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International students get all kinds
of benefits from a homestay with
Adelaide families -- but what do the
families get out of the experience?
Paula, an Adelaide grandmother
from Golden Grove, was initially
hesitant about having a student
from overseas living with them, but
they've since found the experience
to be overwhelmingly positive.
"We've had such wonderful times
and have lasting memories of all our
students," said Paula of the students
they have had from the University of
Adelaide's English Language Centre.
"We thought it would encroach on
our lives but it's been the opposite.
The students have given us so much
-- friendships that will last a long
time, wonderful conversations about
their culture, and to experience their
joy and amazement in seeing a
koala and kangaroo for the first time
is always rewarding."
When asked if they would like to
host a Muslim student, the couple
wondered if they could cope with a
range of lifestyle issues.
"Since May this year we have had a
35-year-old Iraqi student of Muslim
faith," Paula explained.
"I would have to say that the Halal
food issue was not as bad as I
imagined. Initially, it did take me
longer to shop as I would have to
read the labels -- now I pretty much
know what to buy and what not to
buy. It was easier that we all ate
the same and to be honest, we did
not notice any difference. Our Iraqi
student, Muthanna, enjoys to cook
and I am more than happy for him
to do so -- we have enjoyed many
dishes he has made."
Paula said the exchange of cultures
has been of great benefit to both
"We have had many conversations
where we have all learnt something.
We believe we are now more
responsive to other cultures. It
has made us more aware of how
others live and we are also more
grateful and appreciative of living in
Homestay has many rewards
Summer is a great time to expand
your horizons -- and your mind -- by
learning a language.
Not only is it a good way to keep
your mind active and healthy, it
can also make travel to overseas
destinations that much easier and
If you're already planning your next
trip overseas, take a look at the
range of language courses -- from
beginner to advanced level -- offered
by Professional and Continuing
Education (PCE) at the University of
During Summer, six different
intensive language courses are
offered for beginners: Chinese,
French, Italian, German,
Japanese and Spanish. In the
full-year program, PCE offers those
languages plus Arabic, Indonesian
and Russian in a range of levels.
Expand your horizons
and your mind
Many of the teachers at PCE are
native speakers of the language so
they understand the culture behind
the language, which helps to put
your learning into context. Using
an interactive mode of teaching,
the focus is on the practical use of
the language, developing reading,
speaking, writing and listening skills.
With more people than ever
travelling to China for work and
pleasure, one area that has seen
an increase in interest is Chinese
languages. The Chinese language
program at PCE has been running
for a decade and what started with
a single class is now taught at every
Language courses are open
to all adult learners. For more
information call PCE on
8303 4777 or visit
Open to all adult learners, the
University of Adelaide's Centre
for Professional and Continuing
Education (PCE) offers a wide
selection of evening language
courses catering for beginners
through to the more advanced.
Join us for a rewarding and
enjoyable learning experience!
Languages offered include:
Intensive Courses commence in
January and run for 10 weeks, two
times a week, 6.30pm-9.30pm
Full Year Courses offered in a
range of levels from beginners to the
more advanced courses, commence
in late March and run for 30 weeks,
once a week, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Please note: entry into full year courses is
possible at any time of year.
Introduction Courses commence
in late July and run for 10 weeks,
once a week, 6.30pm-8.00pm
For more information, or to enrol, call
PCE on 8303 4777 or visit our website.
We are looking for host families to accommodate
international students while studying at the
University of Adelaide's English Language Centre.
Homestay accommodation is crucial to a student's success.
Through their involvement in a home environment, students
gain a realistic understanding of our Australian lifestyle and
language. For host families, the rewards include a greater
understanding of another culture and language, new
friendships, and an opportunity to share Australian culture.
The length of stay varies, from short to long term, and our
dedicated Homestay Coordinator supports families and
students from the first day through to departure.We provide
families with $220 per week to cover the cost of food, enter-
tainment and various other weekly expenses of the student.
Our students are very eager to learn about Australian
culture and improve their English language skills. All kinds
of families are encouraged to join the program. Hosts may
be single individuals, married couples, single parents with
children, couples or partners with or without children.
Typically hosts have an interest in sharing their
own culture with others and are eager to learn
about other languages and cultures.
For further information
and to discuss whether
this opportunity is suited
to you, please contact our
on 8303 4777 or visit
Host Families Wanted
for English Language Students
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