3-5 pages, typed, 12-pt Times New Roman, double-spaced with 1-inch margins
This assignment is your opportunity to explore and share a significant time in your life that reveals the development / discovery of your own literacy.
Write a developed and well-prepared narrative that tells the story of any memory involving the development of your personal literacy. Your narrative may vary in subject matter ranging from a
story of someone who taught you to read or write to a book or other text that has been significant for you in some way. Regardless of the direction you take, the ultimate goal of this
assignment is to express the significance of your experience through a thoughtful and detailed narrative. This task is aimed at allowing you to find your own writing voice as well as relive a
learning-moment in your life. Enjoy it!
• As with most narratives, those about literacy often set up some sort of situation that needs to be resolved. That need for resolution makes readers want to keep reading. Some literacy
narratives simply explore the role that reading or writing played at some time in someone’s life—assuming, perhaps, that learning to read or write is a challenge to be met.
• Details can bring a narrative to life for readers by giving them vivid mental images of the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, and textures of the world in which your story takes place. The
details you use when describing something can help readers picture places, people, and events; dialogue can help them hear what is being said and works to bring a narrative to life.
• By definition, a literacy narrative tells something the writer remembers about learning to read and write. (However, we are expanding this definition for the purposes of our course). In
addition, the writer needs to make clear why the incident matters to him or her. You may reveal this significance in various ways.
• A literacy narrative is a way to move away from the “regulations” and uncommon diction of academic writing and discover your own voice.
• Use the “Paper Format Guide” (Bb) when formatting your work.
• Tip: I really enjoy thoughtful titles.
• The Decision of Studying in a Foreign country
1. Learn new and different language in my age is not easy
2. Intensive courses before college
3. Being able to catch the language easily
• Learning English made me realize the American culture
1. Making friendship with native speakers made it easier to understand .
2. Being able to socialize because I know more about the country
3. Opening my mind mind to another culture made me think wider and wiser
• Communicate better with people
1. English is a global language
2. Able to understand and response to the life and people around me
3. Make people know about my culture and share different points of view
Having more than one language to speak is what the globalization is all about. Nowadays, people have to understand each other to make the world a better place and have the benefit
from each other to build an open and intellectual generations, and that wasn’t possible until people started to learn how to speak each other’s languages. Therefore, I choose to learn the English
as a second language for many reasons such as finishing my studies, learning about new cultures and communicate with people from different societies.
The turning point in my life was when I decided to go on a scholarship to the United States of America. First I applied to have the acceptance in the scholarship program, and after that I
started to think more seriously because I had to learn a new different language in a short time especially at my age because in a younger age -specifically kids- can learn many languages easily,
but it becomes harder when people get older. The decision was a challenge for me because I had to change my life and routine to fit in with the people around, but eventually I made up my mind
and decided to go to college in the United States. When I first arrived I felt so strange because I didn’t know how to speak and ask for my needs, However after a while I started to learn the
basics and succeed in most of them, so I started to be more open to the new change in languages. Indeed, I had to speak English most of the time and in the beginning I was afraid that I won’t be
able to follow up and to speak and write in English which was a difficulty for me, but when I signed up for the Intensive English Programs here in America I was trying my best to learn new words
and strategies to write and speak fluently and I did practicing until I learned how write a full essay though I couldn’t make a complete correct question in the beginning.
On the other hand, learning English made me realize and understand more about the American culture and lifestyle, so that made me socialized because I could share many subjects to
talk about, and as I was interested to know more about the country I live in I had the chance to practice my English with talking to native speakers. My first American friend was a guy who
helped me doing some school papers when I couldn’t speak very well, so within time we started to share some information about our cultures and we could find many similarity and differences
between both cultures in a lot of points. Moreover, one of the American social habits that I wasn’t used to is the tip system and how much we give to the people who helped me in many places I
went to, so I asked my friend about it and he explained it clearly and now I understood many cultural habits that helped me fit in with the American community. In addition, learning about
another culture made me think wider than the circle I was living in and how big the world is and we are all part of the world with our thinking and creativity, also made me wiser in dealing with a
verity of social differences because we share our values together.
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