Ｄ ｅ ａ ｋ ｉ ｎ Ｕ ｎ ｉ ｖ ｅ ｒ ｓ ｉ ｔ ｙ
It was an unforgettable experience for me in my 2009 summer vacation. I’m so glad that I won a scholarship to go to Deakin University in Australia. Before I went to
Australia, I searched so many websites about Melbourne. Also, because I have a friend who lives in Melbourne, I asked him many things about Melbourne, including
4 minutes shower, Australian food and cultures about Australia. It’s not enough for everybody to experience my trip in Melbourne by simple words. Now I’m going to introduce my new life in Melbourne with some wonderful pictures.
Actually 14 th
July is my
Daddy’s birthday. But I had to say good bye to my family. I was almost crying when I said good bye to them. I know my parents were worried about me. But I think it’s the best chance for me to challenge myself and improve my English.
We arrived in Hong Kong at the night and stayed in the hotel of
Hong Kong airport. I shared the room with other two girls who named
Sophia and Amy. We watched TV, tried to make tea and coffee, Amy and I even took a look around some stores in the airport. Well…as everybody knows, nothing is cheap in these stores.
In the morning, we took the CX-163 flight to Melbourne. I was very nervous and anxious but a little excited to meet my host family.
Finally, we arrived in Melbourne. The flight was not good because I couldn’t fall asleep on the plane at all.
We met Scott and another teacher at the airport. I think they had waited for us for a while because our flight delayed. And then they took us to Deakin University and let us wait for our own host family at school.
My home parents are caring. They are from Sri Lanka. They prepared me a cozy room, especially the big double bed. My home stay mother is good at cooking.
She cooks different kind of food for dinner everyday, such as Korean food, Chinese food and Sri Lanka food. That’s why I gained weight when I was in Australia.
July , 19 th
That’s our first time to go to
Melbourne city. Everything in the city was marvelous. I think Melbourne is a clean and developed city, including convenient transport, polite Melbourne citizens and drivers. Although people jump the light, drivers still give way for people to cross the road. And they never sound the horn.
We took a walk along the bank of
Yarra river. We saw Princes Bridge, Arts centre. We also went to Southgate and had lunch there. I like the candy shop in
Southgate because visitors can try candies which were just done and we can also watch the process of making candies.
And the next day, we went to St. Kilda beach which is pretty far away from city. There’s a green grass near the beach, people flied the kites, walked dogs, even sunbathed. It must be a good place to stay away from noise city.
We started our class this week.
The way we learn English in Melbourne is very different from the way we learn in
Taiwan. In Australia, we learnt English by playing games and writing down everything you heard from the tape. We also had a class named ILC. We could use the leisure time to improve our English by playing some games, getting into conversation with friends in conversation room, reading books or even watching
English DVDs to improve our English.
And the most special class is that we went to city for our class once a week.
We absolutely understood how the painters drew these paintings or what materials were used on these paintings.
Great Ocean Road
I heard that Great Ocean Road is the most breathtaking highway in the world.
Each the shape of the rock is eroded by the waves of the ocean. That would be the most majestic scenery I ever seen when I saw Twelve Apostles. Blue sky and ocean made me feel peaceful.
We also passed through the campus of Deakin University at Geelong and we stopped at the grass in front of the school to take some pictures.
Then the diver took us the see koalas. Maybe the koalas were cold because they were sleeping and they didn’t move at all. We only saw their big and cute rumps. When I was focusing on koalas and looking forward to seeing they moving their bodies. There was a parrot hit my head with its claws. I screamed suddenly, scared the parrot and my teacher Scott. That was rather embarrassing.
Today we went to Phillip Island to see penguins. My home stay parents told me that we could see hundreds of penguins back from the ocean to their homes. Maybe we were unlucky on that day, because there were not many penguins appeared. But I think it’s enough for us. It’s my first time to close to penguins. Especially the moment we saw the first penguin came back from the ocean. Its short and fat body is so lovely. It’s worth waiting for these penguins to come back although it was really chilly in that night. We left the beach afterwards. Teacher told us penguins have to make sound to let their family know where their home is. What an incredible ability of animals it is!
It’s second time for us to go to city for our class. The topic is “Immigration”. And there are some reasons why people want to move to another country.
In the museum, teacher taught us people’s life before, including the stories which made them immigrate at
that time. We met a little girl who is from Ireland. She has big green eyes and lovely smile. Michael taught her how to play “Paper, Scissors, Stone”, but she still didn’t know how to play. I think it was Michael’s speaking of English ability made the little girl confused.
Today was the last day of our
English course at Deakin University. School held a graduation ceremony for us. I’m so proud of each one of us. In the past one month, I had a wonderful life at school. I’m sure that I would miss my friends, teachers, home stay parents. Everything happened in
Melbourne was so cool and fantastic. It’s the best experience in my life I ever had!!!
（孟家） （小呆 Amy） （猴子 Michael） （我 Joan）
（禎婷 Sophia） （Wei wei） （嘉玉 諾雷兒） （大哥）
最後，司機把車停在 la Building 讓我們等待寄宿家庭。看著大家一個一個被
帶回家，我和 Sophia 是倒數第二個被接走的，剩最後一個就是 Michael 了，隔天
早上起了個大早，因為 Homemom 要教我們搭車去學校，從寄宿家庭到學校，
迷路。果然，我和 Sophia 真的搭 Tram 搭錯方向了，這就是不好好記地標的下場。
還好最後折騰了許久才回到家。馬上跟 Homemom 訴苦！
隔天，聽了新生講座，認識了 Michael 的兩位韓國室友，這時英文就派得上
老師帶我們到了 Yarra River, Princes Bridge, Southgate, Melbourne shopping centre, Federation Square, Art centre…還有好多地方。
隔周，依照考試分班，我被分到 GE6，和 Michael, Sophia 同班。第一天上課
家拍起在綠地「跳躍」的照片，連 Scott 都覺得我們拍照方式很新奇。
吃 完 午
終於，今天要去看企鵝了。大家約好午餐要去嚐試義大利餐廳 Sofia。聽 homemom 說這間餐廳都是超大份量，能在墨爾本找到便宜又大碗的餐廳實在很
＊ Sofia 歡送會
生當然首選就是便宜大份量的 Sofia 義大利餐
經過將近 10 小時的旅程，我們順利到達布里斯本機場。幸好海關沒有我想
家後她介紹我的兩個室友，兩位在他們國家都是英文老師－韓國籍 Chung Hwa
幣 120 元以上，如果在外面吃甚至要 200 元起跳，我通常都買吐司.起司.火腿.生
菜.煎蛋做成三明治，這樣平均一餐只要台幣 25~75 元，在這邊，他們較不注重
在澳洲的第一個週末，我們到了 LONE PINE,這裡有世界獨一無二的動物－
程供 ICTE 學生選擇，其中包含相當多景點，我們訂了陽光海岸，黃金海岸（兩
另一個景點 Stradbroke island，我們先搭乘火車到 Cleveland station(克里夫蘭)，我
After almost 10 hours, we arrived at Brisbane airport. Fortunately, The custom house wasn＇t as scared as we thought. Although we had little problem such as passport without sign or passport couldn＇t be scanned, we still pass successfully.
