Monday, November 21, 2011

Australian History : Refugees

VPAM 549.4, VPAU 500.1, VPAU 496.3, VPAU 493.3, VPAU 498.1

The Vietnamese started to arrive in Australia after the Vietnam War (1975). Many came in boats on dangerous voyages. They ran away from a bad government and poverty from the war. They wanted a new life ...

Click here to read the full text and download a simple dictation

Here is the dictation ...

REFUGEES (British Council)

Here is a listening /reading exercise (difficult)about Refugees with text and task.



Can you mark the countries from the story about refugees?

1) Vietnam

2) Cambodia

3) Laos

4) China

5) Afghanistan

6) Iran

7) Iraq

8) Sri Lanka

Do you know any others ...

9) _________


Print out the map of Asia and the Middle East here


Listening: Life in a New Country

1) Watch the video

2) Print this comprehension sheet

3) Watch other young refugees talking about their new lives in the UK.

Edmund (Uganda)

Kamran (Iran)

Exercise 2: You be the teacher! Make a comprehension sheet about Edmund from Uganda or Kamran from Iran


African Refugees in Australia ... where we come from, who we are

Question: How many hours do the women spend collecting water?

Vocabulary: a well / collect / fetch / round trip

Understanding Graphs & Charts (Talking statistics)

Look at the following graphs about the Somali, Ethiopian and Sudanese communities in Australia.

Somali Community

Ethiopian Community

Sudanese Community

How many Somalis / Ethiopians / Sudanese were there in 1991 and 2006?

What was the rate of increase?

What would you say about the graphs?

Find out more about one of these communities on the museum victoria website.



Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Australian History: They're a Weird Mob


VPAM 549.4 / VPAU 494.3 / VPAU 500.3

This is a film from 1966 about an Italian migrant called Nino.

On his first day in Australia Nino goes to a pub in Sydney. He meets a friendly Aussie man.

What happens? What problems do the two men have? Why do you think this film is called, They're a Weird Mob.?

Note the Aussie slang words and phrases from the film you do not understand.

(Can you guess the meaning of any?) ...

What'll it be?

A schooner

A Midi

A bloke

(beer) puts a gut on ya

Whaddya (what do) you do for a crust?

Your turn to shout

Bloody oath!

Aussie Slang

Here is a useful list of Aussie slang words, phrases and expressions (Monash Uni)

Here is a much longer list of other Aussie Slang words and phrases (some very strange and not used very much)

(Information Text) Dictation - European Migration after World War 2

After World War 2 many migrants from Southern and Eastern Europe came to Australia looking for a new life. In 1945 the war ended and many countries such as Italy, Greece and Yugoslavia were poor ...

Click here for the Dictation Cloze exercise and full information text

Listen to the Dictation ...

Click here for a (practice) test / questions based on the Information Text, Migrants After World War 2


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

If I had a million dollars ...


What would you do if you had a million dollars?

Now play the game --- and download the mp3 --- at Genki

And what about these people?

Level 1 : Watch the video below, download this worksheet, tick how many times you hear the answers ... and then ask your class mates the big question!

Level 2: Make a list of what they would do if they won $10 million dollars?

1. (I'd) quit my job and travel



etc ...

Click here to read the transcript of the video to check your answers.


Level 2+ : Third Conditional (unreal conditional / regret or wish) : If I had ...

eg. If I had studied harder I would have passed

PAIR WORK: Print out this exercise and complete it with a friend (PDF)

Money, Money, Money

If I got me a wealthy man, I wouldn't have to work at all, I'd fool around and have a ball ...

Money, Money, Money - Lyrics (click here)