I honestly have no idea how to start this blog. I don’t know what I should say. Summer school has been an experience. I think most of it was fun and exciting. It was good. Some parts weren’t as great. I don’t like presenting. I never have. I was never good at it. I think I have gotten better though. I have been able to make more eye contact with the audience and I have been able to engage the audience in my speaking. I was even able to ask a question during one of my presentations. I thought my summative presentation was one of the best presentations I have ever given. Then again, I was still shaking out of my shoes and didn’t get the mark I had hoped for.
I believe that I have gotten better at almost every aspect of English. I have worked hard to improve and I can see in my writing and reading comprehension that I have! I am so happy with my experience here and I hope that it gets even better towards the end. I have learned to question everything! Why? What does it matter? What is the point of it? How? Any question that I can ask, I feel, is a good one. Even if it sounds dumb at the beginning, I am able to revise and edit it to make it “deeper”.
Today we were told to edit our blogs on the computer. I don’t like to do this because I find it easier to edit and proofread with an actual sheet of paper in front of me. Even the little things like this, I have learned this summer. All of the little, and big, things I have learned during this course will help me so much in the future.
I don’t like the fact that we don’t receive marks. They do matter! I need to know where I stand and how I am doing. The feedback was sometimes confusing and I never knew what I was supposed to write for assignments.
I thought summer school was okay. I was expecting more. I was expecting to take a lot of notes and to listen to the teacher talk about the conventions of English. We never did this. I took notes on important things and what the teacher said, but we never took an actual note. I like to take notes because that is how I learn.
Overall, I didn’t mind the course. I was hoping for a much better mark and I was honestly trying so hard but it didn’t seem like the outcome was any different. English is a very introspective subject and it is very opinionated. I believe that I have improved in many aspects of the language and I will also strive to continue improving.