UTEP Students Complain About Professors' Accents
POSTED: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 8:38am
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 10:16am
Some UTEP students are complaining about professors with thick foreign accents. They say it's hard for them to learn. These students say things would be different if the issue was with one or two professors, but they say most of their professors are hard to understand.
You've probably heard people say, "Give it the old college try". Well, the students say no matter how hard they try, they just can't understand their professors. "It's affecting my learning because 'cause now I have to go back and double study and just do everything again," complained UTEP student Janet Ortiz. "I have to teach myself all over again."
"Some of things on the test are just things that the professor says," said UTEP student Devy Caraballo. "And if you don't understand what they're saying, how are you supposed to study?"
The University says this has been a common complaint in universities since the history of universities began. They say they're surprised that these students took their problem straight to the media. "First of all, they really should talk to their departmental chairman because they're the persons that supervise the faculty members," said Student Affairs Vice President Richard Padilla.
Vesna Karaman teaches biology. Ortiz and Caraballo are in her class. NewsChannel 9 asked Karaman if she thinks this complaint is fair. "Maybe, I know sometimes it is difficult to understand us as foreigners," said Karaman. "But also sometimes students find excuses for their bad grades. If it's a majority complaining, then I would be concerned."