Remedial English for Professors
A poll taken last month at the University of Missouri found that 15 percent of students are taking classes with a professor whose English they find hard to understand. Students at the system's four campuses have complained to state legislators, who proposed bills that would require all the state's public and private institutions to test their faculty members for English skills. The university opposes the legislation and would like to solve the problems internally. Vice President for Academics Stephen Lehmkuhle told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that while students may struggle to understand some professors, "the incidental learning about language and cultural differences associated with taking a course from an international faculty member may be as important as learning the specific content of the course."
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