When I first came to Canada, my English was terrible. My poor grammar and incorrect pronunciation caused a lot of confusion. However, with the help of teachers from school, a tutoring center, and every-day conversations with my Canadian friends, my English had a lot of improvements. From Grade 5, I didn’t need to attend the school’s ELL program anymore. I was able to have fluent English conversations with other people. I could understand everything the teachers said and my writing skills along with other areas barely had errors anymore. I was also able to take French class with the rest of my classmates. Whenever my family would go out, they would always bring me as a translator.
Over the next few years, my English continued to get stronger. A short story I wrote in Grade 8 was awarded to be published in a collection of young writers’ works. When I graduated from elementary school, I got the English Language Art Award out of all of the grade eights. As a student from China, I was very proud to be on the stage to receive the medal. I think all of the accomplishments are rewards for the hard work I’ve done to improve my English. Even though my English has gotten better, I am still striving for more improvements. I believe that nothing is the best, but only better.
I participated in a wide range of extracurricular activities after I immigrated to Canada. In music, I received many awards and scholarships. I am preparing for a Level 10 violin exam and a Level 8 piano exam for the upcoming summer. I am also proud of my accomplishments in badminton. My team and I got first in Saskatchewan’s Summer Games, and I got chosen to represent my province to compete with other teams from Canada. I really enjoyed those experiences that made me a stronger badminton player.
After my family and I moved to B.C from Saskatchewan, I decided to stop taking voice lessons and drawing classes so I could focus better on Grade 9, first year of highschool to me. My parents learned about the IWE Study Center and asked me if I wanted to try it out. After my first meeting with Maria, I fell in love with the way everyone studied at IWE. I met a lot of new friends when I joined the IWE family. Everyone there has their own goal they want to achieve. When I came in August, I finished the Grade 8 level of Wordly Wise before school started. I am close to finishing the Grade 9 Wordly Wise. Everyday I try to increase my vocabulary and comprehension reading skills. At first, I disliked reading. However, I am starting to enjoy it because I can learn new words and ideas from books. Every time we show Maria our accomplishments, she would always compliment us.
I am happy with my new school, friends and everything I gained when I moved to Canada. The achievements I made in Canada came from my persistence and dedication. I want to thank everyone who helped me succeed: my parents, my teachers, my coaches, and my friends. Thank you! I enjoy living in Canada and I will continue to put my best effort in everything I do so I can become a better person.