Linguistic Autobiography

Linguistic Autobiography

LinguisticAutobiography

LinguisticAutobiography

Languageplays a significant role our lives. Actually, to share a story or anyinformation, we need to do so through a language. However, once inlifetime, we always find ourselves learning a second language. Forme, I was born and raised in America hence, my first language wasEnglish. Everyone in my family and neighbourhood spoke in English, soI learnt the language with much ease. Now, I can read, write, andspeak fluent English. However, as I grew up, I had to learn French asmy second language. Up to date, I still learn the language. I canspeak, though not fluently, but I can make some sentences to copewith everyday situations.

Myjourney to the second language started when I was twelve years oldafter joining high school. It was mandatory in our school for everystudent to study French as a subject. Although our French teacher wasnot enthusiastic, I was so much determined to learn. For the firstfew lessons, I had memorised the alphabet and some numeric.Unfortunately, after the first exam, I performed poorly and my motherdecided to take to language school. Besides, she also hired a privatetutor to tuition me on weekends. Learning new language at languageschool was more different and fun. I started to enjoy French languageand my thirst to learn more increased. I started working harder andcompleting my homework on time. My grammar improved and I wouldcomprehend what I read or listened to. At the end of high school, Iemerged among the best students in French subject.

Learningsecond language is very different from learning the first language.Learning first language is very easy since you learn it when stillyoung. A child of two year understands most sentences, as well asutter most words. Unlike the second language when one learn it a bitolder, first language does not require one to take note or writeimportant points. Out of experience, I have learnt the best method tolearn a new language is to read and communicate with the nativespeakers in the target language more frequently. Reading is vital tolanguage development and language acquisition. A good reader is agood speaker and a good writer. For my case, I learned French throughreading, speaking, listening, and writing. I found reading to be moreuseful to learn the language. The more I read, the more informationand better comprehension I got. Apart from reading French literature,I also listened to French music. I even went ahead and bought musicfrom French singers and memorised some of the songs. In addition, itis also important to interact with the native speakers. This improveslistening skills, vocabularies, pronunciation, and mode ofexpression. In my second year in high school, my mother bought alaptop, and there I met the internet. My mother encouraged me to findpen friends to practise French. I had several friends whom we chattedalmost daily. Indeed, they really helped me to improve.

Someof the factors that contributed to my successful learning of Frenchlanguage are proper instruction, access to native speakers,motivation, and attitude. My teachers and classmates played animportant role in my learning of second language. They both gave me amotivating learning environment. For instance, my French teacher, Mr.Jackson, motivated me by showing interest in whatever he taught, andthrough his proper instructions. To me, I believe if a teacher isapathetic and bored hence, the students. In addition, Mr. Jacksonoffered me all the support that I needed. Actually, he would remindme now and then that I would succeed. Further, Mr. Jackson helped meachieve communicative competence. Similarly, my classmate also playeda role toward my success in learning French language. During our freetime, we would communicate in French and teach each othervocabularies in the language. Friends made my French-learningexperience more interesting. Mostly, there was remarkable homework todo, which consisted of translation from English to French, and viceversa. My classmates and I would discuss the homework togetherensuring we all got the questions correct. Besides, we also practisedspeaking the language amongst ourselves. By the end of my course, Iwould simply read and write French.

LearningFrench as helped me learn significant ingredients to my teachingcareer. For instance, experience taught me that learning is easier ina conducive and comfortable setting. Whether it is proper lighting,soft chairs, a friendly smile, or anything that reduce tension has apositive effect on learning. In my case, the comfort that Iexperienced in French class can be recreated in the classroom.Further, I also learnt that every individual has his or her learningpace. In my French, some of my classmates would effectively translateword for word in the first months while others took some time beforethey would do the same. It is important for a teacher to appreciateall students, and offer more assistance when necessary.