Discuss the importance of learning, reading and composing in the process of knowledge acquisition of a student.
The importance of learning, reading and composing in the process of knowledge acquisition of a student, cannot be overemphasized, and herein lays the importance of a literacy narrative. In the following literacy narrative, I intend to offer a personal account whereby I am going to share my vivid memory about learning to read, as I was growing up. The process of learning different languages, and acquiring the ability to speak, write and express my thoughts in the same, has been a challenging and yet interesting journey. There have been various people, such as my parents and my teachers who played an admirable role as literary sponsors in my life, that in turn has not only helped me learn and explore new things, but also has influenced me in loving the language I was learning for the first time. I still remember the time, when my mother, a Mathematics teacher by profession, brought me a Calvin and Hobbes book, that
I took great interest in reading. At first, of course I was hardly eager to go through the lines of the long stories, and yet my mother took the pain of reading the stories aloud to me. Once the interesting stories, and attractive pictures explaining the plots, attracted my attention, I started running my fingers through the lines of the book, and reading the stories aloud to my younger brother. It should be noted here that my father did not play any less important role in enriching my literary learning process, as he was equally enthusiastic about developing my learning skills. I was hardly 5 when he would ask me to read and pronounce the words written on the cereal boxes, and would often take me to libraries for reading children’s books.
I my earlier days of learning, like any other child, I was hardly fascinated by any sort of learning activity. My mother would spend ample time in helping me learn alphabets, numbers, and word pronunciation techniques, and the repetitive, monotonous job would hardly grab m attention. As I grew 4 years old, my mother realized that very soon I am going to be admitted to a school, and hence she bought me a variety of educational toys, such as word puzzles, alphabets learning notebooks, and others, that at once grabbed my attention, and helped me learn and differentiate between the complex alphabets and mathematical digits. Next, at 5 years of age, I joined school, and I still remember how my teachers, who were so supportive and caring, that they helped me in a considerable way in the learning process. I would like to mention here that one of my classmates, Robert had a large contribution I making me learn. Often there would be difficult tasks or lessons I would not find easy to comprehend, and hence I would seek the assistance of Robert, who would make me understand the lessons in a simplistic way. I was however not much interested in attending my English class, but once I was promoted to my third grade, I got the opportunity of meeting my new English teacher, Mrs. Smith. She taught us Mrs. Popper’s Penguins, and The Wind in the Willows, and her vivid narrative style, and her fantastic way of explaining twists greatly appealed to me, and I never remember having missed a single class of hers.
The importance of e-learning should not be understated here. I was 10 years old, when my father brought home a computer. As excited I was by its presence, the computer gave me the opportunity of learning new languages. Digital technologies not only helped me in learning new languages, but also in testing my language skills via online platforms. Initially, my enunciation of English language was not very commendable, and I was advised by my teacher to work on it, and Content and Language Integrated Learning or CLIL, largely helped me in getting rid of the problem. Reading interesting stories online, and reading the biographies of my favorite pop stars from various online sites, improved my communication and writing skills. As I was growing up, I remember how my parents would bring different story books, and add to the collection of our library. During the evening coming back from my school, I would sit with my elder sister, and start reading my favorite books in our spacious library. During ths period, I developed an incredibly huge interest in Arabian books, and considering my passion for Arabian books, my mother bought me a huge variety of Arabian books. Among the Arabian books, that deeply influenced me, the story books of Al-Mutanabbi, left an indelible impression in my mind, and helped me develop my knowledge in the language within a short period of time. The poems of Al-Mutanabbi, helped me gain an insight into the various incidents of his life, and further what really fascinated me was the recurrent theme of power and freedom, that most of his poems deal with.
In my early childhood, I was not much interested in studies. However, gradually I started to take the interest in studies as I encountered Mr. Ghazi, my Arabic Language teacher. I began to gain interest in studies on a massive scale as soon as I encountered his influence on my studies. Previously I considered this language very critical and hard to analyze. One of the most complicated parts associated with Arabic Language was the grammatical section. I was destitute in all aspects of grammar. I had a very limited concept in the chapters of Verb, Tense, Morphology, and Syntax. It was an utterly depressing and frustrating factor in my life, which I avoided in every instance. Apart from the grammatical section, I was considerably weak in the Writing portions. Since my grammar was poor, I was hardly able to deliver good writing materials. Thus, I always encountered poor marks in the Arabic Language. Nevertheless, the scenario completely changed as I met Mr. Ghazi. For the first time, I realized that Grammar was not a subject, but a play material. He had a unique teaching style that was entirely different from other teachers. He was very friendly and interacted to the trivial issues of every student. He was sensitive to my issue regarding the understanding of the subject. He taught me personally in a very lucid manner. Moreover, he boosted confidence within me for the first time that I have the potential to deliver high quality writing materials. Slowly I gained interest in the subject on an enormous scale. I started to read a newspaper, storybooks and other available literature based on the concept of Arabic Language. Slowly my marks started to magnify and finally resulted in distinction marks. Thus, Mr. Ghazi became my role model for developing Arabic Language in my life at such a level.
However, I would like to mention here that learning English language was had never been easy for me, and as such I had encountered much difficulty in the acquisition the language. Despite my deep interest in the language, in absence of proper guidance, I did not have a clear understanding about the basic grammar lessons. However, during my fifth grade my new English teacher, Ms. Nguyen, helped me learn English in a highly systematic ad organized manner, and her academic assistance played a huge role in shaping my career during the later phase of my life.
To conclude, I must say that the acquisition of a new language skill can be a source of great pleasure, and yet learning a new language such as Arabic was not without challenges and hardships on the way. However, with the help of my teachers and my parents, I succeeded in finally learning both the languages- English and Arabic. I believe that it takes a little dedication, patience and a lot of external support to learn a language. Without suffering through learning different languages I wouldn’t be able to have a greater understanding of my first language or becoming more perceptive and critical-thinker.