2008年11月3日 星期一

My Thought About Saturday English Class Part 1

I would like to share my English learning experience here.
Usually children in Taiwan started to study English at high school age when I was a kid. Our first sentence was" This is a book". When I entered university,
all the text books were in English. But I don't think I had quite understood the books because my GPA were very bad.

But I still started my profession in an international-based company, a global advertising agency, J. Walter Thompson. In J.W.T, my colleagues were good and fluent in English, my bosses were from the British or U.S.A., and all the documents and papers were also in English. My ability of this foreigh language had a significant leap forward at the moment.

My second big-jump was four or five years ago. I planned to go for a certificate program in communication in the Netherland, the school required applicants to take TOFEL, and must get 213 CBT point at least. I spent one month in preparation of this test, and got 220 point. After that, my English grammer, reading and comprehension ability improved a lot. Also the listening ability.

Now I plan to take iBT, because the new type includes oral test. This is very much alike Halloween article part in our CPT English Class last Saturday.
Test takers should listen very carefully and note down the main points of the paragraph, and answer towards a microphone to the questions regarding the paragraph they just listen to. I didn't take the chance last Saturday to pratice,
I will try to seize any oppotunities for the rest of the classes.

2008年10月31日 星期五

Writing homework --- Where do I prefer to be right now--mountains, desert, beach--and why?

I prefer to be at somewhere near beach, and it would be great to be in a villa built right on a cliff beside Côte d'Azur.
I always like to be in mountains when I am day off. But right now , at this point, I wish I were at a place having sounds of sea waves that I can feel the end of the summer. Also, I can enjoy quietness, but not silence.
Why I refer to be at Côte d'Azur? I had been to Nice of France several years ago, I like the weather and the beach there. The artist Matisse and Chagall's museums are on the hill near the beach. Image you are in a glass house decorated by Chagall's beautiful and colorful paintings, and the sunshine goes down... what a nice trip I had. The big blue is not far from the museums, people can see the wave come and go...
I suppose my idea can let me enjoying both the mountain and sea. Sounds very cool, right ?

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