We were picked up by our homestay family after we arrived at The University of Queensland, which we will study for 5 weeks. A passion and kind woman picked me up-Nurit, who has black hair, black eyes and white skin. We chatted with each other some basic question, and I know about she and her husband are come from
Israel (Judaic). About 40 minutes later, she introduced my 2 roommates for me when we were arriving home. Chung Haw (Korea) and Tomoko (Japan) both teach
English in their own country. Without them, I couldn＇t adapt the new life there soon. In the afternoon, Nurit took us to see the way bus drive, look around supermarkets. She also gave us map of city, university, home, and bus timetable.
She worried about that I couldn＇t understand what she said and repeated again and again about how to take a bus to school and city for me.(Obviously, my English is the poorest of them.) She is really so considerate and I was lucky to meet her.
Few days later, I saw my homestay fathter-Yaheli, he seems has his own personal charming. They are typical foreign couple, and they also seem love each other very much. Different with our traditional society impression “men do outside, women do inside,＂ they don＇t separate their works too clearly. I can imagine how fun my life will be here.
It was winter in Australia, and it was hard to get up in the morning. I went to bed and woke up early; it was routine life, wasn＇t it? Winter there is similar with winter in Kaohsiung. They both have big difference in the temperature between mornings, nights with daytime. Although I was little hard to adapt that there is lack of raining, the weather still comfortable. Absolutely, they are very saving water.
We studied in a building called ICTE which is provides language learning in
Queensland University. First day, ICTE students had an exam to separate us to different classes. Actually, I didn＇t do well on the exam, especially my speaking
test. I was nervous and couldn＇t understand what the teacher exactly meant. Our classes have 7 levels; I was separated to level 3. The lessons in level 3 is really too simple, I knew I can＇t learn what I need in this class after 1 week. With my homstay family and friends＇ recommence, I decided to change my class level.
Soon, after the person who responsible for listened my question and saw exam result, he told me that I could change level 4. I don＇t need to worry about other＇s opinion if I said that I don＇t satisfy with lesson or something like that, and it often happens in Asian society. Classes up to level 4 can have option lessons except normal＇s, and I chose learning English through songs, business English. My main teacher is Lisa, she is responsibility and charming. Grammar and listening are a little bit difficult than level 3. There were something I have been learned, but it was still helpful for me to review and listen. I thought it was right decision.
We finished daily classes at 3:00p.m. ~4:00p.m. . We often looked around the city after school. We bought monthly ticket so that we can take public transportation any times we want. For us, Indooropilly shopping center is the most convenient place. It is not only a shopping center but also a big transfer station.
Everything is expensive there except milk and chocolate. Therefore, it｀s the best way to make lunch by yourself, such as sandwiches or other easy foods. In average, it＇s cost at least NT$ 120 to eat a meal at school; it even cost up to NT$200 eat outside. I often made sandwiches with cheeses, hams, lettuces, eggs; it just cost me
NT$25~75. My breakfast was oatmeal ort toasts, dinner was the best and I always expected the time in one day. I love the time because not only I can eat different surprises but learn a lot from their plentiful dialogues. To improve English ability much faster, I will recommend live in home stay.
The first weekend in Australia, we went to LONE PINE which has unique animals-koala and kangaroo. We could learn the feel of nature which is lack of in
Taiwan, maybe it has connection with how big the ground is. Those kangaroos don＇t afraid of people, they just run and jump on the natural grass casually.
Absolutely, we took pictures with those cherish koalas. I took a picture with a little girl koala, she is so sweet and lovely, I really felt satisfied at the moment. We also saw sheep dog show, and those dogs were responsible and clever. They even played with children after the show finished. There are still many kinds of rare animals, and it＇s hard for me to say their names. It＇s really necessary to go there when you are travelling in Australia.
After one week in the new class, I adapted soon. However, I felt business
English was boring, and I also heard that academic English was also boring. Maybe professional class always like that? Especially we learned England English there; it was often let me feel confused.
Queensland University provides a series schedules provide ICTE students as choice; including many kinds of famous places. We booked Sunshine Coast, Gold
Coast (2 days and 1 night) and EKKA DAY (a traditional festival once a year in
Australia, and we can have an extra holiday. It is also necessary to go.) Sunshine
Coast and Gold Coast are both pretty. In my opinion, the latter is crowded because there are too many tourists, and the latter＇s sand is also dirty than former. If you want to have some drink in night clubs, Gold Coast is a good choice.
The last weekend, we try to go to a very famous place-Byron Bay (a bay which is located at the east of Australia. Unfortunately, all of schedules of school or other companies were full. However, we decided to take a train to Stradbroke island.
At first, we had token a train to
Cleveland station, than we met a kind old man. After he knew we had got lost, he decided to take us to the place which can take water taxi (return
US$12) (or ferry). It took us 25 minutes, as soon as we arrived at this beautiful island; a bus had waited there (daily student ticket is US$4.4). The only road through beach is straight and full of signal said be careful of kangaroos, but seldom residences. Finally, we got off at the final stop, it＇s really a gorgeous scenery! You can stay there all afternoon, its fresh air and sea scenery let me free of mind and happy of heart. While we were eating ice cream with relax, three kangaroos jumped and passed by us! It was so natural and surprised, wasn＇t it? We also saw a kangaroo was eating grass near us, he didn＇t very afraid human. We took the same bus return to take water tax. What surprise us was all public transportation seems match with each other, so we didn＇t need to worry about the time to wait. We really had a good day there. The trip just cost us US$22 on transportation, and it need US$55 to book the trip at school. Therefore, it will be great to go there by yourself.
About two weeks ago, I knew that made some mistakes on aspect of home stay. First of all, my homestay family will go back to Israel at 8/27, and I＇m going to leave at 8/30.
As a result, I had to find a new family, and I find one of my friends had a vacant room luckily. Second, 4 people in my groups didn＇t know about that they was changed homestays with some mistakes. At first, we all separated to suitable families. It＇s incredible that because of some mistakes and finally everything changed! No wander somebody complained about her family. The most strange is they had known about this, but they didn＇t correct it. My new family was very different with the old one. They are
come from Islam; there are a cute dog and 2 children in the family. The biggest difference is they look more like traditional Asian family.
In ICTE, there is a language exam every 5 weeks. The exam was similar with the one which we had at the first week, and it can decide that if you have qualification to up your level. The first was speaking test, we casted lots to decide our partner. The topic was talking about my life there, and I talked about what I felt fresh and compared with my own country. After I finished, the teacher (Lisa) said that I had good performance, and I think I really made a lot progress. Thanks my home stay family and roommates talked to me patiently; and good interaction with classmates. I really return home fully supplied.
I really had a good time in the 5 weeks, although there are still had episodes such as the bus driver ignored my bus stop and I late for school, I also bumped into some unfriendly teenagers. However in conclusion, people there always have an open mind.
