Archive | January, 2012

Free IELTS Preparation Resources

19 Jan

As some of you might know, DOSA is planning to offer activities that assist overseas students who live or study in the Darebin area* with help in preparing for IELTS tests. While you are waiting for that, check out these free resources at the State Library of Victoria:

“State Library of Victoria – Resources for Learning English.

WHAT RESOURCES DO WE HAVE?

The Library has dictionaries and grammar books to help you learn English, as well as a small selection of IELTS (International English Language Testing System) resources.

Library staff at the Information Desks can also help you to find books that are easy to read.

WHERE CAN I FIND THESE RESOURCES AT THE LIBRARY?

Dictionaries, grammar books and other resources are available in the:

Information Centre

  • English dictionaries – call number R423
  • Grammar books – call number R428
  • IELTS books – call number R428.0076

Redmond Barry Reading Room

Grammar books – call number R428 (Level 2A, upper level)

Online

Electronic dictionaries and IELTS resources are also available online. To use these resources go to slv.vic.gov.au and click the ‘Research tools’ link to the right of ‘Search’ on the homepage. Then click:

  1. ‘in the Library’ under the eJournals, eBooks and CD-ROMs sub heading
  2. ‘Language literature and reviews’
  3. IELTS resources towards the bottom of the page

WHERE ELSE CAN I FIND RESOURCES?

Melbourne City Library has an excellent collection of adult ESL (English as a Second Language) books which you can borrow.

The City Library is located at253 Flinders Lane,Melbourne. Go to Melbourne.vic.gov.au/MelbourneLibraryService for more information.

RMIT Library has many IELTS titles, however books are not able to be borrowed. Go to rmit.edu.au/library for more information.

Your local library also has books and a range of online resources.

PHRASES FOR SEARCHING ONLINE

When you are looking for IELTS and other information about learning English, try using these terms in your search engine:

  • ielts masterclass practice test
  • aapress.com ielts
  • learning English ielts-exam.net
  • ielts preparation resources
  • world English ielts”

I am not sure, but you may have to become a member of the State Library of Victoria member in order to use their resources. This is free and easy and quick, and has many benefits as the State Library has many fantastic free resources. Go to the state Library of Victoria website for more information.

If you are an overseas student who is living or studying in the Darebin area and you would like to do some preparation for the IELTS test, then please leave a comment on our ‘DOSA Darebin’ facebook page or on this blog. Better yet, send your email address so that we can let you know when IELTS preparation is coming up. You can do this by sending a private message via our facebook page or email dosa@divrs.org.au

Good luck with those IELTS tests!

Meredith

*A list of suburbs in the Darebin area can be found on the About DOSA section of this blog.

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Thanks for a Great Summer Camp!

18 Jan

The Overseas Students Summer Camp, held from the 15-17th January near Airey’s Inlet, is finally over. Due to illness I was unable to attend* but the first reports and photos are trickling through from those to attend. People seem to have had an absolutely wonderful time, and that’s fantastic to hear.

Putting on this Summer Camp takes a lot of organising and a lot of hard work. DOSA owes thanks to the following people:

  • City of Darebin/ Northlands Youth Centre staff – especially Jacqui who did an amazing job with organising the whole Summer Camp program (our camp was just one of four). Thanks also to Nik for his support (especially when it came to cooking…).
  • LaTrobe International staff members – Jo and Odra were incredibly committed to making the camp a success.
  • A big thank you must go to the overseas students who volunteered as peer leaders for the camp – Lily, Casey, Dzung, Sonneth, Ramin, Ahmed. It’s been wonderful to work with people who bring such generosity of spirit and great ideas to the table. I hope that you will all be inspired to continue to support the DOSA Capacity Building Project in the future.

Thanks also to all of the people who attended the camp. Your enthusiasm was a vital ingredient to the success of the camp, and the fact that you enjoyed it makes it all worthwhile.

I am sure that we will have a more formal evaluation of the camp. I am keen to hear any feedback that Camp participants may have. But, given that so many people worked so hard to make the camp happen, I felt that it was important to acknowledge that hard work as soon as possible. Thanks guys – DOSA is very grateful!

Meredith

Project Worker

DOSA Capacity Building Project

*very grumpy about this!

Keep safe when travelling for the holidays! Important Health Advice

17 Jan

Just because you were born overseas does not mean you can not get sick if you go home for a visit. Your immune system changes when you spend time away from your home country, so you may no longer be protected from certain infections when you travel home. To avoid travel-related infections (e.g., typhoid, malaria, dengue, and hepatitis A) you should see your doctor before you travel (preferably at least 2-4 weeks before your trip). Vaccines, preventive medications, avoiding mosquito bites, eating safe foods and drinking only clean (bottled or boiled) water can help prevent these infections. For more information, call Royal Melbourne Hospital Travel Clinic (03 9342 7390) or your doctor’s centre or visit www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/travelwell.html and www.traveldoctor.com.au. Last but not least, if you become unwell during or after your trip you should see a doctor and mention that you have been overseas. 

Suggested links:

Travel Doctor

www.traveldoctor.come.au

Tel: 1300 658844

 

Smart Traveller

www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/travelwell.html 

 

Travel Clinic; Royal Melbourne Hospital – Victorian Infectious Disease Unit

Email: vids@mh.org.au

Tel: 03 9342 7390

This information was supplied to DOSA by Monash University as part of a special health promotion project.

Join Us For Operation O-Week

9 Jan

Join us for Operation O-Week!

DOSAhas been invited by LaTrobe International and NMIT to take part in their Orientation activities during February 2012. This is an excellent opportunity to promoteDOSAto overseas students. It is important that we promote ourselves well during orientation.

