A Broadcaster from Sydney

Lola talks about her life and indigenous peoples.


island simply put Let’s put it this way
multi- broadcast multilingual
salary around (2) globalization
suppose indigenous help wanted
probably aborigine lose/lost/lost (2)
realize first of all walk around
worry dominate self-determination
all over as long as shrink/shrank/shrunk (2)
poster humanity know/knew/known
roots (2) comfortable makes me happy
right (4) put up (3) one of the most
leisure mean (2) spend/spent/spent (2)
amazing determine for hours and hours
suppose branch (3) talk to myself
hope family tree unfortunately
lifestyle people of color






My name is Lola Forrester. I’m a Yeriberi Sasi Island woman. I live in Sydney, Australia

My age, well I can put it this way, my daughter is 35 this year, and my grandson is 14.

What do you do for a living?

I’m a broadcaster with SBS Radio in Sydney, a multilingual broadcaster which broadcasts in 68 languages.

And my salary is quite comfortable.

What does globalization mean to you?

Globalization for myself and for I suppose the 370 million indigenous people around the world it means loss of culture.

We live in the 21st century, and aborigine people around the world have realized we have a right to self-determination.

But unfortunately because of globalization the world is shrinking and it’s being dominated by very few people.

What worries you?

What worries me today is the loss of humanity in the world today, and I want to put up posters all over the world that says, “Wanted Humanity”.

What makes you happy?

What makes me happy is first of all I am a woman, and when I see my daughter and grandson, I know that I have created two more branches of my tree.

How do you spend your leisure time?

I spend my leisure time on probably one of the most amazing beaches in Australia, Bondi Beach.

Every weekend I walk around for hours and hours, I talk to myself.

Which country would you like to visit?

I suppose any country I’d like to go to as long as there are people of color.

What do you expect for your future?

I hope for good health, a good lifestyle and lots of good people around me.

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1. Lola is private about personal details. Yes or no? Do you think she is in her twenties, thirties, forties, fifties, sixties, seventies? Is she a “White” Australian?

2. Is she an audio engineer? Does she work in a music recording studio? What is her socioeconomic class? Do you think she is lower-class (poor), working class, middle-class, upper-middle-class or upper-class (rich)?

3. Does she feel positive, negative, both or in the middle about globalization? How does she characterize it?

4. Lola is worried about her finances (money). Is this right or wrong? What does Lola mean by “I want to put up posters that say ‘Wanted Humanity’?” Give examples.

5. Fast sports cars, elegant fashion and deluxe restaurants make her happy. Is this correct or incorrect?

6. Where is Lola’s favorite place? What does she do there?

7. Does she want to visit London and Paris?

8. Does she (only) wish for success and prosperity?


A. Are there indigenous people in your country? Describe their situation or condition.

B. Are you from Australia? Do you live in Australia? Have you been to Australia?

C. Have you met anyone from Australia? Who were they? What were they doing?

D. Describe the climate and geography of Australia.

E. Describe the economy of Australia. What does it import and export?

F. Does Australia have any problems or challenges?

G. What’s Australian food like? Describe the cuisine of Australia.

H. What are some tourist attractions (cultural, historical, natural)?

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