Abdiís Story Ė Level 1
I was born in Somalia. I worked in the food markets in the capital city, Mogadishu. In 1991, the war began in Somalia. Thousands of Somalis died. I am a refugee. I left my country three years ago. When I arrived in Australia I stayed with a friend, but I needed to find a flat. I could speak English, but I couldnít read or write. I didnít even know the alphabet! I was very worried.
In my first class at Footscray AMES, many of the students couldnít read or write English . In the first week of our class the teacher took us to the Migrant Resource Centre or MRC. A Somali interpreter explained the services of the MRC. The MRC helped me to find a flat. In this class we did a lot of reading and writing. Every week we had two hours in the computer room. We used the computer programs to learn the alphabet and spelling. I went to a special writing group in the ILC for two hours a week. I borrowed a book and cassette from the library every week. I worked very hard. After six months my writing was much better. I started a Certificate 3 class. While I was in this class, I did two weeks work experience in a restaurant. I really enjoyed that.
Now I am studying for a Certificate in Commercial Cookery at The William Angliss College. This course is for people who want to work in hotels or restaurants. My writing in English is not perfect, but itís much better. One day I want to work in a restaurant again Ė or maybe open my own restaurant!
There is one exercise for this story
Exercise 1 - Comprehension
Exercise 1 - Answers
Abdi is from Somalia. He came to Australia three years ago. When he arrived in Australia he could speak English but he couldnít read or write.
In his class, the teacher helped the students with reading and writing. Abdi learnt the alphabet and spelling in the computer room. He was in a special writing group. Abdi worked very hard. Now his writing is much better.
Abdi is studying at William Angliss College. When he finishes the course he wants to work in a restaurant.