Thanks those kind peoples＇ help and I can pass so much difficult. My home stay was the best memory for me in Australia, I really lucky to meet the family. I think I had a correct choice to come to Australia which can live in home stay, and it let me learned a lot.
Changing classes successfully and discovering a beautiful island by ourselves were all best and unforgettable memories.
團 別：澳洲迪肯大學團(Deakin University)
正式開課前所有的學生必須以寫作測驗當作分班依據，從 GE1 至 GE7
七個班級別中，我被分於 GE5-A 的班級，GE5-A 成員有兩位阿拉伯人、六
寄宿家庭的成員有 Home Pa，高大粗壯的義大利人；Home Mom，非常
的就是廚藝了，晚餐時刻常可享用 Home Pa 烹飪的道地義大利比薩與許多
異國美食；而 Home Mom 不僅能抓住亞洲人的胃口，還變出好多千變萬化
展、歌劇、舞蹈、音樂會等許多活動； 在這段期間內，我參觀了 龐貝古城展
本週邊景點的行程，第二周我們去的景點為「大洋路」(Great Ocean Road)，
玩遍了墨爾本，當然不外乎採購禮品，墨爾本有許多大型的 Outlet 與
I am glad that ISOU University provides the study abroad scholarship for students who are interesting in English. And I was so lucky that I got the chance to study abroad for one month in Melbourne, Australia. It was not only a good opportunity to improve my English but also extended my global perspective.
During this month, there were so many impressive memories which are the most unforgettable experience that I will never forget in my life.
In the following contents, I will divide my study tour experience into three parts: school life, homestay and tourism in Melbourne.
Before the study tour, students had no choice but up to the draw to decide which university to study. And the lot I drew was Queensland University. Most people know that Queensland University is very famous and it is also the top university for students who want to study in Australia. However, I changed from Queensland to Deakin
University without thinking. I was so regret changing my mind before going abroad. But after arriving at Deakin University, I could not help but falling in love with it.
Deakin University occupies a large acre which has many educational buildings and natural sceneries. The building where we learned English was full of students from all over world. Most students were from China and Korea. Also, there were many Arabian who were so nice and enthusiastic. The most specialist thing in this building is that we can see lots of people whose religion are Moslemism got together at lunch time and pay respect to Allah. I was so touched seeing them when I just did nothing but sitting on a chair.
Although they were not in their country, they sill did the same things as usual and go with their religion wherever they go. This attitude is what we should learn from them.
Deakin University offers a wide range of English language courses from beginner to advanced level. There were seven levels of general English class and I was in level five, class A. In my class, there were Arabians, Koreans, a Chinese and Taiwanese. Because I had less opportunity to talk in English with foreigners in Taiwan, so I felt so excited that we all had to communicate in English during a month. This was also the best time to improve my English speaking ability with my classmates who are not native speaker.
There were many homework and reports that we had to do and the most impressive report for me is the “Monopoly Game.＂ This report had to be finished by a group and my group members are Arabian, Korean and me. This meant that we all had to discus in
English! At the beginning, I was so nervous whether I could understand each other or not but I still felt so pleased even though it was a little bit hard to speak correct English when doing this report. Nevertheless, we did it! We not only did a good job on this report but also knew each other more deeply after our cooperation. I think this is the most unforgettable school life for very one when studying abroad. Because you can improve your speaking ability and make friends from everywhere at the same time.
I felt so lucky that I had the opportunity to stay in homestay when studying abroad. After getting the information about my homestay family when I was still in Taiwan,
I felt so excited and a little bit nervous. Because it was my first time to stay in other people＇s home for one month. Moreover, it was in other country! Before going abroad, I started to afraid whether I can adapt to a new environment or not and how is my homestay family. However, after meeting my homestay family in Melbourne, all of the worries were gone! During the month, we all stayed together with laugh!
There are three members in my homestay family. Home father, James, who is from Italia and his occupation is an electrician. Home mother, Mela, who is from
Philippines and she is an administration officer so has many dealings with international students. Their daughter, Jemelle, is a high school student now. They live in a lovely, large, modern, up market home in a leafy suburb of Melbourne. The environment created in the home lends itself to providing excellent accommodation for my best friend, Monica and me. We all enjoyed staying in the sweet home so much!
The most impressive thing in homestay was the meals which were cooked by my homestay parents. Homestay father and mother are such cooks that they cooked lots of exotic food including local food, Italian food and Asian food etc. This is the reason why
Monica and I always did nothing but waiting for the time for dinners! In this period, I changed my diet habit a lot. I prefer eating oatmeal and milk instead of greasy breakfast and had sandwich and fruit in lunch time. I became healthier but I gained four kilograms in one month! I can say that staying in homestay can not only improve your English but also gain your weight in a short time!
There was a special experience which was seeing a movie in a theater. The movie “Harry Potter 6＂ was in theaters when we were still in Melbourne. So my homestay parents took us to the theater to experience the different feeling of seeing movies outside of Taiwan. However, it was really hard for me to understand the entire story without captions and the British accent. I felt so frustrated after seeing the movie but this experience did change me a lot. After going back to Taiwan now, I start to practice listening to the radio or TV without captions. As a proverb goes “Practice makes perfect.＂ I hope one day that I can understand the story of movies by my effort in the near future.
It is very convenient to take the tram from homestay to the city. So we used to go to the city on weekends. Melbourne is the capital city and the business, administrative, cultural and recreational hub of the Victoria state . There are a lot of exotic restaurants, fashion boutiques, café-filled laneways, cool bars, unbeatable galleries, spacious parks and village-like inner suburbs, each with its own special character. During this month, I had been to two large activities, Pompeii exhibition and Dali art exhibition. It made me feel that Melbourne citizens are really enjoying in their life.
They can attend lots of activities in Melbourne city in their free time! I really aspire to attend activities which can improve the city atmosphere in my hometown, Kaohsiung.
On weekends, Deakin University had arranged some sightseeing around
Melbourne for ISOU University＇s students. First time, we went to the Great Ocean Road which is in the west of Melbourne. The Great Ocean Road is one of the most spectacular scenic ocean drives in the world. It is fantastic drive, not only for the scenery, but also for the winding cliff top roads. The most attractive attraction in the Great Ocean Road it the
Twelve Apostles. They are giant rock stacks that rise majestically from the Southern Ocean and are the central feature of the rugged Port Campbell National Park. We can get spectacular views of them on boardwalks, tracks, and viewing areas. It was a breath- taking cliff that I have ever seen before and I really enjoyed it!
The second place we went was the Philip Island , a place I consider one of
Australia＇s greatest hidden treasures . Because of its proximity to Melbourne, it's a popular weekend tourist destination. At sunset, all the little penguins walk up from the sea to their nests. This is Philip Island's biggest attraction. Tourists can watch penguins near the beach closely here as well. I am grateful for experiencing this event. Watching the penguins climb the beach towards their burrows was an amazing feat for these half-pint sized penguins.
