Students Complain About UTEP Professor Accents Again


POSTED: Friday, February 19, 2010 - 5:41pm

UPDATED: Saturday, May 22, 2010 - 8:11pm

UTEP students say they're having a hard time in class, all because they can't understand their professors through their thick foreign accents.

We told you about the problem at the beginning of the week. Officals at UTEP said nothing could be done if complaints were only going to the media and not straight to them.

News Channel Nine talked with a student who says she did go to UTEP officials, and it didn't help.

Student Kate Lopez says she's taking most of her classes at El Paso community college because every time she takes a class at UTEP she ends up with a professor she can't understand.

In an interview earlier this week Student Affairs Vice President Richard Padilla said any student with complaints should speak with their department heads.

Katie says she talked to one of the dean's about it, but she doesn't feel like that dean helped to solve her problem.

Anny Morrobel-Sosa is the dean of Science and Mathmetics at UTEP. She says no one has complained to her about the way the professors speak.

Morrobel-Sosa says the faculty is full of people from all around the world and that's part of the education that the students are paying for. "After all, when they leave us, they will be working in an environment where they will be dealing with individuals from all areas and all walks of life," said Morrobel-Sosa.

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Compromise is the key!

Common college students! Let's get to work and study hard and stop wasting our time complaining.

We the courageous students in the 21st century shouldnt' shy away from things that are uncomfortable sometimes.

I'm sure that all conscious professors who know that their works are not appreciated and their teachings cause students' difficulties will immediately step down. They wouldn't waste their time and our time.

Everybody's hearts are equal, except those of teachers, which are a little bit bigger because they teach.

So now why don't we students take what Bobby said in those darkest time of civil movement and apply it to our age of globalization? If a professor has enough courage to speak and to express himself, so then why don't we just make a small effort to understand and to comprehend him?

If we students all come to every lecture and try to listen and to ask encouraging questions, then I'm sure the professors will make his best sincere effort to explain the materials more clearly.

Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people. Thank you very much. (Applause)

Robert F. Kennedy - April 4, 1968

and it's not the end of disorder.

But the vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings that abide in our land.

Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.

So I ask you tonight to return home, to say a prayer for the family of Martin Luther King, yeah that's true, but more importantly to say a prayer for our own country, which all of us love - a prayer for understanding and that compassion of which I spoke. We can do well in this country. We will have difficult times. We've had difficult times in the past. And we will have difficult times in the future. It is not the end of violence; it is not the end of lawlessness;

What we need in the United States is not division; what we need in the United States is not hatred; what we need in the United States is not violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom, and compassion toward one another, and a feeling of justice toward those who still suffer within our country, whether they be white or whether they be black.

I had a member of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man.

But we have to make an effort in the United States, we have to make an effort to understand, to get beyond these rather difficult times.

My favorite poet was Aeschylus. He once wrote: "Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God."

Or we can make an effort, as Martin Luther King did, to understand and to comprehend, and replace that violence, that stain of bloodshed that has spread across our land, with an effort to understand, compassion and love.

For those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act, against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in my own heart the same kind of feeling.

For those of you who are black - considering the evidence evidently is that there were white people who were responsible - you can be filled with bitterness, and with hatred, and a desire for revenge.

We can move in that direction as a country, in greater polarization - black people amongst blacks, and white amongst whites, filled with hatred toward one another.

Martin Luther King dedicated his life to love and to justice between fellow human beings. He died in the cause of that effort. In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it's perhaps well to ask what kind of a nation we are and what direction we want to move in.

Ladies and Gentlemen - I'm only going to talk to you just for a minute or so this evening. Because...

I have some very sad news for all of you, and I think sad news for all of our fellow citizens, and people who love peace all over the world, and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and was killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee.

I think that since we are paying for a particular education we should be granted that education. At EPCC, one pays less and i think get better education, at least one can understand the teachers. Under the situation i am at, i must continue with my nursing program but i just think that UTEP needS to evaluate the teachers before they let them teach. They might be great researchers but not a good teacher. As a nursing student i want to learn everything there is to learn and i feel deprived of that

I understand that we will deal with different people from around the world and not just english speaking only, however, how are we supposed to get the opportunity to graduate if we dont pass classes like these, with teachers with strong accents. Im a nursing student and we are allowed two fails througout the program. we dont get to pick the professors we pay for, we end up stuck with a professor nobody understands and the professor doesnt understand us either.

