1A Learning a foreign language was one of the most difficult yet most rewarding experiences of my life. Although at times learning a language was , it was well worth the effort. My experience with learning a foreign language began in middle school, when I took my first English class. I had a kind and teacher who often praised all of the students. Because of this positive method, I answered all the questions I could, never worrying much about making mistakes. I was at the top of my class for two years. When I went to middle school, I was eager to continue studying English; however, my experience in senior middle school was very different from before. While my teacher had been patient with all of the students, my new teacher quickly punished those who gave incorrect answers. Whenever we answered incorrectly, she pointed a long stick at us and, shaking it up and down, shouted, "No! No! No!" It didn't take me long to lose my eagerness to answer questions. . However, that state didn't last long. When I went to college, I learned that all students were required to take an English course. Unlike my senior middle school teacher, my college English teachers were patient and kind, and none of them carried long, pointed sticks! Also, after a few weeks of classes, I noticed there were many students who spoke much better than I did. I began to feel intimidated. So, once again, although for different reasons, I was afraid to speak. It seemed my English was going to stay at the same level forever. That was the situation until a couple of years later when I was offered an opportunity to study English through an online course. The communication medium was a computer, a phone line, and a modem. . Online learning is not easier than regular classroom study; it requires a lot of time, commitment and to keep up with the flow of the course. I worked hard to meet the standards set by the course and to complete on time. I practiced all the time. I carried a little dictionary with me everywhere I went, as well as a notebook in which I listed any new words I heard. I made many, sometimes , mistakes. Once in a while I cried out of frustration, and sometimes I felt like giving up. But I didn't feel intimidated by students who spoke faster than I did because I took all the time I needed to think out my ideas and wrote a reply before it on the screen. Then, one day I realized I could understand just about everything I came across, and most importantly, I could "say" anything I wanted to in English. . Learning a foreign language has been a most trying experience for me, but one that I wouldn't trade for anything. Not only did learning another language teach me the value of hard work, but it also gave me into another culture, and my mind was opened to new ways of seeing things. Talking with people is one of my favorite activities, so being able to speak a new language lets me meet new people, in conversations, and form new, unforgettable friendships. Now that I speak a foreign language, instead of staring into space when English is being spoken, I can participate and make friends. I am able to reach out to others and bridge the between my language and culture and theirs. 1B
While regular schools still exist, the virtual classroom plays an important role in today's learning . Job opportunities for students are rapidly and more people of all ages are becoming of online learning that allows them to study at home. Online students, however, require qualities to be successful. The following list discusses some ideal qualities of successful online students.
  1. Be about sharing life, work, and learning experiences as part of online learning. Many people find that the online method them to use their experiences and that online learning them a place to communicate with each other. This forum for communication removes the barriers that hinder some students from expressing themselves. In addition, students are given time to on the information before replying. In this way, students can help to keep the online open and friendly.
  2. Be able to communicate through writing. In the virtual classroom nearly all communication is written, so it is that students feel comfortable expressing themselves in writing. Some students have limited writing abilities, which need to be improved before or as part of the online experience. This usually requires extra by these students. Whether working alone or in a group, students share ideas, and discussions on the subject being studied, and read about those of their classmates. In this way, students gain great insights from their , learning from each other as well as the instructor.
  3. . Remember that instructors cannot see their students in an online course. This means students must be explicit with their comments and requests. If they experience technical difficulties, or problems in understanding something about the course, they MUST speak up; otherwise there is no way anyone can know something is wrong. . If another student is able to help, he or she probably will. While explaining something to others, students their own knowledge about the subject.
  4. Take the program seriously. Online learning is not easier than study in regular classrooms. In fact, many students say it requires much more time and effort. . Successful online students, however, see online learning as a way to receive their education?not an easier way. Many online students sit at computers for hours at a time during evenings and on weekends in order to complete their . When other people are finished with their work and studies and having fun, you'll most find online students doing their course work. Online students need to 4 to 15 hours a week to each course.
  5. Accept thinking and decision making as part of online learning. Online courses require students to make decisions based on facts as well as experience. It is absolutely necessary for students to assimilate information and make the right decisions based on critical thinking. .
