I still remember that I set a goal for
myself at the beginning of this semester. At that time, I hope that I can
actually polish up my different English abilities to make them better and more
advanced. Also, I hope that I can manage the time properly so that I can handle
all the assignments and studying materials from different courses in this
semester. With the passage of time, it’s time to contemplate this whole
semester to examine myself. Generally, I am glad that I do learn some precious
things in some courses. In Western Civilization, I am not surprised about those
contents themselves, since I actually have learned that before in high school.

However, what makes me feel interested in that I learn those history, art,
religion, etc. in English. In the past, I acquire those knowledge in Chinese.

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Now all the materials and textbooks are written in English, which is quite
interesting, but makes the course a little bit difficult. Besides, the course,
public speaking, actually helps me a lot in terms of English speaking. At the
beginning, it’s quite overwhelming to prepare a speech in such short time. Now,
I feel more comfortable and confident when giving a speech or having a
presentation after the whole semester, for we have many chances to practice and
conquer our stage fright. Thus, I believe this course is really useful to me
and it aids not only my presentation skill but also oral abilities.

     When
it comes to one of the bothering courses, I believe many students in English
department at FJU will choose CC (Composition and Conversation) class as their
answer. Nevertheless, in my defense, CC class actually doesn’t overwhelm me a
lot. In fact, I am quite satisfied with the current situation. In the past, CC
class used to be tedious and tough. Now, it is still quite challenging but I think
the professor makes CCII more interesting as possible as he could. As for the
achievements that I have constituted, first, in writing field, I have learned
the ideas of prewriting, essay writing, outlining, revising, annotating, summarizing
and MLA formatting and style. I can use various writing modes to compose
well-developed, structured, collegiate-level essays as possible. To be honest,
in CCI, I always consider summary the most difficult part in the writing field.

Thankfully, after some practice in CCII, I learn some techniques and some tips
so as to conquer this task. After all, practice makes perfect. Now, I find that
I quite enjoying writing and I hope I am still able to write accurately and
appropriately on a restricted range of topics and excel in my research paper.

     Speaking
of regrets, I regrets that I didn’t pick up more listening skills. Actually, I am
trying to understanding British accent. Taiwan’s English materials have been written
in American English. Therefore, some people may have misunderstanding that
American English is authentic. After learning more about British English, I am
quite fascinated by its elegant accent. That’s why I set my goal to comprehend
it. In the meantime, I think although we have lots of opportunities to speak
up, we still need someone to correct us and help us polish up our speaking
skills directly. Despite that, I myself make up my mind that I should work on
this field from my own. First, I will develop my listening skills by audio and
video file-based listening exercises. Then in order to speak more fluently and
correctly, I will daily practice echo method. I hope that I can have some positive
results be the end of the sophomore.

     To sum up, I think sometimes we may face
challenges. English department’s courses are not that easy as other people
reckon. However, what we supposed to do is forge ahead and regard it as a
lesson for us to learn. I am also quite happy that I have a colorful semester
and acquire some valuable knowledge.