CSUF instructor teaches international students to read between the lines – Orange County Register

Many native English speakers hear “I will call you back” as a polite way to say goodbye.

But a student of Teresa X. Nguyen took the phrase literally, clutching a cell phone and waiting and waiting for a phone call for hours. The call never came.

Nguyen has taught English for six years to international students as a full-time and part-time lecturer at the Cal State Fullerton American Language Program. One of her objectives is for students to capture the intricate nuances of English and the American culture.

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