Amy Tan, the author of The Joy Luck Club, talks about in the article, Mother Tongue, how her mother’s broken English would affect her daily life, how people treat her because of it, and how she felt about her mother’s language. She also talks about when she was in school she was pushed towards science and maths because of her cultural background, as an Asian American student; when she really wanted to write English and become an English major. In the beginning paragraph of the article Tan explains how she has to depict the different Englishes she uses through her daily life in writing and how she is able to deal with it.
My English 1310 course was taught by Professor Daniel Stuart. He taught us the concept of academic writing and why it is important. Academic writing is the process of breaking down ideas, using a formal tone, deductive reasoning and third person. Writing done to carry out the requirements of a college or university on a research based level. It requires a starting point or introduction, followed by a thesis on the preferred topic, then comes proving and disproving of the evidence based arguments. It is important because it is a way to communicate our thoughts clearly and originality. It helps us think and see what evidence we can come up to contribute to that thinking. This course approached this idea of academic writing by exploring further
Writing is a tool that is universally known and used as a primary source of communication. It is a process that is taught, practiced, and perfected throughout the course of one’s life. The process of learning to write begins in your early school years and continues to develop all the way through high school, college, and even beyond college. However, once you get to college writing tends to become a little bit more challenging and is typically more articulate. Writing can help you gain more knowledge and also help you to explore and discover new ideas. In terms of college writing, it is the process of being able to express your thoughts and ideas in an intellectual and effective way.
When asked about effective writing, many people respond that it is the act of placing the thoughts together in a logical manner. This response is too narrow because it suggests that effective writing is only a matter of getting the writing code correct. It also suggests that writing degenerates from the thought, which is not the case. Although the definitions of effective writing has nothing to do with effective writing itself, there are various points of effective writing that can be used to achieve effective writing. In simple terms, an effectively writing material must be preplanned, organized, revised and properly edited.
To know how to improve your college level writing skills, first of all you need to understand what college level writing is. Melzer (2011) states that College-level writing is a broad term with many different characteristics which focuses on self-thinking rather than engaging material with the idea that you have to agree with everything the author of the writing has to say; you have to know how to do proper research, your writing has to be persuasive, the organization of your ideas has to be sophisticated which means it has to varied, not following the same order/template every time, and all the arguments that you estate in your writings have to have strong back up support; grammar, and vocabulary are part of these characteristics as well (Melzer, 2011).
Tan directs this article in a certain way to allow for several people to relate. Even though she has the heritage of a Chinese culture, she did grow up in the United States, so she knows what catches people’s interest. She bases the entire article off of experiences that she has had with her own mother and the language barriers her mother has had to put up with. Someone who may not have experienced this first hand would probably not have as strong an argument. Tan also gears the article to a wide audience. Even if someone does not care about language or the struggles to be heard by people who can’t understand you, she throws in interesting stories that catch any reader for a small moment. A good audience for this article is people who deal with those who speak “broken” English, such as those in ESL programs.
Writing for college is not a game that anyone can play along. College writing becomes difficult as time passes but students these days aren’t ready for that kind of college writing. Coming to college prepared for writing is one of the biggest challenge everyone is facing these days. Writing has become so hard that students are going away from it day by day besides getting closer to it and acknowledging it.
During the first semester course CC1101: Creative Imagination, I learned a lot about writing, as well as other important information one needs to know as a writer. Walking into the class I had some knowledge about writing, but as the classed progressed I started learning more and more about it. For example: revising and editing, ‘writing what you know’, researching, and taking risks with writing.
College writing meets standards beyond the limits of high school writing. Delivering a purpose backed by concrete evidence and arguments. Written in a professional manner college writing smoothly persuades the audience in the authors favor. Using correct information cited from scientific journals and other reliable sources college writing addresses all sides of an issue at hand.
In high school, students are only taught the basics of writing. Once students reach college, professors expect essays to be detailed and original. College writing varies greatly from high school, leaving professors to teach proper and advanced writing techniques. For some, this may be an easy transition, while for others it may not be so simple. Proper writing techniques are in important throughout life and can be used when applying for jobs. In high school, papers could be done mindlessly and last minute. However, in college, students are expected to be much more thorough in their writings and dedicate time to doing so. All writers must be more illustrative, detailed, plain, and concrete.
Going into College Writing I truly believed that it would be one of the toughest classes on my schedule. However, Doctor Reamer truly helped make this class easier than I ever dreamed. Doctor Reamer goes to unbelievable lengths to help students, and she makes sure that we have the resources needed to succeed. English is indeed a hard class, but with a teacher like Doctor Reamer then any student can succeed in it. For future students, you also need to put maximum effort toward every assignment. If you lack the gumption to put in effort, then the lengths Doctor Reamer takes for you will be in vain.
‘Helping students meet the challenges of academic writing’ by Fernsten and Reda is an interesting study how reflective writing practices can be useful for marginalized students, who are struggling with “negative writer self-identity. The possible causes according to Fernsten & Reda are, “issues such as race, class and gender that are marginalized factors for many basic writers”, in addition to the expectations of the dominant academic culture. However, even though Fernsten & Reda illuminated the ‘potential conflicts’ within the academic world, they have failed to provide conclusive evidence that supports their argument regarding their solution. Their reliance on dated research that provides a one sided historical perspective, may no longer accurately reflect current socio/economic issues. In addition, education has been evolving to an inclusive curriculum approach, as immigrated children enter the school system in record numbers. “Persons obtaining legal permanent status in the U.S from the year 2000-2010 are roughly eleven million” (Homeland Security,pg.10/2010). Fernsten & Reda’s confidence of their own limited teaching practices without legitimate comparables from an empirical study leads to their underlying assumptions about the true effectiveness of reflective writing strategies and the causes they believe are associated to a student’s socio/economic background.