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CSE 501: “Immigration” Course. William J. Rapaport Department of Computer Science & Engineering, Department of Philosophy, Department of Linguistics, and Center for Cognitive Science rapaport@buffalo.edu http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/~rapaport. You are all “immigrants”!.

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cse 501 immigration course

CSE 501: “Immigration” Course

William J. Rapaport

Department of Computer Science & Engineering,

Department of Philosophy, Department of Linguistics,

and Center for Cognitive Science

rapaport@buffalo.edu

http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/~rapaport

you are all immigrants
You are all “immigrants”!
  • All of you have immigrated into grad school
  • Some of you have immigrated into CSE
  • Many of you have immigrated into UB
  • Most of you have immigrated to the US
cultural differences
Cultural Differences
  • When you immigrate from one place to another,
    • there are cultural differences to adjust to
language differences
Language Differences
  • What are the answers to these simple math problems?

5 into 10 =

10 by 5 =

  • Who “takes” a course?
  • Who “gives” an exam?
  • Where is my “seat”?
language differences1
Language Differences
  • What are the answers to these simple math problems?

5 into 10 = 10/5 = 2 [NOT: 5 x 10 = 50] 5 divided into 10

10 by 5 = 10 x 5 = 50 [NOT: 10/5 = 2] 10 multiplied by 5

  • Who “takes” a course?
    • Students take courses.
    • Faculty teach courses.
  • Who “gives” an exam?
    • Faculty give exams.
    • Students take exams.
  • Where is my “seat”?
    • My office is in Bell 214.
    • I have a seat in my office.
      • Better: I have a chair in my office
      • (My pants have a “seat” :-)
other cultural differences
Other Cultural Differences
  • Gesture differences:
    • What does it mean when I shake my head from side to side?
other cultural differences cont d
Other Cultural Differences (cont’d)
  • Name differences:
    • My name is “William Rapaport”
      • My “nickname” is “Bill”
    • “First” name = Bill = given name

“Second” or “last” name = Rapaport = family name

    • You may call me:
      • Professor Rapaport
      • Doctor Rapaport
      • Bill [but only if you know me very well]

But please do NOTcall me:

      • Professor Bill
      • Doctor Bill :-)
recommended reading
Recommended Reading
  • Reznick, Bruce A. (1985),

“Chalking It Up: Advice to a New TA”

  • Cohen, Robby, & Robin, Ron (eds.) (1985),

“Teaching at Berkeley: A Guide for Foreign Teaching Assistants”

    • Both from:

Case, Bettye Anne (ed.) (1989),

Keys to Improved Instruction by TAs & Part-Time Instructors (MAA Notes #11)

website how to teach
Website:“How to Teach”
  • http://www.cse.buffalo.edu/~rapaport/501/501teaching.html
  • Username = Bill
  • Password = Rapaport