My improvement over the semester included learning new techniques and skills in writing, speaking, and resources, which improved my abilities to develop ideas. Some of the speaking techniques learned includes being confident, getting acquitted with vocal production skills such as volume, clarity, and variety, and lastly, learn the good breathing strategy. The writing skills I learned include knowing my readers’ interest, allowing a third party to evaluate my work and to write more often. Lastly, applying the basic rules for good written English.
My current strengths include the skills learned in speaking and writing. They strengthened my confidence and made it possible to concentrate on my future goals such as finishing my course successfully and getting a good grade. However, my weakness lays in writing. Grammar has proven to be an obstacle to achieving my goals of passing my exams. My strategy of improving this weakness is by noting my mistakes corrected in returned papers and ensuring that I do not repeat them. I will also be practicing by doing a lot of writing and taking it to the professor to mark and correct it.
Other ways that will continue improving my speaking and writing skills include listening, to more English during my free time, not being afraid of making mistakes, and try to cram some common English phrases. Moreover, it is good to mimic and copy good English speakers such as Martin Luther King, writing many drafts before officially beginning to write, and using online sources to correct my grammar. It is good to write on different topics and areas in order to improve my creativity in the language.
My assessment of the strengths of my group experiences in this class was that it was easy to learn the concepts quickly. It is because I could ask my group members on areas I did not understand. The close relation to the members gave me the confidence by knowing that I am not the only person with problems with the language. Consequently, the weakness with group members included the failure of my group members to participate fully since some of them were busy with their personal issues. This situation made it difficult to finish the assignments we were given by the professor.
The three ideas the lecture ought to consider when planning the classes for the next group of learners includes knowing each student personally, and increase the visual learning aids. Lastly, she should give out extra assignments to be done at home or during the holidays. This process will assist students to practice on their own in communication skills.
Conclusively, I believe my learning experience in this semester has been effective and successful. I thank all the people that I have worked with and assisted me during the hard times. The progress I have made in my writing and speaking skills over the course will be implemented in the work I will be pursuing after school. The most successful strategy that has assisted me was noting my mistakes corrected in returned papers and ensuring that I do not repeat them.