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Phillipa Dimakis interviewed by Peter Parkhill for the Voices from the Illawarra collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 2560547
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Dimakis, Phillipa, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access to be determined. 
Description 1994 
6 sound tape reels (ca. 143 min.) : analog, 7 1/2 ips, full track mono. 

Voices from the Illawarra collection.


Phillipa Dimakis, born in Adelaide talks about her family background; the post WWII period; the family return to Perth; schooling; her Primary school teacher training; first appointment as teacher (1959), Roebourne, W.A.; racism; the heat; local dances and band; returning to Perth and school near Fremantle; ship to Sydney; teaching at Pymble Ladies' College (PLC); joining the Department of Immigration (1964), Shipboard Education Program; Education Program (1968); Bonegilla Migrant Hostel, food, residents, buildings; gender balance among teachers; teaching at Bonegilla; 'Situational English' course book; student teachers observing classes; teachers' feelings toward migrants; discrimination at Bonegilla; assimilation; tourist films about Australia; multiculturalism, attitudes towards migrants; preparing for first voyage on the ships; warnings against fraternisation with the crew; representing the Australian Government; salaries, cost of living; sailing on the Patris, spending money on shore, life on the ship; the English course, preparation for classes; volunteer teachers; assessing students; an overview of the language learning process; length of classes; course materials and program; student numbers; teaching methodology; information kits for students; classrooms; shipboard life; behaviour on the ships; accommodation for migrants; passengers; staff/crew relations with passengers; the work on ships, ends; Adult Multicultural Education Services (AMES), joining (1970); changes in teaching methodologies; Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP); hours allotted by Government reduced (1992), new legislation on teaching hours; the rules governing AMEP.


Recorded on 1 June 1994.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Related Material Australian TESOL industry; located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 5495. 
Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (4 p.) 
Subjects Dimakis, Phillipa -- Interviews.  |  Australia. Department of Immigration -- Officials and employees.  |  Teachers -- New South Wales -- Interviews.
Occupation Teachers.
Other authors/contributors Parkhill, Peter, Interviewer


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