Dung migrated to Australia from Vietnam in 1999 and was equipped solely in her mother tongue language. Her husband and son arrived several months later and the family faced challenges adapting to the Australian language and culture.
“I felt scared and shy to speak English and sometimes, I cry because I cannot understand what my neighbours were talking,” shared Dung.
Dung was referred to the Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program by Centrelink in August 2012. As a registered job seeker, Dung receives English language training to help her improve her reading, writing and speaking skills. Coupled with determination and a positive attitude, Dung progressed tremendously and now exudes confidence conversing in English.
“I am happy that I can chat in English with people at bus stops, shops and with my neighbours. I can also read English messages that I receive on my phone,” said Dung.
“Don’t be scared to learn and always ask questions in class. I like to write, listen and speak English everyday,” she added.
As the saying goes, one is never too old to learn. Dung’s zest for learning earned her the confidence and knowledge to seek future employment with ease. Additionally, she is a social butterfly and constantly makes an effort to better herself in essential skills for everyday life.
The Skills for Education and Employment (SEE) program can help you improve your English, reading, writing or mathematics for the workplace and further study. It is a free program for anyone aged 15-64 years who is a registered job seeker and offers up to 800 hours of training tailored to your needs.