16/09: In class writing

Jasper, Zhiheng and Alisha

Passage 1:

A man from the city came to visit a small farm, he saw a farmer feeding pigs in a very strange way. The farmer would lift a pig up to a nearby apple tree ; the pig would eat the apples directly off the tree. The farmer would move the pig from one apple to another until the pig was full, then he would start again with another pig.

The man from the city was pretty puzzled, he watched for quiet a while and finally said, “What a strange way to feed pigs! It’s a waist of time! You could save a whole lot of time if you just shook the apples off the tree, and let the pigs eat them from the ground!” The farmer looked puzzled and replied, “What’s time to a pig?”

Passage 2:

A young man, waiting in line at the bank, developed a loud case of hiccups and got worse and worse. By the time he got to the teller’s window, he couldn’t hardly talk and handing the teller his check to cash.

The teller tapping numbers into the computer, in a moment looking up and frowning, “I can’t cash your check,” she said.

The man was shocked, “Why not?” he asked.

“The computer indicates you do not have sufficient funds to cover this amount,” she said, “In fact our records show that your account is overdrawn by more than $5000.00.”

“It can’t be!” , cried the man, “You’ve got to be kidding!”

“Your right. I am,” she smiled; She started counting out his cash. “You will notice that your hiccups are gone, though!”


08/31: Free writing

What comes across my mind right now is that I am excited to go outside of the city this weekend. Indeed I’m going to the Zongo falls with my friends and we will sleep there. I need to submit some assignments before Friday, I already submitted my math assignment today and I’ll submit the others during the week. It is my priority before thinking of Zongo. I don’t know what to write anymore. I want to travel for the Thanksgiving break, maybe Spain ? or Croatia ? An Island in the Mediterranean sounds good. I kinda miss my mom, she’s in Goma because my grandfather is dying, she is supposed to come back at the end of the month. I could’t go with her because the connexion there is very unstable and I would surely have missed classes. Which I didn’t want. I am taking my online classes very seriously and I like them. I really don’t know what to write now. I hope I’ll get more comfortable with the English language and writing with time and that I would be able to use it as well as my mother tongue. Sometimes it frustrates me when I still have to use Google Translate to find my words. I need more vocabulary, I think that if I start to read in English, not only for school but for instance; English novels, I’ll improve myself. I’ll use that for the audio essay ! How I learned English and how I am still learning.



Outline: My literacy narrative is the journey of my English learning. I’ll start the presentation with explaining when I started to learn ( as a child ), at school, the extra help I received ( my Kenyan nannies helped me improve my English and my swahili ), I’ll then talk about how English was taught in my high school, how I would always watch movies in English listen to music in English and especially talk to Natives English speakers to improve myself. After I’d have covered that, I will talk about the struggles I am still facing today and how I manage to fix them.



Meaning of name

My name is Alisha Mwanza. Alisha means protected by Allah, it is a Muslim and Hindu name. My mom named me Alisha because I am her first and only child. Indeed, she had several miscarriages before I actually stuck on and decided I will live until her term.

In other words, I am a survivor.

I don’t have a lot of informations about my family name; Mwanza. I have knowledge that obviously it is African and it is the name of my grandfather.

I have never been ashamed of my name at any moment in my life I have always been very proud of it. However, it sometimes annoys me when the Westerners don’t know how to pronounce my family name.



My name is Alisha Mwanza, I live in the Congo-Kinshasa. I will be majoring in management. I love ballet, music, golf, painting, going out with my friends and food. I speak French, English and Swahili. I am really sociable and I love meeting new people. I hope Rhet110N will help me improve my English writing and open my mind to new ways of thinking.

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