Jessie’s Story – Level 2

I always tell people that my first six months in Australia were the most difficult. It was so hard to start again! I had an interesting and responsible job in China – I was the Director of Nursing in a large hospital in Shanghai before my husband and I, and our two year old son, came to Australia three and a half years ago. I wanted to return to my profession as soon as I could.

My English was quite good – I had studied it at school in China – so I began at Preston AMES in a Certificate 3 class. I attended class every day and the centre arranged free childcare for my son while I was studying. After three terms I received my Certificate in Spoken and Written English. We had a special presentation ceremony and I felt so proud of myself that day.

I wasn’t sure if my nursing qualifications from China would allow me to work in Australia. While I was studying at Preston AMES I spoke to the Educational Counsellor who gave me information about the process of recognition of nursing qualifications in Australia. After speaking to her, I went to the Victorian Nursing Council and was given advice on English courses for overseas trained nurses. The AMES counsellor also told me that I could apply for part-time work as a personal carer in a nursing home.

So that’s what I did. I enjoy my work at the nursing home. I work the night shift twice a week, which gives me time to study an English for Nurses course at RMIT.

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Exercise 1 - Comprehension

Click True or False

 

True

False

Jessie has been in Australia for six months.

Jessie has nursing qualifications from China.

Jessie already spoke some English when she arrived in Australia.

She finished Certificate 3 at Preston AMES.

She wanted to know if she could work as a nurse in Australia.

Jessie spoke to the Victorian Nursing Council about English courses for overseas trained nurses.

Jessie is studying an English for Nurses course at the Victorian Nursing Council.

The Educational Counsellor from Preston AMES told her that she could work as a personal carer in a nursing home.

Jessie now has a full-time job in a nursing home.

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Exercise 2
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Exercise 1 - Answers

 

True

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Jessie has been in Australia for six months.

 

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Jessie has nursing qualifications from China.

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Jessie already spoke some English when she arrived in Australia.

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She finished Certificate 3 at Preston AMES.

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She wanted to know if she could work as a nurse in Australia.

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Jessie spoke to the Victorian Nursing Council about English courses for overseas trained nurses.

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Jessie is studying an English for Nurses course at the Victorian Nursing Council.

 

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The Educational Counsellor from Preston AMES told her that she could work as a personal carer in a nursing home.

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Jessie now has a full-time job in a nursing home.

 

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Exercise 2 - Completing the sentences

Click on the arrow and choose the correct ending for each sentence

In China, Jessie worked

She wanted to work

Jessie’s son went to childcare

She wasn’t sure if

At the Victorian Nursing Council

She studies English for Nurses

Jessie is working as a personal carer

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Exercise 2 - Answers

In China, Jessie worked in a large hospital in Shanghai.

She wanted to work as a nurse in Australia.

Jessie’s son went to childcare while she was studying English at Preston AMES.

She wasn’t sure if she could work as a nurse in Australia.

At the Victorian Nursing Council she got information about English courses for overseas nurses.

She studies English for Nurses at RMIT.

Jessie is working as a personal carer in a nursing home.

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Jessie's story
Exercise 1
Exercise 2