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My parents envisaged the waves of increasing prominence of foreign language learning in the global market and believed in the importance of multilingual upbringing for the betterment of my cognitive social and professional developments My situation is especially unique because it is uncommon for monolingual parents in a monolingual society to attempt to raise a trilingual child Understanding the benefits of early immersion exposure to all three languages happened in the early stages of my life In this essay I present my past linguistic environments through language learning experiences to explain how formal and informal education have shaped my proficiency in listening speaking reading and writing Korean English and JapaneseI was born in Korea and lived there for ten years before moving to the United States One may think that my exposure in Korean came beyond confines of classrooms considering Koreans homogeneous society and my monolingual parents However it was my academic programs in contrived settings that introduced me to the language Since my parents were rarely home due to overseas business trips it was definitely difficult for them to promote effective Korean learning environment Hence before I entered elementary school all four areas including speaking listening writing and reading levels were below than average compared to other students in my age Although we didnt learn grammatical rules and structures thoroughly my Korean skills improved by interacting with other students By constantly listening and speaking I picked up vocabulary and learned the language unconsciouslyThere were two detrimental elements in learning Korean at my school for five years Since it was private school I have noticed that teachers put great emphasis on students standardized test scores for the school reputation One of the ways that they achieve this was through designing classroom lesson plans according to the test contents Going over extensive amount of reading related to these tests merely increased my testing strategies rather than increasing my reading comprehension skills My reading skills were actually
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