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Words that Students Don't Know

Started by Aster, January 31, 2020, 08:29:29 AM

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Anselm

I noticed that year after year certain words are difficult for non-native English speakers.  I tell them that they can use a paper dictionary when taking exams but they almost never take advantage of that option. Then then resort to asking me what words mean during the exam.

The words that stand out so far are shallow, deep and depth.
I am Dr. Thunderdome and I run Bartertown.

the_geneticist

My current freshmen students say the do not know what is meant by: millimeter, concentration (of a solution), or pH.

Parasaurolophus

Not students, just the culture at large: there's a persistent conflation of greed and gluttony.
I know it's a genus.

MarathonRunner

Quote from: the_geneticist on May 15, 2023, 09:54:15 AM
My current freshmen students say the do not know what is meant by: millimeter, concentration (of a solution), or pH.

Did they take chemistry in high school? Covered in grade 11 chemistry, if not in grade 9 and 10 science.

the_geneticist

Quote from: MarathonRunner on May 18, 2023, 12:21:24 PM
Quote from: the_geneticist on May 15, 2023, 09:54:15 AM
My current freshmen students say the do not know what is meant by: millimeter, concentration (of a solution), or pH.

Did they take chemistry in high school? Covered in grade 11 chemistry, if not in grade 9 and 10 science.

That would have been during the pandemic, so I have no confidence in what they would have already learned.  And this cohort is the one that tested lowest in math compared to fall or winter quarter.

evil_physics_witchcraft

Quote from: the_geneticist on May 15, 2023, 09:54:15 AM
My current freshmen students say the do not know what is meant by: millimeter, concentration (of a solution), or pH.

Ouch!

Thursday's_Child


waterboy

"I know you understand what you think I said, but I'm not sure that what you heard was not what I meant."

Myword


 How about INSOLENT?  Are they, or know the word?