Silvanaís Story - Level 2

Iíll never forget the day when my husband and I left our country to come to Australia! Australia seemed such a distant and unknown place, with a different language and a different culture. I come from Vukovar, in Croatia. It was such a beautiful city before the war Ė I lived close to my family and had lots of friends. I knew I would miss them very much. Learning English would be difficult too, especially as I was already five months pregnant and would soon have a small child to look after.

We arrived in Melbourne in September 1998. I enrolled immediately in a beginnerís English course at St Albans AMES. I learned such a lot of English in the first ten weeks. I finished that course just three weeks before the birth of my daughter, Maya. I wanted to continue my English classes but I didnít think I could do that and look after my baby at the same time.

Then my teacher told me about the Volunteer Tutor Program. Helen, a volunteer tutor comes to my house twice a week to help me with my English. Helen is wonderful! She not only helps me to practise English, but much more. From Helen I also learn about life in Australia, and about the services in my local area. She introduced me to the nurse at my local Infant Welfare Centre, and I joined a group of other mothers with young babies. We have been meeting once a week at the centre for six months now, and we often go out together for coffee or for a swim at the pool with our babies. Being a part of this group has been great for improving my English and making friends in my neighbourhood.

Helen still comes to my house to help me with my English. We have become good friends. Next month I am going to return to my English class at St Albans AMES.

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Exercise 2

 

 

 

Exercise 1 - Comprehension.

Click True or False

 

True
False
Silvana came to Australia with her husband and baby.

She was five months pregnant when she arrived in Australia.

Her first class was a beginnerís class.

Her daughter, Maya, was born while she was studying at St Albans AMES.

She didnít know how she could continue to learn English with a baby to look after.

She heard about the Volunteer Tutor Program from her teacher.

The volunteer tutor, Helen, works at the Infant Welfare Centre.

Helen comes to Silvanaís house to help her with English.

Helen took Silvana to the Infant Welfare Centre to meet the nurse.

Silvana goes to a weekly motherís group at the Infant Welfare Centre.

The mothers in the group study English with Helen.

They go out together with their babies.

Now Silvana is studying English at St Albans AMES.

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Exercise 1 Answers

 

True

False

Silvana came to Australia with her husband and baby.

 

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She was five months pregnant when she arrived in Australia.

£

 

Her first class was a beginnerís class.

£

 

Her daughter, Maya, was born while she was studying at St Albans AMES.

 

£

She didnít know how she could continue to learn English with a baby to look after.

£

 

She heard about the Volunteer Tutor Program from her teacher.

£

 

The volunteer tutor, Helen, works at the Infant Welfare Centre.

 

£

Helen comes to Silvanaís house to help her with English.

£

 

Helen took Silvana to the Infant Welfare Centre to meet the nurse.

£

 

Silvana goes to a weekly motherís group at the Infant Welfare Centre.

£

 

The mothers in the group study English with Helen.

 

£

They go out together with their babies.

£

 

Now Silvana is studying English at St Albans AMES.

 

£

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Exercise 2 - Completing the sentences

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

When Silvana arrived in Australia,

In Croatia

She did a ten week beginners course

She thought that it would be difficult

The volunteer tutor comes to Silvanaís house

She has joined a motherís group

Next term she is going back

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Exercise 2 - Answers

When Silvana arrived in Australia, she was five months pregnant.

In Croatia she had a lot of friends.

She did a ten week beginners course at St Albans AMES.

She thought that it would be difficult to learn English when she had her baby.

The volunteer tutor comes to Silvanaís house twice a week.

She has joined a motherís group at the Infant Welfare Centre.

Next term she is going back to St Albans AMES.

 

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Exercise 1
Exercise 2