“Many first-year writing classes are taught by graduate students, 90 percent of them English literature graduate students who have no experience in teaching English as a second language.”
— ESL expert Dana Ferris at a recent St. Mary’s University conference on handling college students whose native language is not English.
About the blogger
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.