I've had a few Chinese students in my classes over the years here in Korea, and from my experience, they are either far better than most of the Korean students or far worse. By far worse, I mean don't know their numbers, colors, and day of the week and don't know what sounds the letters make. What makes it tricky at my uni is that I teach mostly required classes. The students have to pass 2 semesters of English to get their degree. Anyway, how do I deal with these students who really can't read? I get them to come to my office for some private tutoring once or twice a week for an hour or so and teach them how to read. This improves the situation considerably and they can at least try to participate in class. And I give them special, extremely simple tests on the stuff I've worked with them in my office about. If they do okay, I give them a "D" in the class and they're on their way to bigger and better things. If they are unwilling to work with me, I'll give them an "F."
Anyway, here is a story from A Geek in Korea about a particularly bad Chinese Student. My main question would be whether this class is a mandatory one. If yes, well, then, I can't believe that the Geek didn't show a lot more compassion. The student hasn't made it his "goal...to fail a class so completely." He is simply unable to perform to the same abilities as the other students, which is probably no fault of his own. Maybe this is his first English class ever?
If this class is an optional class and the student signed up for it voluntarily, this changes the situation a bit. But, the Geek mentioned that the student doesn't really speak Korean either. So, the uni has to register him in something, and this class was probably one of the only ones even remotely possible. So, again, a little compassion perhaps? Have some private sessions with him in your office? Work with him on his presentation, so he can do it in class without making a total fool of himself in front of his classmates.
Anyway, poor guy. And I don't mean the teacher. I mean the student. I just hope the teacher isn't as cruel in class to the student as he is in writing about him.