Hariz’s Story – Level 2

When I came to Australia five years ago I never believed I would be able to study and work in my occupation here. It seemed an impossible dream. I had just begun studying a course in Drafting in Bosnia. I’d like to tell you about how I learnt English and returned to study in Australia.

My first step was a Certificate 2 English course at Dandenong AMES. I learnt quickly and after only one term I had finished Certificate 2 and started Certificate 3 in a Further Study class – that is, English for people who want to start or return to study in Australia . This course was just what I needed. I learnt the kind of English necessary to survive at university – we developed our reading and listening skills, gave oral presentations and practised writing essays and reports. We spent three hours every week in the computer room, learning to use the computer for word processing. We also wrote our resumes and job application letters on the computer to prepare us for the Practical Placement Program. In this program you go out for work experience for two weeks. I worked in an architect’s office in the city. It was a great experience! I was so worried that my English wouldn’t be good enough, but the people were very encouraging and I would recommend it to anyone.

During this course I saw the AMES Educational Counsellor who gave me a lot of information about university and TAFE courses. After discussion with the Counsellor, I decided I would do a Diploma in Building Design and Construction when I finished studying at AMES.

I have finished my 510 hours at AMES. Now I am studying for my Diploma at a TAFE college and so far everything is going OK. I think I’m half way to my "impossible dream". But I still have to get that job!

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Exercise 1 - Comprehension

Choose the correct answer

In Bosnia, Hariz was

a student
a draftsman

A Further Study class prepares students for

going to work
going to university or college

The Educational Counsellor gave Hariz information about

writing resumes and job applications
future study

Hariz did his Practical Placement at

Dandenong AMES
an architect’s office

Now Hariz is studying

Certificate 3 at AMES
a Diploma in Building Design and Construction

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Exercise 1 - Answers

In Bosnia, Hariz was a student.

A Further Study class prepares students for going to university or college.

The Educational Counsellor gave Hariz information about future study.

Hariz did his Practical Placement at an architect’s office.

Now Hariz is studying a Diploma in Building Design and Construction.

 

 

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Exercise 2 - Past tense verbs

Use the verbs in the box to complete the story
Click in each space and type the verb in the past tense

work

give

continue

begin

come

study

speak

prepare

write

Hariz to Australia five years ago. In Bosnia, he Drafting. He Certificate 2 at Dandenong AMES, then he in a Certificate 3 Further Study Class. In this class, the students essays and reports and they oral presentations. In class and in the computer room, they for the Practical Placement Program. Hariz in an architect’s office for two weeks. He also to the AMES Educational Counsellor about university and TAFE courses.

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Exercise 2 - Answers

Hariz came to Australia five years ago. In Bosnia, he studied Drafting. He began Certificate 2 at Dandenong AMES, then he continued in a Certificate 3 Further Study Class. In this class, the students wrote essays and reports and they gave oral presentations. In class and in the computer room, they prepared for the Practical Placement Program. Hariz worked in an architect’s office for two weeks. He also spoke to the AMES Educational Counsellor about university and TAFE courses.

 

 

 

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Hariz's story
Exercise 1
Exercise 2