Shopping is also very important to me in my tour schedules. There are lots
of outlets and malls in Melbourne. And I recommend the Queen Victoria Market. It is
Victoria's premier open-air market and offering a variety of fruit and vegetables, meat, poultry and seafood, gourmet and deli foods as well as specialty delicacies. It also has a large non-food related market, selling a diverse range of clothing, shoes, jewellery and handmade art and crafts. It is also a best place for anyone who wants to buy souvenirs for relatives and friends.
Y ou can buy everything you want in this all-in-one market! Before leaving Melbourne, I couldn＇t stop spending money buying souvenirs even though I almost bankrupted!
I am really glad that I have this opportunity to study and travel in
Melbourne for one month. Without the scholarship, I could not make friends from other countries, learned English with native speakers, became an independent learner, experienced staying in homestay and so on. The most important thing is being a language learner, we should not be afraid of speaking English. “Practice makes perfect.＂ Only by practicing and do not be afraid of making mistakes, we can improve our English speaking skill effectively.
9682002A 林巧融 國際商務學系 3 年 B 班 澳洲迪肯大學團
9682002A Lin Chiao Jung international business Deakin University
Our destination is Melbourne this time. This July is a different month for me.
Because I got the scholarship and I can study abroad. All situations are mention that it will be a perfect traveling. After long time journey, we arrive Australia finally. The weather is very cold. It was only four degrees at night. My home stay family comes from Malaysia.
Home mom can cook delicious food. And she can also make cake. We study in Deakin
University which is very famous in Melbourne. It has four campuses. We are in the
Melbourne campus. Our classmates come from different country. We have Taiwanese,
Korea, china, and so on. It is very interested when we have class. We talk lots of English, play games, make a monopoly. On Friday, our teacher leads us to the city then she will introduce something for us. It can be some picture or some building. That let us to know more about this city- Melbourne, even the whole Australia. This is what I like most.
Another course is we have free time then we can choose what we what to do. Such like seeing English movies, talking English with teacher, or watching English novel. I think it is very useful. Most students don＇t like to speak English. They can do very well in reading and writing but they scare speaking English. Do you ever think about this? If we don＇t speak English, why we study abroad? This is the perfect time to practice your speaking. On the weekend, we have another plan. We go to the famous place to see which the real huge rock or go to the city. This time, I did learn a lot of things. People who live in
Melbourne are very friendly. I have good image about Melbourne. If I have choice, I will go to Melbourne again!
財金二 A 9723097A 劉禎婷
我跟 Joan(王瓊如)住在同一個 Host Family，我們的 Home pa, Home ma 分別是 Chula
度。我們應該積極的和 Host Family 聊天，多找機會練習對話。漸漸地，我們認
為有個伴住一起真的很幸運，可以一起上下課(因為我們的 Host Family 家離學校
室友叫 Sarah(Joan 一個人住樓上，我跟 Sarah 在一樓住隔壁)，平常相處都沒甚麼
陳維忠老師帶我們到市區去郊遊，我們去了 ST. Kilda Beach , Victoria Market,
Melbourne Center ,DFO, Southgate ….，沿路經過很多景點，我們也稍微的對市區
有了一點認識。Flinders Street Station 和 Federation Square 是市區的中心，大家都固
他也常常讓我們自己找 partner 討論，接著再交換 partner，他要我們去思考差異點
拜五則是 Diane 教課，大家一致認為她上課很無聊，Diane 常常就是很認真的在
VIDEO，這真的讓我小有壓力。因為一開始組員就無法 4 有共同的認知，加上語
成。同學之中讓我比較印象深刻的是來自韓國的 David 和 Kelsie，日本的 Kumi，
因為他們英文都講得很流利 ，我都懷疑是不是編班過程出了甚麼錯 ，我怎麼會
第一個禮拜就讓我我完全喪失信心，回到家 Jenny 都會關心我們在學校的學習狀
然到了澳洲就是要學好英文，不要氣餒繼續加油。7/24 星期五 Diane 帶我們去 Art
Gallery，課程中老師都會帶學生到市區參觀，但聽說別班是去 Shopping Centre，
Diane 一直解說圖畫，水墨畫、油畫…。不過這也是很難得的經驗，因為像 Shopping
星期六我們 ISU Study tour 的 Excursion 是去 The Great Ocean Road(大洋路)，沿路
服。Scott 是我們的 tour guide，他平常在學校處理學生的事務，跟我們義守的學
7/26 禮拜天我們義守幫的決定去 Melbourne Zoo，只能說花錢看動物睡覺吧！好多
一起去住家附近的 Knoxcity Shopping Centre，我超喜歡逛大賣場的。在學校我很
星期三 Sarah 搬出去了，寄宿家庭在我們一起過去她新租的地方，離開時她捨不
得地哭了，畢竟也住了兩個禮拜。隔天一個韓國女生 Kate 搬進來，我跟 Joan 都
回房間、離開後椅子都不會放回原位、早上都拖很久常讓我跟 Joan 等…，溝通
個 Excursion─Phillip Island，本來第三個 Excursion 要去 Puffing Billy Steam Railway，
的方向也是對的，但司機跳過 3 站才讓我下車，當時我也笨笨得等司機停車沒有
類的負面想法順便臭罵司機，邊走邊哭大概走了有 20 分鐘，終於看到我熟悉的
大馬路，這次是高興得哭了。8/4 我把月票弄丟了!很沮喪…。8/5 我跟 Joan 在公
一下啦!8/6 Diane 老師帶我們去 Immigration Museum，這比上次的 Art Gallery 好多
移民…，讓我們了解他們當時的困境。8/7 之前提到的那位大陸室友 Sarah，他邀
就說他家淹水了。8/8 Home ma 買了 weekly 的票給我，很感謝她。當天我只去了
Box Hill 逛了一下。8/9 由於 Joan 她要和她的組員去拍攝 VIDEO ，所以我自己出
去市區逛，居然在 Victoria Market 遇到其他義守的朋友，大家都想說要回家了所
以去看看有甚麼紀念品可以買，不過很多都是 Made in China!大家就一起逛一起
吃飯，後來也遇到 Joan 他們，他們 VIDEO 的主題是 City tour.他們利用週末一天
出去把 Project 完成是正確的，因為最後一個禮拜我真得是忙得焦頭爛額。
待機的空檔一一打給韓國朋友們 say goodbye。8/16 10:30 抵達小港機場，一個月
I was excited that I got the scholarship. I went to Melbourne Deakin
University to take short-term English course for one month. There are Norelle,
Monica, Eva, Amy, Sylvia, Joan, Michael, Eddie and I in Deakin study tour.
Michael and Eddie are the only two boys in our group. They must be very happy to be with lots of cute girls. We felt embarrassed at the first time but after few days we got along with each other. I lived in host family with Joan.
There is another roommate from China in our host family, named Sarah. We went to school to and fro together, because our host family live really far away from Deakin University. It is lucky to have a friend living together and keep company with each other. My host parents are from Sri Lanka, they are really nice and patient to teach us anything we didn＇t know before. My home-stay mother (Jenny) is a housewife, home-stay father (Chula) is a businessman. Jenny is actually a good cook. They enjoy delicacies every day but they are also health conscious, they do regular exercise in a daily basis.
