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    Actually, I think highschool teachers with accents are more troublesome. Because students actually have to communicate with them on a day-to-day basis. Whereas in university, most professors generally just use powerpoint and read off the slides.

    However, in discussion groups where the class size is smaller and the professor actually has to talk with the students, accents are more of a problem. It's not really possible for the university to hire teachers based on their accents, so I guess the only thing for students to do is hope that the professors in their discussion groups can speak English well.


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    I don't really mind an accent, if neccesary I can ask them to explain it more clearly or just write it down. What I don't like is a teacher who knows completely fuck all about the subject they're trying to teach, because then there is nothing to explain clearer or write down.

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    Accents only matter to me in classes where I'm learning a foreign language. If you can't speak good English then you shouldn't be teaching another language I don't care if its your native tongue. I can manage if its another class and just be mildly annoyed... but if its FL then murder is on my mind.

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    ^ what's the matter ? I mean, the teacher won't speak in English really much anyway, so...

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    To me, foreign language teachers are the exception to the scrutiny. I think other teachers do need to have good command of the spoken part of the language they teach in though.

    I once had a Swiss math prof who spoke in such a mumbly flurry of words and wrote in scribbles :O I was saved by the worksheets and powerpoints he made though. But it made attending class hell, since no one would understand him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StealDragon View Post
    Accents only matter to me in classes where I'm learning a foreign language. If you can't speak good English then you shouldn't be teaching another language I don't care if its your native tongue. I can manage if its another class and just be mildly annoyed... but if its FL then murder is on my mind.
    Yes, this reminds me of my english teacher that completely sucked at english. Almost everyone in the class spoke better english. We complained enough to get rid of her. luckily.

    On a side note my current Japanese teacher doesn't speak a word english (perhaps some incoherent engrish), but that works out quite nicely. Though I must say that it is a bit confusing when we can't break down the language in english. Not living in Japan it would have been impossible to learn Japanese this way.

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    Back when I was studying for my Bachelor of Comp. Sci. degree 80% of my lecturers spoke with such a strong accent that I couldn't understand them. Powerpoint slideshows didn't help, as they only outlined the very basic structure of what the lecturer was going to discuss during the lesson, more as "cue cards" for themselves than as a way to provide information to us.

    I also believe that a person can have the most brilliant mind ever but a teacher has to CONVEY meaning to their students, and if they have problems doing that then it's unfair to the students.

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    I also believe that a person can have the most brilliant mind ever but a teacher has to CONVEY meaning to their students, and if they have problems doing that then it's unfair to the students.
    That (if we are not talking about accents of course) is what differs wisdom from knowledge. But also wise people should be concious of the fact that they are boundaries (like language) that should be defeated somehow to be most efficient in what they do.

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    I've had teachers with accents, but I could usually understand them pretty well. If you don't understand something, just smile and nod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overmind View Post
    I've had teachers with accents, but I could usually understand them pretty well. If you don't understand something, just smile, nod and fail.
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