 Creating a great Orientation display or presentation takes thought, planning, and creativity. You are invited to become a part of the Operation O-Week project team.

DOSAis looking for overseas students to volunteer on Operation O-Week. We need people to:

1. Choose and plan the ways in whichDOSAcan promote itself. We could do anything from creating posters to giving out lollies to performing street theatre – we are only limited by our imagination.

2. Organise how the Operation O-Week project unfolds.

3. Make / create / find materials or displays we need.

4. Come to the Orientation Week activities to promoteDOSAto other overseas students.

You can be involved in any or all of the above.

Who should be involved?

Overseas students who live or study in the Darebin area who want to improve their skills or experience in the following:

  • Promotions
  • Project Coordination
  • Team work
  • Meeting new people
  • Making presentations
  • Making creative work

During 2012,DOSA needs to focus on its ability to survive in the future.DOSA will be focused on providing opportunities for overseas students to build up their skills and experience in organising DOSA. Operation O-Week will benefit DOSA by attracting new students to DOSA activities. Operation O-Week will benefit the students who work on the Operation O-Week team by helping to build their organisational skills in a fun way.

If you want to be involved then contact Meredith at dosa@divrs.org.au or at Facebook (Dosa Darebin) or on 9480 8205.

DOSA Late December 2011 Newsletter

4 Jan

Darebin Overseas Student Association (DOSA)

Newsletter, late December 2011

 Hi there! I have decided to sneak in one last newsletter for the year. We have a couple of exciting opportunities coming up for overseas students to get involved in, plus some other useful news.

1. Exciting Opportunities for Overseas Students 

Help DOSA win an award and you could win a prize!

DOSAwants to win the Better Neighbourhoods Award so that it can win $5000 to put on a project. If you come up with the winning idea for the award then you can win a $100 gift voucher for Myers.

DOSAwill be entering the Better Neighbourhoods Award, and we need your help to come up with the idea to do it.DOSAis running a competition for overseas students who live or study in the Darebin area. The competition is to find the best idea for a project that meets these needs:

  • The project must benefit overseas students.
  • The project must bring people in the community together
  • The project must help to make Darebin a place that feels safer to live in.

Get creative and suggest something thatDOSAcould do that makes Darebin feel welcoming and safe. It could involve food, fun games, lectures, workshops, performances??? Use your imagination and you tell us!

How to enter:

Fill in the entry form. It can be found at our blog – https://darebinoverseasstudents.wordpress.com/2011/12/15/help-dosa-win-an-award-and-you-could-win-a-prize/

The entry form will also soon be available on our web page – www.divrs.org.au/dosa

Send it into ‘Better Neighbourhoods Award Competition’ by 5pm, 19th January, 2012. Late entries will not be accepted. You can send it toDOSA by:

If you have any questions then please contact Meredith at dosa@divrs.org.au or 9480 8205.

 

Join us for Operation O-Week!

DOSA has been invited by LaTrobe International and NMIT to take part in their Orientation activities during February 2012. This is an excellent opportunity to promoteDOSAto overseas students. It is important that we promote ourselves well during orientation.

Creating a great Orientation display or presentation  takes thought, planning, and creativity.

You are invited to become a part of the Operation O-Week project team.

DOSAis looking for overseas students to volunteer on Operation O-Week. We need people to:

1. Choose and plan the ways in whichDOSAcan promote itself. We could do anything from creating posters to giving out lollies to performing street theatre – we are only limited by our imagination.

2. Organise the Operation O-Week project.

3. Make / create / find materials or displays we need.

4. Come to the Orientation Week activities to promoteDOSAto other overseas students.

Who should be involved?

Overseas students who live or study in the Darebin area who want to improve their skills or experience in the following:

  • Promotions
  • Project Coordination
  • Team work
  • Meeting new people
  • Making presentations
  • Making creative work

If you want to be involved then contact Meredith by the 12th January 2012. You can contact Meredith at dosa@divrs.org.au or at Facebook (Dosa Darebin) or on 9480 8205.

 

 

2. Some Other Useful News

 

Keep safe when travelling home for the holidays!

Just because you were born overseas does not mean you can not get sick if you go home for a visit. Your immune system changes when you spend time away from your home country, so you may no longer be protected from certain infections when you travel home. To avoid travel-related infections (e.g., typhoid, malaria, dengue, and hepatitis A) you should see your doctor before you travel (preferably at least 2-4 weeks before your trip). Vaccines, preventive medications, avoiding mosquito bites, eating safe foods and drinking only clean (bottled or boiled) water can help prevent these infections. For more information, call Royal Melbourne Hospital Travel Clinic (03 9342 7390) or your doctor’s centre or visit www.smartraveller.gov.au/tips/travelwell.html and www.traveldoctor.com.au. Last but not least, if you become unwell during or after your trip you should see a doctor and mention that you have been overseas.

Suggested links:

 

Burglary Prevention – A crime prevention message from the local police

I received this email from a local policeman recently:

“We have recently had several burglaries committed in Darebin overnight while residents are sleeping in the house.  What is particularly frustrating from a policing perspective is these criminals have only targeted houses who have left doors unlocked or even opened on hot nights (to allow the breeze through the house). I would please urge you all to make sure you lock your doors at night.  The metropolitan fire brigade support this security measure however would recommend you leave your key in the door from the inside to prevent an issue should there be a fire.  Please protect your family and your property by following this simple safety tip and have a very merry Christmas.”

 

DOSA CONTACT DETAILS:

I wish you all a very merry holiday season, and a safe, happy and prosperous 2012.

Meredith

DOSAis funded by the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship through the Diversity and Social Cohesion Program. For more information, visit www.harmony.gov.au