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ESL|Modern and Classical Languages

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Suggestions of how to practice English and get the best out of your time at the University of Wyoming

 

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” 

I like this quote from Eleanor Roosevelt and wish more international students would take this quote 

to heart when it comes to their English language skills: Don’t apologize for your English skills; you

are bright and motivated students, determined to improve your English proficiency. Take advantage

of the ESL classes we offer, use the Oral Skills Lab, and talk to native English speakers as much as possible.

                                                                                                        Petra Heinz

 

For international students who would like to improve their English, I would recommend that

they watch TV, befriend with students from other countries and be involved with the

community here.

                                                                                                             Igor Akpovo

 

When writing in a second (or third or fourth) language, writers have a tendency to be so

concerned about correct grammar and syntax that they forget the other very important

aspects of writing such as the development of ideas, good organization, consideration of

audience and purpose. I suggest to native speakers of English as well as non-native speakers

of English that they focus first on these larger issues before being concerned with grammar

and syntax.

Another suggestion I have for non-native speakers of English attending a US university is that

they become very familiar with the writing expectations of US academies. Other students,

professors, and Writing Center consultants can help them understand these expectations.

Different cultures have different writing expectations so international students need to be

aware that expectations in their home countries may be different than expectations in the US.

                                                                                                            Maggie Garner,

                                                                                                            Former UW Writing Center Director

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