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Thumbs upIt's no wonder international students need some help interpreting Australian slang. And a trivia night on Wednesday 3 October at the Melbourne campus library aimed to iron out any potential misunderstandings between local and international students.

Organised and held by Student Learning Advisers, the fun trivia evening covered Australian slang and culture over five categories: music, geography, history, language, and people and characters.

Prizes were awarded in each category with a grand prize of some audio goodies such as DVDs and music, says Ana Maria Garcia Melgar, trivia host and international student. A steady supply of typical Australian treats such as lamingtons, Fantales, and Jaffas will be provided, plus soft drinks.

‘We also had some trivia based on the movies that we have shown in the five-week film series that finished recently,’ says Ana. Films included The Castle, Kenny, and Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

‘So for example, one of the questions was “How does Felicia call a dress in the film Priscilla Queen of the Desert?” she says...’ (Read on for the answer.)

The evening is part of the new Tutoring in the Library Program, from the Academic Language and Learning Unit (ALLU).

Ana says the program started in Semester 1 this year. It offers workshops in the library on a range of areas including computer skills, PowerPoint presentations, essay writing and referencing. Workshops are arranged based on student demand. Students who feel they need some help with their academic skills can drop in at any time at the Student Learning Advisers’ desk, just across from the Writer's Block Café in the library entrance.

Ana is herself an international student from Madrid, Spain. She was awarded a La Trobe Academic Excellence Scholarship for the postgraduate coursework Master of Education, which she has just finished. She intends to continue on to a higher degree by research, the Doctor of Philosophy (Education).

The Student Learning Adviser desk is open from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 12pm to 3pm on weekends. Learning advisers are students from across all faculties. Students do not need to make an appointment.

(Answer: a frock)