Eleonora is from Italy and she has been studying at Lexis Byron Bay for 12 weeks. During that time Eleonora has been a smiley, kind and hard-working student and her English has improved significantly. I chatted to Eleonora about her experiences in Byron Bay…
Hi Eleonora! Where are you from?
I’m from Italy, near Genoa
Why did you come to Australia?
Firstly I wanted to go to South Africa but I wanted a small city. So I started to look at Australia and I chose Byron Bay because it’s a small place.
I was going to spend half my time in Byron Bay and half in Noosa, but then I decided I needed more time to understand Byron and I was lucky because I found a good share house here and also a job.
What is your favourite thing about Byron Bay?
The sunset is very amazing! There are many features that I like. It’s a good size for a short period of time, you can organise everything without losing time. I also like the possibility to surf – I try but I’ll still a beginner! Another feature of Byron Bay is that you can find many people of all ages.
Where do you work? Do you find it hard to balance studying and working?
I work in an Italian restaurant in town. No it’s not hard because it’s only for a short time.
What were your weaknesses with English when you first arrived in Australia?
There were many years I didn’t practice English. I did English in high school but I didn’t do it well, it was not taught in a good way. I wanted to review things like grammar and tenses. Sometimes I didn’t understand things and I couldn’t speak fluently.
Is your English improving?
Now I can speak with everyone at school, although sometimes speaking to Australians is still difficult. I try to listen a lot. School was very important as a complete review of grammatical rules. I definitely chose the right way to start my experience in Australia.
How is your class?
I did the Intensive Intermediate class and it was very useful and important to help me progress quickly. The school is very good. The teachers, particularly Kathleen, are very patient. There is a relaxed atmosphere which is good because I’ve already been to university and now I’m here for a holiday, not for a strict experience.
What would you say to someone who is considering studying at Lexis Byron Bay?
I can recommend it as a way to start your experience in Australia.
What are your plans after you finish studying at Lexis?
I have many many ideas! First I decided to go to northern Queensland, then I changed my mind to Broome but it’s too expensive to fly there and come back again. Now, I think I would like to buy a car and go in the direction of Cairns. Maybe I’ll look for farm work so I can extend my visa for another year. I think I need two years here to really learn English well.
Thanks for chatting with me Eleonora, you should be proud of your English achievements! Enjoy the rest of your time in Australia 🙂