Essay by elainephamCollege, UndergraduateB+, October 2014

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Student name: Pham Thi Ha Anh

Class: 12E2


Writing portfolio which helps students a lot in improving important skills is one of the most effective projects of this semester. When conducting this challenging project, I had chance to practice my critical reading skill; summarizing and paraphrasing skills; reasoning skill; arguing skill and many other useful ones. Although I had to face many difficulties, I had a great opportunity to gain precious experience.

In the writing portfolio project, my classmates and I had a lot of activities. Firstly, we learned different types of essays such as compare - contrast, cause - effect, argumentative essays and two types of synthesis including comparative and argumentative synthesis. In each type of writing, we were given many precious references to read at home to not only be ready for in - class sessions but also richen our background knowledge. In this semester, the program was designed reasonably so that we had chance to combine reading and writing, which was advantageous for both critical reading and writing skills.

What I appreciated most in subject 4A and especially writing in this semester was sessions about argument's structure. Now I have known how to build my arguments and find evidence to support. More importantly, I fully acknowledged writing techniques which orient my pen so that I know the exact functions of each sentence instead of writing instinctively.

During conducting the project, I had to face a lot of difficulties. The first one was article finding. I found it the most challenging part. Because there are innumerous articles on the Internet, it took me several days to find suitable articles to use as reference in one essay. Some were suitable in terms of content but their sources were unreliable while some are reliable...