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    Quote Originally Posted by be0wulf View Post
    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.
    Yeah, i find that having a lab assitant who can't speak english or understand is worse... Mostly because if you have trouble, you start with peers and lab instructors. I find it extremely fustrating to work with a lab instructor who can't do sqwat. I understand that they are students and here to learn themselve (fing grad students XD, though some are good)

    Profs with heavy accents.. well it means you HAVE to pay attention to catch things, which helps me because I'm an auditory learner, so if I'm forced to listen very closely, I invariably learn more. Often enough (in the sciences at least) they can supplement the lecture with slides or a textbook or examples, but you can't DO that with a lab, it's SUPPOSED to be interactive and hands-on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kolox View Post
    You know, there is a point in math that you have little of those numbers, like in derivative, integral or matrix. Try explaining that with sole numbers...
    Yeah, I guess I forgot pointing out that the more complex parts of math can be hard to get, but I could explain derivative in numbers. And then you even have a chance of using pictures! Yay for pictures!

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    Yeah when you get into tricky stuff in maths explanations become pretty necessary...

    And yeah, fuck 'em, I didn't change my accent.

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    All of my Romanian math professors have spoken English beautifully. But, I have hard from sources that will remain .... un-named that it is very hard for native speakers of Mandarin and Canonize to make the 'rrr' sound so words such as rice, become lice, and other fun morphemes mix-ups.

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    i'm kinda with cpr on this one....i know it's ef-ed me over a few times....


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    Quote Originally Posted by lews_therin_tel View Post
    Yeah, I guess I forgot pointing out that the more complex parts of math can be hard to get, but I could explain derivative in numbers. And then you even have a chance of using pictures! Yay for pictures!
    Yeah - My grade 12 calculus teacher had a really heavy accent yet I didn't find I had a problem with it. The other math teacher at my highschool also had a heavy accent and his students didn't have a problem with it, either. I think an accent would affect students in the non-mathematical realm more... if you have to explain a biology concept, or a piece of literature, or something...
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    I think it's perfectly okay to have a thick accent and teach once the students can understand you.
    I had two Greek professors for Greek and Roman mythology and civilisation and they had Very thick accents (Sexy ass accents....eh heh) but cause of their heritage they were better at teaching the class than regular Irish guys.
    Besides no matter where you go in the world Someone is gonna have an accent you just cannot understand (In my case I met a welsh guy I just stared at trying to comprehend him) To some people it is prefectly legible to others gibberish, so it would be unfair to judge whether or not this one or that one is bad for an area etc.

 

 
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