Okay, my dd called me several hours ago from her UC.
DD was placed in a group of 4 women, in her microbiology lab. Work in lab classes is often done in groups. One main reason is limited lab supplies and time. One young lady in her lab group is an international student and does not comprehend the English instructions, nor does she speak, nor write English characters. Because this group has to complete the labs and get these checked off by the lab GRad assistant within a timely manner, my dd and her lab partners are often delayed because someone has to try to explain what the assignment entails to the international student. Her reading English skills are also compromised.
At first, the young ladies were accommodating, but now they are irritated that their grade is being affected. A fifteen minute procedure took two hours today, and the ladies were given an incomplete on their lab. They’ve spoken to the GA who understands the issue, but his hands are tied. He apparently asked the class if anyone could help translate, but most of the students are familiar with the situation and appear to not want to compromise their grades. (Plus, someone applied to this university indicating that she could speak, hear, read, and write English which was not true.)
I’m not bashing the entire international community, just the ones who are not being honest about their English proficiency. I’ve had international interns (most recently from S. Korea) whose English skills were amazing! I have yet to have an intern who couldn’t understand most English instructions.
If you can read and write English-GREAT! This, however, is very different from speaking and listening to English at a rapid speed in an English speaking country.
When you apply to US universities, don’t pay anyone to take your TOEFL for you because you really need to know how to speak it and understand it, or you won’t be able to pass your classes and you will not graduate.