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As a second language learner, English is the one of the most difficult subject for me to learn. As a young girl, I was taught the phonics and the alphabet. As each year passed, I learned to put those letters together to make words, sentences, and finally paragraphs into essays. My English increases every year, and each year my English grows without understanding. When I arrived in English 908, my whole new perspective changed. I realized there is more to writing than just putting words on the paper. I have accomplished a variety of goals I once thought were unattainable. This English 908 class has really allowed me to expand my essay structure and the ways of thinking in writing.
The first lesson I learned, are from the essay professor Mahoney let us read in the class called the “Silk parachute.” Professor Mahoney taught me the structures and how to use the concrete details to make my ideas be clear and supported. For example, in my descripted essay describing my mother, I learn to use the concrete details to avoiding generalities so that a reader can have a better visualiztion in my descripted essay such as, instead of saying "My mother is a nice and strong woman," I can say, " My mother who brought me up with her whole kindly heart and she is the kind of persistent woman with strong willpower who had to face the toughest challenges in life." This concrete detail creates a vivid image in the reader's mind to help increase interest in the essay.
During my English 908 class, I learned to use a lot of new vocabulary on my essay because professor Mahoney helped the students including myself learn to memorize new vocabulary and how to use them correctly. By memorizing new vocabulary help me to express complex ideas and keep me from ...

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...mmar issues are not an easy thing to fix whenever I’m writes an essay. I would always have grammar issues throughout my essays. Professor Mahoney often give me feedback how I should improved my grammar by reading out loud to myself. By doing this, it helps me a lot in terms of realizing my grammar issues. Also, it makes me realize what is missing and what I need to add in that sentence in order to have an understandable sentence. It may be simple, but it does help me a lot in my own way. Therefore, my understanding of grammar issue is not fully fixed, but it is still improving daily.
As the term comes to an end, I think that this semester has been a great journey for me so far because I have learned a lot, including the fact that I still have a lot to learn. I hope to continue improving my writing skills as a student so that I can be successful in my future career.

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