For example, Chula gets up early at about 5:30 and walk along the lake that takes thirty minutes. Jenny does her exercise with treadmill. They live in a castle-like house, the appliances and decorations in their house are fashionable and delicate. Joan and I thought we were just like living in a royal family.
We had orientation at the first two days and we made lots of friends from Korea, some of them are really cute. There was also an exam to order the class by our level. Michael, Joan and I were in the same class, GE6. Half of my classmates are from Korea. There is a boy named David in my class. I really appreciate him, he is very considerate and thoughtful. I have learnt a lot from him, he taught me English and shared his experience of life with me. He had been living in Canada for one year, so his English is better than the others.
He is a really nice guy. I also knew many Korean from other class. One of them is Hayden, David and Hayden are studying religion. They are religious
Buddhists. Sometimes they also have to shave their hair. It is hard to imagine how the two handsome guys look like after shaving their hair, I think they still look good. (They are the most handsome guy among Korean group.)
There were two teachers alternating to teach us, Luke and Dianne. Luke is an interesting teacher. His class is funny so all students are excited to be in
Luke＇s class. Dianne is kind of punctilious and rigid. So we all feel sleepy during her class. I remembered one time she took us to city Art Gallery, it was so boring and tiring to listen to her. She kept explaining what did the paintings made up of and the background, while other classes were in shopping mall or follow the map doing their city excursion. So we
complained ourselves. It is also a good experience to visit gallery because people will go to shopping mall automatically but not museum or gallery. Our second city excursion was Immigration museum, it was not as annoying as the
Art Gallery but also boring. Immigration museum shows how the people who suffered from natural disasters or political oppressions or something inevitable took reactions to the problems. We felt quite compassionate for the poor people.
At school, we had dessert time(11:00~11:30), lunch time(13:00~14:00).
We ISU group were always getting together to share our foods, because everyone＇s lunch which was prepared by homestay was different. Joan and I had a healthy sandwich for our lunch, but we really got tired of eating sandwich every day. Sometimes we exchanged lunch with others even Korean friends. It was our happiest time during school time I think. I should have had to changed my class to GE4,because their teachers were more active than ours.
The biggest problem to me was hand in a video project. My group members were very lazy but I could not change group, no one wanted to prepare for the project in advance. Also, language was a big problem for us to discuss the context. We didn＇t finish until the day before the dead line. It was extremely
annoying me to make the video in such hurry, we made the video awful due to our lack of preparations.
At the second weekend, we had a scheduled excursion to the The Great
Ocean Road. Teacher Scott was our tour guide and the driver was Michael.
The views were so gorgeous that we were all stunned by the magnificent scenes. At the third weekend, we went to The Phillip Island. Before going to
Phillip Island, we guys went to “Sofia family restaurant.＂ I always said that I was the owner of the restaurant, because my name is Sophia. David liked to aske me “do you like Sofia, Sophia?＂ At the Sofia restaurant,
Italian food mainly, especially pizza and the quantity of food is pretty much and the price is okay. It is very suitable for a big group to go there, everyone shares the food. After reaching the beach, there were many people sitting around the beach already. All spectators were excited to see the small penguins. It was time for small penguins star. They are really cute and charming. They caught all the spectators＇ eye. And then we went to Chinese restaurant for dinner, we really had fun at the dinner time. Everyone chatted a lot and a little bit sorrowful because we did not have much time left. Also, we felt more homesick when eating Chinese food. The next day(Sunday) we
visited The Melbourne Zoo, the entrance fees is quite expensive. Most of the animals were sleeping, it is very boring. They are just animals in the cage and sleeping. We were just going hiking.
I really enjoyed living in Melbourne, the public transportation there is very convenient and the drivers are kind and patient to help passengers. I think it＇s unlikely to get lost there, they mark the road signs clear and the people there are friendly. I also made lots of foreign friends in Melbourne.
But I don＇t like some Chinese people, some of them despise us even said something impolite to Taiwanese. They are so proud of themselves, I do not like that. Now I still keep in touch with some Korean friends by msn. I not only learnt English but also the ways of getting along with friends. Team work is really important, we have to help each other when group members are have difficulties even in trouble.
In our free time, we went to city to have fun. We went to ST. Kilda
Beach, Victoria Market, Melbourne Center ,DFO, Southgate…
I like ST. Kilda Beach the most. It gives a feel to rebirth. What a pity! I forgot to bring my passport when I had a plan to go to the Crown casino. I also took the city circle tram which is free going around the city by myself. It is
convenient for tourists to get to know more about the city. Melbourne is really clean and everything is in order. People are casual and free. I don＇t think people will feel unease in Melbourne. I did not think of any culture shocks before because people have to find ways to fit in the new environment.
Then, you can learn more if you open your mind to try new things. We don＇t have to accept everything, just do not refuse to face challenges at the first time.
At the third week, it＇s awful. Monday I got lost because the bus driver did not let me get off when I already rang the bell. So I cried but I must be brave to find my way home. finally, I went home safe and sound.
Then I lost my monthly ticket on Wednesday. I cried again, and my home-father said to me “It＇s not the end of the day, be happier.＂ and gave me a big smile. My home-stay mom was kind so she bought a weekly ticket for me for the rest week. So everything is not too much bad. I saw a pretty cute guy on bus sometimes. And I really wanted to get to know him.
There was a good chance for me, so I talked to him. To my surprise, he was also friendly to me and gave me his msn ID. How lucky was I!
The home-stay mother cooks well, I gained weight after one month.
My mom said that my home-stay mom cooks must better than she. I miss them so much. They gave me a comfortable feeling just like real family. It was my first time to go abroad and I was in a nice study-tour. I knew many friends from different department, we had a reunion dinner on 10/05.All of this is a memorable experience that I will never forget. Thanks for ISU university giving me this chance to go abroad.
財務金融學系 二年 A 班
在 2009 年 7 月 14 日，升大學二年級的暑假，這個暑假我參加了義
周末帶我出去玩。9 個小時的航程讓我全身痠痛，9 個小時都未闔眼
的我就為了看飛機上的三部電影，移動城市 , 回到 17 歲，和瘋狂理
月是在哪棟大樓上課。接著到停車場等 Home stay 來接我們，我是第
一個被接走的，我的 Home stay 媽媽她是喬治亞人 Mila，長得很高，
看起來比實際年齡還要年輕，我住離學校很近，只需要走 15~20 分鐘
家，路上 Mila 要我開始記路，因為明天我就是要照原路走去學校上
課。到家已經很晚了，跟是本地澳洲人的 Home stay 爸爸 Michael 打
Home Mother Trish
Home Father Klaus
時代，大家當然都互相留下了聯絡方式，寫 e-mail 保持聯絡，而我大
都很團結和互相照顧，我會在最後一個禮拜決定要換 Home Stay 也是
The report in English
I got the scholarship to be a study tour in Melbourne this summer vacation . There are nine people in our group , and just have two boys . One of the girl is my classmate . I remembered that I have been a study tour in America when I were a junior high student , so I won’t be afraid to be a study tour in Melbourne , on the contrary , I was very exciting and expected about that .
