expressing myself in a second language
February 24, 2014 1:37 AM Subscribe
I am a university student who takes french as a minor alongside law. My law essays are well received, and even when I miss the mark on the question my professors say I have expressed myself and written a good essay. In french, the opposite is true. I'm struggling with basic structure and linking of my ideas in this second language. Any help or advice?
posted by Braeburn to Education (14 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
More details on my situation, I'm a second year student, and I've been studying french since I was 11. I have a GCSE and took It as part of my IB at HL, which is an A level equivalent. My reading comprehension is at least as good as my peers, as evidenced by getting Bs in work translating from French to English. Every other area however I struggle in, such as giving oral presentations, composing in french, translations into french from English and even grammar tests.
Although I am a confident speaker and can make myself understood my speech is littered with errors.
I'm hopeful that at least some of my doubts are linked to imposter syndrome. If I pass this year I will be spending the next in a french speaking country studying law in french, and I am hoping this immersion will really help!
My major issues with composition, based on feedback and my own perceptions are:
1. The use of anglacisms and English sentence structures.
2. The lack of french sentence structures.
3. The inability to link together ideas, making my work fragmented and difficult to understand.
What can I do to improve in these areas? Has anyone been in this situation and improved?