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Bill1 would require
test for foreign TAs
(continuedfrom Page 1), of people who were A students in
Administrators also said the bill high school who can't pass som e
would not address what many con- of these elementary courses in
sider the root of the problem - the college." Conroy is presently con-
cultural differences between ducting a survey of the perfor-
foreign faculty and University un- mance of foreign TAs at one
dergraduates. Michigan public university, but
College of Engineering Dean the results will not be available
Charles Vest said most foreign until next week.
teaching assistants are deemed The University has been heavily
qualified as instructors because dependent on TAs since the 1960s
they have earned high scores on when enrollment soared and the
the Test of English as a Foreign faculty-student ratio suffered as a
Language (TOEFL), but they are rewuit. Last fall there were about
sometimes not prepared to teach 1800 graduate teaching assistants
in American classrooms. "Many at the University, mostly concen-
TAs get here and are surprised by trated in engineering, science, and
the informality of our classes," math courses. Just over one quar-
Vest said. ter of these are foreign-born.
Conroy's bill would require all Only the College of LSA and
public universities in Michigan to some engineering college depar-
ensure that all classroom instruc- tments require teaching assistants
tors, including professors, can ef- to be tested in oral communication
fectively communicate with skills by the University's English
students. As proposed, it gives no Language Institute. ELI has a
specific standard for language four-part examination which
competency and leaves im- requires potential TAs to demon-
plementation of the testing com- strate that they can deal with
pletely up to each university. various types of classroom
CONROY SAID foreign TAs of- situations, including responding to
ten hamper a student's ability to questions from students.
learn. "We have some indication "WE'RE FURTHER ahead
'U' reactor differs
from Soviet plant
. raises objections
than most universities in the coun-
try, in terms of testing," said ELI
Director John Swales.
ELI and the Center for Research
on Learning and Teaching offer a
three-week intensive course each
summer for TAs to improve their
language competency. Last year
30 graduate students took the
course, and this year 45 are
Swales said those who do not
come out of the course with suf-
ficient proficiency to teach are of-
ten given positions as graders or
Conroy said he expects bipar-
tisan support for the bill, which
will be formally introduced to the
senate on Tuesday.
designed to w hstand an explosion
of the chie.
western experts have
speculated that an explosion
caused the Soviet accident.
The Chernobyl plant uses a
combination of water (coolant)
and graphite (moderator), which
in combination could actually
speed up the reaction process.
Chernobyl also used an on-line
type of refueling system, which
refueled while it was still working.
Phoenix, in contrast, has con-
tainment facilities and a smaller
core than Chernobyl. The core is
immersed in a large amount of
water, called a swimming pool
system, which is designed to keep
the core cool.
This would prevent a meltdown,
officials said. When a meltdown
occurs, all chain reactions stop,
and heat is produced by the
radioactive decay of the materials
produced by the chain reaction.
The pool method, Lee said, is the
main source of insurance against
a nuclear melt-down occurring at
the Phoenix plant. "I can't see
how one could drain the pool of
water. We have two or three
separate water lines from the city
water supply," said Lee. These
lines could quickly refill the pool
with water before any fuel
Phoenix also has control
mechanisms to end a nuclear
reaction once it began. These
mechanisms, such as rods which
contain "neutron poisons", which
capture loose neutrons, are
required in any nuclear reactor in
the United States, whether it is a
research or a power plant. Loose
neutrons cause nuclear reactions
to continue on an unlimited basis.
William Kerr, director of the
Phoenix Memorial Project, said
security measures have not been
increased since the Chernobyl ac-
cident, because "we have been
taking care over the years, and we
will continue to do so." Like Lee,
Kerr sees a meltdown at Phoenix
as being unlikely. "We have tried
to think of things and we have been
unable to think of any sequences
(for a meltdown)," Kerr said.
To avoid human error, the of-
ficial Soviet reason for the Cher-
nobyl accident, Kerr said Phoenix
operators undergo a training
program, which is geared to their
previous experience with nuclear
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