Story Ė Level 3
(Level 2 and Level 3 stories are the same, but the exercises are different.)
I am a refugee from Somalia, from Mogadishu, the capital city, where I worked in the food markets. Since the war began in 1991, hundreds of thousands of Somalis have died or left their homes to escape the fighting. When I arrived in Australia three years ago, I stayed with a friend at first, but I needed to find a place of my own. I could speak English well but I couldnít read or write it at all. I didnít even know the alphabet! I was really worried about that . How could I study English when I couldnít read and write? How could I find a flat? How would I ever get a job in Australia?
But I didnít have to worry. In my first class at Footscray AMES, most of the students were just like me. In the first week of class our teacher took us on an excursion to the Migrant Resource Centre or MRC. A Somali interpreter explained the services of the MRC and made an appointment for me with an MRC worker who helped me to find a flat.
Learning English was so difficult at first, but slowly I began to read and understand. We had two hours a week in the computer room and we used some very good computer programs to learn the alphabet and spelling. Our teacher also organised a special writing group once a week in the ILC with a volunteer tutor. I also borrowed books and cassettes from the library so that I could work at home. After two terms and a lot of hard work, I was ready for a Certificate 3 class. While I was in this class, I did two weeks work experience in a restaurant as part of the Practical Placement Program. I really enjoyed it. Thatís when I decided that Iíd like to become a professional chef.
I am now studying for a Certificate in Commercial Cookery at William Angliss College. I have finished my 510 hours at AMES. My writing in English is still not perfect but I can manage most of my work. One day Iíll work in a restaurant again Ė or maybe even start my own!
Exercise 1 - Comprehension
Exercise 1 Answers
Why have so many people left Somalia since 1991?
Many people have left Somalia because of the war which began in 1991. They left to escape the fighting.
What was Abdi worried about when he first arrived in Australia?
Abdi was worried because he couldn't read or write English. He thought he wouldn't be able to study English or find a job and a place to live.
What did Abdi do outside the classroom to improve his reading and writing?
He used the programs in the computer room to learn the alphabet and spelling. He went to a writing group in the ILC, and he borrowed books and cassettes from the library so that he could work at home.
Abdi completed an AMES Practical Placement program. How did this program influence his plans for the future?
For his Practical Placement Program he did two weeks work experience in a restaurant. After that he decided that he'd like to become a professional chef, so he started a Certificate in Commercial Cookery at William Angliss College.
Your answers may not be the same. Ask your teacher to check them.
Exercise 2 - Linking words
Use the words on the right
to complete the sentences
Click and type one word in each space
Exercise 2 - Answers
Abdi couldnít read or write in English so he was worried about finding a job in Australia.
Abdi began a Certificate 3 class when he could read and write.
Abdi needed to find a flat, so he asked the Migrant Resource Centre to help him.
Because Abdi worked so hard, he was able to go to a Certificate 3 class.
Abdi could speak English well, but he couldnít read or write.
Abdi stayed in his first class until he could read and write.
Although Abdiís English is still not perfect, he can manage to do most things.
Abdi left Somalia because it was very dangerous.
When Abdi finishes his course at William Angliss College, he wants to work in a restaurant.
Abdi borrowed books and cassettes from the library so he could study at home.
Abdi studied at Footscray AMES until he had completed 510 hours.
Exercise 3 - Questions
Click in the box and type a question(Q) for each answer(A)
Q: Where is Abdi from?
A: Abdi is from Somalia.
Exercise 3 - Answers
Q: Why did Abdi leave Somalia?
A: Abdi left Somalia because of the war.
Q: What was Abdi worried about?
A: Abdi was worried about his English.
Q: Where did Abdiís teacher take the class?
A: Abdiís teacher took the class on an excursion to the MRC.
Q: How did he learn the alphabet and spelling?
A: He learnt the alphabet and spelling with the programs in the computer room.
Q: Where does Abdi want to work when he finishes his Certificate in Commercial Cookery?
A: Abdi wants to work in a restaurant when he finishes his Certificate in Commercial Cookery.