This is a long overdue message, but I nearly forgot about PC for a while since my old computer broke down and I had to recall some of my bookmarks for my new computer.
Anyway, yes, the Internet bill was expensive because we were behind on paying our bills, so there were late payments added on.
Yeah, I can see why too, especially since this generation has gotten awfully lazy because of the convenience of technology. It's kind of sad actually.
In its own way it is. Well, I've never been in the other states (at least I wasn't old enough to remember it when I was out-of-state), but from what I've heard from people in other areas, everything seems so different from how Californians do things, specifically people in Southern California. People here seem to always be in a hurry, so we don't seem very friendly in places like say, when we shop. I heard from a friend who went to Pennsylvania and Florida, people started a conversation with her while she was shopping just to be friendly. To us, that seems kind of weird because if a stranger started talking to us out of the blue, we would probably just give them dirty looks and ignore them.
Your internet bill costs about half the price of your tuition? That's... a lot of money. Composition sounds more like an advance version of the English class itself. You can at least teach them the basics, like to ask the destination from one place to another.
Ugh, all of this complexity in a language, it is very hard. I can see why most people quit writing perfectly good sentences and start chat-speaking.
It was about half of what my tuition costs. : x But luckily, we were able to pay it off with the tax returns we received. It's too bad that the money didn't last very long though.
Well, just think about it. If you're teaching the language, that means you're teaching someone who doesn't know English, or knows very little, how to speak it and write it. That's teaching English as a language.
Teaching English as far as composition is a little more complex. The students should understand English very well, but now they need to learn all the complex grammar forms so they can write more difficult things like essays.
And then English literature is more of an analytical class. You're not really teaching anything new. You just show students the themes, the connections, etc. in stories and novels. Usually, composition and literature could go together since a student would show that they understood what they were learning and come up with ideas of their own to write an essay. It's like, you go to a class about Shakespeare without knowing anything. Then you learn about the messages and such and write an essay about using your own thoughts to explain things. That's the combination of composition and literature. The language, however, is completely different because it's, you could say, a different level of understanding.
Ah, well, I think there should be more of those types of people then. Sometimes I think California is just a completely different state from the others. It might as well be its own country because it seems so isolated from everyone else.
Eh, you don't have to apologize. Stuff like this happens all the time. I just hope that the bill wasn't too much.
What's the difference between literature and the language itself? Shouldn't it be the same kind of teaching? Actually, there are also a lot of citizens here who came from another country, but excel at understanding and adapting to this country's lifestyle. It is really hard to tell the difference between someone who can or can't speak English.
I apologize for the extremely late reply, but I didn't have Internet connection for a while since the bill was just too expensive for us to pay at the time.
Any way, it's not all that surprising if someone told me their neighbors in the U.S. don't know how to speak English because there are awfully a lot of foreigners here (it's the U.S. after all) and some people come here illegally, but that's beside the point.
I'm actually not interested in teaching the English language, but teaching English literature and possibly composition if I have to. Language is a whole different concept and actually a different degree too.
Don't worry about it. I respect your honesty. If you ever remember, you can go back and read it when you start to understand all the crazy information about college. XD
Yeah, to be honest, I'm not sure how all the expenses work out. When we calculated everything, it seemed like it cost more to go with the program than it would be if we just went to Japan for vacation by ourselves. I guess if you have a scholarship, it's cheaper.
In Southern California where I attend Cal State Fullerton.
Ah, my bad. D: You typed so properly that I didn't really notice you were only 15. : P Okay. I'm gonna assume you don't understand what units are then. Well, there's a requirement of having a certain amount of units you need to take in college in order to graduate, and then it gets complicated from there.
Since the economy is going downhill and public colleges need funding in order to have a lot of classes available, a lot of colleges have to cut back on having a certain amount of classes available which means they can't just have college students taking like ten classes if they think they can handle it. Usually, classes are "worth" about three units which means they usually meet only two times a week. There's only 16 units max a student can take a semester. I only take four classes a semester because one of my classes is Japanese which is "worth" a total of 5 units (because we meet four times a week). The other three classes I was taking (English, Critical Thinking, Liberal Studies for first semester; English, History, Oral Discussion for second semester) are three units each, so that means I'm taking a total of 14 units each semester which sucks because I have 2 units left before I hit the max, but there's hardly any classes that are worth 2 units, so I'm not really getting my full money's worth.
Whoa. I hope you can understand that better, but if you're still confused, don't feel bad! I still had no idea what college was until my junior year of high school.
I found a really good study abroad program for Japan for this summer, but we currently don't have the money for it, so I hope to visit next summer. It's really neat. You get to live with a host family and I think get a part-time job just for fun. If you do the study abroad during spring or fall semester, you get to attend a university in Japan during your stay.
Yeah, but it's kind of hard because not many people around me don't know how to speak English. XD; I'm mainly focused on teaching literature though. Teaching language is a separate program.
I took four classes for each semester. There's a cap of 16 units, so the most I could take is four since all of my classes were three units each (except my Japanese class that was five units since we meet on all four days). It's kind of frustrating that I can't take another class though just because there's a cap. It's hard to graduate in four years nowadays because of all the budget cuts, but I'm not complaining too much because I have priority registration which is very convenient. I know a lot of freshmen who had to take classes they didn't even want or need because all of the other classes were full.
I'm probably going to take four classes again next year because my Japanese classes are going to be five units again. Luckily, next year will be the last year, so I will be able to take five classes the following year.
Yeah, and because people use it often, they don't remember the proper way to type or write. It hurts to see so many typos and improper grammar because I'm an English major and a future English teacher. : P
Oh really? Well, your friend is rather talented then!
How many classes did you took this year, and how about next year?
Ha ha, it's okay. It's personal because you are talking to someone one-on-one, rather than just posting your opinion in a thread. Well, that's their opinion. It's really that you text complete sentences. Chat-speaking is always a bother to read.
Actually, everything you see in my signature was his doing. :)
It was/is great! But I have to admit that I found it a little boring during the first semester because my classes were a little too easy for me. But I finally got my wish of getting challenging classes this semester! Your senior year of high school usually goes by the fastest because you have a lot going on (trying to figure out what college you want to go to, studying for exams for the many AP classes you regret taking, etc.), but it does go by a lot faster in college because you usually only have a certain class twice a week, so showing up is crucial.
I suppose so, haha. But somehow I feel a little awkward talking to people through VMs. It feels so personal as opposed to just posting whatever on a certain thread topic. Don't mind me, I'm just a little strange. And thank you for the compliment! It's a pleasure to talk to you as well since you use complete sentences and such. Some of my friends find me strange for typing in complete sentences on instant messengers, but I can't help it. It's weird, but I type faster when I type every word out completely rather than use "text typing."
You're welcome. Your friend must be a great artist or at least great with graphics, but the way you arranged your signature, you should give yourself credit for that too because it looks great.