AICOL ORIENTATION SUMMARY SHEET
This is a summary of matters which you should consider when attending AICOL.
July/August in Australia is the winter season. On the Gold Coast in
Queensland the daytime temperatures average 20 degrees, and the
evening about 8 degrees. We recommend you bring a sweater to keep
you warm on the colder days. July/August are also dry months, so we do
not anticipate many wet days. We usually have wet summers and dry
January/February are our summer months, with the average maximum
being 28 degrees, and the minimum 15 degrees. Some days can
occasionally get as high as 38 degrees or more.
The national language of Australia is English. European settlers came to
Australia in 1788, mainly from England, Ireland, and Scotland. Since the
end of World War 11 Australia has welcomed immigrants from many
different countries, such that now approximately 30% of Australians
were born overseas. Therefore many Australians speak English as a
Australia is a proudly multi-cultural country, and enjoys an enormous
variety of food types and cultures. Because our European history is
relatively short, and because we have many citizens who do not speak
English as a first language, we do not have dialects like many other
English speaking countries, and our English accent is more universal.
At AICOL we have teachers whose native tongue is English, but who may
be of South African, New Zealand, Indian, or British descent. This
enables our students to experience a variety of accents.
Several decades ago the typical Australia food was steak and vegetables, often
for 3 meals a day. Now it is very varied, and includes a lot of salads, seafood,
and dishes from other countries such as curries, pasta dishes and sushi. Near
AICOL there is a major shopping centre (Australia Fair) with over 200 shops,
including an international food hall selling Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, Italian
and other food. There are also many other international restaurants near our
college including Indian, Vietnamese, and Taiwanese. Next to our college is a
small café selling noodle dishes, and within 100 metres there is a Lotte Korean
Australia is famous for its beaches surfers and Olympic swimmers. Many
students are not familiar with swimming in the ocean, and in such cases we
always warn them to be very careful. In particular always swim between the
flags. Gold Coast beaches have flagged areas which are patrolled by lifeguards
who can rescue you if you get into difficulty. If you swim outside the flags, there
may be no-one there to rescue you. In particular never swim alone, whether in
the ocean or a swimming pool, and never swim beyond your capabilities.
Queensland’s sun is very strong in comparison with the sun in the northern
hemisphere. All students should put on sunscreen and wear a hat to minimize
sunburn and skin cancer risk. It is also advisable to wear a T-shirt, even when
swimming, and to wear sunglasses to minimise the risk of eye damage.
Although Australia is a relatively safe country, there are always risks
wherever you travel. To minimize these risks, we recommend that when
going to Surfers Paradise and other areas frequented by tourists do not
go alone. We have a lot of international tourists visiting the Gold Coast
during July/August, so be careful not to carry large sums of money with
you. And always make sure you keep your bags, purses, cameras and
other valuables with you at all times, and do not leave them unattended.
Please do not forget that in Australia cars drive on the same side of the
road as in England and Japan, which is opposite to America, Taiwan,
China, South Korea, Russia, and most other countries. Always be
extremely careful when crossing the road.
This is one of the most important parts of your stay in Australia, and we will give
you separate guidelines relating to homestay. We would like initially to stress a
few important matters.
Please understand that your host family is not a taxi service or a hotel.
You are part of the family and should observe the normal rules of that
family regarding meal times and bed times.
The food at your homestay may be different to what you have at your
own home. Our homestay families are trained to appreciate the different
diets of overseas students, and do their best to satisfy students’ needs.
Many homestay families in fact take the students with them when they
shop for food to make sure the student chooses what they want to eat.
Should you have any problems, please advise our homestay coordinator.
If you have any concerns regarding your homestay, please advise our
Homestay Coordinator as soon as possible. Do not wait until you have
returned to your own country. If you do not tell us if there is a problem,
we cannot fix it.
Try to use your English all the time when with your homestay family.
This is a good opportunity for you to practice your English. When you
return to your own country you will not have such a good opportunity, so
please do not waste it. Do not be afraid to make grammatical mistakes. It
is the only way to learn.
8. AICOL CLASSES
On arrival at AICOL you will be tested and placed into a class. If you
find the class too difficult please be patient. If after the first two days
your class is still too difficult, please advise your teacher. Your teacher
will advise our Director of Studies, who will discuss the matter with you
and if warranted place you in a lower level class.
If initially you find your class too easy, immediately advise your teacher,
and our Director of Studies will discuss the matter with you and if
warranted place you in a higher level class.
Remember that you are here to learn English. If you do not understand
anything please do not be embarrassed to ask your teacher. You will not
learn to speak English if you sit in class and say nothing. Practice your
English at every opportunity.
During class it is a policy of AICOL that only English be spoken.
9. AICOL RULES
AICOL expects all students to be well behaved and polite at all times, not
to be late for class, not to cause any disruption in class, and to show
respect to the teachers. Any students who do not follow these
requirements will be warned, and if the problem persists AICOL may
ask the student to leave the school.
No chewing gum
No food in classrooms
No use of lift
REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE HERE TO LEARN ENGLISH, EXPERIENCE
THE AUSTRALIAN WAY OF LIFE, AND ENJOY YOURSELVES. IT
WILL NOT BE THE SAME AS YOUR OWN COUNTRY, BUT THIS IS PART
OF THE JOY OF TRAVELLING. IF YOU PARTICIPATE
WHOLEHEARTEDLY AND KEEP AN OPEN MIND YOU WILL HAVE A