I understand that Globalization and in the working world you will have to deal with many accents and bad english. but there you are being paid to deal with it. At universities you pay a lot of money to learn a subject, you shouldnt have your education suffer because an arrogant instructor or lazy university refuses to make sure students can understand an instructor. If you hired a someone to work for you and could not understand them, would you keep them on? I think not. Students are Customers

As a UTEP alumn I can sympathize with students when they claim that the administration is not student friendly, meaning that students' needs and concerns aren't always their top priority. However, I dealt with it and did not let anything hinder my academic experience. Having said that, I hope these 'concerned' students make it out of El Paso one day and see how thick their accents sounds compared to the rest of America. It's thick, it's uneducated and it's painful to my ears.

Everything Utep does is about image. They should really focus on helping the students. Emails and phone calls are ignored, so how can you schedule a meeting and complain to a dean? Why ask for our opinions Utep when you don't do anything about it? Again its about image.

I couldn't agree more. It's frustrating enough when you seek the Dean or other UTEP staff for help and yet they turn you away. I'm not surprised that these UTEP students went directly to the media about the issue. If the Dean and the staff are not willing to listen and help students then who do you turn to? It's just ridiculous. Even after paying all their high tuition costs and fees, you're not important to UTEP it seems.

It is a huge problem not being able to understand a professor some of you are downplaying the seriousness of that. And if you want people to "suck" it up you are ridiculous. Everyone wants the best education they can get. If UTEP doesn't want to deal with all their problems, they are going to lose most of their students. Diversity is good but there has to be a way for students to understand them better. Like if the professor can post powerpoints of what they will go over students can understand.

I think you're ridiculous. Yes they should suck it up. Not everyone speaks with the same El Paso accent, and maybe the professors aren't the problem, but the students are. At most tier-1 universities, professors are from a wide range of countries, and vary with their accents of the English language. UTEP might be trying to get the best professors for their students from around the globe, yet they go off complaing about something as minor as an accent. How ridiculous, and narrow-minded is that?

Yes, I know the frustration of having to endure a lecture You just can't understand. One requirement for a UTEP professor HAS to be a proficient ability to effectively communicate with students. Students have a right (as they pay for these instructions) to be able to understand the lecturer. This very important detail of getting a faculty position at any US University is a MUST! I'm sadly surprised that after so many years it is still an issue at UTEP. Can't communicate...can't teach!!

People who live in the United States have chosen to live here or are born here. The official language in the United States of America has been English for a very very long time. Imigrants, such as myself, for hundreds of years and hundreds of countries around the world have, again, chosen to life here. One can either try to assimilate and embrace the "New World" as it was once known, or move. The US is a tapestry, or "Salad bowl", of many cultures and languages.It's a choice! Speak English!!!

To all that are not students, I as a student understand what other students are talking about. Its not that, we as students are racist but we are concerned about our education. How are we to learn if we dont understand the professor? Do we need to learn the professors' language in order to learn? Yes, in math its understood that numbers are a universal language but why should we put our GPA on the line for a professor that can't be understood. Please be considerate of others education. GO MINERS

I'm also a student, not at UTEP, but at tier-1 institution, University of Texas at Austin. So I should know about professors with accents, because the majority of the professors here at this wonderful institution are from all around the globe. They simply choose the best of their profession, no matter what their national background is, no matter what the accent is. If GPA is the concern, students should simply study more out of the book, or use other resources rather than complain on an accent.

Student at UTEP need to get used to the Idea that not everyone comes from Juarez and that the world is much bigger than Juarez and El Paso. Please people get out and see the world.

At least the professors speak English, unlike most of the population here!!! Those professors came to our country and learned the language well enough to be employed, whereas how many Mexican-"Americans" only speak Spanish and require everyone else to learn their language.

Globalization, the world is flat, diversity--looks like the these words/concepts are foreign to both the media correspondent and the UTEP student.

The media needs to provide a balanced analysis--which requires looking at both positive and negative. Of the thousands of students--one student has a problem!

Media needs to realize that UTEP is the largest economic base in the region--stop maligning the institution's name, and work on your analysis skills prior to reporting a story.

I think students at UTEP should suck it up. It's college, what did they expect? They should be thankful their professors come from around the world and can bring their diversity of opinions and cultures (even if they come with accents) to El Paso. Or maybe it's the students that have the accents or haven't been exposed to the REAL English language and rather the typical El Pasoan Spanglish.

Why so much winning and complaining about a teacher's thick accent when most of the people that goes to UTEP are from Juarez!!!!

El Paso is the most raciest city I've ever seen in the country . they are Complain about the accent?? will, who doesn't have an accent here??? almost every person i met here has a big fat Mexican accent , it never been a problem to me. couple of days and i get used to it end of story . but nooooo if some foreign guy come here with a different accent we have to give him a hard time about his accent.

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