How the international student should be graded in the speach class?I am an international student. I was graded the whole semester as everybody else in class; however, I was the only one foreigner...

How the international student should be graded in the speach class?

I am an international student. I was graded the whole semester as everybody else in class; however, I was the only one foreigner in class. I took seriously that class; I visited all the classes; I was always prepared. It seems fair for everybody in class to be graded with the same criteria, but for me it DOES NOT seem fair because in that case I had no chance to get an "A" from the begining. I am foreigner, and it is my second lenguage, so at the begining I can not compete with native speakers.

I want to apeal my grade, if someone can give me more information about it (any law basements or the same situations), I will appreciate it.

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M.P. Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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Well, the Equal Opportunity Act applies to every agency that employs, contracts, or services people of diverse backgrounds, cultures, ethnicity, religious affiliation and sexual preferences. This statement is required to be posted on every syllabus in every University right at the beginning or at the bottom of the document. That is basically a contract that the professor acknowledges to comply with, and which carries the name and information of the professor, making it binding.

Therefore, make a copy of your syllabus, find the Equal Opportunity statement. If it is NOT included, you have grounds to process an appeal, and to also cite the NCLB because it does say that all students will be given every opportunity to succeed. So, go for it!

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I agree that this should have been addressed at the beginning of the course. As an exchange student, perhaps you should not always expect to get As in every class. You are correct that things will be difficult for you as a foreigner.
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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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There are two different issues here-grades and assessment. We cannot speak to the specific situation because we only have your perspective. As a teacher, I would say that the first thing you should have done after your first assessment was address your concerns with your instructor. It is not fair to you OR the instructor to say now that you have a problem.

If you're referring to a public speaking speech class, much of your grade should have been based on the quality of the speech with your actually speaking being a smaller factor. Now you disagree with the grading criteria.  It will be hard to debate discrimination, but first you need to talk to the instructor.

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tolstiy11 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

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Thank you for your answer. But my question also is do you think that I was evaluated faily? Don't you think that evaluating me the teacher should consider that I am speaking in the different lenguage, and it is harder than for everybody else in class?

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