Sunday, February 27, 2005

Bankstown AMES

The AMES at Bankstown is one of several government English language schools for newly-arrived, adult migrant who need English language training.

LOCATION: The Centre is located in Jacobs St., close to Bankstown Square and opposite Bankstown Council offices.

DESCRIPTION: It is a two-storey, brick and cement building. At the front of the building there are steps and a ramp. On the ground floor there is a reception area, about 7 classrooms, childcare, teacher’s staffroom and amenities. The first floor has a library, computer room, student’s room, counsellor’s room and five classrooms.

STAFF: There are many different staff in the Centre: experienced adult ESL teachers; trained; friendly; helpful; knowledgeable, reception staff.

STUDENTS: The students at the Centre have different language, education and cultural backgrounds. They have a range of English levels and needs which depends on their previous English study and current goals.

Monday, February 21, 2005


Why do people smoke when they know how bad it is for their health?

I think people smoke just because it is not easy to stop. Sometimes people don’t worry about their health or may be just don’t want to stop.

What makes people take up smoking in the first place?

They want to experiment or try smoking. They want to know how it feels and tastes. It may be just for fun and they might not continue smoking. Many famous people can be seen smokingin in the movies, TV and newspapers. Some people, especially young people, want to be like them. So they imitate their behaviour.
What do you think of tobacco companies making money out of the sale of cigarettes?

It’s bad for tobacco companies to make money out of something. Cigarette companies support tobacco farmers by buying their crops. If the farmers can’t sell their crops, they can’t make a living.
What do you think about governments collecting revenue from cigarette production?

Revenue helps governments to pay for many expenses in a modern economy, like pensions, health, jobs, education, pharmaceuticals, defense, etc. The government would lose a lot of money if they didn’t collect this.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Lillte Story

My name is Oxana. I’m from Russia. I’m 24 years old.
I came to Australia about 2 months ago, but I’ve been here 2 times. My first time was 5 years ago for 6 months and the second time was for about 7 months. Now is my third time in Australia. Before I lived a small town Ballina, now I’m living in Sydney, in Regents Park. I like Sydney more that Ballina, because it’s bigger and more busy. Now I study in English class , because I need to know English for my future job .