Englishall the timeStudent’sNameInstitution
I have been in United Statesfor 1 year and I have been through a lot during this 1 year. Forexample when I came to U.S., everyone speaks English. For non-nativespeakers, we want to improve our English skills through differentkind of ways such as: talk to Native Americans, join activities,going to parties, and so on. Are these ways effective? Sometimes itwas effective but later I found it made me crazy (Evans, 1982). As aninternational student, I have my own responsibilities to learnEnglish well but it is easier than done.
When I was a high schoolstudent, my teacher always told me that if you want to improve yourEnglish skills you must focus on speaking, listening, reading, andwriting. These four subjects are the most important. For speaking,the teacher said that you have to talk to native speakers more oftenso that your speaking skills will improve. When it came to listening,the teacher advised me to listen to American radio stations every day(Fries, 1945). By doing so, I would be able to discern more clearlywhat is being said as time went by. Eventually, this would go a longway in improving my listening skills. When it came to my readingskills, he was of the opinion that reading newspapers daily wouldhelp me learn new vocabulary and understand how to use themappropriately. He said that words cannot just be crammed.
One need to see how they areused and the only way to master a language is to be able to read howother writers manipulate different words and put them together tobring about a different meaning. It was very difficult to understandnew words in the beginning, but his advice was that I should try ashard as possible to keep the reading spirit alive. He believed thatif I kept at it long enough then I would soon get the hang of it(Daif, 2007). The writing part was the trickiest. You can neverseparate being a good writer from being an avid reader. In order tobe able to write a good story, I needed to read several storieswritten by other experienced individuals first. Novels and shortstories were the first place that I should start. Understanding howit is that authors put facts together to give a story is the only waythat I too could become proficient in the same.
I followed each instructionthat I was given by my teacher, read newspapers every day, readnovels and listened to American radio stations so as to get a betterand deeper understanding of the language. I must say, at first, I wasvery passionate about learning English. This is because it is a veryinteresting language and I wanted to be as fluent as everybody elsearound me. I tried my best to study from radio, newspaper and I gavemyself chance to make American friends.
I never listened to theChinese music and haven not even been watching Chinese movies. Thisis because the only thing that I do all day is learn English.Listening to the radio is not even as enjoyable as one would imagineas it is sometimes feels like a chore. I really want to get better atthe language but I wish that there was a better way of learning itwithout having to do it all the time and every day.
There are a few Englishstories and English subjects books on my desk. There are severalpages of English passages in my bed, and there is a TOEFL book in mybed too. If you open my computer, you open the website addresses, youcan see all links are English websites. Such as: 365 online radiostations, and a few movie links (Miller, 1980). There are severalclass syllabus, time schedules on my wall and State newspaperseverywhere. At this moment, I am listening to the Kelly Clarkson’smusic and typing essay on my computer. I think my life is a bit messybecause English makes me crazy.
Can anybody bear English allthe time? Before, I was watching my own language movies, stories, andchatting with Chinese friends. But now, everything has changed.Everything is in English and I kept reading English newspapers,chatting with native friends in English and also go to restaurant weorder food in English. I kept listen English music, radio, and I alsokept divert myself as part of American (Fries, 1945). That means I amgoing to become half American because I did everything that nativepeople did in their daily life. Isn’t it? When I came back toAmerica this July, I feel totally boring, tiresome, frustrated andexhausted about English at all! I don’t want to listen to theEnglish radio, I don’t want to read newspaper, and I don’t wantto touch everything in English! This is the reaction of English allthe time.
For international students wholike me, have the same job is enhance our English skills. Who hasproper ways to improve our English skills? Reading newspapers everyday? Listen to the radio every day? No, these skills are unable forlong time because after a long time, you will give up English and youwill hate English because you can’t bear it for 3 or 4 months.
English as second language forstudents is very hard because it is getting tiresome to learn Englishall the time (Evans, 1982). It is just the same as working in a newoffice, for example, say you are just a graduate student and you haveworked in a company for just two days. You are kind of unfamiliarwith this company and so you are trying to learn something useful andhelpful, you also have to understand what they say and do you have aswell as knowing exactly how to do it just as everyone else does itall the time. You don’t have extra time to find out what’s goingon or what concepts they are dealing in.
As a result, I would like todeny is the right way to improve our Englishbecause it is easy to get frustrated as well as bored if you are justpracticing the language throughout (Daif, 2007). Some people thinkreading newspapers and watching American movies all the time areeffective ways of improving our language skills but the thing isthese things can only benefit the student if they are actuallygetting some relaxation from it sometimes. Repeating the same thingsthrough out in a bid to understand the language better is verytasking and can easily make one give up on it.
Personal literacy development
My literacy growth anddevelopment has been described by a few inclination tests trying todistinguish my thinking and critical thinking aptitudes. As aninvestor, I am obliged to have clear and lucid diagnostic abilities.The abilities will be utilized to examine factual information forforeseeing future exhibitions in the business. Before I arrived, myoccupation in keeping money had done three diverse inclination tests(Howell,2009). Imanaged to excel in all the three tests. My exploration inpsychometric tests gives an involved to why I did not figure out howto breeze through my initial three tests. I will object the claimthat ability and financial conclusions are both unpredictable andmultidimensional variables. It would oblige a decision out of twoconceivable reasons for the association between test scores andmonetary results. This shows that psychometric tests require mentalcapacity, which is dissimilar to physical capability.
Diverse callings requiredistinctive aptitudes which are demanded for sound examination ofstudents’ performance in psychometric tests. My desire to engage inmanagement of an account was not the same as the basketball playergiven that I evaluated myself over the test. Many assessors reviewedthe investigations done with regard to the tests. The inquiries inthe inclination tests required the application of analytic skills inthe organization of the items (Yagelski,2010).This initiative was organized in a manner that I was to sequentiallypick the items. This section required me to apply my mental capacityin the exercise. I needed to play tactfully in order to succeed in myendeavor with regard to the tests and self-evaluation. Moreover, Iemerged the winner in the assessment process because of thedetermination and zeal in the attempting of the test.
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