Have you ever heard of the song “First of May”? The melodious song tells an old adage, time flies. Yes, time really flies. Few years ago when I was just a little kid, the Christmas tree in our house was, to me, a giant. But at the moment, the twinkle star on the top does not seem so unreachable. I realize I have grown up, and I am already a university student now.
Due to the stark fact that life is short and time is limited, I recognize that I should grasp every single chance to gain ground. Becoming a university student, I have only 3 years to strive for academic improvement before my career starts. As English is my weakest subject when comparing to others, I promise to myself that I will definitely seize the opportunity to make strenuous efforts on improving English in these 3 years.
After finishing the Self-Access Learning Tasks (SALT), I discover that I need to work on reading skills and concentration. The result awakes me to exert my strength on improving my reading skills. I love reading English books. But it always annoys me that I read English novels at a slow pace. Sometimes I keep repeating one sentence in my mind and cannot move on to the next line due to a diversity of external factors. For instance, I cannot quite concentrate on my readings when somebody is talking in the vicinity.
When it comes to concentration, the result reflects that I should improve my study skills because I am not capable of sitting and studying for a long time without feeling tired or distracted. I doubt if this is really the case. Let’s put it this way, who can sit still for more than 3 hours without any entertainment or rest? I used to arrange my schedule according to my needs and desire. For example, I manage to study for one hour and take a rest for 15 minutes afterward. I believe this arrangement makes studying not a grueling and harrowing job. After all, you have to figure out the best studying ways for yourself.
In spite of the result, I assume that I ought to improve my speaking skills. I am sometimes quite diffident about speaking English in front of people, especially those who speak fluently and flawlessly. This can be attributed to the fact that I rarely speak English with others in daily life. It is no doubt when it comes to using English to communicate, I am tied into knots. I reckon I should stave off those butterflies from my stomach! .\__/.
English is of great importance nowadays. Becoming a bilingual is just a basic requirement. In order to make improvement in English, I would like to set some smart goals and gradually achieve them. To boost my reading speed, I decide to finish reading 2 books by the end of the second semester. Quite a number of novels were bought but I have not started reading them yet. I choose “The Five People You Meet in Heaven” as the first book to start with. It is a classic novel, written in simple language(251 pages). I aim at finishing it by March and start reading the second one, “The Time Traveler’s Wife”(518pages). Much longer though it is, the story is impressive and appealing. I plan to finish it within 3 months. I should also make a reading schedule and get around to reading during free time-slots between lessons and every night before sleep. Hopefully I will learn more innovative vocabularies, meaningful mottoes and a diversity of sentence structures from the books. As a whole, read more will undoubtedly enhance my comprehension skills and reading speed.
As for improving my oral skills, I find a blog of Mr. Siu Hoi Yat very useful and amusing. He teaches people how to speak English in a more natural and even a native way. I will endeavor to watch all his tutorial video clips in this month and keep browsing his blog every day. In addition, I will chat with my parents in English every Saturday to make myself more comfortable in speaking English in daily life.
In an attempt to enhance my overall English level, I will spare 30 minutes to 1 hour to watch English videos every day. I may borrow movies from the UC library or simply watch English videos clips in Youtube. I believe watching English movies without subtitle helps me concentrate on listening to the characters’ dialogue. Also, this is a chance for me to understand more about foreign cultures.
To conclude, I have made all my goals simple and flexible. I refuse to over-promise because overestimation may just lead to disappointment. The workload now is appropriate. I will ponder on my goals regularly and the SALT work will be completed by the end of this semester. All in all, you sow and reap. I am confident that if I fulfill all of the above goals with determination, I will surpass the previous me and acquire fruitful results in improving English. : )