Student Spotlight – Valentina

It is that time of the week where we recognise student excellence and learn a little bit about the world outside of Australia. This week’s student spotlight focus is on Valentina from Mexico who is currently undergoing a General English course at Lexis – Sydney.


When she first arrived at Lexis in Manly, she was rather shy. Her sister introduced Valentina to the staff and students and she quietly sat in the back of the room taking notes while trying to understand what the teacher was rambling on about.

Now, four weeks later, you’ll see Valentina talking to every student in the school and helping the new students with complex grammar and vocabulary. She has improved in all areas of English learning, more importantly, she has gained confidence using the language in and outside of the classroom. Valentina is a prime example of how self-study and asking questions can greatly benefit your English studies.

I had the privilege of sitting down with Valentina to get to know her a little better and find out how she is enjoying her time at the school.


Can you tell me what you are enjoying most about your time at Lexis?

Well, I really like the teachers and the classes, but talking and learning about other countries with the students is really great.


Fantastic, and what would you say is the most difficult part about learning English?

For me, it is the vocabulary. There are so many different words to say the same thing. But, the teachers help us with this.


That’s good to hear. So what do you think of Australia? What is your favourite thing?

I love the beaches (when it doesn’t rain), and the people are really nice too. I am not a fan of TimTams though.


WHAT? You don’t like TimTams?

I don’t understand what is so great about them.


Well, what is your favourite food then?

I love tacos.


I do too. What about your favourite movie?

Definitely the Notebook.


I have no further questions.


We hope you have enjoyed getting to know Valentina a little better. At Lexis, one of the greatest parts is not just learning English in the classroom, but learning about other cultures and stories from your fellow students too.

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