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Learning English is important for all students, who are future full members of society. English is not just about reading books, but about learning fundamental skills that will help you think critically and communicate with other people. Reading gives you insight into the lives and experiences of others, bringing up themes and ideas that you may not be familiar with otherwise. You can apply those ideas to your own life and philosophy. Analyzing these works using literary devices and other techniques will teach you how to think critically about situations, apply yourself to them, and come up with solutions. It highlights the subtleties and shows how even the smallest details matter a lot within the greater picture. In addition, writing is a fundamental skill that everyone needs no matter their field. Knowing how to write clearly and concisely in a way that gets all of your ideas across is an invaluable skill in today’s society. If you cannot effectively communicate your ideas with others, you will probably have trouble creating relationships, both personal and professional. Learning English in public school sets students up with these important skills, and gives them the tools they need to further them with personal development and education. Like any subject, these skills have to be earned through determination and motivation to want to learn them. As a teacher, I want to inspire this motivation within my students so that they are learning these important skills in a way that they enjoy so that they retain what is being taught, and can expand their skills.

 

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