Karl’s Story - Level 2

It all started in 1995 in Germany. I was living in Berlin and studying Accounting at the university. One of my friends introduced me to an Australian girl called Kylie who was on holiday there – it was love at first sight! It was so hard for us when she returned to Australia a few weeks later, but we continued to phone and write to each other. Finally we realised that we wanted to spend our lives together – so here I am in Melbourne, a married man!

My first goal in Australia was to return to university. I had studied English at school in Germany for 6 years, but it was certainly not good enough to study at university here. And I wasn’t used to Aussie English either! So I enrolled at Springvale AMES in a Certificate 3 English class with other students who also wanted to return to study. Our teacher helped us to prepare by developing our study skills as well as our English.

She also encouraged us to use the Individual Learning Centre. I spent many extra hours in the ILC doing my homework. The teacher in the ILC showed me how I could use different resources – computer programs, cassettes and videos – to improve my English. I also learnt to touch type and to use a computer for word processing. Because I wanted to complete Certificate 3 as soon as possible, the ILC teacher suggested that I try the Learner Guides. Each Learner Guide has a list of exercises that you can do to practise for your competencies. When you are ready you can have a test for that competency in the ILC. They were really useful for me because I like to work by myself – I passed two of my competencies last term with the Learner Guides.

After two terms at AMES I have returned to study Accounting at a TAFE College. It’s not easy, but the support I received in my English class has given me the confidence to succeed. I haven’t yet completed my 510 hours, so I’m still studying English at Springvale AMES in an evening class twice a week.

 

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Exercise 1 - Comprehension

Choose the correct answer

Karl met Kylie in

Melbourne
Berlin

In Australia, Karl wanted

to work as an accountant
to go back to university

He learnt to use a computer for wordprocessing

in the ILC
in class

He used the Learner Guides to practise

Certificate 3 competencies
typing

Now Karl is studying

English at a TAFE college
Accounting at a TAFE college, and English with AMES

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Exercise 1 - Answers

Karl met Kylie in Berlin.

In Australia, Karl wanted to go back to university.

He learnt to use a computer for wordprocessing in the ILC.

He used the Learner Guides to practise Certificate 3 competencies.

Now Karl is studying Accounting at a TAFE college, and English with AMES.

 

 

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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

do

decide

fall

want

go

help

use

think

return

Karl came to Australia because he in love with an Australian girl. He to go back to university as soon as possible, but he that his English wasn’t good enough. So he to study English first at Springvale AMES. Karl’s teacher him to improve his English and study skills.Karl to the ILC every day. He his homework and videos and cassettes to improve his English. After two terms at AMES he to study Accounting at a TAFE college.

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Exercise 2 - Answers

Karl came to Australia because he fell in love with an Australian girl. He wanted to go back to university as soon as possible, but he thought that his English wasn’t good enough. So he decided to study English first at Springvale AMES. Karl’s teacher helped him to improve his English and study skills.

Karl went to the ILC every day. He did his homework and used videos and cassettes to improve his English. After two terms at AMES he returned to study Accounting at a TAFE college.

 

 

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Exercise 2