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English for Migrants

Presented by a highly qualified and experienced English teacher who understands the needs of his fellow migrants, these 30 minute lessons cover all aspects of English including Pronunciation, Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. Hear how to improve English for general and workplace communication, social interactions, job interviews, IELTS and academic writing, along with interviews with migrants and English experts.


  • Adon Kumar

    Thirty years a Kiwi from Malaysia, with a BA in English and MA in Applied Linguistics, Adon took up teaching English after a successful career in IT. Having added a TESOL Certificate from Trinity College, London, he took to teaching English for Specific Purposes at Unitec and has been a private tutor for over 10 years. Adon enjoys working on his lifestyle farm, speaks at migrant seminars, serves as a J.P., loves cooking and singing.

English for Migrants

Friday, 19 August, 2016

The Language of Christmas

Cars everywhere, beautiful decorations and music in the shopping malls and the supermarket trolleys are bulging with groceries. What is going on? It is Christmas time and Kiwis are getting ready for this special festival. In this lesson you will find about the meaning of Christmas and the words you need to learn to use at this time of the year. Learn about what Kiwis do during this festive season and if you are invited to a Christmas party you will know what to do and say.

Previous podcasts

  • The Language of Kiwi Holidays

    • MONDAY 30/05/2016
    • Health

    Kiwis use a lot of slang words during the holiday season to talk about where they are going, what they are taking and so on. Words such as brekkie, barbie, wop-wops, bangers, rellies, bach, going bush, are just a few words you need to know. Migrants may not know what these mean and such vocabulary may not be found in the dictionary either. So chill, grab a tinny and listen to this lesson.

  • Get Real - The Lady from Ceylon

    • THURSDAY 19/05/2016
    • Health

    In this Get Real Interview "The Lady from Ceylon" shares her migrant story. She has only been in NZ for 8 months and yet she has already made significant progress and towards establishing her new career. Her story is impressive as is her effervescence.

  • The Language of Goodbye

    • FRIDAY 13/05/2016
    • Health

    It is always sad to say goodbye to someone you love. In English there are many other "goodbye� words you can use. Some are more formal than the others. We also use French words in English to say goodbye. Kiwis also use slang goodbye words. See you, bye, Ciao, See you later alligator! Listen and make your own list.

  • Creative Writing

    • WEDNESDAY 27/04/2016
    • Health

    Can you make your words dance? We write for all sorts of reasons. And each reason demands a different style of writing. You may be good in essay writing but what about creative writing? Creative writing is a powerful skill to have. It can go to the heart of things and its a skill you can learn. This lesson explains all you need to know. Listen and be moved.

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