COMPARISON – CONTRAST Essay Assignment


Dear Students in Class 2016 A, 2016 B, and 2016 C

As what we had discussed in the classroom, you will post your Writing 2 assignment in the form of a Comparison-Contrast Essay.

This webpage is used to post your Comparison-Contrast Essay. Thus, you need to properly save and use the link that I informed you in our group list so that you can post your Writing 2 assignment in a correct link.

Please remember that the Format of Comparison-Contrast Essay is:

  • Essay Title
  • Author (Complete Name, NIM, and Class Session)
  • Introductory Paragraph (with Thesis Statement about Two Objects or Items that You Compare and Contrast)
  • Supporting Paragraphs (with Supporting Relevant Details about Each Object that You Had Mentioned in the Thesis Statement)
  • Concluding Paragraph

The number of paragraphs that is accepted for this assignment is between five paragraphs, as minimum number, to ten paragraphs, as maximum number.

The topic for this Comparison-Contrast Essay assignment is related to:

Comparing and Contrasting Two Items, Persons, or Objects that are Available Around You. 

Deadline for this assignment is  December 18, 2017, at 12.00 pm, Monday.

Writing assignment that is submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Therefore, you need to post your assignment before the deadline.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me in class or through mobile phone.

This assignment needs to be written by yourself only, but you may ask for helps to friends about grammar or structure of your sentences. A plagiarised essay will cause the score of your essay to be terminated. Please write this assignment independently and please avoid translating your essay.

You need to learn how to write well in English, right?

Good Luck ~

NARRATIVE Essay Assignment


Dear Students in Class 2016 A, 2016 B, and 2016 C

As what we had discussed in the classroom, you will post your Writing 2 assignment in the form of a Narrative Essay.

This webpage is used to post your Narrative Essay. Thus, you need to properly save and use the link that I informed you in our group list so that you can post your Writing 2 assignment in a correct link.

Please remember that the Format of Narrative Essay is:

  • Essay Title
  • Author (Complete Name, NIM, and Class Session)
  • Introductory Paragraph (with Thesis Statement, or What You Will Tell in Your Story)
  • Supporting Paragraphs (with Supporting Relevant Details about Events in the Story. Remember: Details in Narrative Essay are different from Details in Argumentative and Descriptive Essay)
  • Concluding Paragraph (with ending of your story, is it ended in happiness or sadness?)

The number of paragraphs that is accepted for this assignment is between five paragraphs, as minimum number, to ten paragraphs, as maximum number.

The topic for this Narrative Essay assignment is related to:

Telling a Story about Wonderful or Amazing Experience in Your Life. 

Deadline for this assignment is  December 4, 2017, at 12.00 pm, Monday. 

Writing assignment that is submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Therefore, you need to post your assignment before the deadline.

If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me in class or through mobile phone.

This assignment needs to be written by yourself only, but you may ask for helps to friends about grammar or structure of your sentences. A plagiarised essay will cause the score of your essay to be terminated. Please write this assignment independently and please avoid translating your essay.

You need to learn how to share your stories in English well, right?

Good Luck ~

“Humanizing” Our Writing


“Easy reading is damn hard writing” Nathaniel Hawthorne
“Difficult reading is always a form of the writer’s ego to show off his credibility, which is not needed by the readers” – Syayid Sandi Sukandi

This post has been discussed in one of my classes in Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. It turns out that I even fall in love with writing. “The more I read, the more easier how to understand my writing is. The more I discuss with open-minded people, the more I can feel what the magnificent use of writing is” – Syayid Sandi Sukandi, A Fulbright Scholar of English

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To those of you who love to write, putting your ideas into writing would seem to be easy to do, especially when you have gained a lot of experiences in writing and jotting down your ideas into a meaningful piece of text. However, sometimes, before writing something, please ask yourself these questions, “Why should I write? What is it for?”

The questions of “Where are my readers? Who are they?” are connected with “Why should I write? What is it for?” These four questions are actually connected with the essence of the purpose of why we write. This is where the process of humanizing writing starts. From a novice writer into an advanced one, readers are always involved in certain ways. Peter Elbow, a distinguish Professor of English in the United States has stated that someone may write well, even without a teacher. It does not mean that the person does not need a teacher. What it actually means is that the teacher is only a facilitator. The one who should write more is the person him or herself. Understanding grammar well is not enough if someone wants to write well for the readers, except for him or herself per se. If you could answer the two questions above, you will have a sense of to whom your writing will be intended. In other words, your writing will have a purpose. Eventually, your writing will likely be successful.

Therefore, writing something complicated by using an easier written expression, help the readers understand our writing well. Briefly, specific words are for specific readers. As Georges Gusdorf mentions in his book, Speaking (La Parole), translated by Paul T. Brockelman in 1965, p.44, “…language cannot justify anything and everything. It is up to each person to assure the responsibility for his own language by searching for the ‘right word’”. Words will work better if the words can work well in the mind of the readers. If the readers do not have the same meaning as what the writer perceive about the word, the use of the word will create chaos in the mind of the readers. Eventually, what happens is, your writing becomes useless and meaningless. You don’t want that happens, do you? Or, after you wrote something, and suddenly said, “That’s it! I am done!” Is that all? In fact, writing is more than that.

What about writing for public? Writing for a larger audience? If you are a native speaker of English, what about writing for second language speakers of English? The specific “form” of language is used for specific “purposes”; even English has its specific form that is known as English for Specific Purposes. Namely, there are several words that can only be used within the context of business. For instance, “The bank has set its interest rates”. The word “interest” here is not the same as it is found in, “She interests me”. Consequently, we need to adhere that the words we use in expressing our ideas should be properly chosen for the readers. If you speak or write something interesting in your mind, but your listeners or readers do not understand what you are saying, the communication turns into a deathly hollow. Yudhijit Bhattacharjee mentioned in his writing Why Billinguals are Smarter in New York Times, “Nobody ever doubt the power of language. But who would have imagined that the words we hear and the sentences we speak might be leaving such a deep imprint?” Then, the question is, “Will a writer’s work be read if the writer writes with words that people rarely use?”

To make it brief, it can be stated in this simple phrase, “Think deeply; write simply”. Whatever we write in our writings, always consider the readers. Making our thoughts easier is a lot more useful than making it complicated for people. In this digital world, writing has become a life-style. Readers are the people whom our writings will take us to the next level. Humanizing writing sounds a pretty good thing to do by everyone, if they are in need of being understood well in this enchanting world.

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“A student without having an ability to show his or her credibility in an appropriate occasions will look like never learning anything” – Syayid Sandi Sukandi