New Russian students at Canterbury College

What does it feel like to arrive in New Zealand when you speak no English at all? For Nadzeya and her mother Svetlana, pictured here with Nadzeya’s sister Veronika (centre), the experience has been very exciting, and they really want to start learning in our FREE ENGLISH classes so they can express themselves directly. In the meantime, we asked them to write down their thoughts in Russian, and we translate below.

Suprun Nadzeya

Пролетев значимое количество киллометров,дорога от Сиднея до Крайсчерча показалась не долгой, но тревожной.Все ближе приближаясь к островам Новой Зеландии, первое впечатления поразила красота природы. Все прелести природы как нарисованы по плану архитектора.Все подобрано одно к одному.Понимая, что ты оказался совсем на другом континенте, незная ни культуры, ни менталитета, ни смысла жизни людей, к чему они стремяться.Сделав первые шаги после приземления было страшно, но и интересно,с желанием скорее узнать и постичь все прелести этого маленького в своем роде “уголка земли”. Начиная общаться, понимаешь, к этому стремяться многие, но таков шанс выпадает не каждому.Здесь люди свободные и не зависимые,они живут в прекрасном уголке, где не только пекрасно, но и экологически чистый воздух.Все права каждого гражданина защищены. Понимая что ты совсем чужой в этой стране и не гражданин Новой Зеландии,но государство  тебя поддерживает и дает все возможности для реализации задуманных планов.Посещая общественные места,знакомишься с культурой, модой,разновидностью кухонь. Очень необычное поведение людей, совсем не зависимое от мнения общества. Так же обратила внимание на воспитание детей, нет всех тех запретов которые встречались в Белоруссии.Незнаю, что будет в будущем, но могу сказать одно, если правильно все взвесить и расчитать, то может у меня и есть возможность овладеть языком, получить проффесию и обосноваться здесь для дольнейшей жизни в прекрасной стране.

 

Nadzeya:

Despite the number of kilometres, the journey from Sydney to Christchurch passed quickly. Suddenly we were approaching the islands of New Zealand, and our first impression the striking natural beauty. All the charm of nature is displayed, as if by design. We realised that we were not just in another continent, but in a new culture or mentality, where the meaning of life was different. Our first steps after landing from the plan were scary but also full of interest, as we felt a desire to learn more and understand all the charm of this world on a  human scale.

Many people would love to have this experience, but the chance is not granted to everyone. Here we feel people live freely and independently, in a beautiful place, which is also environmentally friendly, and where the rights of every citizen are protected. Arriving as a foreigner in this country, not a New Zealand citizen, but recieiving the support of the Government  which gives you every opportunity to realize your dreams as  a Permanent Resident!

Exploring public places, you can get acquainted with the culture, fashions, and variety of cuisines. You can even observe unusual and excentric behavior, which is not limited by the views of society. Even children are under less prohibitions than in Belorusse. Who knows what will happen in the future? Still, I can say one thing, if properly weighed and calculate, then I can and have the opportunity to learn the language, get settled and enjoy making  a contribution here for the long life in a beautiful country.

 

Suprun Sviatlana

Летели с Москвы на самалете фирмы “Эмираты”.Делали пересадки в Дубае, Бонкоке, Сидней и конечный пункт назначения город Крайсчерч. Во всех аэропортах делали фото на память. Больше всего поразило-это вид с самолета, когда пролетали над Новой Зеландией. С высоты кажется,что над землей Новой Зеландии трудился какой-то искустный архитектор,так затейливо поделена территория на ровные квадратики, и с высоты смотриться очень красиво. А какие здесь приветливые и улыбчивые люди. Даже не зная ничего по английски. Встречали нас наши родные:дочь, зять,внучки,сваты.Встреча была долгожданной, почти девять лет невиделись с родными,а внучек вообще не видили.Мы очень рады, что мы все вместе, вся наша семья.Хочеться выразить благодарность всем людям принявшее участие в воссоединении нашей семьи.

Suprun Sviatlana

We flew from Moscow on “Emirates”, passing through Dubai, Bangkok, Sydney and the final destination city of Christchurch. We were most impressed when flying over New Zealand. From avove, it seems that over the land of New Zealand some landscape architect has intricately divided territory into flat squares, which looks very nice from a height. And what friendly and smiling people!  We felt this even without knowing English.

Soon, we met our family: a daughter, son, relatives I had not seen for almost nine years, and a granddaughter I had never seen. We felt very happy to be all together again. I felt I want to thank all the people who have been involved in  reuniting our family.

Swim in a Sea of Classical Music This Weekend

Natalia Lomeiko

Do you feel like dipping your toes into an ocean of classical music? There’s a great opportunity this month for everyone who loves classical music! The most famous compositions of  Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Shostakovich – and of course Beethoven – can be heard right here in Christchurch.

