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Have you ever though what is the relationship of term "literacy" in your life? Within today's teaching practices literacy has come to be a major part of the course curriculum when teaching early years. It has numerous definitions and meanings to individual people as it continues to be developed through our rapidly changing world. My understanding of literacy "has to do with having the skills and knowledge to create, locate, analyze, comprehend and use a variety of written, visual, aural and multi-model texts for a range of purposes, audiences and contexts." Literacy is far more than reading and writing, it also involves critical thinking where it tests someone's understanding of a balanced literacy program which in turn addresses the issues that promotes active and critical learners. Literacy involves important underlying principles. These principles include the indication system also known as sources information and the socio-cultural perspective. These principles are important when attaining literacy. Reading and writing English plays important role in our lives because we are able to accomplish so much with the ability to read and write. It is our everyday life and it is something that must be kept up and taught early. If we are literate in these skills then we will be able to communicate easily in our discourse communities. We use email, conversation, read at school, and social skills to correspond within the discourse communities, so we must be able to read and write. In addition, I use to work in the Sutter County Library Literacy Program where I use to teach adult people who immigrant from different countries to United States. We had four types of level in our English classes, and we use to place them according to their test scores. While I was teaching them, it had increased my knowledge, and improved my reading, and writing abilities. I have seen them struggling as second language learner, and working hard to learn read and write English. I always felt very sympathy for them. They wanted to learn English, so they can attend their children school events, communicate with different people, get better job, fill out forms, and have better life. The reading and writing skills necessary for this English 109M course is ability to read the article and demonstrate context-appropriate rhetorical choices, connect the ideas with your personal experience, critical thinking, and able to identify the types of writings. My main focus of this assignment is to analyze my own development as a literate individual and my current literacy practice in English 109M course. Moreover, I learned reading and writing when I was in India, but it was very general type of literacy experience of my life. When I came to United States, I was fifteen years old. I learned that reading and writing is used as communication method, because I had difficulties to communicate with people. Besides, I get to learn the academic literacy in Roseville High School in my sophomore year. I was placed in ELD (English Language Learner) 4. The reading was required daily for fifteen minutes in beginning of the class. I had a journal notebook where I had to write the summary of what I read in class. While reading those books reminded me some of my life experience, and I tried to relate those ideas in my journal writing. The language problem that I was having became a bigger problem as I began to learn more. When I would describe certain concepts in Indian emotion and imagination I became aware of shade, of different between two languages even in simple expression. Kim Yong described, in "A Book-Writing Venture" that "Koreans entertain their guests on their porches and still considered to be hospitable, and in the Korean sense, may be a more intimate act than it would be in the English sense." She illustrated the setting of a "room" in Korean and English sense, and how it is different. She experience difficulties in her imagination while writing her book because she was second language learner, and she had to look at her writing from both perspectives. As well, I had the same trouble, but the more I wrote the better I got in my writing skills. I learned how to achieve this connection by appealing to how the reader might feel. Furthermore, my personal development of my essay is highly influenced by my ELD teacher, Mrs. Kristen Wilson. She taught me that without gaining a reader's respect, my own viewpoints are under appreciated and disregarded. Since, I received her advice; I became more confident reader, and writer. I use to be non academic and expensive writer. I did not write with a lot of confidence, so my papers lacked a part of my personality. In addition, I remember one incident where I had to write a "research" paper about my favorite invention, and how we were using it in present time. I was horrified by the word "research" because I never wrote a research paper before. I was an extremely analytical writer, so this task was very hard for me. Writing about an invention of my interest brought heartache and the pressure for me because it was hard for me to choose one invention. I wanted to choose a invention which was really impacting today's people lives. Sometimes, I guess it is all right to just relax and let people in to know the real me. Although, I overcame the rear of writing with expression, Mrs. Wilson helped me realize that "Look Rubinder, everyone does not have to agree with what you write about." She would always tell me that because I would get a little offended by people's reaction to my writings. Fortunately, Mrs. Wilson taught me that it is the writer's responsibility to persuade the reader into a new point of view. This persuasion has to take place in my making a bond between the writers an audience. Finally, I picked to write about "computer" Mrs. Wilson describes