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INSTRUCTOR: Belinda Pribil

Reflection Assignment 3

Name: Lam Bao Quynh Tran
ID number: s3230287
Group: 5

I was born and lived in Nha Trang until I graduated from high school. This city is quite small and there are only some foreign language centers and none one of them provides learners with good English-speaking study environment. Therefore, although I started learning English when I was at 1st grade, my English was not really good and I was not so confident in communicating with people in this language.
At the end of 2008, I left my hometown to Ho Chi Minh City for RMIT University. This was a completely new experience. RMIT provides students with an English-speaking campus and services. I was quite surprised when realizing all of the staffs in this school, even those who are Vietnamese, talked to me in English. Initially, I found it was rather difficult for me to speak English in everywhere and at anytime in this campus. I used to feel shy when talking with classmates in English. But one time, I went out with my friend to an English club meeting, and of course people talk to each other in English. I was rather silent while my friend was very open and she kept talking with everyone. When we left the meeting, my friend said that she learnt some useful things from her conversations with other people. Then I realized that I might learnt these things if I had been more confident in my English and talked to them. I desired to change this situation by trying to speak English in class more often. Initially, as I thought this procedure would take a lot of time, I felt discouraged. However, according to Senge (2006, pg. 88), delays can have positive effect once people recognize and work with them.
When I started my degree program, I realized that speaking English even became more critically important for me. Speaking English in class assists me in my study, especially when I am studying in an English-speaking...


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