An Individual's Reflection on Academic Writing Essay

941 Words Jul 16th, 2012 4 Pages
Another Step of a Long Process: Studying English Academic writing is an art of expressing and transforming thoughts and ideas into physical form to deliver information logically and scientifically. This skill needs to be refined and practiced constantly regularly. After three months of taking ESL 273, I have accumulated various experiences in writing advanced sentences and organizing academic essays which are really necessary for me to perform well in the next English course, ESL 5, as well as other classes. As a result, I think I am well-prepared and ready for the next coming course ESL 5. During the ESL 273 course, one of my strengths which is the ability of using various examples as well as explanations to reinforce my …show more content…
The thesis statement also has an important role in directing readers and making them clear about the main content of my essay. For example, in the writing article “Little mindedness- Little limit to Go Over”, I clearly state that coming to college has profound effects on my life like determining my career, get to know the other cultures, and learning critical and analytical skills. In addition, before taking this class, I was confused by the usages of comma and semicolon in American way. This is because I studied and followed British English rule like I was taught not to put the comma before the words “and” and “or”. Changing habits formed for years was not easy for me, but my teacher in ESL 273 has helped me a lot by summarizing these rules in just a word “FANBOYS” which is easy to memorize and apply. Furthermore, I learned how to use quotation to provide direct information which is spoken or written by someone else. For example, in my writing essay titled “The Advantageous Policy on Immigrants”, I used quotation to quote a law that requires illegal immigrants to meet to get working permits. Quotation is very useful in the argumentative essay when I want to cite precisely something without changing anything from the original source. Learning includes two processes which are receiving knowledge and applying it, and I have achieved both in this course, ESL

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