me how to do the outline, and told me about some resources where I can find information about computers. As well, she illustrated to me how to divide the sections of paper. My first draft was reviewed by my peer in class. I received a good feedback which gave me strong feeling about my writing. Before I did my final draft, I asked Mrs. Wilson to read my paper, she told me the strength and weakness of my paper. I stayed after school to get her help. This process of revision and editing lets me know what areas need improvement. I did my final draft and I had positive feelings that I did well on my paper. I received "A" on paper. I was so surprised because I never expected that I will obtain an "A". Mrs. Wilson showed my paper to other ELD teachers, and few weeks later she moved me to regular English classes. Therefore, if I need help in writing, than I always went back to her. Also, she told me that the world was full of new ideas, people, and places, so I had to step outside of everything that I knew in order to appeal to others. Her words of advice have proven to be true thus far and have definitely affected me today. Today, I write with more confidence, pride, self-awareness, and dignity. Over the semester in English 109M, I have greatly developed my reading skills, so has my writing. I learned to engage in critical reading, researching, rhetorical situations, and thinking processes to compose both formal and informal text that respond to disciplinary knowledge-making contexts. My greatest improvement in terms of academic literacy is my writing improves as I becoming an academic writer. I learned to write variety types of writing as like memorandum, journal, papa square, pr?cis, persuasive essay, etc Thus, writing plays an important role in my life. For example, we did an activity in class in which I learned about rhetorical situations, and how to identify them in reading, and how to use them in my writing. It includes audience, personal/role, purpose, text, and context. Professor taught us how to find those terms in your reading and what does each term means? We read and practice to find these terms in our reading. It was a big progress in my reading because now I need to know, and find in my reading. I also learn to apply these rhetorical situations in our writing to develop academic skills in my writing. These expansions will help me achieve the course goals because I need to become aware as academic writer through preparation of this course and apply all the techniques in my writing. Nevertheless, I still struggle to support my points with details and analysis because I have resists understanding the vocabulary that is used in readings. Therefore, I will continue t grow from my strengths and build on my weaknesses so that I can become a better writer in the future. In short, I have more goals to achieve in my academic career. I desire to have high proficiency in English language reading and writing. I want to specify in some academic fields and be able to write different kinds of papers. At this regard, I will have vast writing experience. I should be able to work under pressure, responsive and complete works quickly and effectively as a professional academic write.
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              Have you ever though what is the relationship of term "literacy" in your life? Within today's teaching practices literacy has come to be a major part of the course curriculum when teaching early years. It has numerous definitions and meanings to individual people as it continues to be developed through our rapidly changing world. My understanding of literacy "has to do with having the skills and knowledge to create, locate, analyze, comprehend and use a variety of written, visual, aural and multi-model texts for a range of purposes, audiences and contexts. " Literacy is far more than reading and writing, it also involves critical thinking where it tests someone's understanding of a balanced literacy program which in turn addresses the issues that promotes active and critical learners. Literacy involves important underlying principles. These principles include the indication system also known as sources information and the socio-cultural perspective. These principles are important when attaining literacy. Reading and writing English plays important role in our lives because we are able to accomplish so much with the ability to read and write. It is our everyday life and it is something that must be kept up and taught early. If we are literate in these skills then we will be able to communicate easily in our discourse communities. We use email, conversation, read at school, and social skills to correspond within the discourse communities, so we must be able to read and write. In addition, I use to work in the Sutter County Library Literacy Program where I use to teach adult people who immigrant from different countries to United States. We had four types of level in our English classes, and we use to place them according to their test scores. While I was teaching them, it had increased my knowledge, and improved my reading, and writing abilities. I have seen them struggling as second language learner, and working hard to learn read and write English. I always felt very sympathy for them. They wanted to learn English, so they can attend their children school events, communicate with different people, get better job, fill out forms, and have better life. The reading and writing skills necessary for this English 109M course is ability to read the article and demonstrate context-appropriate rhetorical choices, connect the ideas with your personal experience, critical thinking, and able to identify the types of writings. My main focus of this assignment is to analyze my own development as a literate individual and my current literacy practice in English 109M course.
