Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants


Reflections of an ESL Composition Student


Writing Department


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Date Range



Arts and Humanities


Jiemin is a former citizen of the Peoples Republic of China. In 2000, she emigrated to the United States and attended a university to complete a bachelors degree in accounting. Now, she reflects upon her experiences as a non-native speaker of English attending three college composition courses. Fourteen years after her first FYC course, she has an understanding of the material that she was taught, the manner in which she was taught, and the effectiveness of an American FYC course for a student who is not only learning writing, but also the culture of the US and the culture of US education. In this presentation, I will introduce Jiemin, discuss her experiences and her reflection on those experiences, and comment on the effectiveness of teaching FYC to ESL students especially commenting on using Service Learning in a composition course for this student population.

Conference Name

Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters

Conference Location

Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI

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