Tutor profile: Christopher S.
Why after a certain level should we practice learning how to write, especially if we are more interested in STEM classes and vocations?
Writing is a skill that takes years to master and is worth the effort. Humans can communicate in a variety of ways, but writing may be the most permanent and the most profound. No matter your field of study or your vocation, strong writing skills will be helpful and even necessary. Writing is an act of discovery. By writing, one learns what one means to say. I have a poster in my classroom with six words on it: "Words hurt. Words heal. Words mean." The power of the written word is not only enormous but also enduring.
Why should we read and study literature?
Humans are storytellers. Whether sharing the day's events with a friend or family member, composing a personal story to include on a college application, or writing a novel, we tell stories constantly. Learning how stories work and what they mean not only helps us understand and tell our own stories; it also develops our sense of empathy and understanding of other humans. Studying literature isn't about identifying the nature of a symbol on the first reading of a poem. It's about considering things from a different point of view, about understanding another's story, about connection.
Why is English such a complicated language, especially for non-native speakers?
The history of the English language is one of change. A thousand years ago, English was much closer to German. Then the Norman invasion of Anglo-Saxon England in 1066 brought a new language, Norman French. The combination of the two languages resulted in the language you are reading right now. Our grammar is complicated, with several exceptions to various rules. But it is also an adaptable language and a vibrant one. It can incorporate words from other languages, and its vocabulary is enormous and always growing. A mastery of English will serve you well in any field that requires communication, which encompasses virtually every field one can think of.
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