  6. Be able to think ideas through before replying. Providing meaningful and quality input into the virtual classroom is an essential part of online learning. Time is given to allow for careful development of answers. Testing and challenging of ideas is encouraged. .
  7. Keep up with the progress of the course. Online learning is sequential and requires commitment on the students' part. Keeping up with the class and completing all the work on time is vital. Once students get behind, it is almost impossible to catch up. Students need to want to be there and need to want the experience. The instructor may have to communicate with students to offer help and remind them of the need to keep up.
Just as many excellent instructors may not be effective online facilitators, not all students have the necessary qualities to perform well online. . If you have these qualities, learning online may be one of the best discoveries you will ever make. 2A The radio clicked on. Rock music blasted forth. Like a shot, the music woke Sandy. She looked at the clock; it was 6:15 A.M. Sandy sang along with the words as she lay listening to her favorite radio station. "Sandy," shouted her father. "Sandy, turn that music off!" Steve Finch into her room. "Why do you have to listen to such horrible ? It's the same thing over and over. I'm not sure it is really music, though it does have rhythm." "I like that music, Dad; it's my favorite. Listen for a minute; I'm sure you'll like it." Sandy reached for the radio to turn it up louder. "No, no, don't do that. I can't stand it. Turn that radio down so your mother and I can't hear it. ." Sandy walked into the bathroom and turned on the shower. Then she grabbed the soap and washed , including her hair. After her shower, Sandy brushed her hair, put on her old, green T-shirt and some jeans. Then she put on her and went to the kitchen. As usual, she didn't know what to have for breakfast, so she grabbed a glass of milk and ate a piece of toast while standing by the sink. Just then, her mother, Jane, the kitchen. "Sandy, why don't you sit down and eat your breakfast? It isn't to eat standing up." "I know, Mom, but I don't have time to sit down and eat." "Did you finish your homework, dear?" "Yes." "Did you brush your teeth?" "Mom, I haven't finished eating breakfast yet. I'll brush my teeth when I'm done." "Sandy, why are you wearing that old T-shirt? It's ." "Mom, please stop." "Stop what, dear?" "Stop bugging me." "Sandy, are you wearing eyeliner?" "Yes, Mom, I've been wearing eyeliner for months. Isn't it pretty? " "Sandy Finch, you're too young to wear that much makeup." "Mom, I'm fifteen. . Some have tattoos and pierced ears, and noses and tongues, too. Mom, I don't have time to talk about this now?I'm late. I've got to go. See you later." Sandy kissed her mother quickly on the cheek, picked up her books, and bolted out of the house. . Soon her husband joined her."Would you like some coffee, Steve?" asked Jane."No, thanks, honey. My stomach feels ?like it's full of knots. It's probably that awful music that wakes me up every morning. I don't think I'm old-fashioned, but hearing those tuneless, lyrics repeatedly makes my blood boil." "You know, honey, different music to different generations," reasoned Jane. "Remember some of the music we listened to?" Steve smiled. "You're right. Maybe eating breakfast will help me get rid of some of the in my stomach." "Did you notice how much makeup our fifteen-year-old daughter was wearing this morning? I can't believe I didn't notice. I we should feel lucky because makeup is our biggest problem with her. I've seen other teenagers walking around town with tattoos and piercings all over their bodies." "What worries me," said Steve, "is that music could have a on Sandy. I don't know what's happening to our little girl. She's changing and I'm about her. Makeup, terrible music?who knows what will be next? We need to have a talk with her. ." "Oh, I don't think her music is so terrible. But in any , you're right. We need to have a talk with Sandy," said Jane. As Jane Finch drove to work, she thought about her Sandy. She knew what she wanted to say,
what she had to say to Sandy. She was so glad that she and Sandy could still talk things over. . She wanted to be there as an anchor for her, but at the same time she would give her freedom to find her own . 2B The term "generation gap" was coined in the 1960s. One of the generation gap is that parents and children have different values and beliefs. As a result, many parents fear that peer opinions will become more highly valued and that they in turn will lose influence. Although the term to be used often, some people are beginning to ask the question, "Is there a gap in today's society?" One study compared four generations, aged 18-30, 31-48, 49-62, and 63 and over. Several questions were asked to tap into basic and values, such as "Hard work is the key to getting ahead" and "America is the very best place in the world to live in".
 

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