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Thu Dec 5, 2013, 02:13 PM

1. I've had the experience of teaching students whose first language

is not English.
Making sense is important, not just in an educational context, but in a human context. There was one time in which I gave out an assignment that was fairly complex in its demands on communication and sense. It required a fairly complex thought process to do well.
I was dealing with a student from the Czech Republic who I knew was capable of fulfilling the requirements of the assignment and getting the "A" grade.
The problem is that he was required to write in English, a language which he grasped not so well. He was in mechanical engineering, and where mathematics was the main means of communication, there was no wall separating him from his auditors.
But in History, the case was different.
I wanted, like nothing else, just to sit him down and get him to speak through an interpreter, or to get to a space where he could show his intellectual capacity to its best advantage.
This was a frustrating experience, and is part of the reason why I am reticent to teach again.

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