Tutor profile: Olivia H.
Subject: American Sign Language
What is the difference between American Sign Language (ASL) and Signed English? American Sign Language is a legal language and has its own grammar vocabulary and syntax. However, PSE or signed English of any type does not have its own grammar or syntax. It copies the English grammar and syntax. An example of this can be the sentence, "I want to go to the store." In PSE it would be exactly signed the same grammar in English. In ASL it would be signed "Store I want go". Along with the differences in grammar and syntax, PSE or any signed English does not use the same signs as ASL. Signed English uses signs that incorporate the letters English starts with. An example of this is the sign of a person. In PSE they would use the letter P when in ASL they would use a handshape not associated with letters.
Is sign language the same in every country? Similar to the spoken language every country has its own sign language. This includes countries that all speak the same spoken language. America, England, and Australia all have their own signed languages which are: American Sign Language, British Sign Language, and Auslan (Australian) Sign Language.
Subject: English as a Second Language
How do you go about studying when learning a second language? First of all, you need to break down what you are studying into categories so you don't overwhelm yourself. So break down into categories such as Grammar and vocabulary. Then when you start of you get all basic conversational vocabulary words that are important and memorize them. When learning grammar you need to break down it to different categories you need to learn such as plural and nonplural nouns, verbs, adjectives, tenses. Then you focus on mastering one category before working and moving on to the next one.
Why is learning a language so difficult? When you learn languages your brain is processing in a different way than you were taught. When learning English it's thinking the complete opposite way you were taught. When learning English you not only have to learn a new set of vocabulary but you also have to learn a new set of grammar and structure of a sentence.
When writing a paper how do you start if you are blocked from ideas? First, you start with the topic of your paper and put all and any ideas on a separate piece of paper. Once you have all ideas out there even the illogical you start lists under each idea. You start explaining the information associated with your idea. After breaking down each idea you choose the three main ideas you have and break them down further. For each idea, you give three subideas that will determine your three subsequent paragraphs.
When you have to write a book report or a paper on the book, how do you read to prepare you for the paper? When reading a book for a book report the main thing you need to do when starting out is to have highlighters, notebook, and sticky notes. When reading the novel highlight any detail that sticks out. Then after reading the first chapter go back through and write down a list of characters and important information about them. Do the same with the setting as well. Finally, for each chapter write a summary and a list of any ideas you think are important. Do this for each chapter so that when you are ready to write your paper you have a break down of character development and information about what is occurring chapter to chapter.
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