rec from teacher who is bad at english

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bluedvl
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rec from teacher who is bad at english

Postby bluedvl » Tue Aug 30, 2011 6:54 pm

Is it a bad decision to get a rec from a teacher who is not that good at english? He moved to America recently and while he is a cool guy he has a pretty big accent and I'm not sure how good his written english is.

CanadianWolf
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Re: rec from teacher who is bad at english

Postby CanadianWolf » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:07 pm

Does he write with an accent ?

Regardless, if he is a foreign language or science/technical professor, then it should be fine. If he is your english professor, then it may not be a good idea to use him as a reference.
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Moomoo2u
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Re: rec from teacher who is bad at english

Postby Moomoo2u » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:10 pm

bluedvl wrote:Is it a bad decision to get a rec from a teacher who is not that good at english? He moved to America recently and while he is a cool guy he has a pretty big accent and I'm not sure how good his written english is.


It's a little pretentious to assume that just because he's foreign he won't write well. The guy is a professor I assume and can probably write a LOR without committing basic English mistakes.

kahechsof
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Re: rec from teacher who is bad at english

Postby kahechsof » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:11 pm

If he really can't write English, he may just ask you to write it for him.

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Re: rec from teacher who is bad at english

Postby Army2Law » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:16 pm

If he can't really write well in English, the school will assume you wrote the letter and have bad English skills.

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JustE
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Re: rec from teacher who is bad at english

Postby JustE » Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:27 pm

Moomoo2u wrote:
bluedvl wrote:Is it a bad decision to get a rec from a teacher who is not that good at english? He moved to America recently and while he is a cool guy he has a pretty big accent and I'm not sure how good his written english is.


It's a little pretentious to assume that just because he's foreign he won't write well. The guy is a professor I assume and can probably write a LOR without committing basic English mistakes.


While I completely agree with what you're saying, I think most people would be surprised (horrified) at the number of mistakes that show up in recs. I have no idea if it hurts you, though.




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