Ali speaks Persian, Farsi, and some Urdu, but it was his English that he wanted to improve. Ali came to Australia in 1995, and in 2005 he went to Melbourne Polytechnic to study English.
Ali began his English class in Certificate II English as a Second Language (ESL) class at Melbourne Polytechnic Collingwood campus. Two years later he was promoted to Certificate III (ESL) class.
"I wanted to learn English because I wanted to be able to talk to my nephew, and to read and write books for children."
He said studying Certificate III (ESL) level courses at Melbourne Polytechnic helped him. "I have more confidence speaking and writing, and it gave me more self-confidence to apply for other courses."
Ali is now studying Certificate IV (ESL) at Preston campus of Melbourne Polytechnic, and he is hoping to go on to university. It’s a long-term goal, and he’s been working hard towards it.
He also has some advice for current students. "Make sure you attend fully. But outside of class, listen to ABC radio, read The Age, learn to use the internet and learn language on-line."
Ali believes the more effort you put in to learning English, the more you will achieve.
Interview July 2009 By Michele Gierck. More Information: The Foundation Studies Department at Melbourne Polytechnic delivers ESL (English as a Second Language) and ALBE (Adult Literacy and Basic Education).
Certificate II in English as a second language (ESL)