Jessie’s Story – Level 3
(Level 2 and Level 3 stories are the same, but the exercises are different.)
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.
Exercise 1 - Comprehension
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Exercise 1 - Answers
What was Jessie’s job in China, and where did she work?
Jessie was the Director of Nursing at a large hospital in Shanghai.
How did Jessie learn English in Australia?
She completed Certificate 3 at Preston AMES, then she began to study an English for Nurses course at RMIT.
Jessie needed to find out if her Chinese nursing qualifications would allow her to work in Australia. How did she do this?
First she spoke to the Educational Counsellor at Preston AMES, then she went to the Victorian Nursing Council who gave her information about English courses for overseas trained nurses.
What is Jessie doing now?
She is working part-time in a nursing home while she studies English for Nurses at RMIT.
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Exercise 2 - Linking words
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Exercise 2 - Answers
Exercise 3 - Questions
Exercise 3 - Answers
Q: Who arranged free childcare for Jessie’s son while she was studying English?
A: Preston AMES arranged free childcare for Jessie’s son while she was studying English.
Q: How did Jessie feel when she received her Certificate in Spoken and Written English?
A: Jessie felt very proud of herself when she received her Certificate in Spoken and Written English.
Q: When will Jessie be able to work as a nurse in Australia?
A: Jessie will be able to work as a nurse in Australia when she has her nursing qualifications recognised.
Q: Why did Jessie go to the Victorian Nursing Council?
A: Jessie went to the Victorian Nursing Council because she wanted to find out about English courses for overseas trained nurses.