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English Learning 2015-05-18 12:08:45
This is my third time to take English course at Civil Service Development Institute, Tainan City Government. Regarding to English courses, I would like to trace back to four or five years ago. The personnel of our district office asked me to enroll in the TOEIC program. I thought he had nobody but me interesting in English, so I had the chance to be an attendee of the TOEIC program. Why Tainan city government had this kind of English courses, it concerned with the English ability reports. We, the civil servants, are asked to have the qualification of primary level of the GEPT at least. Under the circumstance, every department should have one person to take part in the course for preparing the TOEIC test.

It was my first time to join a course which is not connected with my job's profession. I had a grateful feeling about the course. The teacher taught us lots of technical ability to pass the exam and to get higher scores. Due to the course, then, I had another chance to join a series of English courses with excellent students from other countries and counties at DGPA. You may ask why I always had chances to participate in English courses. The truth is you need a personnel officer who is really care of your needs, first. He/She knows your interests, needs, and hobbies. Second, the city government is willing to make efforts to design English courses. So, I would like to say thanks to the personnel and the staff members of the Civil Service Development Institute, Tainan City Government.

I know myself well, I am an introvert person. It is quite hard for me to speak in the public not to mention the conversation with others. Though, I had a chance to speak English twenty four hours each day for three months. That is a short period of time in my life; I think it is not enough to improve my oral English skills. So, I wrote my own needs on the inquiry which is designed by Civil Service Development Institute, Tainan City Government. They do listen to my opinions, and they design lots of English courses. They send me the invitations all the time, if they allow the staff of Tainan City to enroll freely. This year, I went to English Village for one-day English camp. They taught you how to use English conversation at work when you encounter the situation. Then, my bureau sent me to the English pronunciation courses, learning the basic pronunciation skills to let English intonation pronounce better and better. It is my honor and pleasure to join the English programs. But, I feel not enough to have these kinds of English courses. I will take the advanced courses to improve oral English skills, if I have a chance to join a program.

Usually, we have no confidence to speak English, because English is not our mother language. The grammar rules, pronunciation and intonation drive us crazy. When it comes to idioms, we are totally stunned because we have no idea about the culture of English. If we misunderstand the meanings, we would feel embarrassed to speak more. “Once bitten, twice shy.” When English has hurt us once, we tend to avoid learning English. Furthermore, we would be dumb for the fear of making mistake when we find someone is good at speaking English. I know I have all these problems mentioned above, so, I push myself hard to learn more.

You may doubt that why we have to emphasize on English ability, you may think only international affairs section needs the training courses. Let me tell you my own experience. I was at office during lunch time one day. The phone rang, one of my colleagues picked up the phone. I heard she said "moment please", then, she passed the phone to me; this phone call was from Kuwait. He asked me about an invention designed by my supervisor. I knew nothing about the invention, but I asked him to leave his message and wrote an email to make sure the email address worked. From this experience, you don't know when you will encounter the situation that you need to make an English conversation. Don't you think you need to prepare well? Well prepared and well trained, you won’t be nervous when you face the foreigners. We, the civil servants, are lucky enough to have the free courses to improve our professional skills and English skills; even we can use the office time to learn. So, if the chance comes to you, just grab it.

Globalization is new black! How we can catch up the world, the language ability plays an important role. I start the English learning journey. You also can do it, if you want. Just tell your personnel you are interested in learning new stuff. Hope to see you in STUST campus soon.