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Subject:

Re: Text-lish

From:

"M.E. McWilliams" <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Mon, 2 Apr 2012 06:25:20 -0500

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Got me!  See what I mean?  

wOO HoO!
M.E. McWilliams
AARC Tutoring Center Director
FACEBOOK US!
Stephen F. Austin State University
936 468 1439

The views and opinions expressed in this message are my own and do not
necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Stephen F. Austin State
University, its Board of Regents, or the State of Texas.


-----Original Message-----
From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Lois B. Martin
Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2012 12:55 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Text-lish

Oh, M. E.! Between the director and _I_?! What can I say? :-)

Lois

On 3/31/2012 1:17 PM, M.E. McWilliams wrote:
> Ditto to Jerald.  We have over 200 peer tutors at our center.   Most of
the
> math tutors have deplorable writing skills. I am not hiring them to 
> teach writing.  The Math Program Director has the worse writing skills 
> of all!  I often edit his emails.
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> Years ago I wanted to inquire about teaching a freshmen success course.
> Despite the fact that I have a masters in English and taught college 
> English for 15 years, I got in a hurry and I made a terrible boo boo. 
> My email to the director of the program began with:
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> Hell Tim!
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> Of course I meant, "Hello Tim!"  It has been a running joke between 
> the director and I for years :)
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> wOO HoO!
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> M.E. McWilliams
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> AARC Tutoring Center Director
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> FACEBOOK US!
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> Stephen F. Austin State University
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> 936 468 1439
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> The views and opinions expressed in this message are my own and do not 
> necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Stephen F. Austin State 
> University, its Board of Regents, or the State of Texas.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals 
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Jered Wasburn-Moses
> Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2012 11:21 AM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Text-lish
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> I have to say, Deborah, that I envy your candidate pool if you can 
> blow off a tutor for the email below. When I have situations like this 
> one, assuming the tutor is well-qualified, I'm apt to bring her in for 
> an interview anyway. Often I will explain during the course of the 
> interview that I brought her in because of her other qualifications 
> despite the poor impression her email left on me, and that next time 
> she might not be so lucky. (I do the same for students with 
> inappropriate references, if I need the content areas they cover. I 
> just make sure that I obtain proper references before I actually hire 
> them.)
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> Obviously if it were a writing center position things would be 
> different, but it wasn't. I do not expect to hire perfect tutors; I 
> expect to hire trainable tutors. And as I said above, the pool of 
> these is small enough without rejecting out-of-hand those with 
> less-than-perfect introductory emails.
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> Just my two cents,
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> Jered Wasburn-Moses
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> Math Center Coordinator
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> Success Skills Coordinator
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> Learning Assistance Programs
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> Northern Kentucky University
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>   <http://lap.nku.edu%3chttp:/lap.nku.edu/>
> http://lap.nku.edu<http://lap.nku.edu/>
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> University Center 170F
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> (859) 572-5779
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> -----Original Message-----
>
> From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals 
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of deborah.hardwick
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> Sent: Saturday, March 31, 2012 7:30 AM
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> To: [log in to unmask]
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> Subject: Text-lish
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> I am interested in the thread about whether or not we should comment 
> on Text-lish for several reasons. As online tutors, we get whole 
> essays written this way. We return them, explaining that academic work 
> needs to be in academic English.
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> One consequence of what I perceive as sloppiness is that students go 
> on to send badly-written e-mails of application for jobs. I received 
> this (redacted to protect the guilty) e-mail just yesterday from 
> someone who wants to work for me. I highlighted all the punctuation 
> and grammar errors and suggested that she ask someone to proof her 
> work before she sends it out again. I have not heard back from her. I 
> do this every time I get this silliness. I look at it as my 
> responsibility as a "village elder." About one third of the recipients 
> thank me, about a third cuss me out, and the rest ignore me.
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> Good morning Ms. Hardwick,
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> I am a recent graduate from the University of XXX with a Bachelors of 
> Science degree in Biological and Physical Sciences  I was wondering if 
> there are any tutoring positions that are available for the summer 
> term at HCC. I am a hard worker, enthusiastic, extremely dedicated, 
> and enjoys tutoring. If there is any positions that are available I 
> would like to be considered to be tutor in natural sciences. Thanks you in
advance for all of your help.
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> Deborah Hardwick, Mgr.
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> Online Tutoring
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