Killer Recommendation for a Teacher
January 3, 2012 10:18 PM Subscribe
Writing a teacher recommendation letter - holp me! Specific phrasing question inside.
posted by thelastcamel to work & money (6 answers total)
Yes, the misspelling was intentional (big readers might catch the reference.).
So, I've written recommendation letters, but never for a teacher. First, this is for someone who teaches French. Should I write the recommendation letter in French,or English? I'm afraid that my French is not even remotely professional enough.
Second, I'm having trouble with a particular phrase in the second paragraph. What I want to say is something like "he gives just enough praise, avoiding both the pitfalls of condescension or discouragement". What I mean is that without enough praise one gets discouraged and with too much it is condescending. However, I know enough about writing recommendations that I should avoid the negative phrasing. I'm just not sure how to phrase what I'm trying to say in a 100% positive way. "He gives just enough praise," seems lacklustre and not nearly descriptive enough. The other thing I've considered is "He gives just the right amount of praise, correcting as often as need, but not so often that you can’t speak. "
Argh! Have a better way to say it? Help me help out a great teacher. I've got two really good paragraphs. This would round it out beautifully if I could come up with a way.