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Jinseul Kang
ENGLISH TO DREAM- ENGL1100 SEC022
Fri Sep 5, 2014 4:31pm
150.216.254.191

Koreans are caught up in the zeal of learning English. They put 500 to even 1000 dollars (one month) in it. It is required major subject in Korean version SAT. Companies look into English scores from authorized tests (TOEFL, TEPS, TOEIC, IELTS) when they’re hiring. They called someone ‘elite’ who can speak it fluently. There are thousands of English academies. It almost seems ridiculous.
My parents and I were also on that stream. I went to lots of academies and got tutoring. We put lots of money. I spent lots of time studying English. Fortunately I loved it. I had dreamed of being in America. I had strong motivation to do so I did enjoy studying it.

English has always been my favorite subject. I could be more active on the class. As a return of my efforts, I got high scores, compliments and awards. That taught me how is it like when you work hard and rewarded. It makes me have interest on studying. It also led my attention to other languages. Now I can speak Japanese as well as little French. Living in America, I appreciate myself in the past imagining how would be if I didn’t do what I did.

Even though my affection to English, There is the worst English class that I had taken right before I came to U.S. It was speaking class in private academy. Teacher is native. He didn’t really give students to have chat with him it’s totally one-way lecture. For your reminding, it was ‘speaking’ (talking) class. People paid for having chat with native so he could correct what they pronounce wrong etc. In other words, it wasn’t helpful. Also he taught very basic things which I already knew. There was nothing new.

There is reason that this course is on fundamental curriculum, academic advisors recommend to take this first. Most of courses in college have assignments, papers and reports. As writing intensive course, it will help me to get the fundamental ability to write those so that I could get through entire courses I’m taking. As well considering my dream to work in media, this will help me to go near the future that I want by improving my formal writing skills.

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  • 9/5 Discussion - Andy Bates, Thu Sep 4 6:17pm
    Describe your experiences in previous English classes. What did you find most beneficial? What did you benefit least from? What do you think will help you most in this semester?
    • Discussion Response - Tori Swartz, Fri Sep 5 4:57pm
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    • 9/5 Discussion - Henry Spence, Fri Sep 5 4:39pm
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    • ENGLISH TO DREAM- ENGL1100 SEC022 - Jinseul Kang, Fri Sep 5 4:31pm
    • 9/5 Discussion - Jared Holst, Fri Sep 5 3:33pm
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    • ENG 1100 - Brandon Goodwin, Fri Sep 5 3:21pm
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    • Re: 9/5 Discussion - Tatyana Allison, Fri Sep 5 2:46pm
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    • 9/5 Discussion - Lindsey Justice, Fri Sep 5 2:34pm
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    • Discussion - Danielle Wiercyski, Fri Sep 5 2:24pm
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    • My experiences in previous english classes - Dee Jetter, Fri Sep 5 2:08pm
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    • 9/5 Discussion - Lauren Smith, Fri Sep 5 2:03pm
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    • 9/5 discussion - Matt Ward, Fri Sep 5 1:58pm
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    • Re: 9/5 Discussion - Janice Stroud, Fri Sep 5 1:46pm
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    • 9/5 Discussion - Kathleen Henderson, Fri Sep 5 1:40pm
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    • Re: 9/5 Discussion - Michael Byrum, Fri Sep 5 1:38pm
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    • 9/5 Discussion - Morgan Wilson, Fri Sep 5 1:23pm
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    • 9/5 Discussion - Fadhila Al-Shammari, Fri Sep 5 1:21pm
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    • 9/5 Discussion - Rachel Samford, Fri Sep 5 1:17pm
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    • Re: 9/5 Discussion - Thomas Gtrotheer, Fri Sep 5 1:06pm
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    • Re: 9/5 Discussion - Lauren Starkey , Fri Sep 5 12:37pm
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    • 9/5 Discussion - Mollie Dignan, Fri Sep 5 12:31pm
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    • 9/5 Discussion - Nick Kleber, Fri Sep 5 12:23pm
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    • 9/5 Discussion - Ashley Larsen , Fri Sep 5 11:42am
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    • 9/5 Discussion - Jenna Russo, Fri Sep 5 11:40am
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    • 9/5 Discussion - Kacey Jarvis, Fri Sep 5 9:19am
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