Eastern Courier : March 5th 2014
4 EASTERN COURIER, MARCH 5, 2014 NEWS English teachers make difference By SARAH ARGYLE When Beverley Calkin saw her neighbours struggling to speak English she decided volunteering as a language tutor was the least she could do. The Botany Downs resi- dent says she knows Asian people who find it hard to adapt to life in New Zealand because of language barriers. ‘‘I thought if I was in another country I would appreciate any help I could get.’’ Mrs Calkin saw a course advertised to become a language tutor at English Language Partners New Zealand. The organisation works with refugees and migrants to ensure communication hurdles don’t stop them from participating in New Zealand culture. ‘‘It’s so rewarding, I meet all sorts of nationalities and they teach me as much as I teach them.’’ ‘‘Being able to speak Eng- lish gives migrants the confidence to talk to people as opposed to just sticking with people from their home country.’’ She says New Zealanders have the power to help new immigrants who speak English as a second language. ‘‘Migrants get frightened Reducing confusion: Beverley Calkin has been volunteering as an English language tutor at English Language Partners for six years and says she gets more out of the rewarding experience than she puts in. that they are going to say something wrong but it is like riding a bike and the more they do it, the better they will get. ‘‘As a whole, New Zealanders speak very fast. If we are speaking to somebody who is not from New Zealand we have to learn to slow down our speech.’’ Julia Castles, manager of English Language Partners Auckland South, says she knows the service makes a difference. ‘‘These tutors teach migrants and refugees the sort of English required for effective settlement. It’s quite specific because Photo: SARAH ARGYLE learners can set their own goals and it’s not just a generic English course.’’ ❚ Phone 278 9099 for more information on how you can get involved with the service. www.easterncourier.co.nz IRD scam offers fake refunds Revenue Minister Todd McClay is reminding New Zealanders to be wary of email scams promising tax refunds. ‘‘If you receive such an email it is not from Inland Revenue, do not open it. Simply delete the email. ‘‘Those that have replied to these scams and given money or personal details need to contact their bank or credit card provider immediately.’’ ❚ Mr McClay is asking people to forward any suspicious emails to phishing@ ird.govt.nz or call Inland Revenue on 0800 227 774. Prizes for fishing fans Tickets are still available for the 2014 Leigh Family Fishing Contest being held on March 8. Up to $50,000 in cash and prizes will be at stake and proceeds will go towards the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. ❚ Go to leighfamilyfishing. co.nz for more information. Offers valid from Mon 3rd March - Sun 9th March. All stores are open 7am-7pm. www.madbutcher.co.nz Fresh Sliced Rump Steak Product of New Zealand & Australia Mad Butcher Pre Cooked Sausages FOR ONLY That’s half price for these sausages! All Mad Butcher Stores are NZ owned and operated by locals in Your Community! 39 GREAT STORES NATIONWIDE & MORE OPENING SOON! $5 All Carcass Beef and Lamb is supplied by Affco and is New Zealand Quality Mark Certifi ed. Fresh Chicken Nibbles ONLY (plain or marinated) Save $4kg off our everyday low price! 6.99 99 PER KILO 345 Chapel Rd, BOTANY DOWNS Ph: 271 6683 175 Line Rd, GLEN INNES Ph: 521 0733 $ ONLY .99 $ PER KILO Girl Guide Biscuits are available in all Mad Butcher Stores for the month of March Save $7 kg off our everyday low price!
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