CSE 501: “Immigration” Course

# CSE 501: “Immigration” Course

## CSE 501: “Immigration” Course

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1. 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

2. 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

3. Cultural Differences • When you immigrate from one place to another, • there are cultural differences to adjust to

4. 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”?

5. 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” :-)

6. Other Cultural Differences • Gesture differences: • What does it mean when I shake my head from side to side?

7. 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 :-)

8. 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)

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