Unclear What the Foreign Teacher Said
Some of them speak English so poor or with such a heavy accent that student can hardly understand them. Frustrated or even anger, student campaign for the state legislation to set a minimum standard for allowing non-natives to teach. Several teaching assistants cited in the article are from China and India.
A controversial topic; an interesting story.
Since student foot a large portion of the bills that run most of the universities, they may see themselves more as customer than student; their frustration is legitimate and their anger understandable.
Those teaching assistants, however, should congratulate one another for their good luck; the angered students could have gone to lawyers, not law-makers, to seek the remedy. Many teachers get sued for the lesser crimes, such as this teacher from Massachusetts, who angered the parents of her students, not for her spoken English, but for the content she talked too well.
In my observation, those from China tend to have a relatively tolerable accent, but the usage of the language is often broken; those from India tend to command the words and grammar well, but usually peppered with an accent as heavy as curry powder; and all tend to avoid the eye contacts with a roomful of studentsat all costs.
So the logic solution: send Chinese to the spoken English class, Indian to accent reduction workshop, and tell them all that staring at others is perfectly all right.
But to make it a complete solution, also send some students back to high school math class. If all you know about the differential is a gear in truck, you will get frustrated in any calculus class in college no matter who teaches.