On the airplane , everybody’s site was dispersed . I sited with the boy who come from Taiwan , too . He lives in Taipei , and as old as me . He have been to study in New Zealand when he was primary school student , and went back Taiwan when he was junior high , so he is a citizen of Australia , and study in Melbourne now . He gave me a big help to write a sheet about through customs , and we make a deal that he will take me to go around Melbourne on weekends .
When I just arrived Melbourne , I thought it was a really cold and dry city , because Taiwan is summer now , so I couldn’t get used to the weather here . I had a running nose and nosebleed everyday on the first week , but it was ok , because
I had brought every kinds of medicines , after I took the medicine about running nose , I became better and won’t have nosebleed anymore !
I have lived in two Home Stay . I can’t get used to the first Home Stay , so I changed the Home Stay on last week .
My first Home Stay mother Mila is come from Georgia , and father Michael is local . I have two roommates , they all from
I have to prepare my lunch by myself , I always made sandwich and brought some fruit or cookies as my lunch . Mila will prepare the dinner , she always use the dinner time to chat with us , she will drew a map and told us where to shopping , or some scenic spots we must to go . Michael is a man of great learning , he knows lots of things . Sometimes , we will having dinner when watching News . Mila though that
Taiwan and China is the same , Michael correct to her that
Taiwan is independent , and Mila suddenly realized that’s why she felt I am very different from other girls who come from China .
She though I am more polite and gentle , just like Japanese girl !
My second Home Stay family are very passion , even though
I just to get along with them for one week , they still make me feel very impressive . My second Home Stay mother Trish is from England and father Klaus is from Germany . They always kiss me and give me a hug before I go out or go to sleep ,
I love the kiss and hug they gave me , it make my heart warm . I also have three roommates here , two of them is from Vietnam , the other one is from China .
We will have a big dinner on Tuesday , Trish and Klaus’s children will have dinner together with us . We will prepare dinner and make a cake together . It will be very boisterous on this day .
On weekend morning , I will go to the park to exercise with
Trish . The park there is very spacious , it has driving range , tennis court , and also have a place to BBQ !
The last day I stayed in Melbourne , Trish and Klaus took me to the country side , and saw Whiteley’s art exhibition . The virgin forests here is very beautiful , they protect it very well and leave what you find . You won’t find human destroy or to exploit here . The parrot here won’t afraid human , you just put some sunflower seeds on your hand , and they will surround you , some of them will stand on your hands , shoulders , even your head ! Whiteley is a artist from Australia , his paintings are full of humorous , make me go in for it . It is so sweet that Trish and Klaus gave me this wonderful memory before I went back to Taiwan .
Every weekend , we will have a one - day tour with Deakin
University English Language Institute agency study tour assistant teacher Scott . Thanks for him to help me changed my Home
Stay , and went to take a look before I lived in .
We went to the Great Ocean Road on first weekend . Mila told me that it will be very cold near the ocean and asked me to wear more clothes to keep warm , but fortunately , the weather on that day was very well ! It was full of sunshine and very warm ! The scenery there was magnificent !
The other weekend , we went to the Phillip Island to see the
penguin . The penguins were really tiny and cute . They have a leader , they will follow the leader no matter it go forward or backward . But it was so pity that we couldn’t take a picture there , because the photoflash will hurt their eyes .
We had a placement test on the first day we went to school .
The topic I got is to write an essay “ More and more people move to the cities from countryside , what will impact our society ” . I haven’t practiced my English for a long time before
I went to Melbourne , so I have forgot lots of words , but I still try my best to finish the writing .
I studied at GE4 class . Our class have 15 people , they all from different countries , they are from Vietnam , China ,
Korea , Thailand , and United Arab Emirates (UAE) . Everyone have to use the same language “ English “ to communicate , and we didn’t afraid of speak English with each other , because we know that we are the same , all of us were learning
English here .
Studying in Melbourne is very different from Taiwan . The class in Melbourne is more funny and lively , not like Taiwan .
The class in Taiwan is very ceremonious , students just sit on the chair and write notes until the class over . It is very boring and too serious , not like in Melbourne . We can learning by games , DVDs , and computer . The lessons are more animated here . I like this way to learn English . It’s is relaxed and happy , and I think it is a good way to learn English , too .
We have an outdoor education on every fortnightly Friday .
The first week , we went to the city , everybody worked with the group and followed the worksheets . We should go to the place that worksheets appoint and answer the questions . For example , went to the department store and found the perfume and wrote down it name and price . This activities helped us to know the Melbourne city .
The third week , we went to IKEA . Our mission this time was : we have a budget of $30,000 to spend , and we should follow the worksheets to buy furniture and other necessities for our house . This activities let us knew how to decorate and to buy usually durable items for our house .
This trip make me become more mature and more independent .
It is so exciting that I can go everywhere just by map !
I met lots of friends from different countries . It’s really cool to know other cultures like Korea and Vietnam , and different countries people speak English have different accent is really funny .
Most of my friends will stay in Melbourne at least six months , even for four years , but I just stayed there for one month . I afraid that if I didn’t keep practicing my English , we may be hard to communicate with each other . I met lots of Korean friends when studied in Melbourne , so when I back to Taiwan , I decide to learn the Korean by myself . I went to bought some books for learning Korean . I promise my Korea friends that I will go Korea to visit them next year !
The group we went to Melbourne together is really good , everyone is united and can take care of each other . Thanks for them gave me the advice to change my Home Stay , so that I can have this chance to know Trish and Klaus !
It’s really glad that I-SHOU University can gave me this chance to become a study tour in Melbourne . So that my first summer vacation in college life could be so rich and colorful !
一歲，他跟我說：他必須在那邊完成 4 年的大學學業，所以他非常想家。
Pattie 以及 Annie。老師分別說明了上課的要求、作業內容以及最後一周測驗的內
容。Pattie 要求我們在上課期間絕對不可以說自己國家的語言，否則就必須付 50
Pattie 教我們文法、閱讀以及聽力；Annie 教我們口說以及寫作。
一個組題必須至少發問 3 個問題，加以整理之後，自己必須熟悉問題以及回得者
寫一份 3 到 5 頁的報告，老師已經設計好問題，必須將問題回答完整。
除了這些我們也有 ILC 時間，這是給我們養成自主學習的習慣所安排的，在
I had a rare chance to study English in Australia. This chance is from my university,
ISO. Before I went to Australia, I felt terrible because my English skill is very poor. How dare I go to Australia?
I had ten partners including nine students and a teacher. We felt embarrassed at the first time but now we are the best partner in this study tour.
When I arrived in Australia, I met two nice teachers. They took all of us to Deakin
University and then my homestay parents took me home. My homestay parents are nice and warm. We are like a really family. We could not communicate well at the first time because I could not understand all sentences they told clearly. Luckily, my home mom can speak Chinese so when I had sentences or vocabularies that I can not understand, she often explains them for me. We often chat after dinner so I learned a lot of cultures in Australia.
