Being an ESL in a Higher Education Setting

As autumn is fully upon us, the outdoor work season has come to a close and time has come back to being a bit more plentiful once again.   It is good to be fully back. Back on to the topic at hand.

I have made it no secret that I am taking classes focusing on getting back into the IT Networking field where my strengths are.   But I must fully admit it has not been without many difficult hurdles that many who are ESL face here in the USA and likely elsewhere.   I can make that statement as I know of several other Filipinas and Filipinos who are going through a similar experience as I am.

When it comes to the work ethic, few instructors question our abilities as we are more than willing to work hard.   Demonstration of our skills in practice in any field and nearly all excel as well.   But there exists a major struggle for all of us.   The test taking and the written curriculum portion of the classes are our downfall.

Why is this? Very simply, English is not our first language. For me, it isn’t even my 2nd language as Bisaya comes first followed by Tagalog.   It is my third language. Right now, I am in an equivalent of a speech class which is my hardest class as opposed figuring out how to make an IT system work.   I am graded and judged on how well I can structure, write, and present a speech in my third language.   Those are the rules of working and getting a degree in the USA and I’m fine with that.   But is it ever difficult.   Put me up in front of those who understand Bisaya and I can give a speech with ease on any topic.   [Read more]

A Comprehensive Guide on Movavi Products

If you are looking for some reputable software developing company then Movavi should be your preferred choice. Movavi Company has been producing around twenty standalone software applications for both Mac and Windows users. Along with that, it produces separate multimedia suite through which multimedia tasks such as disc burning, video editing, video conversion, online sharing, screen capturing etc are performed.

Movavi has actually kept in mind all the different multimedia tasks like photo editing, video conversion, video editing etc and has produced extremely effective and competent applications. Movavi applications have user-friendly and intuitive interface for the convenience of the customers. [Read more]

One Would Think

There are many differences between life in the Philippines and the USA.   At the same time, there are many things that are identical in concepts.   In both countries, you are wise to question what you are being told from “official sources” as they may be flat out trying to manipulate you for their purposes or those who pay their bills.   What am I referring to?

I am referring to the media, news and entertainment, education, and the words coming out of politicians and many others must be challenged with basic logic and common sense.   However, there is an easy trap to fall into.   When you have a busy or difficult life, one has a tendency to only partially pay attention to topics.   This is known and used against you.

Let me give you a clear example.   In the USA from what you hear in the news, politicians speaking, lawsuits nation-wide, and some education circles, you would believe there is a very significant portion of the population that identifies as homosexual.   When my hubby asked me to guess, I didn’t think it through much and guessed at 50%.   My eldest daughter guessed at higher. [Read more]

Dumb, Dumber and Dumbest

No, this article has nothing to do with the English language this time.   However, it does deal with my speculating about how to rank three events playing out in real life.   I am having a difficult time trying to determine how to rank them.

One group is all of the current events going on involving the current administration in the USA.   Foreign policy decisions based on what seems like something you’d expect from someone high on drugs, scandals galore, and hoards of other things you can look up yourself and decide on. I’m undecided on what category they rank in.

Then there are the issues in my personal life with some certain individuals living on different continents. I am just stunned by the decision making involved.   One should never place their faith and all decision making into an unstable person.   It is never wise, but I shall not bore my readers with the details.   I’m certain we all have or know of someone in our lives who has a propensity of making really bad choices that hurt many around them. May we all stare in amazement as they make some pretty poor choices. It will be up to each of us to decide where those individuals rank in the categories in the title.

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Quality Matters

I am a woman, wife, and mother of three daughters. My husband is a man and a father of three daughters. He is duly outnumbered and knows it. Also, I am like many other women a fan of having a selection of shoes. My daughters are also a fan of having a selection of shoes in particular trying on many of mine.

My husband is very simple when it comes to shoes. There is one kind he wears that fits his needs and gets one pair each year to replace the only pair he wears for that year. [Read more]

Dear John

I write this letter to my dear friend John and his family.   The time our families enjoyed each other’s company has left a major impression on all of us and our children.   But careers and weather have taken you from Wisconsin to greener pastures near Dallas, Texas.

I fully appreciate the pictures you have sent me of all of the beautiful flowers and plants that have no chance of growing in Wisconsin.   You even get to have the mulberry trees or bushes to provide you with delicious fruit I can’t have here.   However, there exists a minor challenge.

You are new to that area and the way of life in your new home.   You also have a little one who will bring in some interesting things from the outdoors either on purpose or on the bottom of her shoes.   Over time, your carpets will get it like ours did here and will need attention.   [Read more]

Beware of the Statistical Claims

Okay, I must admit I didn’t do too badly in my Intro to Statistics course.   At the same time, I am glad that brain strain is over.   But the class did provide me with enough insight into the field of statistics to understand what people are saying and not saying.

Let me be specific as that last sentence was a bit vague.   This is an election year in the USA.   We are going to get bombarded with political ads making one claim after another.   Some will recite polling data while some others will show percentages or make a big deal out of some statistical data.

The polling information is not something I’m going to talk again about.   It is highly suspect and misleading most of the time.   I do not bother paying attention to it.

But what about all of those neat sounding statistical statements saying because of this something else happened and look at this chart?   [Read more]

Sand, Water, and Children

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As any parent knows, children keep you busy.   Since we are being honest, we can also admit toys serve as a source to draw their attention to an object to give you a little bit of breather time.   There are also the eye-hand coordination skills and different experiences as a positive, but just needing to watch the kids is easier on the tired body than being a human jungle gym. [Read more]

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