Silvanaís Story Ė Level 3

(Level 2 and Level 3 stories are the same, but the exercises are different.)

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 1 - Comprehension

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Why did Silvana think it would be difficult for her to learn English?

What happened after Silvanaís first class at St Albans AMES?

How did Helen help Silvana?

What are her plans for the future?

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Exercise 1 - Answers

Why did Silvana think it would be difficult for her to learn English?

She thought it would be difficult because she was pregnant and would soon have a small baby to look after.

What happened after Silvanaís first class at St Albans AMES?

Her daughter was born three weeks after the end of her first class. Silvana started to learn English with a Volunteer tutor.

How did Helen help Silvana?

Helen helped her to practise English and she also helped her to learn about life in Australia and the services in her local area. She also introduced her to the nurse at the Infant Welfare Centre.

What are her plans for the future?

Next term she is going back to her class at St Albans AMES.

Your answers may not be the same. Ask your teacher to check them.

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Exercise 2 - Linking words

Use the words on the right to complete the sentences
Click and type one word in each space

Silvana knew it would be difficult to learn English she would soon have a small child.

she had a small baby, she still wanted to continue learning English.

When she arrived in Australia she couldnít speak any

English, she enrolled in a beginnerís class.

.her daughter was born, Silvana started to learn English with the Volunteer Tutor program.

She wanted to continue her English class, she had a baby to look after.

Helen will help Silvana she goes back to class at St. Albans AMES.
Silvana joined the motherís group she could make friends and practise her English.

 

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although

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Exercise 2 - Answers

Silvana knew it would be difficult to learn English because she would soon have a small child.

Although she had a small baby, she still wanted to continue learning English.

When she arrived in Australia she couldnít speak any English, so she enrolled in a beginnerís class.

After her daughter was born, Silvana started to learn English with the Volunteer Tutor program.

She wanted to continue her English class, but she had a baby to look after.

Helen will help Silvana until she goes back to class at St. Albans AMES.

Silvana joined the motherís group so she could make friends and practise her English.

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Exercise 3 - Questions

Click in the box and type a question(Q) for each answer(A)

Example :

 

Q: Where is Silvana from?

A: Silvana is from Croatia.

Q:When

A: Silvana and her husband arrived in Australia in September 1998.

Q:Who

A: The teacher told Silvana about the Volunteer Tutor Program.

Q:Where

A: She learns English with Helen at home.

Q:What

A: Silvana goes out with the motherís group for coffee or a swim at the pool.

Q:Where

A: Next term she will study English at St Albans AMES.

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Exercise 3 - Answers

Q: When did Silvana and her husband arrive in Australia?

A: Silvana and her husband arrived in Australia in September 1998.

Q: Who told Silvana about the Volunteer Tutor Program?

A: The teacher told Silvana about the Volunteer Tutor Program.

Q: Where does she learn English with Helen?

A: She learns English with Helen at home.

Q: What does she do with the motherís group?

A: Silvana goes out with the motherís group for coffee or a swim at the pool.

Q: Where will she study English next term?

A: Next term she will study English at St Albans AMES.

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Exercise 2
Exercise 3