They also took me to the local restaurant, Sophia. The restaurant is famous and the food is very delicious. They took me to Crown and talked some stories about Crown. They took me to the beach and the special places in Melbourne city. We also went to the biggest department in Chadstone.
My homestay father likes to cook so most of my dinner was prepared by him. He is from Malaysia. He often cooks some Malaysia traditional food and some western food. It is very delicious. My homestay mother is from Singapore. She is good at cooking Chinese meat. I miss them.
I was a student in GE5B. I had two teachers, Pattie and Annie. Pattie is an interesting teacher and she always had a lot of ideas to make us laugh. Annie is more serious than
Pattie but she is very kind. I also had 12classmates, Nam, Clara, Violet, Jimmy, Yu ran,
Wei Wei, Sylvia, Ayub, Min A, Giraffe, Owen, a dentist who I can＇t spell his name and me.
When I was in Pattie＇s class, we could not speak our own languages. If we speak our own languages in Pattie＇s class, we will need to pay 50 cent to her. Three of our classmates paid 50 cent to Pattie including me. It is an interesting experience and hard to forget.
Pattie taught us grammar, reading and listening and Annie taught us speaking and writing.
When we learned grammar, we had to speak every sentence to each of my partners.
It is different from Taiwan. We had to write all sentences in Taiwan but we had to speak all sentences and you could not repeat the same adjective and verb in Australia. If you use the same word, you will need to make double sentences.
When we learned reading and listening, they told us that you need to find the key
words and then you will be easier to answer questions. I think these parts are same in
Speaking test is to interview a person who has lived in Australia for a long time.
After interviewing, I need to introduce the person who I interviewed to everyone. You need to show the picture of the person who you interviewed and make a timeline to talk about the person.
I interviewed my homestay father. He is a clinical nurse specialist and he likes gardening, watching TV, reading novels, and talking with old friends.
After I finished writing class, I know how to write and organize a good article.
We also needed to write journal everyday and record how often you practice English a day. We also had a project to finish. We had to design a game named Monopoly. It based on campus of Deakin university in Australia. We needed to discuss the map, buy stuffs we need, share jobs and you needed to finish a report about all ideas and process in Monopoly.
I often enjoy in class because we learned from games. We also worked in a small and different group in every class. I like all my classmates because we had a good time in
Australia. We experienced a lot of things together.
We had one day tour on Saturday. We went to the Great Ocean Road on first
Saturday. I experienced breathtaking coastal views, lovely seaside towns, koalas in the wild, lush rainforest and the Twelve Apostles. It was a long distance to arrive there but the landscape is very beautiful. I did not want to close my eyes because I did not want to miss it. When we arrived koala in the wild, we were all very excited because we can see wild koala. There are also many birds and they will stand on your should. It is very interesting but I am afraid because I am afraid of birds＇ feet. When I saw birds came here, I ran fast.
It was a terrible experience to me but I am still happy because koala is not in the zoo. The natural environment is very spectacular. The sea is very clean and the mountains are green.
You can see a lot of stars at night. The world seems to be silent and makes people comfortable.
We went to the Phillip Island on second Saturday. There is the smallest penguin.
There is an observatory which is only for watching penguins. We stayed at the observatory and waited for the penguins. We are lucky because some people say that sometimes these penguins will not appear but we watched a lot of penguins that night. These penguins are so cute because they are small and the actions are stupid. I think that we spend time and money to watch these cute and stupid penguins but it is worthy. They are cute but they are wild animals so you can not close them. They are still fierce. When you watch them, you can not take pictures because their eyes will get hurt.
We had a good teacher to follow and take good care of us. His name is Scott. He always joins us and he also does something interesting to entertain us. The car driver is
also a good tour guide. He always talks something about the places where we went. We can understand the local places and have fun. We had a nice trip because of the two guys.
We went to Victoria market and buy some souvenirs. It is likes traditional market in
Taiwan. There are many goods. You need to search the cheaper salesman or you will buy the more expensive goods.
We went to the Melbourne Zoo. There are many different animals and some animals are only in Australia. Platypus is my favorite animal after I visited the Melbourne Zoo. I don＇t know the reason why. I just like it after I watched.
I went to the Melbourne Museum with another partner. We saw many exhibitions, got more information and learned a lot.
I do not go to the highest building. I think I am like a fool. My friends said that the view is very beautiful. It has different aspects in the morning and at night. They said that the view in the morning is more beautiful than the view at night.
Before I went to Australia, I thought that I just went there and learned English. After I went to Australia, I learned not only English but also other things that I didn＇t expect. To learn is not only in school. You can learn a lot of things from your life. It is up to you.
Learning is a long trip and it does not have the terminal. All things are big eruditions.
I lived in Australia for one month. There are many people from different countries so
I understand not only life in Australia but also lives in other countries. It opens my view. I think that the part of Australia is the same in Taiwan because there are many different people who live or work in Taiwan. You can see different people and they meet in
Australia. Maybe they are couple. Maybe they are friends. Maybe they are other relationships. No matter what kinds of relationships they are. They are the people who live in Australia and this is their life. If you live in Australia, you will not feel bored. It contains a lot of different cultures and the different cultures become the only culture which belongs Australia.
A lot of people pay attention on their lives. Sometimes, they study hard. Sometimes, they work hard. Sometimes, they enjoy their free time. To do the right thing at every moment is the most important.
My English is getting better than before after I went to Australia. After I came back, I think that language is a tool and it will make our life more wonderful. Now when I learn
English, I already do not feel stressed. I want to learn English well and if I have another chance to go aboard and learn English, I will. It is very interesting and learns more things.
It is a nice study tour and I will never forget it.
系級：休管二 姓名：李孟家 學號：
我是由 home 爸帶我回家，沿路上我們聊了一下。這才發現其實他有兩棟房
在飲食方面，我的 home 爸跟 home 媽都是印尼人，所以他們煮的料理都非
在與他們相處上，大部分都是 home 爸在照顧我們。因為 home 媽的姪女，
在這裡唸大學，且 home 媽要照顧自己讀高中的兒子，所以把另一棟房子都給留
學生住，並讓她姪女管理，導致我根本沒有跟 home 爸 home 媽住在一起。但每
自己的房間，且有時候有事要找 home 爸，也很麻煩。
在待人上，我覺得我的 home 爸很和善，有一次我問他附近有沒有超級市場、
怎麼走，結果他就說他要開車帶我去。某一次和其他室友聊天，才知道 home 爸
都沒帶他們去過超級市場，讓我頓時覺得很不好意思。但 home 媽我就不這麼覺
得了。一開始我覺得她還蠻和善的，但之後因為 Sophia 跟迪肯的老師-Scott 說我
責帶領我們的老師是 Scott 和 Leesa，他們非常的有善，也很熱心的幫助我們。只
的速度太快，讓我們有點措手不及。寄宿家庭的事，就是一個例子。當 home 媽
班級有三個老師，分別是 Neri、Michelle 和 Matt。Neri 主要是教我們班聽力的，
Michelle 主要是教我們閱讀跟文法，而 Matt 則是教寫作的。他們都是很好的老師，
班去市區和 IKEA 上課。這種上課方式是我最喜歡的，不需要一直坐在教室裡，
在這個時間裡，你可以選擇在 conversation room 裡和朋友玩遊戲、討論報告、找
一些自己想要的講義，或是到 ILC 教室看影片、做聽力練習、借與自己級數相等
至於回家作業，Neri 規定我們班要每天寫日記，而 Michelle 和 Matt 是有時候
但之後，卻發現自己越寫越快，大概是自己的 writing 進步了吧!!
