amal story

Monday, February 28, 2005


1-Why do people smoke when they know how bad it is for their health?

Everyone knows smoking is bad for their health because it is displayed on every cigarette packet. Also a lot of smokers have diseases caused by smoking. However they still smoke because they have an addiction to nicotine . They also believe cigarettes help them to relax and some people believe it helps them to work better.

2-What makes people take up smoking in the first place?

- They want to experiment or try smoking. They want to know how it feels and tastes it many be just for fun and they might not continue smoking .
- People respond to peer pressure. If their friends are doing something they don’t want to be different.
- Many people, especially young people, want to be like them. So they imitate their behaviour smoking in the movies, tv and newspapers.

3- What do you think of tobacco companies making money out of the sale of cigarettes?

- It is bad for tobacco companies to make money out of something that causes disease and death. They are selling something that makes you die later on.
-Cigarette companies support tobacco famers by buying their crops. If the farmers can’t sell their crops, they can’t make a living.

4- What do you think about governnements collecting revenue from cigarette production?

Revenue helps governments to pay for many expenses in a modern economy, like pensions, health, jobs, education, pharmaceuticals, defense, etc. The government would lose a lot of money if they didn’t collect this revenue from cigarette companies.

Bankstown AMES

The Adult Migrant English centre at Bankstown is one of several government English language schools for newly arrived, adult migrants who need English language training for further study or employment.

The centre is located in Jacobs Street, close to Bankstown Square and opposite Bankstown council offices. It is a two-storey, blue, brick and cement building. At the front of the building, there are steps and a ramp. On the ground floor there is a reception area, about 7 classrooms, childcare, teacher’s staff room and amenities.
The first floor has a library, computer room, student’s room, counsellor’s room, and five classrooms.

There is many different staff in the centre: trained, experienced, adult ESL teachers, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, bilingual reception staff.

The students at the centre have different nationalities and different language, education and cultural backgrounds. They have a range of English levels and needs, which depends on their previous English study and current goals.

If you want to join a class at AMES you need to make an appointment for an interview to find out if you are eligible and what time is suitable for you to study.


My name is Amal and I come from Lebanon. I was born there. I speak Arabic and a little English.

I studied at school to year twelve. I didn’t work in Lebanon because after I finished school I got married and I came to Australia in 17-1-2003 I live in Bankstown with my husband and his name is Mohammed he’s a tiler and he’s 25 years old.

After 6 months I started to learn English in Bankstown AMES . Now I’ve decided to go to teach an in Arabic school for a children .And in the future I want to have 3 children .