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Canberra Good Neighbour (Newspaper) - March 1, 1969, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory To Commonwealth Home savings Grant scheme Villu notto Oyoung to Star saving for Home to qualify for a Home savings Grant of up to $500, you must have saved in Australia for three years or More. Even before you become engaged take the first step to qualify for a Grant. Opena Home savings account with a Bank or save with a building or housing society. Metall the facts free Post this Coupon Commonwealth department of housing . Box 690, Canberra City a.c.t., 2601. Please Send me a free copy of the Booklet a Grant for your name i address. Age. Or you May obtain booklets from any Bank building or housing society Post office or from the regional office of the Commonwealth dept. Of housing in your capital City. Crash course in English aids czechoslovak an unusual Experiment in migrant education has just ended at the University of new South Wales in Sydney. Thirty czechoslovak refugees aged from 19 to 30, who had started University courses in their Homeland undertook an intensive course of instruction in English to allow them to continue their tertiary education in Australia. Most of the students had arrived in Australia following the political upheaval in Czechoslovakia last november. They wanted desperately to continue studies in their new country but most could speak Little More than one or two words of English. The students plight was brought to Light by miss Jessica Milner the graduates representative on the Senate of the University of new South Wales. Would it be possible she asked to give these intelligent new arrivals in Australia a " crash course in English so that they could continue their studies in the 1969 University year there were Many seemingly insoluble problems. Who would pay for the course where could facilities be provided How could the refugees most of whom were penniless give up jobs they had taken to undertake study and the big question How could anyone obtain a proper grasp of the difficult English language in the six weeks that remained before University courses got under Way the answer to the last question was provided by the officer i charge of the language teaching Section of the department of education and science or Neile Osman. If six weeks is All the time available he said Well do our Best. The rest of the Story is one of co operation Between the departments of immigration and education and science and the University of new South Wales and determination by the students. The intensive teaching course continued Over six weeks in january and february from 9 . To 6 . In the classrooms and the University s modern language Laboratory. Study continued during meal times at nights and at weekends. The students covered the equivalent of 40 Normal Speed learn English classes in the first week. At the end of the course More than 80 per cent were sufficiently proficient to continue their University careers. One student summed up the feelings of his contemporaries at the language course. We Are All so grateful he said. I think we were sure we would be nothing More than labourers or something like that in this country. So Many people have helped us so much. Now we must repay that help the student said his words of thanks in almost perfect English. Six weeks earlier his Only English was yes and no. Part of the precision teaching Drill that went on thy after Day 9 . Till 6 . For six weeks. The department of education and science provided three instructors for the course. One of the youngest of the students Robert Brodecky 19, was sufficiently versed in English to ask for the meals he wanted after the first week. The age Range of the students is from 19 to 30 far left Vladimir Sima "26, formerly from Brno listens to the play Back of an audio tape in the University s language Laboratory. Left miss Jessica Milner. It urn her idea which snowballed into the plan for the crash course. Miss Milner is the graduates representative on the Senate of the University of new South Wales. Above the students did not ge.1 out of doors much during the six weeks but they made the most of the Sunshine during their Short periods of relaxation. Twenty one men and nine Young women attended the course. Migrants play a leading role in the festival of Perth the lights of the annual festival of Perth Are fading after five weeks of music drama dancing poetry and Art. More than 200,000 people have been to 70 different presentations As Well As several fringe exhibitions during the festival Perth s seventeenth. The driving Force behind the festival has been polish born John Birman who As executive director is one of Many migrants taking part. Without a wide Cross Section of people and that includes migrants we would not have a successful festival he says. For instance the festival s music committee consists of australians a new Sealander an austrian a German and an englishman. The other six committees that select items for the festival Are also composed of people of similarly mixed backgrounds and cultures. Art exhibitions alone have covered of pop Art and gadgetry depicting the space age a Swiss poster display from Zurich miniatures from Britain s Royal society of miniature painters and 2,000 examples of Book covers from France. A former dutch couple David and Rie Heymans from the Hague have been showing melanesian Art in the festival s most unusual Art gallery a disused fire station which they have converted in the Perth suburb of Lee Derville. An International fiesta during the closing stages of the festival featured the Folk Art of migrants former countries. National groups from All Over Western Australia took part. The executive director of the festival of Perth or John Birman. Above. One of the outdoor attractions in the music Shell of Perth s supreme court gardens. Right. A matinee performance of the Ballet Nikia. One of the principal dancers is Spanish born Luis Moreno front

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