Learn English at the friendly school next to Manly Beach, Sydney
By keeping our classes small (average 12, max 15 students per class), we are able to offer a high level of personalised English tuition and English lessons, allowing you to learn English in Australia quickly and easily.
We look forward to meeting each one of you individually, sharing with you our extensive knowledge of Australia, and making sure that you have the best possible experience of learning English in Australia.
Sam Milton and Mick Edwards (Directors)
How to improve your English
Date: 13/Jun/2013How do I improve my English? Students ask this all the time. It seems hard at first but there are lots of little things you can do to make it easier. Try to read something small every day –a newspaper or a magazine article, there are plenty online. Find an article about something you’re interested in or read about something you’ve already read about in your language. This will make the vocabulary easier to understand. Don’t worry about understanding every word; it&
Date: 5/Jun/2013Needing a break from studying so hard, we decided to take a day off and go to Taronga Zoo! So we, the CAE class and our teachers Dave and Pauline (and her son Luiz), jumped on the bus to enjoy a perfectly beautiful and sunny day at the zoo. Wandering around, we came across heaps of animals, such as elephants, kangaroos, crocodiles, gibbons etc. What really caught our attention, were the big cats (tiger, lion and snow leopard) of which we were able to take some great pictures. However, perh
Date: 30/May/2013Visitors to Sydney are especially lucky this week as Vivid takes over the city, lighting up the Opera House, the Rocks, the Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay with an amazing array of multi-coloured lights and projected images. Happening just once a year, the festival transforms Sydney after dark into a magical wonderland. Everyone has their favourite projections. When we went opinion was divided whether the Opera House changing from a pin ball machine into a gecko was more impressive that
Date: 29/May/2013Originally from Scotland, I arrived in Australia in 2001 and never left! I’ve been at the Sydney English Academy for 6 years and have been teaching for over 20. Although I like all aspects of teaching, I do especially enjoy exam classes for CAE, IELTS, etc. It’s so rewarding for me to students go on to use their English in both further education and at work. Outside of school I’m a busy mum, trying to keep up with my very active, energetic and fun children, two b
Date: 17/May/2013Coming from the centre of the universe (Manchester, England), there are a few advantages that have come naturally to me. One - I'm a proud supporter of twenty-time Premier League champions Manchester United and grew up only five minutes from the legendary Old Trafford. Two - a handful of musical prodigies came from the north of England, such as; The Beatles, Oasis and The Stone Roses (amongst others), inspiring me to play both drums and guitar in bands and resulting in me
Date: 7/May/2013Australia has hundreds of things to do on a beautiful sunny day, but learning to surf has got to be at the top of most people’s list, especially if you're living in Manly. Australians grow up on the beach - for them it’s as easy as riding a bike. But for newcomers it can be a bit scary, especially if you’ve never tried it before. All you need are some lessons. Instructors will teach you how to get started and before you know it you’ll be catching you
Date: 7/May/2013I’m from the States, but I’m a beach girl at heart. I tried surfing, but I’m terrible at it! I still love being in the water, though – that’s where you’ll find me on a sunny day. Don’t ask me about where to go in the city – I hardly ever leave Manly! When I do it’s to go to Uni, where I’m getting my PhD in Cultural Studies. In my free time, I’m usually singing with my band. We’re not famous yet, but who knows? In the meant
Date: 2/May/2013Dan is one of our wonderful teachers here at SEA. What Dan says about himself: "I love living on the coast. My cycle to work takes me past four different beaches and I make the most of it! From surfing to snorkelling to swimming, I
North Head Bush Walk
Date: 1/May/2013This week we went to North Head as it’s such a beautiful walk full of native flora and fauna and has some of the best views in Manly. We started at Shelly beach and walked all the way up to Sydney lookout to see the city from a higher perspective, and what a view! Definitely well worth the effort! After that, we walked along the Fairfax track, the perfect place for whale spotting as it looks out over the ocean toward the cliffs. All the students had a wonderful tim
Sea Eagles vs Rabbitohs
Date: 29/Apr/2013Friday was a great day for the students but not for the Manly Sea Eagles. Twenty of us went to Brookvale Oval to watch rugby live. It was a battle between second and third place and because of this that the stadium was nearly sold out. Most students had never seen rugby league before but the atmosphere was electric and with teacher Dave doing his best to explain some of the rules, everyone had a great time and got some real Aussie culture. The game was a close affair and both teams were
Date: 24/Apr/2013Tomorrow is Anzac Day, the day when Australia remembers all the Australians who have died in wars. It is a public holiday in Australia and our students will be joining in the spirit of the day in many ways. Some will be attending the Dawn Service of Remembrance at Manly War Memorial on the Corso with their host families. Others, who can’t quite make it out of bed for the 4:30am Service will be going to the Commemoration Service at 11am instead. After paying their respects, many of o
Date: 7/Apr/2013It’s that time of year again to look out for whales and dolphins. I had my first sighting of dolphins as I walked to work along Manly Beach this morning – what a way to start the day! Southern Right whales and humpbacks can often be seen on their migration especially in the months of April and May, so keep your eyes peeled!
