"I always remember my tutorials which we had in the first year, with your personal tutor who is a member of staff and four or five other people from your course. I literally had no idea what was going on! In the lectures the lecturers do try and speak a little bit slowly and with good diction and so it wasn’t a problem to understand that. But then in the tutorials everyone was talking at the same time and I just find myself sitting there and nodding and saying yes. I do get a bit self-conscious about my accent as well and then if people don’t understand me. That might stop me from maybe participating in class or something because they will be like what is she saying, I don’t understand" - psychology student
Questions for reflection
1. What can this student’s experience tell us about working with international students and/or those whose first language is not English?
2. How could universities, academic staff and fellow students support international students and/or those whose first language is not English?
3. What could you do in your role with your students?