Arghhh I'm sorry guys but I just have to go off on a rant!!! Why on earth do universities assign TA's who cannot speak english to teach laboratory sections!!! I mean how are we supposed to learn anything when the TA has to struggle through sounding out the words on the lab sheet while trying to explain the lab!? Only one of my lab TA's this semester speaks english, the other two don't, and as a result you can't ask them anything because they don't know what you are asking and couldn't answer you even if they did assuming they even know anything about the subject anyway. Last semester I had a TA whose english was slightly better than some of the others but was so stupid it wasn't funny.....she wouldn't let us dispose of our copper samples because she didn't know whether copper was inorganic or not!!!! And I'm not just saying they couldn't speak english because they have a thick accent...no they just can't speak it.....I had one TA last semester that I loved even though his accent was a bit hard to understand sometimes, but he was friendly and very knowledgable and that's all that matters. Now I have a TA that is docking me marks for following his instructions even though I had previously told him I thought the alternate method would be better. Oh, and what's with english essays? How the heck are you supposed to write an essay about the 'otherness' or 'yes and no' of the asian nod? I mean really! Sorry about that guys, but I really needed to vent some frustration.