SEA - Your Home from Home
Date: 26/Mar/2013For some of our students this is their first trip overseas. They have never travelled nor met people of a different culture. Usually at the beginning of their course they are a little wary. Maybe they think that people from another country must be very different from them. But in a very short period of time they begin to understand that we are all very similar, wherever we come from, whatever our culture, background, age, religion or sexuality. We all want love an
Why Learn English?
Date: 26/Mar/2013Did you know that linguists are already talking about multiple ‘Englishes’ rather than one English language? There are so many reasons to learn English (to get that job, to get the food you want, to get talking to that pretty girl / that good-looking guy who probably won’t speak your language but might just speak English…). Now there are so many reasons to get familiar with all those Englishes. You can’t expect all English speakers to speak &lsq
Manly's the Best!
Date: 21/Mar/2013Why is Manly the best place to study English? This is what our students said when we asked them: It was very easy for me to find my first job in Manly. SEA staff gave me lots of help with my CV. Then another student who was working in a café asked his boss if he needed a kitchen-hand and he was so impressed with my CV that he gave me the job! SEA is a friendly school and Manly is a friendly village – everyone helps each other. If you are hard-wor
From the Heart
Date: 21/Mar/2013Hi! I’m Sam and I own and run the Sydney English Academy with my husband Mick. We started the school back in 2001 after many years of working in big English language schools. We wanted to give students an experience they would never forget. We wanted to make them feel that they could still be at home on the other side of this big wide world. And I think we’ve succeeded. The SEA is an amazing place to be. As a student or a teacher or a homes
Date: 21/Mar/2013We are so proud of our latest CAE (Cambridge Advanced English) exam results. More than half of our students achieved a B pass or above with the results as follows:CAE Pass at A grade: 1 student, at B grade: 4 students and at C grade: 4 students. Our results are proof of our excellent teachers’ skills in motivation and our students’ hard work. Congratulations to all our CAE and FCE students and best of luck to the members of our latest FCE and CAE classes who have
The Little Things
Date: 20/Mar/2013The Little Things (the little things at SEA that made my experience so beautiful, as quoted by some of our ex-students): A cup of tea and a chat in the morning with my lovely homestay mum Michelle at SEA saying "Hi" to me (and remembering every student’s name!) each morning Walking to school from my homestay along beautiful Manly Beach, the sand between my toes Hanging out with my friends and classmates, sharing food & chatting easily in English (typical lunch-
Have a great Trip!
Date: 18/Mar/2013With their Cambridge exams out of the way, many of SEA’s students are just about to set off on their long-awaited trip around Australia. Please let us know about your experiences and adventures and any tips or warnings that we can pass on to other students. We’d also love to hear about the highlights of your trip (places or experiences or good places to stay and things to do). Don’t forget to keep practising your English, keep safe and have a great time!&nbs