what do i want to do with this? do i want to express the discomfort of being in an incomprehensible space? i want to highlight what people say the issues are within the international student community.
why do i want to do this?
my family moved here in the early 2000s (my mother in 2001, myself chaperoned briefly by my grandmother in 2002). my mother got her masters degree, her phd, and a husband from the university of texas at dallas; and i got english fluency.
i would not be here without that english fluency—i would also not be here without the considerable amount of help and opportunities that i've gotten from people willing to help (and also that fluency). my family is a different story, where my parents' lack of english proficiency have excluded them from many of the basic interactions necessary.
education, and a constructive environment, are key means to giving international students and non-native english speakers the resources to succeed in an industry and environment where they are at a disadvantage. what is the discrepancy between student experience and teacher experience?
visual language supposed to be universal, how does context affect? how does context affect written language? how to reconcile visual, spoken, written in space?
designing the classroom as one would design an interface or a book or an exhibit (consider functionality, ease, interactivity of space)