Two weeks ago:
Student S: I don't understand. What is annotated? what is bibliography?
I get it. I do. The title of the assignment--annotated bibliography--is scary, but it's really stupid easy. So, I walk the student (who doesn't understand spoken English well) through how to do it.
Student S: I don't understand. What is it I am to do for this assignment?
It's the annotated bibliography. You put together the bibliography, and summarize the sources in six lines or less. Basically, it goes source, summary, source, summary until you're done.
It was due Friday at midnight.
Student S: I did not understand. I did not turn it in. I am not sure it was correct. I will bring it on Friday.
No. Just...no. It was due last Friday. It was 15 points of credit/no credit. It didn't have to be perfect--I did give feedback on what they didn't do right, when they needed me to do it. Everyone that turned it in got credit. I DO NOT TAKE late work.
Can we re-institute a rule that tests the spoken/written comprehension of a non-native English speaker before permitting them to take UNIVERSITY classes? Please? I'm getting REALLY DAMN TIRED of this shit.
Especially with Saudi males. And especially in September.
33 minutes ago