Why do these questions make me so thirsty, this being the day before Friday? Wait, that's not the question for you. This is.
From Apprentice Academic:
I'm working on a PhD at a large R-1, and one of my duties is to be a teaching assistant. I've encountered a lot of students who don't speak English well. It's beyond subject-verb disagreement, to the point where I often can't understand what the student needs even when they're speaking to me. One student came to my office hours this week, and even my office-mates weren't able to figure out the student's question. Written assignments are riddled with mistakes that
I'm willing, for the most part, to overlook, but often make it impossible even for me to grasp the larger meaning.
Any advice? Should I continue to try to make sense of this? Obviously I can't make any structural changes to university admission policies, but any advice or strategies would be appreciated!