My native language is Arabic, and I read and wrote in Arabic often. However, I never received academic literature courses beyond high school level.
As far as my English fluency goes, I'd say I'm fluent in the spoken language, with some grammar pitfalls here and there. I also could express myself well enough in the written word. But most of my writing is for professional or technical domains.
My short experience in attempting fiction writing in English exposed a weakness I suffer. I struggle a great deal to compose imagery, use metaphors, or idioms. I find myself mentally composing in Arabic, then attempting to translate into English.
Contemplating the above, I'm considering getting an academic education in English. My first inclination was to study English language arts in a community college. Then it occurred to me that there are many ESL (English as Second Language) as well. Which of the two paths would be most beneficial to a writer like me?
Note: The college I'm considering lists the following outcomes of their English program:
- Rhetorical Competence
- Critical and Analytical Reasoning
- Ability to Use MLA Style
- Appreciation of Diverse Forms of Literature
- Ability to Use Technology