             
              Moreover, I learned reading and writing when I was in India, but it was very general type of literacy experience of my life. When I came to United States, I was fifteen years old. I learned that reading and writing is used as communication method, because I had difficulties to communicate with people. Besides, I get to learn the academic literacy in Roseville High School in my sophomore year. I was placed in ELD (English Language Learner) 4. The reading was required daily for fifteen minutes in beginning of the class. I had a journal notebook where I had to write the summary of what I read in class. While reading those books reminded me some of my life experience, and I tried to relate those ideas in my journal writing. The language problem that I was having became a bigger problem as I began to learn more. When I would describe certain concepts in Indian emotion and imagination I became aware of shade, of different between two languages even in simple expression. Kim Yong described, in "A Book-Writing Venture" that "Koreans entertain their guests on their porches and still considered to be hospitable, and in the Korean sense, may be a more intimate act than it would be in the English sense. " She illustrated the setting of a "room" in Korean and English sense, and how it is different. She experience difficulties in her imagination while writing her book because she was second language learner, and she had to look at her writing from both perspectives. As well, I had the same trouble, but the more I wrote the better I got in my writing skills. I learned how to achieve this connection by appealing to how the reader might feel.
             
              Furthermore, my personal development of my essay is highly influenced by my ELD teacher, Mrs. Kristen Wilson. She taught me that without gaining a reader's respect, my own viewpoints are under appreciated and disregarded. Since, I received her advice; I became more confident reader, and writer. I use to be non academic and expensive writer. I did not write with a lot of confidence, so my papers lacked a part of my personality. In addition, I remember one incident where I had to write a "research" paper about my favorite invention, and how we were using it in present time. I was horrified by the word "research" because I never wrote a research paper before. I was an extremely analytical writer, so this task was very hard for me. Writing about an invention of my interest brought heartache and the pressure for me because it was hard for me to choose one invention. I wanted to choose a invention which was really impacting today's people lives. Sometimes, I guess it is all right to just relax and let people in to know the real me. Although, I overcame the rear of writing with expression, Mrs. Wilson helped me realize that "Look Rubinder, everyone does not have to agree with what you write about. " She would always tell me that because I would get a little offended by people's reaction to my writings. Fortunately, Mrs. Wilson taught me that it is the writer's responsibility to persuade the reader into a new point of view. This persuasion has to take place in my making a bond between the writers an audience. Finally, I picked to write about "computer" Mrs. Wilson describes me how to do the outline, and told me about some resources where I can find information about computers. As well, she illustrated to me how to divide the sections of paper. My first draft was reviewed by my peer in class. I received a good feedback which gave me strong feeling about my writing. Before I did my final draft, I asked Mrs. Wilson to read my paper, she told me the strength and weakness of my paper. I stayed after school to get her help. This process of revision and editing lets me know what areas need improvement. I did my final draft and I had positive feelings that I did well on my paper. I received "A" on paper. I was so surprised because I never expected that I will obtain an "A". Mrs. Wilson showed my paper to other ELD teachers, and few weeks later she moved me to regular English classes. Therefore, if I need help in writing, than I always went back to her. Also, she told me that the world was full of new ideas, people, and places, so I had to step outside of everything that I knew in order to appeal to others. Her words of advice have proven to be true thus far and have definitely affected me today. Today, I write with more confidence, pride, self-awareness, and dignity.
             
              Over the semester in English 109M, I have greatly developed my reading skills, so has my writing. I learned to engage in critical reading, researching, rhetorical situations, and thinking processes to compose both formal and informal text that respond to disciplinary knowledge-making contexts. My greatest improvement in terms of academic literacy is my writing improves as I becoming an academic writer. I learned to write variety types of writing as like memorandum, journal, papa square, pr? cis, persuasive essay, etc Thus, writing plays an important role in my life. For example, we did an activity in class in which I learned about rhetorical situations, and how to identify them in reading, and how to use them in my writing. It includes audience, personal/role, purpose, text, and context. Professor taught us how to find those terms in your reading and what does each term means? We read and practice to find these terms in our reading. It was a big progress in my reading because now I need to know, and find in my reading. I also learn to apply these rhetorical situations in our writing to develop academic skills in my writing. These expansions will help me achieve the course goals because I need to become aware as academic writer through preparation of this course and apply all the techniques in my writing. Nevertheless, I still struggle to support my points with details and analysis because I have resists understanding the vocabulary that is used in readings. Therefore, I will continue t grow from my strengths and build on my weaknesses so that I can become a better writer in the future.
             
              In short, I have more goals to achieve in my academic career. I desire to have high proficiency in English language reading and writing. I want to specify in some academic fields and be able to write different kinds of papers. At this regard, I will have vast writing experience. I should be able to work under pressure, responsive and complete works quickly and effectively as a professional academic write.
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