After a session with the tutor, I had an idea about what difficulty I had to face to be in the United States.In my paper, I wrote about how difficult it was when I learned many different languages and had to stop using my mother tongue to adjust to Average American life. Using an English every day improves me in my writing and when I communicate with people in daily life. Making writing center visits helped me eliminate my grammar mistakes and taught me how important rereading technique can improve my writing. Grammar is one of the most important things in writing an
From the first day attending that international high school in Shanghai, I knew what I need to do is try my best to speak, read and write in English as my first language. I was anxious, because the English I learned in middle school was just words and sentences. I never wrote an essay more than even a hundred words and I neither read even a single article more than one page. I sat in the classroom, facing the first foreign teacher in my life, Mr. Fine. I knew deep inside that what I had on English learning was almost zero.
I remember English class in high school and I thought it would be the same information so this class would just be a review and the hardest assignment would be to write a one page essay. I thought I could write any paper and make a A on it. As the time went by I realize this was not true. I started working on my attitude towards the class, what I learned and my weakness. First my attitude had to changed for this class.
I have spent many hours working on my grammar from comma rules to proper capitalization. When I finish a paper, I read over and spell check it to ensure there is no errors. Furthermore, my instructor has challenged me to become a better writer by consistently harping on my grammar errors. In my module one essay, “The Rhetorical Analysis,” number of grammatical errors in my writing was quite numerous. In this essay, instructor stated, “You have many grammatical errors; proofread carefully.” With the constant critiquing from my instructor, I learned to solve my ongoing grammatical issues through the implementation on spellchecking and revising drafts.
My Personal Experience with Reading and Writing “Limits of my language mean the limits of my world” Ludwig Wittergurtain. Writing and reading are two nessesary skills that I need while I am learning a new language. After I moved to the US I started to realize that speaking basic English is not enough to be successful. I did well in my first job interview using my speaking skills – I got a job! But in the first day of work I understood that I would have to change my mind from “I really want to improve my English” to “ I really need to improve my English”.
Naturally, I am not a great writer, it takes me days to develop what I believe to be the “perfect” paper. I have to make various outlines and really brainstorm what I am going to discuss. I have learned over the course of this semester that if you have good sentence structure, and excellent vocabulary, you can write less and still get the point across in your argument. Because I tend to overthink my papers, I do not use proper sentence structure and write excessively. In one of the first papers I wrote for this class, I felt as though my sentences were weak and I was repeating myself in every paragraph.
To me, good, clear writing was something more akin to magic than skill. And though I had no clue what I was or was not doing right, I fumbled my way through school. I mentioned that I was able to avoid grammar (explicit, formal, and traditional that is) until my junior year of BA work when I was required by my English department to take and pass a course in grammar. And like many of my classmates, I grumbled and complained about the requirement. I knew how to write.
When I first enter the class I saw myself as a writer that needed a lot of work. I knew my writing needed work because of my high school English teachers, they once told me that my writing needed a lot of work and was not college material. This statement became a reality once I received my first essay grade and feedback from my professor. I was still stuck in the high school mindset of the five paragraphs, and was unsure how to write a clear thesis statement. For example, in my first essay I had no clear thesis because I was only briefly taught how to write one my senior year of high school.
For this reason, when I started my first essay, I did not know how to write and what to write. When I handed in my English paper, I was patiently waiting to get my paper back so I could see my mistakes. A week later, my English instructor handed the paper back to me, and I was finally able to see my mistakes and the errors that I had made in my essay. After reviewing my paper, I realized that I needed to focus on using correct grammar, writing structure, and clearer details in order to improve my writing skills. First of all, when I read my paper, I realized that grammar is one of my major problems that I needed to work on.
I remember writing in a Big Chief notebook, holding a chubby pencil, trying my best to make the curves and lines of the letters just right. When I attended elementary school, the teacher devoted at least forty-five minutes to handwriting each day. Handwriting should still be taught in school because it is an essential first step to reading and expressing one’s thoughts and feelings and because of its impact on higher education. Writing is linked to spelling and reading because reading depends on letter recognition. Students become familiar with letters through writing.