Student - June 24, 2010

‘It isn’t even a sticker’


Who? First-year student at VHL Velp
What? Got a ‘this-is-not-up-to-the-language-standard' sticker
Why? For consistently starting sentences with ‘and', using the wrong spelling for verb endings and various other examples of sloppy writing.

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What's your name?
Laughs nervously, throws an angry look at the people who landed him in this. ‘No, I really want to remain anonymous - before you know it, my lecturers will be reading this as well.'
So you're embarrassed?
‘Not at all - I just didn't expect it. Normally I'm really good at spelling; I just didn't have much time. I didn't even know this existed.'
Was the sticker justified?
‘No.'
Not even a little bit?
‘OK, I did make a lot of mistakes but some lecturers make a lot too. I don't feel this is encouraging me to make more of an effort.'
On the other hand, a similar initiative has worked fine in Amsterdam.
‘Maybe it did there, but this is just the lecturers being lazy. It isn't even a proper sticker. Look, they've printed out a piece of paper and stuck it on with Pritt. Ridiculous, isn't it?' 

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