#1
I'm taking a wellness class for my generals in college and my teacher stands at the front of the room saying, "Dirka dirka dirka?" and everyone just sits with this look

At first it was kinda funny, but now it's really annoying. I just don't understand why someone would hire a foreign teacher with a severe accent to teach where the majority of kids are English speaking.

What do you think pit, should we plan a revolt and kick out all the foreign teachers?


EDIT: ^ Obviously I believe in Equal Opportunity Employment, but doesn't Equal Opportunity Employment ensure that the person best qualified for the job gets it. I feel that a major qualification would be to have the ability to communicate efficiently with the students.
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#2
Bigot.
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#3


Hide the sound unit close to the front of the room. Give em hell with the remote.

Or alternatively, politely ask, "Mr./Mrs. *name*, would you mind enunciating that better?/speaking slower?/saying that again? Your accent is hard to understand, so please bear with our having to hear it a couple more times to get it."
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#4
We have a spanish supply teacher and she's useless. I agree with you but it seems harsh. There's gotta be loads of teachers from the actual country that would kill for that job.
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#5
Nah. Filtering out those with heavy accents violates Equal Opportunity Employment. It's annoying, but everyone has had to deal with it.
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#7
Yes, kick out all the foreigners because kids can't be bothered to try and understand a different accent. This sounds like a great idea.
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Yes, kick out all the foreigners because kids can't be bothered to try and understand a different accent. This sounds like a great idea.



Tried to understand the accent but simply is not translatable.
#11
I had a Chinese calc professor whom I could not understand. And calc is frustrating enough, you know. I just dropped the class.
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#12
I had a temporary teacher from Poland for history my junior year. Her accent was hard to understand for maybe the first week, if that. Deal with it.

Oh, and the fact that she spoke Polish and I think Russian was quite useful since we were studying the cold war, and there was never and "how the fuck do I say this guy's name" shit.
#13
This reminds me of a german prof I had for Analysis. Really thick accent overall, fortunately he seemed concious about it so he kept asking if everything was ok.

You can simply approach your teacher and ask if it is possible to talk a bit slower or repeat something if necessary.
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#14
I had a russian professor once. I never lol'd as much as I did then. I always thought the weird accent was a movie thing, but f*ck no :p
I think it's great to come in contact with people with different accents, makes it easier to communicate when you're in a foreign country.
That said, if you're having trouble understanding your teacher... maybe ask him/her to repeat what he/she 's saying?
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#16
I had a french-african teacher for my Acc. Calc class (think between 1 and 2, with a lot of business models) and it was extremely hard at first, give it time.

I totally understand your frustration, though.
#17
I totally understand. I have a Korean math teacher and no one understands $h!% that she saids or tries to teach.
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#18
I get what you guys are saying about asking to repeat/slow down or maybe ask for side help from others.

But, should it have to come down to that. Like I said I'm paying a lot of money for this education I would like to get the most out of it. Without all the b.s. that could easily be avoided.
#19
I've had a few teachers like that. A Hungarian science teacher was particularly bad. Nobody understood, and when we asked her to repeat, it was exactly the same.

Worse are the ones who aren't 100% fluent, so can misunderstand questions, or not understand the textbook wordings of things. (More common in substitute teachers, in my experience).

At the same time, we had a Dutch bloke, and a French-Algerian woman teach when I was at uni, and there were no problems at all.
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#21
Maybe they have that job because they know the information better than native English speakers who also applied for the job. So if you were to replace your teacher with those guys, you may not understand the material even though you can understand the instructor's speech.
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Maybe they have that job because they know the information better than native English speakers who also applied for the job. So if you were to replace your teacher with those guys, you may not understand the material even though you can understand the instructor's speech.



But are they more qualified to teach it, or communicate their knowledge to their students.

Also I'm assuming someone applying for a college professor job, knows enough information considering they need a masters degree in a certain field to become a professor.
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But are they more qualified to teach it, or communicate their knowledge to their students.

Sounds like the student is not qualified enough to even be in college. See the teacher after class for help. If you still cannot understand the teacher one on one, you are probably deaf.
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I had a Chinese calc professor whom I could not understand. And calc is frustrating enough, you know. I just dropped the class.

Wow, you don't happen to studying Civil Engineering at TU Delft do you?

Had the same problem, with a Chinese calc professor. The guy spoke really softly too and to top it off he had illegible handwriting.

Edit: I've had 3 foreign English teachers in high school. A Malaysian, American and Canadian. Also had two Americans for some sorry excuse of a subject. Most of those were pretty cool.
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#25
I have mixed experiences with foreign teachers.
For the first 2 years of High School, we had an Australian immigrant for an English teacher and he was great. Since he was a native speaker, he was easy to understand and furthermore, he was fun, laid-back and had a great sense of humor.
But at the end of the second year, he switched jobs and started teaching at another school. So last week, the new foreign English teacher arived. She's from Turkey and maybe my view on this is a little biased since I'm not exactly fond of Turkish culture. But she is no replacement at all in my eyes. Her pronounciation is somewhat annoying but I wouldn't even mind if she had sufficent knowladge of English. However she does not. I feel that in terms of vocabulary and expressing yourself correctly most of the class is beyond her. Not exactly a good thing when she should be teaching us and not vice versa. And I guess that it just adds to all of this that she is somewhat a drag.
I remember that when we had Chris (the Australian), I was also excited about having a lesson with him as the teacher, especially because I knew that there will be many lulz.
Now, with her, English class is just a pain in the neck. I suppose I'll get used to her in time.


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#27
i got a teacher from india. she's got a heavy accent, but it's understandable enough
#28
International students receive PhD more than American students so it makes sense.
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I could see TS as one of those kids.

TS it sucks to be in your situation but not many more options. For all you know, Mr/Mrs. Teacher is taking a Public speaking class for their problem or maybe just needs some time with other English speakers to develop an accent. You might just have to wait this one out.
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#30
I once had a free class at the local community college for a semester in 12th grade. I took a programming class that I ended up withdrawing from. Couldn't understand much of what the teacher said. He had a very thick Czech/Polish/Eastern European accent.
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#31
I had a Chinese demonstrator for one of my physics labs who sounded exactly like this and I'm not even kidding... it was so difficult to understand him, I have to wonder how he got the phd through English.
#32
I had a Polish math teacher for my freshman year of high school, and her accent was pretty bad. I had her again for senior year, and her accent was barely noticeable. Sometimes foreign teachers just need time in the classroom getting comfortable with the language. Try giving them a chance to improve.
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