I am a new instructor and my college (LVN and CNA/HHA) seems to draw many students from the African nations...who speak very poor English.
They tend to smile and nod, and parrot what I say when I ask them if they understand, but then are unable to demonstrate learning and are doing poorly on skills and tests. I have vented my frustration to administration and they tell me they are considering a test of sorts to ensure appropriate language skills prior to admission, (they are even considering a GED) but in the meantime I have to deal with this current class of students. 5 of 14 speak poor broken English only...difficult to understand them.... and they comprehend only basic phrases (not enough to qualify for a medical program IMO)
So...any instructors in my shoes out there? How have you coped? What has worked for you? I will appreciate all responses!
One thing I have decided to do is keep a documentation log of communication problems observed with each of these students as a CYA measure, and share it with my administrators regularly.
Thanks, guys and gals for any advice you can offer!:roll
Nov 29, '02
Thanks Maureeno. This was my first suggestion as well... to utilize my students with better English as translators to assist those with poorer skills...the school completely discouraged me. <sigh> The school policy states 'Enlish speaking only allowed during school hours' and it is grounds for dismissal, I was told, to be speaking foreign languages in school. So..I am frustrated as I feel they could understand some basics if only we could translate some...
Soo...unfortunately, I am left with ' document well and communicate with administration' ....but I can't help but feel it's unfair to both me and my students to be in this position.
I suggested the school may wish to contract a language teacher and/or find additional community resources to try and help. All of these immigrants have group and individual sponsors in the US...church/charity organizations..who are paying for their schooling and support, I've discovered.
Thanks for listening, ya'll. I'm finding myself really looking forward to the pharmacology class (I can't believe I'm really saying that...LOL!!) :chuckle
Last edit by mattsmom81 on Nov 29, '02