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12 April 2018

Luka talks his way to the top of the class

When 8-year-old Luka Dodos migrated back to Australia from Serbia 16 months ago he couldn’t speak a lick of English. But now he is at the top of his class in school.

Luka achieved this through study at Kumon Carrum and with his family’s constant support.

“When Luka started Kumon, he did not speak English at all”, explained his mother, Ljiljana Dodos. “But at the end of the year he was at the top of the class in English.”

Luka said that, “Kumon makes me better at thinking about the new things that I am reading all the time. My spelling is getting better all the time and I love interesting facts.”

Luka was born in Australia, as were his siblings Millie and Thea. In 2013, the Dodos family moved back to Serbia. By the time the children returned to Australia three years’ later, Luka and Thea’s English skills had deteriorated.

“I did not understand English very well when I came back to Australia”, Thea, 10 years old, said. “However, Kumon helped me a lot.”

Meanwhile, Millie, 13 years old, said Kumon, “gave me a path to real literature” by introducing her to classic novels and texts.

Kumon Carrum is one of 330 tuition centres across Australia and New Zealand, with 53,600 students enrolled throughout. Kumon is dedicated to maths and English tutoring, and is designed to help students develop self-esteem and the ability to self-learn.

Robyn Wheatley, Instructor at Kumon Carrum, said that the Dodos are hard-working and dedicated to their studies.

“The Dodos’s have a great work ethic, and the children and parents have a great relationship”, Robyn said. “It’s thanks to this that they have achieved so much.”

(Left to right) Thea, Luka and Millie Dodos with Kumon Instructor Robyn Wheatley.

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