GRE Essay Topic 893 - The following appeared in the editorial section of a student newspaper. "In a recent survey, most students who were studying beginning Russian gave higher course-evaluation ratings to classes taught by non-native Russian speakers than to classes taught by native Russian speakers. The reason that the non-native speakers were better teachers of Russian is easy to see: the non-native speakers learned Russian later in life themselves, and so they have a better understanding of how the language can be taught effectively. Therefore, in order to improve instruction for all languages and also save money, our university should hire non-native speakers as language instructors instead of trying to find and recruit native speakers. " Discuss how well reasoned you find this argument.
The author of the article recommends that hiring non-native speakers as language speakers would improve and prove cost effective in educating people about the various language. This recommendation is based upon the survey where higher course evaluation ratings were given to non-native Russian spe...
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The argument focuses on the teaching of language by non -native instructers rather than by the native speakers citing the example of russian course. The argument suffers from various critical fallacies which makes it unrelaible to accept.
Firstly, the argument states that most of the student rates non- native language instructer higher than native instructer. Without providing the realibility of data and its method of collection, it couldnot persuade me about the findings. For example, the research may be taken by some russian instructor or the result may be tainted. In those cases the whole finding will be null.
Secondly, eventhough the source of data is relabile; it is not necessary that non-native teaches better due to their late learning. Experiences suggest that non- native speakers suffer from the basic diction of the language and it may result in serious consequences. Teaching good in one instances does not hold true in every stances. Moreover, when it comes to the point of intution or slang, the non- native suffers from the intution which is highly present in case of native speakers.
Moreover, it assumes that the case of russian language will be true for every language in the world and is based on the sweeping generalization. Although it is true incase of russian, it may be quite diffeernt in case of english, hinidi or french due to different styles of language. The different languages differs very much in their grammer , diction, reading and writing. So, it is not necessary or may be quite opposite in case of other languages.
In sum, i concur that, the argument suffers from several basic fallacies, manily that of sweeping generalization, data sources. The author could strenghten the arugment by providing the realibilty of data, proof from other languages and examples of other languages.Read more