I registered for English 24 and started my second semester at college. Fortunately, my professor remained the same as during the first term and I am accustomed to her rate of speech and know all her requirements. She already hanged out a similar list of assignments. To my surprise, I discovered that I understand her more clearly, as well as my classmates. I couldn`t say that before and it could be assessed as a small breakthrough on the pace to my success.
Also, today I fought my fear and volunteered to read in the classroom aloud. It was for the first time that I opened my mouth in front of all my classmates. So, I can be proud of myself. It was so exciting! However, while reading the text I felt the nervous trembling of my knees. By the way, I became a resident of New York City and as a result my college tuition reduced in half.
English 12 was a real struggle for me. I can conclude that it was an interesting course. I had to write assignments like “If I am to wake up the opposite sex.” and speculate about the sex minorities and special ads for lesbians and gays. I worked very hard and greatly improved my writing. In general, I would describe this course mainly as a usual writing course. However, a research paper written in MLA format was new for me.
Required text was “What's Language Got to Do with It?” by Keith Walters and Michal Brody. Additionally, for the research paper I used some articles form magazines.
This month marks the end of the first year I've been writing about my progress in learning English. I hope the new year brings me more readers and bigger progress in learning English.
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It would be interesting to know for beginners about the website called Language Guide (www.languageguide.org). It is a perfect start for learning English and many other languages because there is a big selection of languages to study staring with alphabet and letters' pronunciation. This website will help significantly speed up memorizing of new words with the help of pictures. Also, in my opinion, it is easy to study with this website even to those who are over 50 years old because it starts to teach starting with common words referring to food, household, animals, and human body that can be used in everyday life.
At first glance ELLLO (www.elllo.org), which stands for English Listening Lesson Library Online, doesn't seem to be very educational, but later I was surprised how greatly it can improve English listening. by the way their slogan is "Learn English Naturally!" In section "Views" many really interesting dialogs can be found and you can read the text while listening to them. I like section "Games" the best of all because each topic is organized in form of a game where you are offered to listen to a story and then you have to choose one of the pictures on the screen that was described by the author.
U.S.A. Learns (www.usalearns.org) is a free web-based multimedia system that contains good materials for those who learning English as a second language.
I would like to describe a bit the complicated navigation of this website. After you register in order to it would be easier for you to find the next time the place you where you've stopped, there will appear three buttons on the screen with English levels. Each of them offers different topics that cover many aspects of human life such as school, work, and family. Units and options that they provide can check one`s spelling and pronunciation, comprehension and listening leverls that are very important for learners in the beginning.