How can you learn English at an Australian library? A number of libraries in Australia offer English classes for local residents. Let’s meet students learning English in Western Sydney, at Blacktown Library, and learn some helpful tips from their teachers.
Blacktown is 35 kilometres west of Sydney’s CBD and has a population of over 340 000. It’s also a culturally diverse community: over a third of the population is born overseas and/or speaks a language other than English.
The Max Webber Library is the largest library in the area and offers free English classes four times a week. Students from countries including Malta, Vietnam and Afghanistan attend the post-beginner English classes.
A number of students, have lived in Australia for decades – with little understanding of English. However, a change in life circumstances has meant that they have new motivations to improve their English skills.
Tu Muoi Hau first came to Australia from Vietnam 31 years ago.
Having worked as a ward assistant in a hospital, Tu Muoi retired seven years ago and her adult sons moved out of her home. She used to rely on her sons to help her translate. Learning English, later on in her life, has given her a new sense of independence:
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