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In the following clips, students and scholars discuss a range of issues concerning international students when they write in U.S. academic settings.
Jean Kaunda, a Ph.D. student from Malawi, talks about being asked to write a critique of a local school lunch program and why her political fears caused her to fail the assignment.
Pablo Zapata talks about the direct (almost rude) way he's expected to write in the U.S. He complains that Americans don't take time to establish a relationship with the reader before jumping to their point.
Maho Isono discusses differences in reader expectations in Japan versus the U.S.
Khan Le, a Vietnamese undergraduate, discusses how important it is for international students to understand instructor expectations. She talks about not being prepared for the importance placed on individual opinion and outside research.
Tony Silva, co-founder and editor of the Journal of Second Language Writing, talks about assessing international student writing. He discusses the role of grammar in grading and encourages faculty to accept a certain amount of "accent" in written assignments.
Deborah Healey, former Director of the Oregon State University English Language Institute, discusses ways in which instructors can determine what is fair to ask of international students in their writing assignments.