Although the first input I received was in my own family, it was not till I went to school when I was teaching English for the first time. At school, the teaching method used was the form-focused instruction, using both approaches, in a first moment audiolingual method and after in secondary school grammar translation method. In both cases as based on production, I had to do exercises connected directly with grammar, such as substitution skills, blank-filling exercises, or dialogues, most of them learned by heart, without any opportunity to manipulate language, far than apply the learned grammar skills or vocabulary saw in the classroom. Teaching grammar with a method based on a production-based instruction clearly conditioned my L2 knowledge. In addition, the only input that I received was in the classroom, and provided only by one non-native English teacher.
It was in a primitive style of learning, without following a coursebook the teacher would write a few sentences to the related topic of the day, ask us to note down and then repeat after her. Now, I have to admit that imitation of sounds was a useful way of teaching pronunciation and I have utilized this time-honored technique since my first year in teaching. I was at secondary school when my love for English started. Our English teacher was very young and attractive. I was inspired and intrigued by her amazing use of language.
Consequently, after reading Anzaldua’s story, I have contemplated my languages that intersect. As a result, my languages are Spanish, English, and Spanglish. The first language I learned was Spanish as it was my parent’s primary language. It was the language I used to interact with people and entered elementary with. I would say words such as hola, como estas to greet people or me puedes ayudar when asking for help when I was at school.
At first, I struggled with reading. Fortunately, my step-dad and mom pushed me to read every day and it paid off. By the time I was in fifth grade I tested to a twelfth grade reading level. Reading wasn’t just a chore, it played a huge role in my childhood. When I think about how reading shaped who I am, I consider all of the stories that I could relate to, or the stories that made me grateful that I live the life I do.
For instance, a goal should be time-based, for years I used to set goals or tasks and never put a deadline or timeframe, so I keep procrastinating until I lose track of time and eventually finishing the task in as imperfect way or not finishing it at all. So after being exposed to SMART, now each time I set a new goal or task, I directly put a deadline or timeframe. Another amazing thing from the lecture is important/urgent matrix to
Just like I used to, I have a lot of trouble finding the right book that I honestly enjoy and can 't put down, when I would read constantly in middle school I could pick up any book and read it within a few days, but since I got older, Most books don 't appeal to me I haven 't found a certain genre of books that I have enjoyed, I feel like if I just pick up a book and just get through it push myself and read it I will eventually find a range of books that I enjoy. The only reason I want to start reading again in to expand my knowledge and its good to read simply because of how important it is day to day, we do it in school every single day and we do it when we don 't even realize it, it 's something that just comes naturally, something that we were taught to do. I have improved and I will continue to improve over the years, things will continue to get harder, the books will get harder, the words will become tougher to understand, but reading more difficult books with older words would help and makes my brain work harder to understand the book, There is so many things I can do to improve and become
I have been observing the FORM 5 English Class at a bilingual school in Uruguay called St. Brendan 's School. The students are 10-11 year-olds and their first language is Spanish. The first thing that drew me towards this topic was what first caught my attention the most during my observation time. Despite this being an English class, Spanish speaking occurs. I observed that the students are very knowledgeable about the English language when it comes to communicate with themselves and even with their teacher but still, Spanish tends to take the leading role.
Time helps us to grow and constantly change; we are altering mentally and psychologically with time. So, what is the time? The time is our shadow, which always follows us everywhere. According to the Benjamin Franklin essay " Way to Wealth" ' 'Lost times is never found again; and what we call enough, always proves little enough. ' ' That is, when we clearly understand what the time is, we use our time for the purpose.
In all my classes except for music I did my work and got my grade but never really interacted with my teachers. I remember biology class I hardly spoke with my teacher and it was actually one of the classes I struggled with the most. I had trouble capturing certain aspects of biology and I could not find the courage to go out of my comfort zone and just ask for help. This year however, I talk to my teachers about my grades, I interact with them on a daily basis. I’ve felt myself grow as a person and it benefits me so much.
Appreciation comes from fulfillment when you reach a spot in your life where you can feel and believe that you have successfully developed the mind to become happy with whatever you have. But this is the moment which you will get trough experiences; no matter how many times you heard about it hardly you will be able to connect with it. Experiences of life give those moments. Experiences of life educate us and we start appraising it. These are the moments when the same situation the same book and the same words look and feel different.