During the course of this module, there were times where deadlines were tight amidst all my other modules and mid-terms, however, I was able to submit my assignments on time and thus, I feel that I have done well in that aspect. I used to have trouble finishing my essays as I tend to run out of things to write and through this module, I have learned how to craft out an essay outline before writing and search for additional materials so as to aid in my essay writing. While it is important to source for additional information, I learned that it is equally important for me to paraphrase these points if I were to incorporate them into my essay.
As the essay was on digital divide, I was quite confused on whether it was digital divide that caused the problems or the problems caused the digital divide. In the end, I opted to go with digital divide being a vicious cycle, where both the problems, such as poverty and digital divide affect each other. Adding on, I have not researched on this topic before and so I had spend some time trying to understand and research on the topic (mostly through the internet) before I could start writing on the essay. Also, although I tried to use the information from the excerpts adapted from van Dijk as I had trouble using most of the information in my essay. However, one of the main problem I still face is that I tend to stray away from my train of thoughts, such as linking back to the topic sentence and also, I had trouble evaluating my solutions. Therefore, the only way I can do the address the problem now is to continue to practice writing more essays and plan an essay outline before starting writing and stick with it.
(a) One or two of the most important “points” on your English language learning journey thus far. What did you do? Why were these points important?
English language is one the most widely-used language in the world right now and Singapore is also one of the many countries that uses the language as the main form of communication. Having grew up in Singapore, I have been in touch with the language for over 20 years now, and of course, during this journey, I have learned many invaluable lessons that had shaped my thinking of the language in a different way and there are definitely many reasons why English is such an important language in today’s world.
During this journey, I have learned that the English language is a much more vast language than most people think it is, especially in the world today. Without the knowledge of this language, one will definitely find it difficult to comprehend the concepts of science and technology, which uses the language to a very large extent. To add on, in Singapore, all subjects, only with the exception of Mother Tongue, uses the English language, and this alone shows how much we are heavily influenced and dependent on it. Even my parents and teachers have reminded me countless times the importance of the language and how much it would impact my future negatively if I was not able to master this language.
However, being proficient in the writing and understanding of the language is not enough, articulation is equally important too. First impressions of people are often made based on their ability to articulate well and conveying their point across to the other party. People who are unable to do so are often seen to be “uneducated”, “uncredible” or even a “laughing stock”. Therefore, it is almost not possible to survive well in today’s society, especially in Singapore, when one cannot master the ability to understand the language and at the same time, articulate well.
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