When I heard I got school＇s scholarship, I am so excited, but then I started to worry.
Although I got this opportunity, but I still feel my English is so poor. I worry that my homestay parents, my teachers, my friends can＇t understand what I say and I also worry that I can＇t understand what they say. The language is one of my worries. When I decided to go to Australia, other worries also start to appear. Australia is winter now and the voltage is different from Taiwan. The most important thing is that H1N1 is so popular in Melbourne. Everything let me worry, but it was solved when I arrived in Australia.
Therefore, I have many impressive memories and different feelings in this month. I separate some parts to share with everyone.
When we arrived in Melbourne airport, Deakin＇s teachers already waited for us.
First, they took us to the Deakin, and then, we were took by our homestay parents. I was took by my homestay father. We chatted about his family. In that time, I knew that he have two houses, so my homestay introduction only write his name and his daughter＇s name. I consider that his family is a single parent family before we chatted. In this chat, I also knew that they are immigrants and they are from Indonesia. My homestay father also told me that they had been to Taiwan. I was very surprised when I heard that, because I feel that Taiwan is not a very big country and it is a long distance from Australia to Taiwan.
My homestay father showed me my room when we arrived home. My room is big and comfortable. There are one television, one sofa, two desks, two chairs, two wardrobes and two bedside cupboards. Some of my roommates envy me, because their rooms are smaller than mine. One of my roommates told me that the room was my homestay father＇s room before his niece comes to Australia. This news also made me surprised.
Next day, my homestay father taught me how to take bus to school. On the way to the school, he told me that my homestay is close to a very big shopping central and the traffic that I go to city is so convenience. In that time, I feel I am so lucky. But when I heard other friends that they live in the same direction and they can go home together, I am a little disappointed, because that let me feel alone.
In the part of food, my homestay mother usually cooks Chinese food, but sometimes she can make Indonesia snacks. I was happy to eat Chinese foods in the first and second
weeks, but when I heard other friends said that they ate pizza, steaks, pasta and mashed potato in the dinner, I envied them. Because I don＇t have many opportunities to eat foreign foods in Taiwan, so I want to taste their flavors. I want to eat foreign foods, but some of them want to eat Chinese foods. Therefore, I can exchange my lunch with them sometimes. It＇s interesting.
I felt my homestay father is very kindly. One day, I asked him that where is the supermarket, and then, he answered me that he can take me to there tomorrow by the car.
When I heard that, I thanked for him. After many days, I chatted with my roommates, they told me that my homestay father hadn＇t taken anyone to the supermarket before. In that time, I felt that I am so lucky. But if everyone asks me how is my homestay mother, I will tell them that I feel my homestay mother is kindly before one thing happened. After that thing happened, her attitude is not good for me.
I consider the error is made by herself in the first, so I am a little angry about her attitude.
This thing also becomes my bad memory in this trip.
Deakin is not very like Taiwan＇s universities. Their campus is very big, so they put the map signboards in campus. Map signboards are only put in some place. Therefore, I had lost in the campus. Luckily, I bring the campus＇s map in my bag every day. Their campus has many interesting things. I think the most interesting is that you can see vendors sell fruits and clothing in the campus.
We have two teachers to contact us in the Deakin. They are Scott and Leesa. They are so friendly. If we have any problems in Australia, they will solve our problems quickly.
The first day, we arrived in the Deakin, we had a test about which classes we will go in the future. The result was that all of my friends didn＇t study with me, so all my classmates were new for me. I was afraid to communicate with my classmates in the first time, but then I felt that communicating with them was not very difficult. I only needed to speak the important words, they will understand what I said.
In the part of courses, I feel that studying here is so interesting. The courses in here are not like Taiwan＇s English class. I have three teachers in my class, they are Neri,
Michelle and Matt. Every teacher teaches me difference things. Neri teaches listening,
Michelle teaches reading and grammar, Matt teaches writing. The most interesting thing in here is that the teacher sometimes can take us outside on Friday, Matt had taken us to city
and IKEA. I like this way to learn things, because I don＇t need to stay the class all the time, I also can learn many things. The most important thing is that it doesn＇t make the class so boring. We have a special class in our school timetable. It is called “ILC time＇.
In this time, you can watch movies, practice listening or borrow English books in the ILC room. You also can discuss your report or play a small game in the conversation room. I really want to use this time to watch movies and practice my listening, but every time I have to use the time to discuss the report with my friends. I feel it is a pity.
In the part of homework, my teacher gives us a rule that we need to write the diary on
Monday to Friday, and sometime Michelle and Matt also can give us grammar homework.
I feel grammar homework is easy for me, but the diary isn＇t. When I write the diary every time, I will want to sleep and complain that why I need to write the diary in the first and second week. After two weeks, I finish my diary in the short time, I think maybe my writing is progress.
School took us to “Great Ocean Road＂ and “Phillip Island＂ on the second and third Saturday. We went there with Scott. He treated us very well. Every time, he could bring fruits and some cookies or candies to share with us. We also shared our cookies for him, but he is a Buddhist, therefore, most of our cookies are that he can＇t eat. It is too bad. The landscapes are very beautiful on the way to Great Ocean Road and Phillip Island.
On the way to Great Ocean Road, we saw wild koalas on the tree. It＇s a special experience. But we didn＇t find wild kangaroos in this trip. It＇s a pity. So we went to the zoo tomorrow, and finishing our wish that see kangaroos. In addition, one of our original plans is that school takes us to Puffing Billy, but then it was canceled by school. When I heard this news, I was very disappointing, because I expected this trip.
After the class, I could go to city or shopping central that it＇s near university or my home with friends, but it＇s not very often, because Melbourne＇s sky is dark very soon and my homestay＇s direction is different than other friends.
Every weekend, we will wait everyone at Federation Square, and then, we discuss which place we want to go today. We had been to zoo, museum, Queen Victoria Market… etc. Queen Victoria Market is a good place to waste your time. You can find many souvenirs in this place, and the price is cheaper than the souvenir stores.
I want to say that I learn many things in this trip. It＇s not only about English, but also about life. Although we don＇t have teacher to stay with us in Australia but I think this is a good opportunity for me to train independence and solve problem by myself or friends. Therefore, I consider our affection is better than other groups.
Another thing I want to say is that this trip also let me make many foreign friends. I think this is good for me, because if I want to talk to them, the only language I can use is English.
Therefore, I need to enhance my English skill, and then, I can talk with them flowingly.