If there is an appropriate way to feel, other than utterly confused, when someone asks you to define the nature of English, that feeling is defeat. Defeated, exactly how I felt at the beginning of this course as I skimmed through the readings we would be completing. The questions I have tried to begin to answer this quarter included: What role does literature play in student's lives? What is the best way to teach grammar (if at all)? Should I teach to the test? How should I respect students' various dialects? None of these has a clear-cut answer. However, as I have progressed through the quarter, reading, writing and reflecting, defeated is not what I feel. That is not to say I have any actual answers; yet, I have gained something on my journey. I have gained thoughtful positions on many of these topics, which gives me a leg to stand on. No more do I continuously wish to bash my head against a wall. Rather, I will just tap it from time to time. This portfolio will examine my positions on several issues within the nature of English and will conclude with my working definition of what English is, as well as what I need to do to become even more knowledgeable on this topic.