The paper "Learning a Second Language " is an outstanding example of an education essay. Learning a second language is never so easy. This was proven when our tutor took us through eight-week training on learning English. Being a Saudi Arabia national, this was a very trying moment since my country is not Anglophone. My history in English as a language was only in high school which I took as a hobby. This paper is a diary on the vocal journal that I wrote during the eight-week training. The last section of the paper consists of the notes that I took about the ten steps we had learned in class on effective listening. Week 1 Being the first week of our training, the tutor introduced us to various sentence construction structures.
This was important as it would help in understanding how to eventually make paragraphs. From the interviews, the tutor had noted that most of us had little problems in spelling. This was driven by the fact that all of us were aware that the college was mainly Anglophone and thus each had taken simple English courses and read a lot of English material (James, & Tarik, 2007).
For the classmates who came from Anglophone countries, they found this first week a waste of time. Emphasis was made to the use of 5w’ s and how in the construction of questions. The relationship of place, choice, mode, person, and plurality in the formulation of sentences was emphasized. The difference usage of the 5 w’ s and how apart from construction of questions was also taught to us in this week. Two lips exercise tongue twister was the exercise of the week.
The below poem was used for practice. “ Betty bit a bit of butter, But it was a bitter bite; But a bit of better butter betty never bit. ” (Broughton, 2009) Week 2 After a lot of practice on the construction of sentences, the tutor showed us how to use the whole of our body in conversation. According to the tutor, the use of other parts of the body helped the audience to understand what the narrator was saying (James, & Tarik, 2007). Thus even where the narrator and the audience use different accents, the use of gestures could help both of them to understand one another.
In addition, the use of gestures helps in reducing the tension for a narrator who is not confident in the language he/he is using.
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Owen, H., (2012). Handbook of Communication Skills. U.S.A.: Taylor & Francis