One of our Russian students, Tatyana, comes from a musical background. She especially loves symphony orchestras. She’s very keen to go to the upcoming concerts this month and next because they feature a Russian connection. She’s looking forward to not only enjoying a world-class performing artist, but also to catching up on the gossip from Russia.

Tatyana studied piano at the Music Conservatory in Moscow, and even before she came to New Zealand she had heard of an up and coming artist called Natalia Lomeiko

Born into a family of musicians in Novosibirsk, Russia in 1979, Natalia Lomeiko has studied at the most prestigious music schools and won prizes in many international violin competitions including the Antonio Stradivari International Violin Competition in 1998. She won the 2000 Young Musician of the Year Competition (New Zealand).

Natalia Lomeiko has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in such venues as the Wigmore Hall, London, Buckingham Palace, and the Royal Festival Hall. She has toured Great Britain, Italy, France, Germany, Finland, Russia, Poland, USA, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Japan and New Zealand.

Natalia in Christchurch

When and where can you treat your ears to an evening of classical music in Christchurch? Performances start this weekend and carry on through the first week of March. See below for details.

Natalia’s performances in Christchurch

Date Venue
23rd  February  8:00 pm Christchurch Cathedral Concert
26th  February  7:30 pm Town Hall Concert
27th  February  2:00 pm Christchurch Cathedral Concert
4th    March      7:30 pm Maurice Till Concert Hall
6th    March      2:00 pm Christchurch Cathedral Concert

Check out Natalia’s website: http://www.natalialomeiko.com/

Did you know you can find information about events in Christchurch online?
Click the link below to find more events in Christchurch.
http://bethere.co.nz/

www.cancan.com in Russian – launch next week!

The College is lucky to have Max Polodian, a multi-lingual work experience volunteer who is a web whizz! He has helped us prepare to launch our website in a new Russian language version. Click on the Russian Flag icon from next Friday to see cancan.com in Russian.

We asked Max to tell us about himself and why he applied to contribute as a volunteer at the College. Max said, “Before coming to New Zealand I always worried about my English, though I had a solid knowledge of the language. But the reality was not so bad: all the people here were so friendly and patient and two weeks were enough for me to get used to the Kiwi accent.
Currently I am studying at Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, for a degree in Information and Communication Technology. The thing that has amazed me about New Zealand institutions is the student’s freedom. You are free to choose courses to study, your success is not dependant on other students’ success and students are not stuck in groups, as in my overseas study.

During my study break I applied to join the team at Canterbury College to get working experience and some practice. Currently my job is to improve the College website. I’m merging the Russian translation done by Tanya with the http://www.cancan.com website code, so you can expect to surf the Russian version of the college’s website soon.
Watch for the Russian (language) flag, it looks like this:

work experience volunteer creates Russian version of www.cancan.com

Max enjoying his summer work experience

Russian Student tackles government Literacy Test

Tania from Moscow, discussing IELTS vocabulary with her teacher and fellow students Mohammed and Masumi

From left: Tania from Moscow, discussing IELTS vocabulary with her teacher and fellow students Mohammed and Masumi

Intermediate student Tania (from Russia) tried the New Zealand government online literacy reading test, and wrote down her comments on the experience.

“Yesterday I was tested by the new innovation in the college. It was an unfamiliar method for me but I was really enjoying it.  The information which was given through the texts was interesting and useful in our ordinary lives.

Secondly, it was not just monotonous reading but also familiarization with different forms such as e-mail letters, advertisement, applications and so on.  

In addition, I got some new knowledge, for example, about food control in New Zealand. 

The opportunity to change my answers after confirmation was a good idea because it gave me a chance to achieve a good result. 

Unfortunately, there were also some negative moments during the test.

Firstly, I didn’t have information about how many questions are contained in the test. As the result I was confused about how much time it could take.

Secondly, in order to get a better score, a break in the middle of the testing could help me to relax (and be good for the eyes) and to concentrate on the next assignments.

An important factor which could contribute to achieving better results might be silence.

In conclusion, I would like to say that it was a new experience for me and I hope that my comments will help to improve the testing method.

Best regards, Tatyana Bazhenova”.

  In response to Tania’s suggestions, we have fine-tuned the testing process. From now on:

 1)       We’ll inform the students of how many questions (around 30).

 2)       Estimate time could be between 45 minutes and 90 minutes (students can take as long as they want)

 3)       Encourage the students to take a break (students can complete in as many sessions as they want)

 4)       Try to do during class time to minimise the interference with photocopier noise.

 5)        Also the students are free to complete at home with the URL and login.

 Did you know: You can read more information about The Assessment Tool and Literacy in New Zealand at http://literacyandnumeracyforadults.com