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Topics: Chinese language, Ethics, Standard Mandarin Pages: 5 (1563 words) Published: October 11, 2013
Name: Poon Yee Tung Pamela
Student id: 12115581d
Seminar Group: SEM003

WRITTEN AND SPOKEN ENGLISH

Giving effective presentations is one of the essentials when competing in the business world and taking up leadership positions. Yet, I was used to be a shy person, and afraid of public speaking before. I felt extremely nervous when making presentations in front of crowds. This year, being an Aiesecer member of the external relations team, it helps me to boost up my confidence in speaking English. I was given many opportunities to meet the externals, such as visiting the New World Development Limited. It is the very first time that I met externals from such a big company. At first, I could feel that my voice was trembling when talking with Mr Albert Hui, who is the director of corporate strategy. Fortunately, I feel much better after some warm-up conversations with him. With these valuable experiences, I gradually become a better public speaker!

Besides, I have registered for a CAR A subject in this semester, which is the Multiethnic Identities and Lives. Mr Dean A. F. Gui’s way of teaching is inspiring. I was not a good writer, and often made many grammatical mistakes. Mr Dean A. F. Gui noticed problems in my style of writing. wI often try to organize my ideas in Chinese and then try to translate it back into English. He told me to ‘think in English’ when I am writing English essays. After taking his suggestions, my writing has a big step of improvement and sounds much more natural than before.

WRITTEN CHINESE AND SPOKEN PUTONGHUA
With a rapid economic development of China, Mandarin has become more important as an international language. As a business student, if I could speak fluent mandarin and presentable written Chinese, then it helps to increase my competitiveness in seeking for jobs. However, it seems that I still have much room for improvements in this area. In the last semester, I was unable to obtain a good grade in the Advanced Communication Skills in Chinese due to my poor spoken Putonghua and written Chinese ability. In order to make further improvements, I have planned to fulfill my Work-Integrated Education in the Mainland China. In Polyu, there are many Mainland WIE opportunities provided for us. Hence, I hope to grasp one of these valuable internship programs in Year 3 Summer semester, and try to live in an environment which Mandarin is set as the first language. I believe I would have a drastic improvement on my Chinese language ability through living, socializing, and working in China Besides, I plan to become one of the student helpers for the non-local students’ orientation week in August 2013. I will be given lots of opportunities to communicate with the Mainland students as a student helper. I hope to integrate the spoken Mandarin communication skills that I learnt from lessons into real life situations. I hope through adopting these two measures, improvements for both written Chinese and spoken Mandarin can be seen.

Global Outlook and Cultural Diversity

In January, I attended an international conference in Malaysia, named as MYLDS. The participants of MYLDS come from many different countries. In my group, ‘Boom Crackers’, we have delegates from Pakistan, Czech Republic, Thailand and Malaysians. It is the first time that I experienced such a cultural diversity. Although we came from different religious and cultural backgrounds, still we learnt to accept, understand and embrace the differences.

From the CQS survey, my overall QS is only 3.75 and the standard score is -1.25. It reflects that I am rather weak at the understanding of cultural diversity even I have gone to the MYLDS in January. In order to develop a broader global outlook, I have decided to go for the GCDP in Turkey from 24th June to 5th August. The project name is ‘Myself my World’, and I will be the only Asian participating in this project. Through joining the GCDP and 5-alive activities, I hope I can...
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