I love English lit students. I interviewed a group that is taking introductory courses in the program and next week I’ll talk to the graduating seniors. But even the students who are only just beginning the program are so amazingly articulate that talking to them was beyond fun. The colleague I was there with felt the same. Neither of us wanted to leave at the end of the interview because we are not sued to coming in and having students take over the room. They needed no prompts, no ice-breaking activities, no encouragement to speak. It was amazing.
My students might also be eloquent but I’ll never find out because there’s always the language barrier. Just as they get to the point where we can actually talk without feeling impeded by language, they graduate.