I have learned here at Virginia State University how to write, how to be myself, how to ponder for myself, and how to locate the solutions to the problems I do not have the answers to. I learned how vital the English language is to everyday life. There is never a second that goes by without me contemplating about something, but being enrolled in my first English class at Virginia State University, I am very proud to announce that as a result my critical analysis skills have significantly increased. Instead of concentrating on a proposed purpose, I have figured out how to constantly ask myself "why". I now actually dare myself to investigate an author’s work as acu... ... middle of paper ... ...em up.
I really thought I was going to master any English classed without paying extra attention and efforts on it, but that is not true at all. Actually, the scores of first couple two assignments I did were not bad. However, I didn’t tell anybody how strugglin... ... middle of paper ... ...would research it with my mother language. After several blogs, I realized that I am getting better. Not just on my blog but all practices I did also effected on my daily life.
I remember just looking at the English book and contemplating when the time would arrive that I would get to know what these words meant. After several months of reading I began to understand the language more, but was still far from having a solid understanding of the language. Out of all of my classes, English was the most difficult one, even though I was learning and actively engaged. The learning process was challenging because I did not have the chance to talk to people outside of class, so what I was taught in class did not sink in. I tried to have conversation outside of school with my classmates.
If I want to get anywhere in life in America, I have to read, write, and speak English fluently; otherwise I would be known as less by my peers. As of today, I can read, write, and speak English fluently. However, speeches are still a difficulty; I feel as if I am being judged, but I know I can overcome this obstacle with practice and experience. Ever since I was in elementary school, I had always favored writing
Portfolio This assignment is based on my seven week placement in a year 3 class in East London. Critical Incident 1 During one of my first maths lesson in the school, I was working with the higher ability children. At this point I had not seen the teachers plan for this lesson or the term. The lesson was on subtraction using tricky columns. The school uses the Maths Makes Sense scheme, it was the first time I had seen this scheme being used.
English was taught as a second language and it mostly focused on teaching grammar. Namely, my views about teaching English changed because the English lessons were only based on memorization of grammar rules. If you teach English, you should integrate four skills into the lesson otherwise students fail to learn and speak in the target language. Before I attend this internship program, I thought that teaching was an easy job. When I started it, I faced the reality because there are many duties of teachers to perform.
I grew up in a small South Texas border city, Laredo. In Laredo, most individuals, including myself, spoke Spanish as a first language, and gradually learned to speak, read, and write English in grade school. Another characteristic of Laredo was the distinction between families who were well off and those who were not, but there was never really an “in-between.” After attending private catholic school for 10 years, pre-kinder through eighth grade, my parents decided it was time for a change. My public high school, John B. Alexander, was a rather large school with each class averaging around 700 students. It was quite a change compared to my eighth grade graduating class of 48 students, but I was both ready and anxious for that change.
Reading and writing are two of the main features of literacy education for both children and out-of-school adults. Components of reading and writing are not mutually exclusive and some educators argue that reading paves way for writing. Therefore, it is crucial to develop reading programs are strong and skill building. Reading processes for children and adults are different but some practices are applicable to both populations despite developmental differences. Therefore, reading programs should take into consideration the literacy program philosophy about reading, unique characteristics of adult learners, strategies to be used and literacy environment.
While Spanish comprises 69% and French makes up additional 18% of their enrollment (Department of Education). Less than 1% combined of these students study languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Japanese, Korean, and Russian. During George W. Bush’s presidency, Bush addressed the issue and determined that the United States needs more ... ... middle of paper ... ...hildren have the opportunity to broaden their horizons personally and professionally. Works Cited Cognitive Benefits of Learning Language. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language, Fall 2007.
Learning a new language isn’t always easy. It has it’s up and down moments but once I learned that new language I felt accomplished and a lot of new opportunities open for me. My point is that learning English for me wasn’t easy, but once I learned English, I was able to help out my parents more and a bunch of new doors opened for me. You can say by knowing English I had a little more power now at home because they depended a lot on me now but it also felt great just to help them out with their English. When I first started school, I really didn’t know any English.