ERIC Number: ED367021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
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The Oh No! Syndrome: Understanding the Negative Reactions of Undergraduates toward Foreign Teaching Assistants.
The concept of technology transfer (the application of knowledge) and E. M. Rogers and D. K. Bhowmik's (1970) heterophily-homophily distinction is used to help better understand and offer ways to deal with the negative reactions of undergraduates toward foreign teaching assistants (TAs) in U.S. universities. While it is important for foreign TAs to work harder to improve their English language proficiency and teaching skills, this paper focuses more on the role undergraduates can play in improving the situation. This is done for two reasons: (1) given the increasing interdependence among countries today, undergraduates will benefit by improving their intercultural sensitivity by taking steps today for a more fruitful tomorrow; and (2) there are a number of programs focused toward helping foreign TAs and very few aimed at preparing undergraduates to take classes from foreign TAs. (A figure is included; 19 references and an appendix of "Michigan State Bill No. 518" are attached.) (Author/NKA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cultural Sensitivity
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).