Past English Writing Teacher
I feel that the English 101 writing course benefited my ability as a writer. It increased my confidence about college level academic writing. The style of writing that it introduced was not what was shown in the ELS language writing class and was not something I believe that I could have mastered on my own. My writing philosophy center around the type of writing I do and the process of writing. When it comes to my writing process I do my best to follow what it required in the assignment. In the writing course, we were required to compose several essays using different methods to help progress on the course objectives. The Three essays that I wrote for this class really challenged me to improve my writing.
My first essay, which was “the open letter to my past English writing teacher” really served as an introduction to the new style of academic writing. My focus on this essay was not on implementing others ideas, but on learning how to express my own effectively and how the ELS language teachers can better prepare students for college writing. The body paragraph and the conclusion were where I think I demonstrated this new ability most. In the first section, I explained how writing is complex using “failure can be an important part of writing development,” (p.4 Easing Transitions). In the second section, I made a reflection on my educational experience, I realized how powerful a teacher’s influence can be on a student. Then I made a recommendation for the ELS language teachers writing class: “it would be better if they focus more on all the writing process, so then students will not transfer to a college struggling with writing.”This strategy of directly speaking to the reader during the essay was something that I had never tried before.
The Second essay was the most difficult for me of the tree, which was the Rhetorical Analysis about “the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis in the United States.” This essay challenged me to truly critically analyze another author’s work. One thing that this essay taught me was the importance of multiple drafts in the writing process. Prior to this essay I did not understand how to take advantage of the revision process to clarify and perfect my ideas. Another thing that I included in this essay is that I never fully understood all the different aspects that make a speech successful. For example, I discovered the importance of making appeals to the audience’s emotions, and using logical information to bolster your argument.
The Last essay for this class, on the “Syrian refugee crisis” I wrote it in two different writing genres (the argument essay and the applied writing open letter), was I think, by far my most advanced work of writing ever because I wrote it in two different writing genres. Previously I had always had difficulty reaching minimum page limits because I did not properly know how to explain my ideas. These two writing genres were the first time that I feel I have ever fully analyzed the outside information that I have included in an essay.
The primary reason I chose “Syrian refugee” is because the topic really meant the most to me. That made it easier for me to revise points I was satisfied with. I am also proud of how well I analyzed and elaborated on the outside information I used in the Argument essay and the applied writing. In the applied writing I chose to write an open letter for my audience, which were refugees and Americans. So I had the opportunity to express my thoughts about “Syrian refugee.” My main point of the tow writing genres were to let American understand that “refugees are human being.” An example of this is my analysis of the quote in my third paper: thousands should not be punished for a few crimes (Ebang 4). Another thing I am proud of throughout all my papers is how much more I evaluated the suggestions given to me by my peers and instructor during this class. This is an area that I had never really taken advantage of before. Without this I do not think I would have understood academic writing as well as I now do. Seeing another person’s advice about the mistakes I was making in things such as strong thesis statement with a clear claim really taught me how to improve this area of my writing in the future. In addition, we need writing for us now and for the future. Just like speaking, it is a way of interacting for us. Writing is important because is the way that you use to express yourself and your ideas or opinions by written words. The purpose of writing is to express ourselves, inform our readers, and to persuade them. In this semester, we mostly rely on two purposes for composition style writing, and those are to inform or to persuade the audience.
In conclusion, I had a very positive experience with this class. One thing I will take with me to the next class is how to peer review other student’s papers. This is one of the most helpful things I have learned in this class. I think this help out a lot because I realized that my papers looked better after someone read through it and told me how to make it better. The reason is that it made me learn my strengths and weakness of my writing. And this made me improve my writing skill which make me a better writer than I was before. This course really aided my understanding of certain aspects of writing I had never understood before. I feel that I can now express my ideas far more effectively. In the future my essays will be far stronger due to new writing strategies learned here. I am more confident