Kainoa, Hugo, Martin and Jean are all from the gorgeous Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. Today is their last day at Lexis Byron Bay. They have been studying here for the past three weeks in order to improve their English and (I think more importantly for them) their surfing.
I caught up with them at break time today to get their final thoughts on their trip.
Why did you choose Byron Bay for your study tour?
Martin: For the surf. The waves at The Pass are world-famous and we really wanted to have the experience of surfing there.
What was the best thing about studying English in Byron Bay?
Jean: The surf (again!!!). It was as good as we’d hoped. The food was great too, especially Bay Kebabs.
Has your English improved much since you arrived?
Hugo: My speaking has improved so much. When I first came, it was really difficult. Now it’s simple to speak with anyone. I know I still make mistakes but my confidence has improved so I just do it.
What helped your English the most?
Kainoa: Lessons of course, and the English Only Policy, but also our homestay family. They made us speak English together all the time and also always chatted to us and explained things in English.
And finally, what would you say to anyone who was thinking about studying English at Lexis Byron Bay?
Kainoa/Martin: It’s a great idea!
Thanks guys. It was great having you here. We hope you’ll come back again someday.