signed with major music recording labels like Janis Joplin, B.B King, Rod Steward, Ed Sheeran and John Butler.

Here in Australia, this activity is very common, especially in big cities like Sydney, Melbourne and Gold Coast. You can spot any kind of act on the streets and be amazed or find really funny. But in some places, you need permission to perform on the streets. You need to fill a busking application form that you can find in this link:

After the application, an audition will be requested to show the key elements of your act and can only last 3 minutes. Auditions will be held at Surfers Paradise Alliance offices. Buskers can only perform in the designated spots, which will be advised of when you receive your permit. Each designated spot is suited to a different style of busking, depending on size requirements. Buskers can occupy a site for one hour at a time. Once you have a busking permit, you only have to audition once a year or when your act is changed or modified.

It’s not permitted to sell CDs or any kind of merchandise, you only can put something in front of your act, for people “donate” or contribute in any way that they want or find fair. Sadly the busking permission is not free, the cost is around $87 dollars for 3 months and $31 dollars for 1 month only. You can also ask for a one year permit but it will cost $31 dollars per month. The busking applications are from September to November, December to February, March to May and June to August. The permission is only for some designated spots, not for the whole city. The most common spots are Surfers Paradise on Cavil Avenue and Principal Avenue, Southport most in the Nerang Street and the Asian surrounds, Burleigh Heads and Broadbeach.

In my experience as a busker, it’s a really fun and rewarding experience, where you can meet a lot of new people and spread your art and music through the city. It’s really good extra money for the weekend of even to pay some bills and have fun. One of the main reasons that I’m writing this article is to divulgated this kind of performance and incentivise people to be generous and spare some change or more money to this artists, because it means a lot to them. Your attention and generosity, it may not seem much but really helps raise and motivate the art and the artist.

So the next time you see somebody busking remember these words and contribute a little of your time or money.

Activities around and near Gold Coast

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Written by students for students.

Gold Coast:

Gold coast has some beautiful waterfalls, that should be visited by every tourist that come near by here. Some of them are parties of national parks of Australia as the Springbrook waterfall, that it is located inside of the national park.

Also the Heart Waterfall (Killarney Glen) it is a very well-known waterfall, where you can jump inside of this big water heart. And last but not less, Currumbin waterfall, where you can slide into a big hole, falling from a little waterfall, and enjoy a beautiful view of the forest.

One of the things that everybody does there it is watch the sunset from the Main Beach.

Byron Bay:

A good option to enjoy your time around Gold Coast it is Byron Bay, where you can find some beautiful land scapes. One of the most well-known sightseeing of there it is the lighthouse, where you
can find an amazing view. Fun Fact: Cape Byron is the easternmost point of the mainland of Australia.

Skydiving is also possible there and very exciting for every adventure. BROWNS students get a great discounted price at  Skydive Australia. See our activities officer for details.


This page researched and written by Nilson Tvares Filho (Intensive General English – Advanced Class)

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BROWNS Elevate Brisbane – RSPCA visit



Yesterday 30 High School Preparation students spent 30 minutes learning more about the great work the RSPCA does in the community. Presenter Michael Beatty informed the students using PowerPoint and videos and real life examples of how animals are taken in, cared for and rehomed in Brisbane. Several students approached Michael at the end to learn more about volunteering. This is a great example of how BROWNS taps into the community to educate its students on becoming responsible citizens of the future.

Find out more about our  Elevate program.

Junior Program – Gold Coast (week 2)



Junior Program – Gold Coast Campus (week 2)


Monday we welcomed a few new Junior Program students to BROWNS.

In morning classes, we learned about:

– Online resources to use to improve  English – We spent time in the computer lab doing online listening practice using songs & conversations

– Movie Genres & the language used to talk about films

– Animals & their body parts & coverings – We also did some reading practice about mammals & marsupials

– Shopping Vocabulary & phrases – we also made a SHOPPING board game to practice writing rules & instructions in English & then played a card game called SHOP – in English

– Aussie slang & colloquial language with a focus on listening & speaking


The afternoons were action packed:

Monday we went on the AQUA DUCK an amphibious vehicle in Surfers Paradise

Tuesday we went to the CINEMA to see a movie called – Middle School: The worst years of my Life

Wednesday we had WILD RANGERS bring some Aussie animals to school. We got the chance to touch & hold them & took heaps of photos.

Thursday we went to HARBOUR TOWN for some outlet shopping. Everyone got back on the bus with lots more bags & a lot less money

Friday we had a BBQ in the park & wrote goodbye messages for new friends on their last day.


Student stories:

Henri (New Calendonia): I think BROWNS is one of the best English schools because I already studied before in New Zealand. Compared to New Zealand, BROWNS Australia has better atmosphere, location and our teachers are very happy and cool here. Because the teacher is cool, we want to learn and we can feel that the teacher want us to learn.

Marcela (Brazil): My experience at BROWNS was very good because I can meet different people. I like Gold Coast because I can see more locals and do more activities every afternoon. I really liked Movie World and our first day activity when we went to the beach and Q1 (Surfers Paradise).

Jason (Korea): I like the BROWNS Junior Program especially the outdoor activities. During our English lessons I learnt a lot of new words.

Laureen (New Caledonia): I hope to come back to Australia!



Interested in studying English in Australia?

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