Would you be able to give me some feedback on my essay (unfamiliar) and how would i be able to improve it?

Question one; non-fiction-2023- Benchmark

Analyze how the writer explores the migrant experience within the mental health system.

The writer explores the migrant experience within the mental health system using adverbs, direct speech, sibilance, and listing. By exploring the migrant experience within the mental health systems, the writer helps us understand the difference in the experience of the unfamiliar cultural adaptation. The writer helps us understand how mental health has various impacts on different cultures. “Does our mental health matter yet?” The writer uses the adverb ‘yet’ to exaggerate the writer’s emotion of a migrant who struggles to balance two cultures. however, the writer uses the adverb ‘yet’ to hold a sense of hope. A sensation that holds hope that the struggle of their mental health is not ‘being considered’ in society and the two cultures might change in the future. The writer starts off with a sense of hope, however, the writer uses listing to explore and explain the struggles experienced by a migrant.

The writer uses sibilance to express the migrant’s perspectives on mental health. “There is significant shame and stigma attached to mental illness.” The use of sibilance when she says ‘significant’, ‘shame’, and ‘stigma’ categories the cultural insult they conquered in an Asian household. This shows how Asian households give more importance to prestige and pride than their well-being. In line 8 the writer explores the frustration due to the less importance of wellbeing seen in migrant households. “Go for a walk”, “Get off your phone”, and “Drink water”. The writer a combination of listing and imperative to explore and express that frustration. This quote shows how mental health is considered just like a headache, a problem that can vanish with medicine or sleep. The writer uses listing and direct speech to show how annoying and frustrating words are injected into an individual living in a migrant household/ Asian household. The writer then explores why mental health is less considered in migrant households using nouns and adverbs. “never gets the root of the problem.” The nouns ‘problem’ and adverbs ‘never’ show that understanding is a big problem in migrant households within mental health. this shows that Asian households that there is less communication and understanding going on in Asian households regarding the concept of mental health. As the writer mentions at the start of the text “Does our mental health matter yet?”, the writer helps us understand that the yet can symbolize how they have hope that their mental health can be more considered if there was more communication and understanding going around migrant households regarding mental health. Thus, the writer helps us understand that it may result in lower rates of depression, anxiety, and many other mental disorders if pride and prestige were seen as less important than the well-being of an individual.

Kia ora Anne and welcome to Study It!

I really liked your analysis of the use of the adverb “yet”. What could have made that stronger is if you had discussed this choice in combination with the writer’s choice to place it in a rhetorical question. One thing that can really strengthen a Level 2 Unfamiliar Text response if you discuss how techniques work together to create a particular impact on the reader.

At the end of that first paragraph, you mention listing but don’t follow that up with an example. Your next point is on sibilance. You might want to consider the order you introduce your techniques in so there is clear progression of thinking.

Alliterative techniques (including sibilance) can be notoriously challenging to analyse. They way they sound is important in considering what effect they create. So my question is how does that repetitive “s” sound help the reader understand? How does it provide a sense of categorisation through the use of sound?

You’re starting to look at a combination of techniques when you’ve discussed listing and imperative together which is great. Keep going with that.

One other area that you could work on is ensuring that you are clearly answering the question. You discuss the text well in general but don’t always link it back to how the techniques you’ve selected enabled the writer to explore the migrant experience with the mental health system here. You’ve got a good discussion of migrant households’ attitudes towards mental health but not a lot of discussion around the references to how the mental health system here lacks enough support for migrants. Be selective with what evidence you choose to include in your response and ensure that it will allow you to answer the question.

Kia pai tō mahi. Thank you for sharing your writing with us.